If you are a brain injury victim who has suffered due to another’s negligence, then the Fresno brain injury attorneys at Grossman Law Offices can help you recover damages in a personal injury case.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is generally caused by a blow or jolt to the head from assault, a slip and fall, motor vehicle accident, or sports injury. Because these injuries result in complex symptoms and require extensive, costly medical care, our Fresno brain injury lawyers fight for our clients to recover the full amount of their losses.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are many ways that the brain can become injured. A brain injury is very serious, and proper treatment always leads to very high medical expenses. A brain injury lawyer helps you establish liability and fights for you to receive compensation from the responsible party’s insurance company.
In 2020 there were over 2.1 million emergency room visits for injuries caused by car accidents. The impact of the collision can cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull, which severely damages nerve tissues, disrupts chemical processes in the brain, and disrupts communication to the various body parts. Car accidents are caused by myriad reasons, but the ones that result in traumatic brain injury often involve speeding, alcohol, distracted driving, and other reckless conduct.
A motorcycle accident can also result in serious injury to the brain. Because a motorcyclist does not have any protective barrier between them like they would have in a passenger vehicle, they are more likely to suffer serious injuries and require immediate medical attention for life-threatening injuries. Under Vehicle Code Section 27803, all Fresno motorcyclists must wear a helmet in order to protect the head and face from injury.
Commercial trucks have more weight and mass than most other types of motor vehicles, so any collision with a truck will result in severe injury to the passengers in a smaller car or to pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Victims of a collision involving 18-wheelers and trailers can suffer a traumatic brain injury after experiencing the force of the impact.
If you have suffered a Fresno brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, then you deserve to be treated fairly and to recover damages. Call the Fresno personal injury lawyers at Grossman Law Offices if you were in an accident and consequently suffered a brain injury.
Types of Traumatic Fresno Brain Injuries
There are two types of brain injuries: open head injuries and closed injuries. A closed head injury is when the brain is injured within the skull. It is usually caused by a rapid forward and backward movement or shaking of the brain that causes it to hit the inner walls of the skull, resulting in bruising or tearing of blood vessels and brain tissue. This interrupts normal brain function. Common symptoms of closed TBI include concussion, headache, nausea, and confusion. There are many types of closed TBI:
- Brain hemorrhage: Uncontrolled bleeding in the brain
- Intracranial hematoma: When a ruptured blood vessel causes an accumulation of blood inside the skull
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI): When the brain rapidly shifts inside the skull during a physically traumatic event, tearing the axons and disrupting the cells’ ability to communicate with each other
- Coup-contrecoup injuries: When the force of impact causes the brain to hit the front of the skull, then rebounds and hits the back of the skull
Open head injury is when an object penetrates the skull or the skull is fractured. It often results in severe TBI. Symptoms of severe TBI include:
- Clear fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Repeated vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to light
- Extreme headaches that do not lessen or go away
- Weakness or numbness in arms
Potential Compensation Available
If you have suffered a Fresno brain injury, then you can recover compensation for your injuries and expenses related to the accident. There are three types of compensation that our brain injury attorneys can help you recover: economic damages, non-economic damages, and, in some cases, punitive damages.
Economic damages are meant to compensate you for financial losses related to your injuries, including:
- Your medical treatment, such as your hospital stay, surgeries, prescription drugs, assistive medical devices, follow-up care, and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Repairs or replacement of your motor vehicle if it was damaged in the crash
- Any other out-of-pocket costs
Our Fresno accident lawyers add the amount from your medical bills, receipts, invoices, and other documents to calculate a fair settlement amount that they will fight for you to receive in a personal injury lawsuit.
You can also recover non-economic damages after your Fresno accident. Noneconomic damages compensate you for the pain and suffering that you sustained in the crash. Examples of non-economic damages include financial compensation for your emotional distress, chronic pain, permanent disability, anxiety, and depression.
Though they are not always awarded in every case, when there is clear and convincing evidence that the defendant is guilty of fraud, malice, or oppression, then the victim may recover punitive damages. There are no caps on punitive damages in California, but the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits imposing grossly excessive or arbitrary punishments on defendants. Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant whose conduct was grossly negligent or intentional and deter others from committing similar acts.
Why You Need a Brain Injury Attorney
The damages in brain injury lawsuits are typically very high because medical care for these types of serious injuries is exceedingly expensive. Therefore, the insurance company will fight hard to reduce how much it pays out in compensation to brain injury victims. The brain injury attorneys from our Fresno, CA law firm are determined to provide head injury victims with the tenacious advocacy they need to obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.
Brain Injury Attorney Fresno
The brain injury lawyers at Grossman Law Offices will fight for you so that you can focus on your recovery rather than the stress of your legal issues. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to investigating your Fresno, CA brain injury case. After your free consultation with one of our Fresno brain injury lawyers, we will get started on your case. We gather evidence from the site where your injuries occurred, your medical records, and interview witnesses to the accident. We consult with the medical experts treating you to learn more about how severe your symptoms are so that we can convey the gravity of your situation to the insurance company or judge.
We collect depositions from expert witnesses to help the judge or insurance adjuster understand the evidence presented or determine the facts that we are trying to establish in your case. An expert witness is an authority whose testimony helps Fresno brain injury attorneys prove liability. Forensic experts and medical experts are some of the authorities who can play a critical role in getting the compensation you need.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
With over 60 years of experience in personal injury law, you can trust the compassionate attorneys at Grossman Law Offices to treat you with respect through this difficult time. Call (866) 982-5094 now to schedule your free consultation with our Fresno brain injury lawyers.