Brain injuries are among the most catastrophic results of accidents, medical malpractice, and mishaps involving dangerous products. Victims who survive brain injuries in Orange County often confront physical and cognitive limitations that substantially reduce the quality of their lives.
When a brain injury is caused by another person’s carelessness, the injury victim is entitled to pursue compensation. An experienced Orange County brain injury attorney can assemble a team of experts to evaluate the victim’s future needs and to estimate the funds that will be needed to restore the victim’s ability to function independently.
If you or a loved one experienced a brain injury in Southern California as the result of another person’s negligence, you can get help from an Orange County brain injury lawyer by calling Timothy J. Ryan & Associates at 800-838-6644.
Traumatic brain injuries are usually caused by a blow to the head, but they can also be caused by a violent movement of the head or by actions that deprive the brain of oxygen. In some cases, including gunshot wounds, brain injuries are caused by an object that penetrates the skull and makes contact with the brain. In most cases, a traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain collides with the skull.
Accidental causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
Any other negligent act or failure to act that causes a brain injury may also entitle the injury victim to compensation. A brain injury lawyer in Orange County can explore the facts and determine who should be responsible for compensating brain injury victims.
The kind of compensation a brain injury victim should receive depends upon the impact of the injury. When a victim dies from a brain injury, California law permits a surviving spouse and certain other relatives to seek wrongful death damages.
Compensation for death cannot replace a life, but it can replace lost income that the family member would have provided. It can also send a message of justice by holding the person who caused the death financially accountable for the loss of love and companionship that surviving family members will be forced to endure.
Some brain injury survivors experience long-term cognitive disabilities. The injury victim might have difficulty learning new facts or finding the right words to express an idea. The injury might cause a loss of memory or impair the ability to retain new memories.
In some cases, injury victims are able to compensate for their cognitive losses by learning techniques that help their brains process information in new ways. Compensation can pay for the neuropsychological treatment that is needed to maximize recovery.
Some brain injuries result in loss of speech functions, impair vision, or cause other sensory losses (such as the ability to smell, to hear certain noises, or to feel heat or pain). A speech-language pathologist and other specialists may be able to provide rehabilitative therapy that will help the victim recover some of those functions or to adjust to their loss.
Some brain injuries produce attention deficit disorders and personality changes. A neuropsychologist may be able to design a treatment plan that will alleviate or minimize those symptoms.
Some brain injuries impair motor skills, making it difficult for victims to walk, climb stairs, or drive. Physical therapists may be able to help victims overcome those difficulties.
When brain damage makes it impossible for a victim to return to work, occupational therapists and vocational rehabilitation specialists may be able to help the victim learn skills needed to obtain new employment. Therapists can also teach brain damage victims coping skills that will allow them to maximize their ability to function independently.
Brain injury victims require compensation to pay for specialists who can help them maximize their recovery. They need compensation to replace the stream of income they will lose because of their lost employment.
They may need compensation to pay for assisted-living facilities, homecare workers, wheelchairs, and other equipment and personnel that will help them live a meaningful life. And they need compensation for the pain, suffering, and emotional distress that has become part of their life.
Attorney Tim Ryan is author of "The Personal Injury Victim's Bible" and has assisted thousands of injury victims, obtaining more than $1 billion for his clients collectively since 1981.
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