Brain injury attorneys in Orange County
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, on average, one person sustains a traumatic brain injury in the U.S. every 21 seconds. These types of injuries result in more than 50,000 deaths each year. An estimated 5.3 million Americans currently live with a variety of disabilities resulting from a head injury or brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury occurs when a person experiences a direct blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. This, in turn, causes the brain to move within the skull or causes a skull fracture. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending upon the extent of the damage done to the brain. While mild cases may result in a brief alteration in mental state or consciousness, severe cases may result in longer periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death.
Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Defective products
- Sports accidents
- Violent crime
- Child or spousal abuse
The physical, mental, and/or behavioral changes that may result from a traumatic brain injury depend upon the areas of the brain that are injured. Focal point or “coup” injuries in which damage is confined to a small area of the brain directly below the impact site, account for the majority of injuries. “Contrecoup” injuries affect the area of the brain opposite from where the impact occurred; the force of the blow causes the brain to strike the opposite side of the skull. Coup-contrecoup” injuries are the most severe because they affect both sides of the brain. Permanent injuries to the brain most often occur in these situations.
Other types of TBI include the following:
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Second Impact Syndrome
- Penetration injury
Traumatic brain injuries can be catastrophic in many ways — physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. Victims of TBI may end up dealing with a permanent disability, rehabilitation, career re-training, and a lifetime spent depending on others to deal with the activities of daily living. Lost income could total in the millions of dollars, and victims of TBI could have a severely diminished quality of life with years of pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe or catastrophic brain injury due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of another party or parties, it is vitally important that you seek the representation of a personal injury attorney that is experienced in handling cases involving these types of devastating injuries.
Why we’re the experts
Brain injury claims are often overlooked by medical professionals and average injury attorneys. The attorneys at The Roberts | Jeandron Law Firm listen to their clients and learn if changes in their lives and behaviors could indicate a brain injury for which compensation must be sought. Just a few of the behavioral changes after accidents that may indicate a brain injury was suffered include:
- Easily angered
- Prone to frustration over simple tasks
- Sudden sadness
- Lashing out at loved ones
- Loss of taste
- Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
If the facts suggest a brain injury our attorneys can assist clients in obtaining advanced diagnostic care to further determine the objective findings that a brain injury has occurred, these include:
- PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography)
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- fMRI (functional MRI)
- CT scan (Computerized Tomography)
- DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging)
Tell us your story
After a brain injury, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including, but not limited to:
- Dizziness or balance issues
- Loss of consciousness
- Dilated or unequally-sized pupils
- Vision changes
- Hearing changes
- Body numbness or tingling
- Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or difficulty swallowing
- Cognitive difficulties
- Spinal fluid leakage
Brain injury lawsuits are complex because the type of lawsuit that you bring is dependent upon how you sustained the injury. Your attorney will need all the material facts of the case: the who, what, where, when, and why. For example, if you sustained a TBI while under the care of a doctor, your PI will file a medical malpractice claim. If your TBI was caused by a defective product, a product liability lawsuit would be more appropriate. If your case should go to trial, your personal injury attorney will enlist the services of expert witnesses to help prove your claim.
The goal of any TBI lawsuit is to compensate the victim for damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation, including occupational, physical, and speech therapies
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Lost of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
At The Roberts | Jeandron Law Firm, personal injury attorneys in Orange County, we work tirelessly for all of our clients, and have successfully recovered more than $75 million for clients in settlements, judgments and jury verdicts.
Do you have a case?
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to another’s negligence or intentional act and want to find out if you have a case, contact Robert Jeandron Law, the best attorneys in Orange County and the surrounding area when it comes to handling brain injury cases. Call our offices to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.Need help? Contact us now!