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 Accident and Injury Lawyer Serving Brain Injury Victims in the San Francisco Bay Area

One of the most severe injuries a person can have is a brain injury. A permanent brain injury can change someone's life and alter their capabilities both physically and mentally like no other injury. A brain injury can affect a person's personality, mental faculties, and their ability to perform normal acts of daily living. It is a tremendous burden on the victim's loved ones as well. 

Traumatic brain injuries sometimes referred to by the acronym TBI, can happen from all sorts of accidents. Some of the most common include:

  • Motor vehicle collisions, including pedestrians and motorcycles
  • Bicycle, skating, skiing, skateboarding, and recreational activity accidents
  • Trip and falls or slip and falls
  • Head trauma resulting from participation in contact sports
  • Workplace or industrial accidents

Fracturing of the skull is not a required prerequisite for suffering a serious brain injury. All it takes is enough force to cause a strong sudden change of direction of the brain inside the head. A forceful change of direction could be caused by a sudden shaking back and forth or an impact between the head and a hard object. Both can cause the brain inside the skull to be pushed too hard to one side of the head resulting in a collision between the brain and the inside of the skull. The organic signs of brain damage include:

  • Bruising and bleeding between the brain and the skull 
  • Swelling of the brain commonly referred to as a subdural hematoma usually determined by a CT scan.
  • Damage to the nerves inside the brain itself commonly referred to as a diffuse axonal injury
  • Blast induced pressure waves from an explosion as seen in combat
  • Skull fractures exposing the brain itself to blunt force trauma

The Damage a Brain Injury can do:

There is no limit to how life-altering and damaging a brain injury can be. A seeming oxymoron, a mild brain injury, such as post-concussion syndrome, commonly referred to by the acronym PCS, can result in severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, tinnitus - ringing in the ears, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, and light and noise sensitivity. Moderate and severe forms of brain injuries can cause:

  • Permanent physical disability, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, due to loss of motor control
  • Involuntary shaking and/or seizures due to improper signals from, or lack of control by, the brain
  • Nausea including throwing up or queasiness 
  • Speaking difficulties including slurred speech and resulting from memory difficulties
  • Poor critical decision making and trouble focusing
  • Emotional and behavioral issues, such as depression and aggression
  • Mood changes caused organically or psychologically as a result of dealing with the physical changes

Usually, PCS victims will recover within about 6 months but many more serious brain injuries will either take a longer time to heal or will result in permanent residual effects. 

Do Not Face All of the Challenges By Yourself

When someone suffers a severe brain injury they are usually not the only one to bear the burden. A victim's family also has their life dramatically changed as they now have a dependent loved one who used to be independent. A significant toll occurs not only physically, by stepping in to care for the injured victim, but also emotionally by providing care and support. There can often be significant financial issues because of a lost income and because health insurance does not cover everything. If permanently disabled there are difficult hardships to overcome.

This is why you owe it to yourself and/or your family member to have your case reviewed to see if there is someone legally responsible for causing the brain injury and against whom a claim should be brought. Experienced help is vital to obtain a full financial recovery. If you or a loved one has had a brain injury, it would be wise to talk about your options with Mr. Shapiro. He will determine if there is a legal claim worth pursuing. If so, he can retain a physical rehabilitation expert, life care planner, vocational rehabilitation expert, and economist if needed so that all of the damages can be considered such as:

  • Medical expenses and rehabilitation, past and future
  • Loss of earnings and loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, past and future
  • Loss of consortium, if married and warranted

If you have recently suffered from a brain injury, it is important that you receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact Mr. Shapiro at 650-274-0180 or fill out the online form for a free consultation today to find out if a claim can be brought against someone for your injury. Shapiro Legal Group wants to fight for your needs.



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