Whether traumatic or mild, brain injuries can result in physical and mental hardships that last a lifetime. Brain injuries are caused when individuals are struck by an object, by slip-and-fall accidents, and during devastating motor vehicle accidents. Each year, more than 50,000 deaths in the United States are directly linked to a traumatic brain injury.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury from an accident caused by another’s careless and negligent actions in California, you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries. At the Law Office of JG Winter, we are here for you and can help you pursue full and favorable compensation from the parties responsible. Please do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with an accomplished brain injury attorney to learn what legal avenues are available to you.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The CDC describes a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the brain’s normal function that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults.
Thousands of deaths are attributed to TBIs worldwide each year, and about 153 people die every day in the U.S. from this condition. The effects of a TBI can last anywhere from a few days to a lifetime and include:
- Impaired thinking
- Loss of memory
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Damaged vision or hearing
- Personality changes
The effects of a TBI impact the individual and their family, friends, and community.
What Symptoms Indicate a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The signs and symptoms of a TBI often do not manifest right away. It may take days or months after the initial injury before an accident victim realizes they may be suffering brain damage. Some accident victims are not conscious of or do not want to admit they are experiencing difficulties linked to a brain injury.
Symptoms that may indicate a TBI include:
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Fuzzy or blurred vision
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Persistent headaches
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Ongoing nausea and vomiting
- Thrown off equilibrium
- Problems falling asleep
In the early stages of a TBI, it’s easy for a person to overlook the telling signs. They may appear fine to anyone on the outside, but they might feel or act otherwise. If you observe any of these symptoms in yourself or in a loved one following a car crash or other high-impact injury, it’s vital that you seek medical treatment immediately.
What’s the Value of My Brain Injury Claim in California?
The value of your TBI case depends largely on what compensatory damages you may be granted. At the Law Office of JG Winter, our experienced brain injury attorneys can answer the specifics on how much your case is worth. In general, however, damages in a personal injury case comprise two types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Punitive damages are awarded in injury cases in which the offender’s actions are considered grossly negligent or intentionally caused harm. Punitive damages are awarded on top of compensatory damages, as decided by the judge or jury.
Brain injury cases are eligible for damages that cover both present and future losses. For example, when victims miss work, they are awarded for all of their lost wages. Additionally, if they are unable to work in that same capacity or work at all because of their brain injury, damages must include the future loss of earning capacity. Other compensatory damages that an accident victim may be eligible for under compensatory damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
Traumatic brain injuries can drastically change a person’s life. When another person or business caused that injury through their own negligent or careless actions, they should pay for all the losses that their negligence inflicted. Because each brain injury case has unique circumstances, always consult with an experienced attorney about the best method to pursue full and fair compensation.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a California Brain Injury Attorney Today
Brain injuries can inflict a lifetime of difficulty and hardship on accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a mild or traumatic brain injury in California, it is essential to contact an experienced injury attorney immediately. Under California’s statute of limitations, accident victims have two years to file a claim for injuries, including traumatic brain injuries.
The Law Offices of JG Winter are committed to helping clients throughout communities in California by providing aggressive advocacy and fighting for the compensation they deserve. If you are seeking full reimbursement for the financial and emotional losses suffered from another’s negligent actions, don’t hesitate to reach out. To speak with an experienced and compassionate brain injury attorney about your case, schedule a free consultation by completing a contact form or call 844-734-2626.