Traumatic Brain Injuries
California Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Defending the Rights of the Injured
The prevalence of brain injuries in the U.S. is surprising. It is often referred to as the silent epidemic. It is estimated that 3.17 to 5.3 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year. These injuries can leave a victim with life long disabilities, which will affect every area of their lives. They may be unable to work, they could have difficulties with friends and family, and they will no longer be able to engage in activities they once enjoyed.
The California brain injury lawyers at Donahue & Horrow, LLP know all too well that these injuries have far reaching implications. We understand that you and your family are still reeling from the injury and its effects, and at the same time are watching the bills pile up. We want to take the legal burden off your hands so that you can begin to heal. We know there isn’t any amount of money that can reverse the damage that has been done, but we can ensure that negligent parties will be held accountable for their actions. Call us today for a free consultation.
Brain injuries can happen for many reasons, but they are commonly associated with:
- Complications of anesthesia;
- Surgical errors;
- Birth injuries;
- Failure to treat hypotension;
- Trachea compression;
- Inadequate perfusion during bypass surgery.
How Does it Happen?
Our brain needs a constant source of oxygen to stay alive. Any disruption in the flow of oxygen from the heart to the brain can cause oxygen deprivation and brain damage.
A lack of oxygen to the brain causes serious impairment in physical, cognitive and psychological functions. The brain begins to die after only 5 minutes without oxygen. The longer the oxygen deprivation continues, the more serious the damage can be, including seizures, coma and brain death.
There is little margin of error here. A complete lack of oxygen can start causing irreparable brain damage within three minutes. As the deprivation continues, brain cells begin to die. Brain tissues swell in response, which causes further brain death. The sooner the brain injury is diagnosed, the less chance of permanent damages.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Symptoms will vary depending on the injury involved, and from individual to individual. Symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- Personality changes;
- Memory loss;
- Difficulty speaking;
- Learning disabilities;
- Lack of coordination;
- Inability to do everyday tasks;
- Spasticity, rigidity;
- Weakness of arms and legs.
What Kind of Damages Can I Receive?
The California brain injury lawyers from Donahue & Horrow LLP are committed to pursuing justice for our clients. We have successfully handled hundreds of brain injury cases over our 50 years of experience. We can help you seek compensation for:
- Compensation for all medical expenses that you have had in the past, including those you may incur in the future. This is important in brain injury cases, as many victims will require long term medical treatment.
- Compensation for pain and suffering that you and your family have endured because of your injury.
- Compensation for loss of income, which can include the loss of future earning capacity if you are no longer able to work.
- Compensation for wrongful death, if applicable.
If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury due to medical malpractice, it is important to act promptly. There are time deadlines within which you must file a claim. During your first meeting, we can assess the facts of your case and give you advice regarding what legal options are available to you. Call us today for a free consultation at 310-322-0300 or toll free at 877-664-5407.