Brain Injury Lawyer Serving Los Angeles
Our brains are much more fragile than we like to think. Any significant impact to our skulls can cause a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, which can carry a whole host of complications and long-term negative effects. Brain injuries can also result from certain medical conditions or from exposure to situations in which oxygen is not flowing to the brain. All of these situations can result from someone else’s negligence and can leave a victim with significant damages for which they should be compensated.
Whatever the cause of your brain injury, the seasoned Glendale brain injury lawyers at McReynolds Vardanyan, LLP have the knowledge and skill necessary for investigating and proving brain injury claims and maximizing the damages available for their clients.
Types and Causes of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are the most common type of brain injury and are the most well-known. TBIs can result from car accidents; slip-and-falls; construction site or other workplace accidents; sports injuries; defective devices; or any number of other types of accidents.
Certain medical conditions such as meningitis, encephalitis, tumors, and strokes can also lead to lasting brain damage. Faulty medical care, such as undiagnosed strokes, hemorrhaging, edemas, improper medical treatment, or even delayed medical attention can all contribute to and exacerbate brain injuries.
Additionally, hypoxic brain injuries can result from anything that causes anoxia, or depleted oxygen to the brain. Anoxia can be caused by smoke inhalation, exposure to toxic chemicals like excessive carbon emissions in consumer products, near-drowning in water, or medical malpractice such as a birth injury or the improper application of anesthesia.
Proving a Brain Injury Case
The law in a brain injury case is not necessarily different from any other personal injury matter, but due to the complex nature of brain injuries, the cases can nonetheless be much more complicated and difficult to prove. It is vital that you retain a knowledgeable brain injury attorney as early as possible after your accident or diagnosis in order to begin building your case. A seasoned brain injury lawyer will know how to properly collect and utilize medical evidence, retain appropriate and qualified medical experts, and document your injury, expenses, and recovery in order to maximize your available claims.
Damages in a Brain Injury Case
Like other personal injury matters, damages in a brain injury case generally break down into two principal categories: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are those that can be tied to a specific quantity, such as lost wages or medical expenses. Noneconomic damages are those that are harder to quantify but are no less real, such as pain and suffering and other emotional distress.
Brain injuries can require significant short-term and long-term medical care to recover, if a full recovery is possible, and they can affect your ability to work or perform other functions. Victims and their families can end up with significant out-of-pocket expenses as a result. Economic damages that may arise in a brain injury case include:
- Medical expenses, both current and expected
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Medical devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, or hearing aids
- In-home nursing care or other necessary aid
- Special education or rehabilitation
Brain injuries are incredibly serious and can lead to severe, long-term damage. The emotional toll of losing a basic bodily function such as sight or sound, losing mental capacity to perform certain tasks, or the effects on your relationships that a change in behavior might cause cannot be overstated. Noneconomic damages that may arise in a brain injury case include:
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or other loss of capacity
- Loss of bodily function such as sight, hearing, or smell
- Loss of relationship
Get Immediate Medical & Legal Help After a Brain Injury in Los Angeles
Getting help from both doctors and attorneys as soon as possible after a brain injury or any other catastrophic injury is vital to ensuring that you get both the full care and full compensation you need after a serious accident or other event leading to brain injury. In Los Angeles County, call McReynolds Vardanyan in Glendale at 818-855-2115 for a free consultation with a dedicated and successful southern California personal injury lawyer.