It is never simple to live with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even survivors of supposedly “minor” brain injuries might experience long-term consequences that affect their life and ability to support themselves for years to come. The difficulties, expenses, and effects are much more severe for persons who have suffered more serious traumatic brain injuries.
According to California law, those who sustain TBIs as a result of someone else’s negligence are entitled to make a personal injury claim to recover damages for their losses. A successful TBI settlement or verdict can give victims and their loved ones the money they need to start over and plan for the future.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
When the brain is damaged by a sudden trauma, it is likely that a person will suffer a traumatic brain injury. TBIs can happen when the head strikes something suddenly and violently or when something pierces the skull and enters the brain.
Headache, disorientation, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or sleepy eyes, ringing in the ears, a terrible taste in the mouth, exhaustion or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and issues with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking are other signs of moderate TBIs.
Traumatic brain injury can be in classifications from moderate to more severe. More severe TBIs have the same symptoms as moderate TBIs but with additional ailments such as seizures, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and in some cases, a coma.
California Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
A traumatic brain injury, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), is a disruption in the brain’s normal function that can be brought on by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head or by a penetrating head injury. According to the California Department of Rehabilitation, about 1.7 million Americans experience this every year. TBIs are responsible for 53,000 fatalities, 235,000 hospital admissions, and 1.1 million ER visits annually. Non-traumatic brain injuries (NTBI) and traumatic brain injuries are different.
In California, traffic accidents account for the majority of TBI-related fatalities in people between the ages of 5 and 24. Additionally, more than 251,000 Californians received TBI treatment and were discharged (rather than hospitalized) in the most recently reported year.
Traumatic Brain Injury in California News
A California jury ordered Albertsons grocery store to pay $4.3 million to a man who slipped on a wet floor and broke his nose, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. The victim slipped on water that had pooled on the floor close by while he was shopping in the meat section of the store, according to the local media. He struck his head on the floor after falling face down, breaking his nose in the process.
The victim said he was having memory problems and losing his sense of taste and smell months after the occurrence. It was later determined that the victim suffered a “subdural hematoma.” He subsequently needed surgery to remove fluid from his head, but the effects of a traumatic brain injury persisted.
Contact the Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP
At Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Our skilled Los Angeles brain injury attorneys are committed to obtaining the fair compensation you deserve. Contact a qualified brain injury attorney today for a free consultation online or by calling (833) ACTS-LAW.