Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have life-altering consequences for victims and their families. It is usually caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. Penetrating traumatic brain injury can occur when an object, such as a bullet, pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. While mild TBI may cause only temporary problems with normal brain function, more severe TBI can lead to permanent disability or death. If you or your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury through someone else’s negligence, it is important to speak with a San Diego brain injury attorney to find out about your legal options.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBI is frequently caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, sports injuries, and explosive blasts in combat. Accidents in which victims commonly suffer traumatic brain injuries include:
Car accidents: When two or more vehicles collide, the force of the impact can cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull, damaging tissues and nerves.
Truck accidents: The jarring, violent movement that occurs in a collision with an 80,000 pound tractor trailer can cause the head to jolt suddenly or slam against objects inside a vehicle.
Motorcycle accidents: Riders can be ejected from the bike in a collision. Sudden deceleration or blunt force trauma to the head when the rider’s body hits the ground can cause serious head and brain injuries.
Bicycle accidents: When a 4,000 pound passenger vehicle hits an unprotected bicyclist, the force of impact can cause a jolt to the head and body that damages the brain.
Pedestrian accidents: In a collision involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian’s head may be struck by the vehicle or hit the pavement, causing bleeding and bruising of the brain.
Slip and fall accidents: Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury overall, as stated by the Mayo Clinic. The head can hit the floor or pavement hard in a fall caused by a slippery surface.
Wrongful death: Severe traumatic brain injury can result in death of the victim. Surviving family members of the deceased may have a wrongful death claim against responsible parties.
What Are the Long-Term Life Changes Associated with TBI?
A long list of complications are associated with TBI. It can cause altered consciousness, physical complications, intellectual and communication problems, sensory issues, and emotional and behavioral changes. Severe traumatic brain injury can impact a victim’s ability to earn a living, affect his or her personal relationships, and significantly impact quality of life. TBI can also increase the risk of degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Who Is Liable for Traumatic Brain Injuries in San Diego?
If you or your loved one suffered TBI in an accident caused by the negligence of another, the at-fault party may be held liable. Our experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer can thoroughly investigate your accident to determine fault and liability and to secure evidence to support your case. Damages you may be entitled to claim may include past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, disability, pain and suffering, and other losses. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to assess the full extent of your damages, past present and future, and effectively pursue the compensation you deserve.
At Eugene Bruno & Associates, we work hard and win for our clients. We have helped thousands of injury victims and recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation. Our firm has a 99.7% success rate. Contact us at (619) 209-6066 for the skilled legal help you need after a severe traumatic brain injury in San Diego.
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