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Traumatic Brain Injury

X-ray normal skull For more than two decades, the Los Angeles traumatic brain injury 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.

As LA personal injury attorneys, 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

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 traumatic brain injury 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.

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 traumatic brain injury 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.

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 traumatic brain injury 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.

Examples of monetary awards available to TBI victims

Every year in California, victims of TBI recover substantial verdicts or insurance settlements.

Some notable examples of brain injury lawsuit outcomes include:

  • A $3.25 million settlement against a manufacturer of industrial equipment that failed to include a key piece of safety equipment. As a result of this oversight, the worker suffered a severe TBI.
  • A $3.5 million jury award against a truck driver who lacked hazard lights. The victim rear-ended the truck, suffering a serious brain injury.
  • $6.4 million traumatic brain injury settlement for a passenger harmed in a motorcycle accident.

LA brain injury lawyers you can trust

As a client of Ellis Law, you are guaranteed the highest caliber of legal representation in addition to personalized, attentive service. If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury in southern California, our attorneys will do everything to ensure you receive the maximum compensation that you are entitled.

To schedule a free case review today, we invite you to call 1.800.INJURED.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury, http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/statistics.html
  2. Brain Trauma Foundation, Facts About TBI in the USA, https://www.braintrauma.org/tbi-faqs/tbi-statistics/
  3. Center for Head Injury Services, Brain Injury Statistics, http://www.headinjuryctr-stl.org/statistics.html
  4. Mayo Clinic, Traumatic Brain Injury, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302