Head Injury & Concussion Lawyer
A head injury is defined as any trauma to the brain, scalp or skull. The damaging effects of a closed head injury – which account for 75 percent of the two million brain injuries every year in the U.S.– carry life-altering consequences. A concussion is the most common example of a closed head injury. Caused by a jarring jolt or blow to the head, this trauma can lead to brain swelling, increased intracranial pressure and injury to nerve cells and delicate tissue, sometimes resulting in permanent neurological damage.
Not every head injury concussion causes lasting impairment, but more traumatic injuries can leave victims with physical, behavioral or personality changes that negatively impact day-to-day life. Due to the wide-ranging implications of a moderate or traumatic head injury, it is imperative to recognize symptoms and seek treatment early.
Car accidents and falls that cause a sharp blow, bump, or jolt to the head are responsible for thousands of brain injuries every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of all traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are classified as concussions. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion. Because concussion symptoms can seem mild and are often slow to manifest, many victims have no idea they have suffered a serious brain injury.
For this reason, it is of utmost importance to get a full medical evaluation after being involved in a vehicle collision, fall, or other accident that knocks or strikes the head. Prompt medical attention can help ensure your injury is properly diagnosed and documented in the event that legal action is necessary down the line. For powerful representation from an experienced Los Angeles accident lawyer, reach out to Ellis Law for a complimentary consultation. Our legal team leverages nearly three decades of experience and can help you secure meaningful compensation for your accident injuries, emotional suffering, and economic losses.
The short and long-term impacts of a concussion can be dire, which is why you need a tireless advocate in your corner. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, you might be hospitalized, on bed rest, and forced to miss extensive time from work. When someone else’s negligence, omissions, or reckless actions are at fault for your head injuries, compensation is available. Our lawyers have a proven track record handling concussion cases and know how to evaluate the true value of your claim.
Types of closed head injury
Motor vehicle accidents, sports-related accidents, falls and acts of violence are the leading causes of closed head injuries, with the most common types including:
- Concussion – the most frequent type of mild brain injury that affects neurological function temporarily or permanently
- Cerebral contusion – a localized bruise on the brain
- Intracranial hematoma (subdural, epidural and intraparenchymal) – caused when a ruptured vessel leaks blood within the brain, increasing pressure and requiring surgery
- Diffuse axonal injury – tearing of the neurons that can lead to coma, vegetative state, permanent brain damage or death
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – damage to living brain tissues that can range from mild to severe. Victims may suffer cognitive impairments, limited function of legs and arms, speech and language impairments and emotional problems
Accidents that result in concussions
When the brain is violently knocked inside of the skull, cells can be damaged, causing temporary or permanent chemical changes. Sometimes, this jarring action can result in bruising of the brain, internal bleeding, or damage of delicate nerve fibers. Depending on the severity of the concussion, victims may experience brain function disruptions that manifest with a variety of physical, behavioral and cognitive issues.
Contact sports such as football, hockey, and soccer are common causes of concussions, as are:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Automobile accidents
- Pedestrian or cyclist knock-downs
- Truck accidents
- Struck-by accidents on worksites (common in the construction industry)
Signs and symptoms of a concussion
Consult with an accident attorney at Ellis Law if you believe you suffered a concussion. Bear in mind that symptoms are not always obvious, and can last for hours, days, weeks and even months. Some studies suggest that 15% of people who suffer a mild TBI, like a concussion, experience symptoms for one year or longer.
Physical symptoms to be aware of include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Recurring dizziness
- Blurry vision
- Altered sense of smell or taste
- Sensitivity to light
- Slurred speech
- Balance problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Seizures or convulsions (in serious cases)
- Loss of consciousness
Cognitive signs of a concussion:
- Amnesia or memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slow processing skills
Emotional and behavioral changes may include:
- Changes in personality and mood
- Sleep disruption
Patients whose symptoms last longer than two months may be diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). According to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, research has shown that roughly 10% of accident victims will go on to develop PCS. All too often, sufferers of PCS will find themselves withdrawing from their social and professional lives. There are several treatments available to help patients recover from concussions, including vision therapy, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. But recovery timelines can vary tremendously.
What is the average settlement value for a concussion injury?
Monetary damages recovered in a personal injury case are meant to make the plaintiff “whole” again, and reimburse the victim for the physical, financial and emotional losses sustained. There is no magic formula to determine your exact settlement value, as each claim is unique, but recent cases stemming from large truck accidents have yielded mammoth awards exceeding one million dollars.
When you enlist the services of Ellis Law, we start immediate investigations to collect evidence and build a solid case. In order to maximize your concussion settlement, we ensure there is proper documentation that demonstrates:
- Costs of past, current and future medical treatment
- Lost income during your recovery
- Loss of future earnings
- Emotional distress and loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Los Angeles concussion injury lawyers
Head injuries, from mild concussions to skull fractures, can have a major impact on one’s ability to work, earn a living, support a family, or lead a normal, productive life.
Ellis Law attorneys understand the medical aspects of head injury cases and how to prove liability in accidents arising from:
- Construction accidents
- Workplace machinery
- Truck, motorcycle and car accidents
- Dangerous or recalled products
- Falls on hazardous premises
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, fall, or other senseless tragedy and suffered a concussion, our catastrophic injury lawyers are here to help. Call to schedule a free lawsuit review, and rest assured that our award-winning attorneys work on a contingency-fee-basis. That means there are no upfront legal costs and we only get paid once your case is successfully resolved.