Los Angeles Head Injury Lawyer

Los Angeles Head Injury Lawyer

Any blow to the head can cause serious and even permanent damage. The injury can keep you out of work for a long time. In a worst-case scenario, a head injury causes impairment severe enough that the victim requires lifelong care in a nursing home or similar facility. If the head injury results from another party’s negligence or recklessness, the injured party may file a personal injury lawsuit.  

Medical treatment and rehabilitation costs for a head injury can reach into the hundreds of thousands or even million-dollar ranges. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Ellis Law will hold those causing your head injury liable and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injury. 

Common Causes of Head Injuries  

The most common causes of head injuries include: 

  • Motor vehicle accidents – Not surprisingly, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for the largest number of head injuries. Accident victims may hit their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, or other area, or a skull fracture may introduce metal, glass, and other fragments into the brain. 
  • Falls – A slip and fall accident can result in the victim striking their head and suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Property owners are required to keep their premises in a safe condition. If they failed to do so and you were seriously injured, you might file a lawsuit based on California’s premises liability law.   
  • Assault – Any type of violence in which a person is struck in the head can result in serious injury. Even if the perpetrator is not arrested or is charged but found not guilty, you can still file a civil lawsuit against them. Criminal cases and civil lawsuits are completely different entities.  
  • Sports injuries – There is a reason so many sporting activities require or recommend the use of protective headgear. Sports-related head injuries account for about 10% of all TBIs annually. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, cycling, football, baseball and softball, basketball, powered recreational vehicles, and soccer make up the highest number of head injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms.  

Types of Head Injuries  

As the renowned Johns Hopkins Medicine notes, head injuries are among the most common causes of disability–and death–in adults. The term “head injury” refers to a wide range of injuries affecting the skull and brain. Depending on the nature of the injury, head trauma is often referred to as a TBI.  

Here are some of the most common types of head injuries: 

  • Concussion – Although a concussion is considered the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury, it can still cause considerable impairment. While not usually life-threatening, a concussion can result in headaches, memory loss, sleep issues, mood changes, and difficulty dealing with loud noises or bright lights. A history of concussion can make subsequent concussions more severe.  
  • Skull fracture – A fracture involves a break in the skull. There are four types of skull fractures. Linear fractures do not move the bone. Depressed skull fractures cause the affected area to sink inward from trauma. Diastatic skull fractures, most often found in babies and children, occur along the skull’s suture lines. A basilar skull fracture, the most serious form, involves a bone break at the base of the skull.  
  • Hematoma – These blood clots on or around the brain take several forms. Epidural hematomas are usually associated with skull fractures. Subdural hematomas form beneath the skull but outside of the brain. An intracerebral hematoma is a contusion of the brain. Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) may range from mild to severe, with the latter generally involving accident victims in a coma for a significant amount of time.   
  • Penetrating injuries – This type of injury involves a break in the skull, such as a bullet wound or another object entering the brain. 

Compensation for Head Injuries  

Compensation, or damages, for a head injury depends on the severity of the injury and the victim’s prognosis. Such damages may include: 

  • Medical expenses, current or future 
  • Lost wages 
  • Loss of future earnings  
  • Pain and suffering 

How a Los Angeles Head Injury Lawyer Can Help  

A head injury attorney in Los Angeles investigates every aspect of your case and determines which parties may prove liable. We gather evidence to substantiate your case and may hire medical experts, economists, vocational rehabilitation professionals, and others to testify about your condition and the care you will require now and over the long term.   

We will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurer to reach a fair settlement that considers your current and future medical and care needs.  

Contact a Head Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles  

If you or someone you know has suffered a serious head injury due to another party’s negligence, you need the services of the experienced California Injury Lawyers at Ellis Injury Law. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.  

Because we work on a contingency basis, you pay no fee unless you receive compensation. While most cases are settled, we will take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement.