A serious head injury can disrupt the normal functioning of the brain and flip a person’s life upside down after an accident. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and social impairments that can range from mild to severe. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in an accident, you may have a claim for compensation against those responsible. Call the office or contact us today at Deldar Legal to speak with an expert in California personal injury law and schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Types of Head Injuries
A head injury is an umbrella term that refers to any type of wound, trauma, or injury that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. This can happen if the head suffers a serious jolt, impact, or penetrating force in an accident. A traumatic brain injury is typically rated from mild to severe, and signs of a head injury can either appear immediately after an accident or can develop days or weeks later.
A mild traumatic brain injury may affect the functioning of the brain temporarily, and symptoms typically go away after a few days or weeks. Signs of a mild TBI include minor loss of consciousness, headache, nausea or vomiting, difficulty sleeping, sensitivity to light and sound, blurred vision, ringing in ears, memory or concentration problems, and mood swings.
Moderate to severe TBI can result in brain bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain that can result in permanent injury or even death. Signs of more severe traumatic brain injuries are significant loss of consciousness, worsening headache, seizures, clear fluid draining from ears and nose, dilation of one or both pupils, loss of coordination, slurred speech, profound confusion, and agitation.
If you suspect a head injury after an accident, it is critical that you seek immediate medical assistance for diagnosis and treatment.
Compensation for Head Injuries
The value of a head injury claim depends on the specific facts of the case and the seriousness of the injury. For moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, compensation may include the costs of future long-term care for any permanent disability that the victim suffered as a result of the accident. Compensation includes both economic and noneconomic costs of a head injury after an accident. Economic damages, also known as special costs, include payment for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages, also known as general costs, include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
In fatal head injury cases, the victim’s family may also seek compensation for wrongful death. This includes payment for all final medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and compensation for the loss of love, guidance, support, and companionship of the victim.
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Did you suffer a head injury in an accident in California? If so, you need to speak with a highly qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. Call the office or contact us today at Deldar Legal to schedule a free consultation.