Treating Serious Injuries in the South Bay
Brain injuries are some of the most severe injuries a person can acquire in an accident, and sadly, they're extremely common. Even a seemingly minor blow to the head is enough to injure your brain and cause lasting damage that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 288,000 hospitalizations for brain injuries every year – more than 20 times the number of hospitalizations for spinal cord injuries.
Filing a personal injury claim against the individual or entity responsible for your accident is the best way to recover compensation so you can cover your losses. At AgnewBrusavich, our Torrance brain injury lawyers have proudly served injured clients throughout the South Bay since 1984 and work together to give each of our clients unwavering service as they grapple with their new realities. We take not only your emergency medical costs into consideration, but your future costs of care as well, as brain injuries can be long-term and even permanent.
Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are the most common type of brain injury resulting from accidents and describe brain injuries that are caused by trauma to the head such as a jolt, blow, or bump. These injuries can develop when a person hits their head on an object or an object penetrates their skull and brain tissue.
TBIs can range in severity depending on the nature of the accident and whether the brain tissue has been damaged. Some of the most common types of TBIs include:
- Contusion: A contusion involves bruising anywhere in the brain tissue, though they typically appear in the front parts of the brain.
- Hemorrhage: A hemorrhage is caused by bleeding within the brain tissue and may require surgery to remove.
- Skull fractures: A fracture occurs when breaks or cracks appear in the skull after trauma.
- Hematoma: This is a blood clot that can appear on the surface or within the brain itself.
Though some TBIs can be immediately treated, others have long-term changes that can affect the way a person lives their life. TBIs can impair a person's language, emotions, sensations, and thinking – for example, people with permanent brain damage may no longer be able to speak or develop mental disorders like depression or anxiety.
TBIs can also cause epilepsy and increase a person's risk of developing conditions later in life like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Some brain injuries, if left untreated, can lead to victims falling into a coma or vegetative state and potentially being unable to recover.
Signs You Have a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can happen in any kind of accident that involves trauma to the body or head, though they commonly occur in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and slip and fall accidents. If you've hit your head in an accident, you may feel fine at first, only to discover in the coming days and weeks that something isn't quite right.
Below are warning signs of a traumatic brain injury. If you experience any of the following, you must seek immediate medical attention to address your potential brain injury before it worsens your health:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
- Confusion or disorientation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of memory
- Headaches or dizziness
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Difficulty speaking coherently
- Change in emotions, such as sudden aggression or depression
Only a medical professional will be able to diagnose your condition by asking you questions and running tests. Once you've been diagnosed, you may be able to use your medical records and receipts to establish liability in a personal injury claim and recover damages.
You deserve to heal while our team puts in the work to get you the compensation you need. Call our brain injury lawyers in Torrance today at (310) 793-1400 for a free consultation.