Brain injuries are some of the most debilitating and life-altering injuries you can experience. Not only can a brain injury upend your life but it can also result in extremely high and ongoing medical costs and expenses.
Brain injuries (also often called traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs) can be caused by various circumstances. For example during a motor vehicle accident, the skull can be struck by a hard surface such as the steering wheel or the windshield. Similarly, during a slip and fall accident, one can suffer brain injury by hitting one’s head on concrete. Furthermore, attacks of a criminal nature such as a gunshot wound can also result in brain injury.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that almost 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. Indeed, it is estimated that traumatic brain injury accounts for 1 in 6 injury related hospital admissions each year.
Brain injuries are frequently associated with several warning signs. These allow you to determine if you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury and need to immediately seek medical attention. Some of these common warning signs include, but are not limited to, the following:
loss of consciousness
confusion or disorientation, or any trouble concentrating may be a sign of a brain injury
nausea or vomiting
Note that these symptoms do not necessarily indicate a brain injury for every person. But they can be important when you are collecting evidence for your brain injury case in the future.
ringing in the ears
sensitivity to light and sound
Severe brain injuries, like those which come with permanent brain damage, can result in serious symptoms like:
Memory loss, either short or long-term
Loss of cognition or cognitive capabilities
Emotional turmoil and distress
Loss of language or communication abilities
Brain injuries can result in significant emotional distress, medical costs and long-term medical expenses. The types of compensation that might be awarded include but are not limited the following:
Past and future medical bills
Lost earning capacity
Punitive damages (if there is evidence of egregious behavior)
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury in the Burbank area, the Law Office of Alisa Goukasian can help. Give us a call or use our contact form to set up a free consultation today.