NEWPORT BEACH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LAWYER
Traumatic brain injuries, better known as TBIs, are a common type of injury many plaintiffs suffer. Unfortunately, they can be serious injuries that are often painful and debilitating for extended periods of time, sometimes permanently.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there were more than 2.5 million TBI-related emergency department visits in the United States in 2014 (the most recent year from which data is available). The vast majority of these visits were for incidents that could result in bodily injury claims with 47.9% of the visits being the result of an unintentional fall, 17.1% of them resulting from being struck by an object, and 13.2% of them resulting from automobile accidents. That means more than 75% of TBI-related emergency department visits in America could result in a bodily injury claim.
Your health is our top priority at Younglove Law Group. Our award-winning team of brain injury lawyers can help you get the right kind of treatment for your TBI so you can heal as quickly as possible and get the settlement you deserve. We have seen the devastating impact TBIs can have, and we know how to maximize the value of our clients’ claims. Call Younglove Law Group now for a free and confidential consultation.
If you were in an accident and you believe you may have suffered a TBI, please do not wait to seek medical treatment. Identifying and documenting brain injuries as early as possible is not only good for your health, but also your case.
However, even a medical exam might miss the signs of a TBI. It is vital that you watch for the signs of a TBI yourself. They can manifest themselves in many ways, but most commonly they result in some combination of the following symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Persistent headaches
- Sleep deprivation
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of balance
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Mood swings
- Clear fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Pupil dilation
- Weakness or numbness in the fingers
If you were involved in an accident and are suffering from some combination of the above, you may have suffered a TBI and should seek medical attention. These symptoms can also result from other medical conditions or injuries, so it is important that you consult with a physician to identify their cause.
DIAGNOSING A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN NEWPORT BEACH
A physician may conduct several types of tests to determine the existence and severity of your TBI. Often, several different types of tests and measures are used to diagnose a TBI.
Glasgow Coma Scale:
The Glasgow Coma Scale (“GCS”) is a tool for healthcare providers to assess your functioning in 3 key areas: your ability to speak, ability to move, and ability to open your eyes.
The scores for each of these assessments is combined to assess whether you suffered a TBI and, if you did, its severity. The maximum combined score is 15. A score of 13 or more is scored as a mild TBI, 9 to 12 indicates a moderate TBI, and a score of 8 or below indicates a severe TBI.
A CT Scan (or CAT Scan) is a diagnostic in which X-rays are taken from many angles to create a complete picture of the brain. They can quickly reveal whether your brain is bleeding or bruised. However, there are other diagnostics that produce even more detailed results for physicians to examine.
An MRI Scan uses magnets and radio waves to produce very detailed images, and it can produce much more detailed images than a CT Scan. This can help your doctor more accurately identify a TBI you suffered.
MRI Scans are expensive and time-consuming, so they are rarely used at the onset of treatment. They are more often used when a patient is enduring ongoing symptoms so their healthcare provider can make additional recommendations for treatment.
Even with the precision of MRI Scans, it is not uncommon for a patient who has suffered a TBI to have a clean or “normal” CT Scan and MRI. Brain injuries can be incredibly difficult to detect and these diagnostics are actually best suited for larger, more apparent injuries and conditions.
Another type of test that can be done to determine whether you have suffered a TBI is an electroencephalogram (“EEG”). An EEG measures electrical activity in the brain using electrodes that are attached to your head. It charts the electrical charges that are detected over time, measuring your brain activity.
An Event-Related Potential (“ERP”) is similar to an EEG, except during an ERP you are given an external stimulus, e.g., a photograph. The ERP charts your brain activity as you are exposed to varying stimuli and, depending on your results, a TBI can be diagnosed.
TBI SUCCESS STORY
We were able to obtain a $350,000 settlement for a client of ours who suffered a TBI after being struck by a car while crossing the street with his dog. This was a particularly impressive outcome because the defendant only had $15,000 of coverage. Read more about it, as well as some of our other case results, by clicking below.