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A traumatic brain injury can permanently change your life and leave you with lasting physical and psychological challenges. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

For more than 40 years, the Los Angeles brain injury lawyers at Custodio & Dubey LLP have been helping accident victims like you recover the compensation they need to heal. We know how difficult it is to recover from a significant brain injury. We work tirelessly to demand the full financial resources you need to move forward with your life.

Contact a brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles today for a free case review. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, our legal staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you choose our firm, you owe no fees unless and until we recover compensation on your behalf.

When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Not every traumatic brain injury will result in a personal injury claim. Sometimes traumatic brain injuries arise from accidents where no one was at fault. Some brain injuries are an accepted risk of our activities – for example, our participation in a contact sport such as football. A traumatic brain injury can lead to a successful personal injury claim when the injury is caused by somebody else’s willful, reckless, or negligent actions.

  • Willful conduct. A person intentionally causes a brain injury by assaulting someone.
  • Recklessness. A person acts recklessly when consciously disregarding a substantial risk that his or her actions may cause a traumatic brain injury.
  • Negligence. A person acts negligently when he or she owes a duty of care to someone but breaches that duty, and that breach causes the victim to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Most car accidents result when the other driver acts negligently.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries

The common types of brain injury claims that our firm handles are the result of:

Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury

Through a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for your financial losses, such as medical care costs. You can also be paid for your nonfinancial losses, such as the various life changes caused by your injury. Overall, a settlement or award is about obtaining justice for you. Part of obtaining justice is securing the compensation you need for your future.

Your Los Angeles brain injury lawyer will work hard to secure the following types of damages on your behalf:

  • Medical treatment costs and future treatment costs, including hospital bills, surgeries, medications, and physical, occupational, psychological or speech therapy
  • Caregiving assistance cost
  • Lost wages and lost future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost life enjoyment
  • Mental and emotional suffering
  • Permanent disability

Time Limit for Filing a Claim

When you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation. However, California’s statute of limitations requires you to file your suit within two years of the date of your injury. An exception to that deadline applies if you are a minor. Then the two-year period begins to run at your 18th birthday.

If you are bringing a brain injury lawsuit against the state or a local government, you must first provide the government with notice of your claim within six months of your injury. You cannot file suit until your claim is either rejected or 45 days have passed.

If you fail to meet the time limit that applies to your lawsuit, the court can certainly dismiss your case.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Feeling confused, dazed, or disoriented
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Speech problems
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Changes to the sense of smell
  • Memory loss or concentration issues
  • Mood changes or swings
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression

More severe traumatic brain injuries can have these symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness for several minutes to several hours
  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of the pupils
  • Clear fluids from the nose or ears
  • Inability to be awoken from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in hands and feet
  • Coordination problems
  • Profound confusion
  • Agitation or combativeness
  • Slurred speech
  • Coma

 

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Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Treatment for traumatic brain injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Any traumatic brain injury is serious. The insurance companies will try to downplay your traumatic brain injury by calling it a “mild” traumatic brain injury. However, symptoms from a so-called “mild” traumatic brain injury can last for months. For example, a person who suffers a concussion might experience symptoms such as headaches for months. For less severe traumatic brain injuries, treatment usually involves rest and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, even people who have experienced less severe traumatic brain injuries should be monitored for persistent or worsening symptoms, since it may indicate a more serious injury.

Treatment for more severe brain injuries involve:

  • Hospitalization to monitor and reduce damage.
  • Medications to limit further damage from swelling or reduced oxygen. Drugs may include diuretics to reduce fluid in the tissues, anti-seizure meds, and coma-inducing drugs to reduce the brain’s need for oxygen.
  • Surgery, which may be performed to remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, or stop bleeding in the brain.
  • Rehabilitation, after a patient’s condition has stabilized, to help the patient relearn skills such as walking or talking.

How a Traumatic Brain Injury Can Alter Your Life

A traumatic brain injury of any severity may leave a person with these long-term or lifelong complications:

  • Physical complications, including seizures or epilepsy, vertigo, blood vessel damage in the brain that can increase the risk of blood clots or stroke, paralysis of facial muscles, or altered senses
  • Cognitive problems, including memory loss and impaired learning, reasoning, and judgment
  • Difficulty with problem-solving, planning, organization, decision-making, or multi-tasking
  • Difficulties with writing, speaking, or reading
  • Behavioral and emotional changes, including problems with controlling emotions, risk-taking behavior, depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and insomnia

Some studies suggest that repeated or severe traumatic brain injuries increase the risk of degenerative brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

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Talk to a Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Now

Have you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone’s negligent or reckless actions? Schedule a free initial consultation with a Los Angeles traumatic brain damage attorney from Custodio & Dubey LLP. We will answer your questions and explain your legal options for securing financial compensation for your injuries and other damages.