Brain injuries are one of the most severe catastrophic types of injuries someone can endure. Many victims suffer for weeks, months, or years. Some never fully recover from their injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries are unlike any other personal injury you might sustain. They rob you of the ability to think straight and determine the best solutions for your situation. As you are trying to go on with life and managing how to live with the results of the injuries, you may get overwhelmed with medical bills, lost wages, and challenges with keeping up with loved ones. Your personality can also undergo changes that you are not okay with but cannot stop.

So, if you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting from another party’s negligence, it is important to know your rights and receive the proper instruction and care to document your injury. Having an experienced Orange County traumatic brain injury lawyer by your side is important to navigate the legal process so you can recover maximum damages to help make recovery and life less of a burden as you move forward.

Why Hire One of Our Riverside Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys?

There are several levels of severity when it comes to brain injuries. Whether you have had a severe skull fracture (following a car accident, for instance) or have suffered a sports injury, concussion, or, the most common cause, you fell and knocked your head, any level of head injury can result in severe and lasting brain injury. It can be very complicated to document and prove that a brain injury victim suffered the negligence of another. If you need legal representation in a TBI personal injury case or would like counsel from a Riverside personal injury attorney about your case, reach out to the team at MKP Law Group at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

We always work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, meaning WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS WE WIN. There are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs to our clients.

Our personal injury lawyer team works closely with a team of medical experts throughout Riverside, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Southern California to ensure that you or your loved one receives top-notch medical care for a speedy and healthy recovery while we deal with the legal process and negotiate with the insurance companies.

Will Your Brain Injury Result in a Permanent Disability?

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TBI can cause a host of severe and permanent complications and disabilities that can affect not only one’s cognitive capabilities, memory, and motor skills but also one’s behavior, temperament, sexual drive, and overall quality of life. Immediate medical attention is required for TBI’s.

As noted by the Riverside University Health System, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of patients filing for permanent disability. Adding insult to injury, you may not always know right away what the true extent of the injury will be. It may take days or weeks before you and your doctors recognize the full extent of the damage. TBI’s are often called the “invisible injury” because a victim cannot physically see the damage to the brain tissue and is often unaware they have a TBI or how severely a TBI has affected them.

Working with a local brain injury attorney in Riverside, you can trust that you will be connected with a network of medical professionals who can provide you with speedy and appropriate medical care for your brain injury. If you need help finding the best physicians in the area who specialize in your type of injury, the law firm‘s staff can assist you with referrals.

How Likely are You to Sustain a Brain Injury in Riverside?

Sometimes it can be unclear whether or not TBI has occurred, but what is clear is that the types of accidents commonly leading to TBIs are quite common.

In data from Riverside University, they found that between 2005-2007 hospitals saw an annual average of 1,286 patients hospitalized from traumatic brain injuries. That means 65 locals have suffered TBIs per every 100,000. Falls and car accidents are the leading causes of brain injuries, but there are also sports-related accidents and workplace injuries. In the years that the experts tracked, the total number of hospitalization days because of brain injuries was 28,863, which cost $317 million. Of the hospitalizations, those cases related to car crashes had the longest average hospitalization and highest average cost.

Statistics show that 70% of those hospitalized in Riverside County for traumatic brain injuries are male. The age group with the highest admissions rate is the demographic between 15 and 24 years.

The latest data from the CDC reports that each day there are about 610 TBI-related hospitalizations and 166 TBI-related deaths.

Whether a mild TBI or a catastrophic injury, the chances of being in a situation that could result in a TBI are not uncommon so be aware of the risks and take precautions to help you prevent this type of injury from occurring.

What is the real cost of TBI injuries?

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Because each TBI victim is different, the medical care they require, and in turn the medical expenses they will incur, vary from person to person. It is difficult to put an exact dollar amount on the complications and injuries a TBI accident victim will suffer.

When a brain injury disrupts your life, the results can take numerous forms.

Behavioral symptoms like changes in temperament, emotional instability, and increased anxiety may also occur and be difficult for the victim to recognize. Many times it takes friends and family to notice the subtle changes in a victim‘s personality or cognitive abilities.

If the injury results in physical impairment, the victim might have to move into a home without stairs. Someone else may need to provide assistance for simple tasks we often take for granted. It might be impossible to go to work and bring in any income. That said, the bills you have will not go away. In fact, there will be more bills now because of the medical attention and rehabilitation services you receive.

Due to the subtle nature of some TBI symptoms, working with an array of professionals is likely necessary to adequately diagnose your brain injury and may include:

  • Neurologists – neurologists are medical doctors who evaluate, diagnose, and treat TBI victims.
  • Neuropsychologists – are experts who combine neuroscience and psychiatry to speak to the effect a TBI has on the victim‘s personality and behavior.
  • Occupational Therapist – experts who treat injured or disabled patients in order to help them recover and return to work
  • Life-Care Planner – these experts are typically registered nurses or other medical professionals who formulate the estimated future medical care and treatment TBI victims will require in the future.

Warning Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries to Look Out For

In the most common types of situations that cause brain injuries, such as slip and falls or vehicle accidents, it can be hard to know what to look for. The most common symptoms and warning signs victims of TBI experience and should look out for are:

  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Paralysis, spinal cord injury
  • Difficulty speaking and comprehending
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

Many of the symptoms listed above are easily recognizable, particularly for severe brain injury. However, many symptoms are not easily detectable following head injuries. Other symptoms many TBI victims endure are neuropsychiatric in nature and include:

  • Personality changes
  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Impaired judgment
  • Inability to focus
  • Confusion
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”)

For more information, check out our collection of statistics here: Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics and Brain Injury Facts.

Contact MKP Law Group, LLP Today

While there are a lot of personal injury lawyers out there to choose from, MKP Law Group, LLP has helped many TBI victims and their families get their lives back on track. We know how to aggressively deal with insurance companies in order to obtain optimal settlements. When the at-fault party is not willing to accept responsibility for their negligence, MKP Law Group, LLP has a team of experienced trial attorneys who will hold the at-fault party responsible in a court of law. If you or someone you know is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, call MKP Law Group, LLP today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your free consultation.

We proudly service clients in Riverside, Orange County, Los Angeles, and other cities in Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica, Westwood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Pasadena, Glendale, and more.

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