One common type of catastrophic injury that people can experience is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Traumatic brain injuries are a serious public health problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that at least 1.7 million TBIs occur every year, either as isolated injuries or in combination with other injuries. TBIs can range from mild, such as a concussion, to much more serious injuries that can result in disability and may require ongoing long term medical care. When a TBI is caused by some else’s negligence, you may be able to recover through a California personal injury lawsuit. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should consult with one of the experienced brain injury attorneys at Makarem & Associates as soon as possible.
What can Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function. TBIs can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head, or even may occur when the head moves violently on the neck, as it may in a car accident. According to the CDC, the most common causes of TBI include the following:
- Motor vehicle or traffic accidents
- Events in which a person is stuck by or against a foreign object
Groups particularly at risk for TBI are those that are also at a high risk of falling, such as the young or elderly. Among people ages 0 to 14 years old, half of all TBIs are caused by falls. For people over 65 years of age, falls cause 61% of all TBIs. TBIs can have various long or short term effects on brain function, potentially causing problems with thinking, sensation, communication, or emotional regulation. They can also increase the risk of people developing certain brain disorders, such Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Anyone who suspects that they may have sustained a TBI should seek medical attention immediately. The way in which a TBI is treated depends largely on the severity of in the injury, and could range from getting plenty of rest to invasive surgery.
Contact Makarem & Associates for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI that you believe was the result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible for a free consultation. TBIs sustained in slip and fall accidents, car wrecks, playground accidents, or fights are just some examples of the types of injuries that may entitle you to compensation. The types of damages that may be available in a personal injury lawsuit include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or any damage to property that may have occurred. In addition, even if you were partially responsible for an accident you may still be able to recover. Ron Makarem is a skilled California injury attorney who is dedicated to obtaining the best possible settlement or verdict for his clients. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Makarem, contact us today by phone at (310) 312-0299 or via email at [email protected]