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Brain Injury

San Diego Brain Injury Lawyers

Each day in the United States, 138 people die as the result of, or from complications following, a traumatic or acquired brain injury. These injuries represent an incredible 30% of all deaths by injury. As surprising as these numbers may be, the truth is that TBIs are a serious medical issue in this country.  If you or a loved one is a victim of a TBI an experienced San Diego brain injury attorney will make sure you receive the proper legal representation.

What are Brain Injuries?

Brain injuries are defined as any injury sustained from a bump, blow, or jolt of the head, or a penetrating injury to the head which damages brain tissue. These types of injuries fall on a spectrum from mild to severe.

Mild to Moderate: A patient is considered to have a mild to moderate brain injury if he or she experiences a temporary loss of consciousness, memory, or other normal brain functioning. Mild injuries to the brain may leave the victim without long-term side effects, while moderate brain injuries can cause permanent complications. Most concussions, though not all, fall under this category. 

Moderate to Severe: A patient is diagnosed with a moderate to severe brain injury if he or she suffers from prolonged loss of consciousness, memory, or other brain function. Changes in thinking or behavior resulting from a moderate to severe injury can last significantly longer; some can be permanent.  Due to the possibility of long term complications, it’s essential to hire a well versed brain injury attorney in the event of a moderate or severe TBI.

Common Causes

Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents cause more brain injuries than any other trauma and are most common for patients aged 15 to 44. While whiplash is usually associated with spinal injuries, serious cases often cause bruising of the brain.

Falls: Most common for age groups 0-14 and over 45, falls are the second most common cause of injuries to the brain. Slip and Falls can occur as a result of literally anything. They are often accidental and self-inflicted, while other times they can be caused by the negligence of others.

Blunt Force: Including both accidental and purposeful, blunt force is the third most common cause. Any time an individual is hit on the head, blunt force trauma and subsequent brain injuries can be sustained.

Other Causality: Over 50% of brain injuries involve alcohol. Additionally, individuals with a previous brain injury are three times more likely to sustain a second than someone who has never suffered one. Individuals who sustain two of these types of injuries are eight times more likely to sustain a third. An individual in the military is also three times as likely to sustain a brain injury as a civilian.

Implications of Brain Injuries                         

Brain injury survivors usually require vocational rehabilitation or physical therapy, and possibly neurotherapy as well. The side effects vary in severity depending on the extent of the damage. Some side effects last a few days – others a lifetime. Effects include impaired memory, changes in thinking or movement, loss of sensation, and emotional effects on families and loved ones. In America, 5.3 million people currently need some type of assistance following a brain injury.

Some patients are not so lucky. 2,000 or more brain injury victims end up in a permanent vegetative state each year, and another 50,000 do not survive the brain injury. A brain injury-related death happens every five minutes in the United States. Over 50% of hospitalized brain injured sufferers die within two days of the accident.

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation

Attorney Mike Bomberger is an Advisory Council Member of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. This group has been helping families affected by brain injuries for over 30 years.

Legal Representation

At Estey & Bomberger, LLP our injury lawyers in San Diego are proud to represent the victims of TBIs and their families. If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury as the result of negligence or malpractice, you may be entitled to some level of financial compensation. For more information, please contact us today. Remember, you don’t pay us until we win or settle your case.

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