Brain injuries caused by a personal injury accident can result in a lifetime of complications and serious conditions. A variety of accidents and situations can result in a brain injury. Brain injuries can be caused by:
- Car accidents
- Dog attacks
- Defective products
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Elder abuse
- Bicycle accidents
- Slips and falls
Almost any accident can result in a brain injury. If another person’s negligence or wrongdoing caused your brain injury, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact our Sacramento brain injury lawyers for a free consultation.
Five Types of Brain Injuries Caused by Accidents
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even though it is considered “mild,” a concussion can cause long-term complications and conditions. Most concussions are caused by a severe blow to the head or by the head hitting another object. However, whiplash and other motions that cause the head to whip or twist violently can result in a concussion.
2. Closed Head Injury
A closed head injury occurs when the brain is injured because of a blow to the head. A closed head injury can also occur if the head is violently shaken or whipped about, causing the brain to strike the skull in one or more places. Concussions are the most common type of closed head injury. However, more severe injuries are also possible, including brain bleeding and brain swelling.
3. Penetrating Brain Injury
A penetrating brain injury occurs when an object fractures the skull and enters the brain tissue. Open head injuries have a higher risk of fatal and life-threatening conditions, such as infections, uncontrollable bleeding, limited oxygen supply, and severe damage to brain tissue.
4. Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury
This type of injury is caused when the brain shakes because of sudden movement, much like a concussion, but more severe. Large tears in the brain can be deadly. However, even small tears can result in severe conditions. A diffuse axonal brain injury can impact several areas of the brain.
5. Hypoxic Brain Injury
Hypoxic brain injuries are caused by limited oxygen supply to the brain. The brain receives some oxygen, but not enough oxygen for normal functions. The lack of oxygen causes brain damage. Hypoxic brain injury results from a lack of oxygen in the lungs, which can be the result of one or more accidental injuries.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Everyone should be familiar with the symptoms of brain injuries. The Mayo Clinic, CDC, and National Institutes of Health have lists of the symptoms of brain injuries. If you experience any of these symptoms or unexplained symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
Brain Injuries and Accident Claims
The severity of the brain injury directly impacts the value of a personal injury claim. A person suffering from a brain injury can incur substantial financial losses, including medical expenses, personal care, and loss of income. Some individuals may sustain permanent impairments and disabilities, which may result in future loss of income and ongoing and medical and personal care.
Additionally, a brain injury victim sustains physical and emotional pain and suffering. Their quality of life and enjoyment of life may be substantially diminished.
Our Sacramento brain injury attorneys work closely with you, your medical team, medical experts, and financial experts to accurately calculate the maximum value of your damages for a brain injury claim.
Contact Our Sacramento Brain Injury Attorneys for a Free Case Review
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento brain injury lawyers.
A recent report indicated that pedestrian deaths would hit a 28-year high in 2018. California is one of the states that have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities year after year. Many of the pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles are attributed to driver error. However, pedestrians must exercise caution too. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Even when a pedestrian does have the right of way, he or she can reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident by taking certain precautions.
Slips, trips, and falls can disrupt your life and result in chronic pain and permanent impairments. If a fall results in your injury, you might incur substantial medical expenses and lose time from work, which results in additional financial losses. A California slip and fall attorney can help you investigate the cause of the fall to determine if a property owner or other party is responsible for your damages.
Concussions are common car accident injuries. A concussion can result from a blow to the head, such as hitting your head on the steering wheel, window, or dashboard. It can also occur if your head is struck by an object flying around in the vehicle. In some cases, a concussion may occur from your head being violently whipped back and forth during the initial impact (whiplash). Regardless of the cause, a concussion can result in long-term impairments and complications. A Sacramento accident attorney can help you file a claim to recover compensation for your concussion injury.
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury that occurs as a result of motor vehicle accidents. However, whiplash is also a common injury in premises liability cases (slip and fall accidents), sporting injuries, recreational activity accidents, workplace accidents, and physical assaults. Many cases of whiplash heal within a few weeks, but some whiplash victims experience long-term or chronic whiplash symptoms and complications.
Seeking medical treatment from an experienced physician and legal advice from a trusted Sacramento whiplash attorney can help protect your health and legal rights after sustaining a whiplash injury.
Common Whiplash Injury Signs and Symptoms
Whiplash injuries occur when your head is thrown suddenly in a backward-forward motion. The sudden motion extends the neck, causing the soft tissues to extend and potentially tear. The result can vary from minor pain to severe headaches and limited range of motions.
Five of the most common symptoms of whiplash injury include:
1. Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
2. Loss of Range of Motion
5. Shoulder, arm, and/or upper back pain and tenderness
If you experienced any of the above symptoms, it is a wise choice to see a doctor so that the doctor can confirm whiplash and evaluate the extent of the injury. Minor whiplash injuries may be treated at home with rest and time. Most severe whiplash injuries might require substantial medical treatment. Chronic or traumatic cases of whiplash might require braces, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. A medical provider is trained to evaluable, diagnose, and propose the correct treatment plan for whiplash.
Brain Injuries Associated with Whiplash
When the head is thrown backward and forward, neck injuries are common. However, brain injuries may also occur. A closed head injury occurs when the brain moves around within the skull because of a sudden motion. The soft brain tissue strikes the bony portions of the skull causing brain damage. The severity of the brain damage depends on the location of the damage and the level of damage.
Some symptoms after whiplash that could indicate a closed brain injury or traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ear
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of concentration
- Memory problems
- Mood swings and irritability
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
If a person experiences any symptoms that could also be associated with a brain injury or other injuries after a whiplash injury should see immediate medical attention. Also, victims whose symptoms persist or continue to worsen after a whiplash injury should see a doctor as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention can help prevent the development of serious complications and worsening conditions.
Whiplash Can Result in Long-Term Conditions
A whiplash injury can result in long-term impairments and disabilities. Some victims are unable to return to normal daily activities of living or return to a normal work schedule. The damages in a whiplash can be substantial. For that reason, you need an experienced Sacramento whiplash attorney to investigate your case, identify the cause of the whiplash, name the responsible parties, and seek full compensation of all damages.
Contact our Sacramento Whiplash Attorneys for Help
If you suffer from whiplash, let us help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to request your free consultation to discuss your accident and injury claim with a Sacramento whiplash attorney.