If you suffer from a head trauma injury due to an accident, seeking immediate medical attention should be your first priority. Even if your head didn’t bleed, let the doctor check on you to make sure that you’re really okay.
A head trauma is a complicated affliction that affects the head internally and externally. It’s damage to the scalp, skull, or the brain itself depending on the severity of the injury. It ranges from a minor cut or scratch to the scalp to serious brain injury.
If you developed head trauma because of an accident due to someone else’s negligence, let the expert LA head trauma injury lawyer from Big Ben Lawyers handle your case.
What Causes Head Injuries to Occur?
Head trauma occurs due to different reasons and affects both children and adults. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Slip and falls
- Child abuse
- Vehicular accident (car, motorcycle, bike, truck, and bus)
- Pedestrian accidents
- Baby shake syndrome
- Violence or assault
How Does the Brain Suffer from Bruising and Internal Damage?
When a victim receives a direct blow to the head, the brain suffers from bruising. The brain’s internal tissue and blood vessels also become damaged because of a condition called coup-countercoup. On the other hand, a bruise that is directly associated with the trauma, in the area of repercussion, is known as a coup lesion.
The jolting of the brain from forward and backward or sideways can hit the skull and can cause bruising. Moreover, the brain can suffer from the torn internal lining, tissues, and blood vessels which can lead to internal bleeding or swelling.
What are the Main Types of Head Trauma Injury?
There are two main types of head trauma injury. These are closed head injury and open head injury.
A closed head injury is a condition wherein the victim doesn’t suffer any afflictions on the skull or bone structure. It happens when the brain rams the walls of the skull at fast-paced, which can lead to bruising, swelling, and bleeding.
In an open head injury, the victim suffers damage to the skull or one structure, including injuries to the brain. It occurs when there’s an impaling wound that pierces the skin into the skull opening.
What are the Symptoms of Head Trauma Injuries?
Many head injuries need serious medical attention and adequate recovery time. Even if you think you’re okay after an accident, it’s still necessary that a doctor check you up. Consult a doctor if you experience any or more of the following mild to serious symptoms:
- Spinning sensation
- Ringing in the ears
- Mild confusion
- Abnormal eye movement
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Mood swings
- Clear fluid leaking from ears or nose
- Loss of muscle control
- Serious disorientation
- Memory loss/Amnesia
- An inability to focus the eyes
- Balance or coordination problems
Every head trauma injury must be considered critically, even if it’s minor. A wrong diagnosis or lack of time to completely recover can impact daily grinds and quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from this kind of injury after an accident, it’s best to hire a skilled and expert Los Angeles injury lawyer to help you file a claim to recover all your damages and maximize your compensation.
What Damages Can You Recover in a Head Trauma Injury Claim?
Recoverable damages in a head trauma injury claim generally come in two types. These are Special Damages and General Damages.
Special damages. These are quantifiable damages and compensate the injured victim financially for suffered losses because of the defendant’s reckless actions. Examples include:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Repair or replacement of damaged property
- Funeral and burial costs (in case of wrongful death)
General damages. These damages are losses wherein money isn’t an equivalent substitute. It includes:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Shock and mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Loss of consortium
- Physical disfigurement
- Lowered qualify of life
California Statute of Limitation for Head Trauma Injury Claim
In California, the statute of limitations for any brain injury case is two years. At the same time, head injuries that resulted from medical malpractice only have one year to file a claim. However, in most cases, the victim has one or two years from the date of the collision to file a claim.
Get the Most Efficient Help from Big Ben Lawyers
We understand the exhaustion and impairing nature of a head trauma injury. You can’t get back to work, do your daily tasks, or care for yourself and others. It’s a long road to recovery and you’ll need all the help you can get – physically, emotionally, and financially.
Big Ben Lawyers has a team of expert head trauma injury attorneys who will help you from start to finish of your case. We work harder to help victims seek justice and get the compensation they truly deserved.
Book a free consultation with us today. Call (818) 423-4878 and speak with our compassionate LA head trauma lawyer. We work on a contingency fee basis.