California’s Brain Injury Lawyers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1.4 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. There are a variety of causal factors in determining the source of a brain injury, ranging from falls to auto accidents, to traumatic impact of the head during recreational activities. While some brain injuries make themselves immediately evident, many go misdiagnosed or even undiagnosed due to the complex nature of the brain and the diverse issues such injuries can cause.

As a brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles, and a member of the Brain Injury Association of California’s Board of Directors, Raphael Javid has recovered compensation for those victims and their families who have suffered a brain injury.

Brain Injury Types

The term “brain injury” is used rather broadly to describe any injurious activity resulting in damage to the brain. The type and severity of such injuries varies greatly, though some occur more frequently than others. Common brain injuries include:

  • One of the most frequently-occurring types of brain injuries, concussions often result from violent shaking of the head or a severe blow to the skull. These are very common injuries in contact sports, such as football, and can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.
  • Some of the more easily missed brain injuries are those classified as “closed head injuries.” Closed head injuries occur when the head is damaged, but few or no external signs of trauma are present. Whiplash is one way this type of injury can be sustained. Though the effects of the damage may not be immediately evident, such maladies can become very serious over time.
  • A brain injury in which the source of damage is not external is called “acquired.” Such injuries often occur when the brain’s cells are deprived of oxygen for a prolonged period of time, as seen in near-drowning incidents or overdoses.

As experienced Los Angeles brain injury attorneys we are known for the care and personal attention we give each of our clients in getting through these times of need believe that medical professionals must be held to the highest standards of care. The BD&J firm leads in California brain injury lawyers working in a network with respected physicians in identifying any lapses.

Common Symptoms in Adults and Children

While some brain injuries are easily spotted and diagnosed, others may have more subtle symptoms. Some signs that may indicate a brain injury has been sustained are:

In adults:

  • Long-lasting headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of memory
  • Feelings of dizziness or instability
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea

In children:

  • Frequent fatigue
  • Increased irritability
  • Loss of skills, such as shoe tying
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Changes in sleep, play, or eating patterns
  • Loss of interest in toys, or listlessness

Many brain injuries may take time to fully show themselves. After sustaining a head trauma, it is important to keep an eye on the injured party to ensure that no symptoms come to light in the hours or days following the accident. Moreover, while a loss of consciousness following traumatic injury is common, it is not the only indicator that damage has been sustained. Many brain injuries that occur without the loss of consciousness can still be very serious.

To succeed in obtaining compensation that reflects the full range of losses suffered, you will need to retain an experienced brain injury attorney in Los Angeles with a strong history of representing victims of severe and catastrophic brain injuries.

Steps to Take if You Suspect You’ve Sustained a Brain Injury

  • Seek medical attention. The first step to take if you suspect that you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury is to consult a medical professional. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner the damage can be assessed and controlled. Any injury is less likely to result in long-term damage if treated properly early on.
  • Know the basis of the case. The vast majority of lawsuits must involve negligence on the part of the injurious party to be legally viable. For negligence to be established, the defendant must have had a reasonable duty of care to the injured party, he or she must have contacted emergency services in compliance with his or her duty of care, and that carelessness must have resulted in the patient’s injuries.

Get Help With The Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorneys

We know as experienced brain injury lawyers in Los Angeles, that getting enough money to provide for your loved ones needs can make all the difference in his or her quality of life. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury due to negligence, contact the BD&J Law Firm and speak to one of our California brain injury lawyers today.