Los Angeles Traumatic Brain & Head Injury Lawyers

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A traumatic brain injury is a life-altering event. Brain injury victims often face a lengthy recovery, pain and suffering, and ongoing medical care, which can become a physical, emotional, and financial burden. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to the negligent, reckless, or willful conduct of another party, it is crucial to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.

Causes of a Brain Injury

J&Y Law Firm provides powerful representation to traumatic brain injury victims and their families throughout the state of California. We have a well-earned reputation for being highly skilled trial lawyers and tough negotiators. Our legal team has extensive experience handling cases arising from:

When you become our client, you can rest assured we will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances you may be entitled to economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages will compensate you for actual financial harm, such as lost wages, medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity. Noneconomic damages cover intangible losses such as pain and suffering, as well as permanent disability and loss of enjoyment of life.

The injury lawyers at J&Y Law will fight tirelessly for you inside or outside of the courtroom. Although we prefer to resolve personal injury cases through detailed and intricate negotiations with insurance companies, we have the skills and experience to litigate any matter. Knowing that a traumatic brain injury can be a life-altering event, we will stand by you every step of the way and make sure you receive the much-needed medical care and financial resources for your recovery.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is typically the result of a violent blow to the head. There are two types of brain injuries, closed and open:

  • Closed TBI — A blow to the head forces the brain to strike against the skull, often leading to swelling in the brain or blood clots
  • Open TBI — A skull fracture caused by a fall or collision, or an object (e.g. a bullet, falling debris) penetrating the skull

Common types of brain injuries include:

  • Concussions — Due to a blow to or violent shaking of the head
  • Contusions — A blow to the head that causes bruising or bleeding
  • Diffuse axonal Injury — A strong back-and-forth shaking or side-to-side rotation of the head
  • Penetration Injury — The result of a sharp object penetrating the skull (e.g. knife, bullet, or falling object)
  • Anoxic Brain Injury — Oxygen deprivation of the brain
  • Hypoxic Brain Injury — A loss of oxygen ceases brain function

Symptoms and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries

There is a wide range of brain injury symptoms, including:

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  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Sleep and balance problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Irritability, anxiety, and depression

A moderate or severe brain injury requires immediate emergency care so that the brain has a sufficient supply of blood and oxygen. Surgery will also prevent injuries from worsening and alleviate the damage caused by inflammation, bleeding, or oxygen deprivation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Have Lasting Consequences

Depending on the severity, a traumatic brain injury can lead to ongoing symptoms such as:

  • Cognitive impairments (e.g. memory loss)
  • Weakness in the extremities
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Hearing or vision loss

Some victims may also experience personality changes, mood swings, and depression, lose the ability to concentrate and suffer from impaired social skills, while others may be unable to perform the same work or experience.

TBI victims often require rehabilitation to relearn basic skills such as walking or talking, however, severely injured victims are incapable of caring for themselves and require assistance with basic daily functions (e.g. dressing, eating, and bathing). Finally, victims of often require prolonged medical treatment and physical therapy while permanently disabled victims will need lifelong medical care.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Brain Injury Lawsuit in California?

In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit, including those involving brain injuries, is typically two years from the date of the injury or the date the injury was discovered (or should have been discovered). This means you generally have two years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

However, certain exceptions may apply that could extend or shorten the statute of limitations period. For example, if a government entity is involved, you may have a shorter time frame to file a claim. Additionally, if the injured party is a minor or if the injured person discovers the injury or its connection to the accident at a later date, the statute of limitations may be extended.

It is important to consult with an attorney licensed in California such as J&Y Law to obtain legal advice specific to your situation. Laws may change, so it is essential to verify this information with an attorney or by checking the most recent California laws surrounding it.

Contact Our Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you face an uncertain future, a long recovery, and mounting medical expenses. When you become our client we will help you obtain the medical care that you need and the compensation you deserve. Our legal team will handle all the details of your claim so that you can focus on recovering.

J&Y Law Firm handles all traumatic brain and head injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that we only get paid if we recover for you. When your well-being is on the line, you can rest assured we will be by your side. Please contact our office today for a free evaluation of your case.