A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury, and each patient will have a different experience. Depending on which part of the brain is damaged, victims may experience impairments with cognitive processing, communication, problem-solving, coordination, balance, behavioral control, and more. These impairments may be temporary or permanent, and many TBI victims require rehabilitative therapy to return to their usual lives when possible.
TBIs can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Even a mild brain injury – commonly called a concussion – requires medical attention and can affect a victim’s life. Severe TBIs can leave victims in a coma and cause permanent disabilities. No matter what degree of brain injury you sustain, it’s important to know when you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses.
The following are some leading causes of brain injuries that may lead to a personal injury claim:
- Car or truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Getting hit by falling objects
- Sports injuries
- Nursing home abuse
Many people believe that they are safe from brain injuries if they wear a helmet while they ride a bike or a motorcycle. However, research indicates that helmets only reduce the chances of brain injuries by 53 percent. Similarly, athletes playing contact sports or workers on construction sites are still at risk of TBIs even with protective headgear. In many situations, TBI victims have the right to receive payment from negligent parties who caused or contributed to their accidents and injuries.
Contact Our California Personal Injury Attorneys for Help Today
At Schaar & Silva, LLP, we represent the rights of brain injury victims under California law. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in any type of incident, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call 408.721.1111 to schedule your free consultation.