South Bay Brain Injury Lawyer
The human brain is a wonderfully complex — yet also fragile — organ. Injuries to the brain can leave victims with permanent cognitive deficits and dramatically impact their quality of life.
Each year, it’s estimated that 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury. These may range from mild concussions sustained during sporting events or devastating head wounds suffered during an auto accident. Additionally, more than five million Americans live with long-term brain disabilities.
Understanding Brain Injuries and the Law
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons defines a brain injury as a blow to the head that disrupts normal brain operation. These injuries are classified as mild, moderate and severe. Less severe cases may resolve with time and rest, while more severe cases may be lifelong.
Brain injuries exhibit many common symptoms. These may include:
- Speech problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Light sensitivity
- Mood disorders
- Depression and anxiety
- Memory lapses
- Cognition impairment
In more serious cases, symptoms may include slurred speech, seizures, fluid leaking from the nose, combative behavior, dilated pupils and extreme confusion.
If negligent behavior is the source of the brain injury, it is possible to pursue litigation and compensation for any injuries.
Brain Injury Litigation in California
In California, litigation must be filed within two years of a personal injury. However in some cases (such as a brain injury occurring from medical malpractice) that term may be extended to three years.
When pursuing a legal claim, the plaintiff must prove the defendant is at fault for resulting brain injury by acting in a negligent manner. For example, an extremely careless driver or a surgeon who operated recklessly may be found at fault for causing an injury.
In California, under the Comparative Fault Standard, victims may also be determined to be partially at fault for their injuries if they are found to have acted with negligence or carelessness. This may impact any judgment for the plaintiff.
The law surrounding brain injuries can be quite complex, so it is vitally important to speak with an experienced attorney.
The Right Legal Partner for You
At Bloom Injury Law, we believe in providing a voice for victims. We pride ourselves on providing clients with constant communication and compassion — part of our commitment to peerless customer service.
We also have the experience to handle even the most complex brain injury litigation. If you need assistance, we urge you to contact us for a quick consultation.
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