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Traumatic Brain Injury

For more than two decades, the lawyers at Ellis Law have helped clients get on the road to physical, emotional and financial recovery, ensuring victims are properly compensated for their pain and suffering.

Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney- Andrew L. Ellis Andy Ellis is one of the most successful Traumatic Brain Injury lawyers in Los Angeles California. Meet Mr. Ellis and find out how he helps his clients whose injuries resulted in Traumatic Brain Injury.

Approximately 1.5 to 2 million people will suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) in America each year. Of these, at least 235,000 are hospitalized with moderate to severe injury, and another 50,000 will die from the trauma. Trauma-induced head injuries may be caused by the head forcefully hitting the dashboard in a car accident, a football tackle that causes the head to impact the hard ground, a penetrating gunshot wound, sudden forceful shaking, or a slip and fall accident. If the cause of the injury involves another person’s negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your losses with a personal injury lawsuit.  

At Ellis Injury Law, we know the long-term ramifications a brain injury can place on sufferers and their loved ones, and we offer the resources and knowledge to help victims of negligence, premises liability and malpractice obtain justice through the courts. Every five minutes someone becomes permanently disabled due to a traumatic brain injury. Affecting some two million Americans every year, brain injuries caused by car accidents, falls and sports injuries are often catastrophic for both the victim and his or her family.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a host of debilitating complications and disabilities, affecting one’s cognitive abilities, behavior, motor skills and memory. Depending on the severity and type of trauma sustained, a TBI can also lead to epilepsy and an increased risk for other ailments such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Los Angeles brain injury lawyers at Ellis Law

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Victims  of traumatic brain injuries often have questions about liability and need guidance in determining their right to legal recourse. Using our expertise in California personal injury law, Ellis Law attorneys will review your claim at no charge and advise you on the best way to proceed to maximize your monetary recovery. Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm, which has been in practice for more than 20 years, realizes that accidents seldom “just happen.” Our highly credentialed legal team has extensive experience handling these cases and will assist you with the legal and medical aspects of your injuries and financial losses. Your claim will be handled with integrity and professionalism, and you will be kept abreast of all litigation efforts as we work toward securing the compensation you are entitled to receive.

How are traumatic brain injuries diagnosed? 

Medical professionals often use the Glasgow Coma Scale, along with diagnostic imaging, to determine brain injury severity and long-term prognosis. Mild TBI involves loss of consciousness for 30 minutes or less and post-traumatic amnesia of less than one hour, though brain imaging results may look perfectly normal. With moderate TBI, there is a loss of consciousness from 30 minutes to six hours and post-traumatic amnesia ranging from one to 24 hours. Severe TBI reveals abnormal brain scans and involves loss of consciousness or coma for six hours or longer. 

Leading causes of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injury is typically caused by a violent blow to the head or body, causing sudden physical damage to the brain that may or may not be immediately evident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, violent assaults, sports injuries, explosive blasts, and collisions with moving or stationary objects.

Statistics show that 500,000 of these brain injuries necessitate hospital admission.

In terms of prevalence, causes of TBI are attributed to:

  • Falls (35.2%)
  • Motor vehicle accidents (17.3%)
  • Struck by/against events (16.5%)
  • Assaults (10%)

Even mild brain injuries can result in cognitive issues serious enough to affect a victim’s ability to work and earn a living. Recovery from a TBI is often an arduous process, both physically and psychologically. Those who’ve suffered a severe brain injury face an estimated five to ten years of rehabilitation and intensive recovery, but without the funds to cover these costs, victims and their families may face bankruptcy.

That’s why you need a brain injury lawyer advocating on your behalf who understands the lasting implications of a TBI – one who will fight to make sure you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Mild and severe TBI

Brain injuries are classified as either mild or severe. A mild TBI occurs when there is a loss of consciousness and/or disorientation for less than 30 minutes. Even though CAT scans and MRIs may appear normal, individuals may experience symptoms including dizziness, headaches, difficulty thinking, fatigue, memory problems, attention deficits and mood swings. These symptoms are regularly overlooked, but can be extremely debilitating nonetheless.

A severe brain injury involves a loss of consciousness that exceeds 30 minutes and memory loss following the trauma or penetrating head injury that lasts for more than 24 hours. A severe TBI may be a closed injury, where damage results from violent movement of the brain within the skull. A penetrating injury, where an object enters the skull, may be caused by sharp objects or firearm injuries.

The symptoms range from slurred speech and loss of coordination to convulsions and seizures. For individuals hospitalized following a serious TBI, nearly half suffer a related disability one year after the injury. Survivors may have limited cognitive and motor functions, experience emotional problems, and suffer from hearing loss or vision impairment.

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Types of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries occur with sudden physical damage to the brain. Primary injuries may involve a specific lobe of the brain, affecting function, or may generally affect the entire brain. The sudden impact can cause the brain to crash back and forth inside the skull, causing widespread bruising, bleeding, and nerve fiber tears. Confusion, blurry vision, dizziness, and loss of consciousness are common side effects. At first, a person may “seem fine,” but his or her condition deteriorates rapidly. Following the initial impact, the brain begins to swell, reducing blood and oxygen flow. This secondary injury can cause worse damage than the initial impact. 

Types of TBI include: 

  • Concussion – The brain moves back and forth inside the skull, potentially causing alteration of mental state and a brief loss of consciousness.  
  • Contusion – A “brain bruise” occurs when small blood vessels leak into the brain tissue. 
  • Diffuse axonal injury – Shearing and stretching of the nerve cells cause damage to the axons that connect one nerve to another, disturbing a person’s physical and cognitive abilities. 
  • Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage – Bleeding into the cerebrospinal fluid that floats around the brain can cause coma, paralysis, or death.   
  • Hematoma – Blood clots may form when a blood vessel ruptures. Side effects include vision or speech impairments, seizures, or general weakness. A blood clot may be reabsorbed by the body, but it may also cause a stroke if the clot breaks free.   
  • Inflammation – Secondary brain injury involves the accumulation of extra fluid and nutrients in an attempt to heal the injury. Excessive swelling can occur up to five days after the injury. 

Most people who suffer TBI have a combination of injuries with varying levels of severity. Diffuse injuries like a concussion or axonal injury will cause an overall decreased level of consciousness, whereas focal injuries like contusions or intracerebral hemorrhage will display symptoms related to the particular brain area affected.  

Common general symptoms of TBI include fatigue, headaches, visual disturbances, poor concentration, sleep disturbances, depression, irritability, memory loss, confusion, disorientation, dizziness, loss of consciousness, seizures, and vomiting. The effects can be short-term or permanent.  

Life with brain damage 

A traumatic brain injury can result in permanent brain damage or disability that interferes with the quality of daily life. Moderate to severe TBI can cause: 

  • Physical effects – paralysis, muscle stiffness, uncontrolled movements, problems walking or talking, difficulty swallowing, the inability to carry objects, loss of fine motor skills used to button a shirt, vision problems, hearing disorders, sleep disorders, fatigue, appetite changes, chronic pain, loss of bladder/bowel function, seizures, difficulty regulating body temperature, or hormonal imbalances.    
  • Cognitive effects – difficulty thinking or remembering, distractibility, memory problems, slow processing speed, confusion, persistent repetition of words, problems with abstract thinking, difficulty determining right from wrong, problems with reading and writing, or slurred speech. 
  • Sensory effects – the inability to recognize something based on touch, difficulty perceiving the movement of arms and legs, or inability to understand information gained through the five senses.  
  • Emotional effects – trouble with social relationships or activities, loss of motivation to keep a job or go to school, impulsiveness, denial, lack of self-awareness, dependency, or aggression. 

People with TBI may get by with cognitive therapy or they may require lifelong caregiving. The lifetime costs of a traumatic brain injury can total $85,000 to $3 million, not including social services or lost productivity.  

Why you need legal representation

Brain injuries can lead to some of the most complex personal injury cases and require talented attorneys with a proven track record of handling such claims. At Ellis Law, we retain some of the top medical experts and boast a large network of veteran investigators, paralegals and support staff.

As your personal injury attorneys, we offer:

  • A free legal consultation
  • Experience litigating brain injury lawsuits
  • Convenient offices in Los Angeles
  • No fees until we win or settle your claim
  • High success rate of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements

We believe that victims of traumatic brain injuries caused by the negligence of others are entitled to the best legal representation that California has to offer. Our personal injury lawyers will pursue damages to cover past and future medical costs, lost wages and earning capacity, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

Throughout the greater Los Angeles area, our lawyers have successfully represented victims of car accidents, hospital malpractice, and those who’ve been harmed by falls and hazards found on public and private premises.

Should I file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit? 

Filing a lawsuit may be one way to recover losses associated with this catastrophic injury. To file, you will need: 

  • Cause to sue: Suing in court is an attempt to restore balance after a person has committed harm due to negligence, recklessness, or intentional malice. Motor vehicle accidents, premises liability slip/trip/fall accidents, and workplace injuries may be grounds to sue in civil court. An assault or violent attack can be heard in both criminal and civil courts. 
  • Injury and loss: You must be able to verify the nature and extent of a relevant injury through a medical care provider. Tangible losses may come in the form of medical bills or lost time off work. 
  • Timeliness: The state of California allows plaintiffs to sue for personal injury within two years of the date of the injury or within three years of the discovery of harm.  

It costs nothing upfront to investigate your injury further. Should your traumatic brain injury lawsuit result in a settlement or jury award, the legal fee will come out of the total amount recovered. 

What does A TBI lawyer do? 

A TBI attorney will conduct an independent investigation to determine liability and gather sufficient evidence to begin formal negotiations with the at-fault party. A demand letter will outline your case and ask for a specific amount of money to compensate you and your family for your losses. If the demand is not met, the case continues and the TBI lawyer continues preparing a case that can be won before a judge and jury in court.  

Most cases settle before trial, but you will be consulted prior to acceptance of an offer. No amount of money can undo the damage that has been done, but taking legal action can be an empowering experience that helps protect others from similar harm.  

If you have any questions about a traumatic brain injury lawsuit in Los Angeles, contact a Los Angeles accident lawyer at Ellis Injury Law. We’re here to help you.