Traumatic events can be painful and terrifying for victims and their families. When such events also involve brain injuries, they may spur long-term repercussions that require daily accommodations and offer little chance for recovery. Individuals who suffer brain injuries and experience continual side effects—including hydrocephalus, hematomas, and headaches—should seek legal recourse. A brain injury lawyer can help you or a loved one navigate the ups and downs of filing a personal injury claim.
Davana Law Firm can help Los Angeles, CA, residents with just such claims. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have won over 500 cases. Moreover, we’re committed to reviewing our clients’ cases with care and helping them earn compensation. Our diverse staff of legal professionals offers guidance and support in several languages. For a free case evaluation from our legal team, call (818) 501-1055.
Below, we explain brain injuries and the medical conditions they may give rise to:
What Is a Brain Injury?
Most brain injuries are acquired—they occur after birth. This category of brain injuries consists of traumatic and non-traumatic varieties, both of which may cause functional brain impairments that change neuronal activity, influencing metabolic activity, physical integrity, and nerve cells.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) alters a person’s brain functioning. This type comes from a penetrating or non-penetrating external force. Common causes include:
- Sports Injury
- Motor vehicle accident
- Gunshot wound
- Domestic violence
- Physical abuse
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Workplace injury
Conversely, non-traumatic brain injuries stem from internal factors, such as:
- Electric Shock
- Infectious disease
- Hydrocephalus: Medical experts define hydrocephalus as a buildup of fluid in the brain that can cause pressure, swelling, headaches, and impaired vision. Long-term instances of hydrocephalus can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Vertigo: A term for the sensation of dizziness, vertigo can cause you to lose your balance during everyday tasks, forcing you to move slower and sit down to regain balance.
- Infection: Cerebral wounds can tear the protective tissue (meninges) surrounding the brain. Such damage makes the brain susceptible to infection, which may spread throughout the body.
- Headache: One of the most common side effects of brain injuries, headaches often occur shortly—if not immediately—after head trauma. Headaches may stem from the injury or medical conditions related to the injury.
- Seizure: TBIs occasionally cause seizures—uncontrolled electrical disturbances in the brain. Over time, these disturbances influence your behavior, consciousness, feelings, and movements. Moreover, they can occur weeks, months, or even years after the inciting traumatic event.
- Hematoma: TBIs can cause blood to pool on the skull or the brain, leading to a hematoma, a buildup of blood on the brain’s surface. Hematomas can cause numerous symptoms, including dizziness, confusion, nausea, and vomiting.
- Coma: A coma is a prolonged state of unconsciousness characterized by unawareness and unresponsiveness. Its symptoms include irregular breathing and a lack of responses to stimuli beyond reflexes. They usually last a few days to a few weeks before a patient becomes partially then fully conscious.
- Vegetative State: During a vegetative state, individuals sleep, wake, open their eyes, and often move. However, they show no awareness of their surroundings and cannot engage conscious thoughts or intentions, thus requiring supportive care.
- Amnesia: A loss of memory following a traumatic event, amnesia may follow a loss of consciousness in the period before regaining full consciousness and memory.
Davana Law Firm: A Leading Personal Injury Firm in Los Angeles, CA
The trauma of a brain injury is tragic in and of itself. Victims should have ample opportunity to focus on healing and regaining stability, which a leading brain injury lawyer can provide. Davana Law Firm serves residents of Los Angeles, CA, with personal injury law expertise, including medical malpractice. Indeed, we are so committed to every client’s success that we don’t charge fees until we win their case. Speak with a brain injury attorney at (818) 501-1055.