Did you know that almost 100,000 individuals suffer permanent disabilities due to brain injuries every year, some of them in Palm Springs? The experience is, more often than not, traumatic and life-changing. Even brain injury victims who do not suffer complete debilitation generally experience a variety of symptoms and difficulties in the aftermath of their injury.
Nearly 2.5 million individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and Palm Springs residents are no exception. As experienced Palm Springs brain injury lawyers, we feel the duty to provide the following information to help shed light on what brain injury victims might expect after their accidents. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, please call the Palm Springs personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys for further help. We want to hear your story and see what we can do to improve your situation.
Consider the following TBI statistics:
The Mayo Clinic offers a concise definition of traumatic brain injury:
The young and elderly face a collection of unique risks when it comes to TBI. Children tend to be more reckless than their adult counterparts, and sometimes, children put themselves at heightened risk.
TBI is actually the leading cause of both death and disability in American children because:
TBIs aren’t just an issue for the youngest amongst us. In fact, it’s a known issue in older adults, too. Almost 100,000 emergency room visits occur every year due to a person aged 65+ suffering a brain injury.
Roughly 75 percent of those visits lead to hospital admissions.
Old age may aggravate TBI symptoms and reduce the chances of full recovery. Without good clinical data, most doctors struggle to accurately predict outcomes and provide appropriate care for older adult TBI victims.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have decades’ worth of collective experience litigating personal injury cases, including those that involve TBIs. Our team is well-positioned to partner with brain injury survivors and help them pursue justice in court. If you or somebody you love has been impacted by TBI, contact us today. You can speak to a legal professional in our Palm Springs office who can help determine your eligibility to file a personal injury claim.
Palm Springs TBI victims need to partner with a trustworthy attorney as soon as possible. Not only will your attorney help fight for your rights, but he or she will work hard to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly.
Brain injuries impact people differently depending on what part(s) of the brain sustains the injury. You may recall from high school science class illustrations of the human brain with lots of different-colored sections.
Those sections were probably lobes, and we have four of them:
Each lobe is responsible for controlling different parts of our bodies. The location of a brain injury determines which lobes it impacts and, as a result, how the injury affects the victim.
Problem-solving and emotional expression come from the frontal lobe. This lobe gives us the ability to perform cognitive functions, too. Lots of doctors help simplify this explanation by likening the frontal lobe to a control panel.
Without it, we cannot effectively control the following:
The temporal lobe helps us understand how we communicate with one another using language and voice. This lobe process sounds and also serves as the home to our language and speech comprehension systems. The temporal lobe also helps us recognize other people’s faces, categorize objects, and perform a range of other basic functions.
Somebody who has suffered an injury to their temporal lobe may struggle to understand spoken language. In some cases, TBI victims speak excessively or their behaviors grow more unpredictable and erratic.
Our parietal lobes help integrate sensory information. Think of the parietal lobe as the lobe that actually allows us to perform the actions that other parts of our brain facilitate. Many parietal lobe injury survivors struggle to name objects or describe how things feel.
That’s because the parietal lobe also controls:
Recent medical and scientific developments have left the true extent of the occipital lobe’s responsibilities (and capabilities) uncertain. Experts have realized that our occipital lobes take in input from all over our bodies. Nobody is sure exactly what this means, but medical professionals have stated that it’s an indication that this lobe likely does more than we know.
What we do know is that the occipital lobe serves as the brain’s visual processing center. It controls our vision.
Because of this, a lot of occipital lobe injuries result in side effects, like:
The cerebellum is not generally considered a lobe, but it does play a big role in helping our bodies function. In fact, it even controls how our bodies grow.
We rely on our cerebellum to control our bodies and help us perform the actions we want to perform.
If, for example, you wanted to reach out and grab a mug of coffee, your cerebellum would be the part of your brain that allowed you to:
Cerebellum damage can have a range of impacts, depending on the injury and the injured person. Trauma to the cerebellum may cause:
Different types and degrees of traumatic brain injuries tend to produce different symptoms. With that being said, if you ever believe that you or somebody else may be suffering from a TBI, it’s important to contact a doctor immediately. These descriptions are only meant to help broaden readers’ knowledge of TBIs; you should always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional when it comes to a brain injury.
This list does not include every single possible symptom of a TBI, which would be impossible. It does, however, offer a good overview of some of the most prevalent symptoms. It’s also important to note that many TBI survivors don’t display or experience symptoms until hours, days, or even weeks after the injury itself.
Doctors may categorize a TBI as mild, moderate, or severe. Don’t let that description fool you—it only applies to the immediate presentation of your symptoms, not any long-term consequences or outcomes. Counterintuitively, a severe TBI might clear up quickly, while a mild TBI could cause chronic disabling symptoms—and sometimes it’s the other way around. The unpredictable nature of TBI can leave victims and their families deeply frustrated as they struggle to recover to the greatest degree possible.
Regardless of how your doctor may describe your TBI, you may suffer from:
If the above describes you or someone you know, seek medical attention and call our Palm Springs brain injury lawyers.
You may recall that children face some unique risks when they suffer TBIs. Doctors believe that TBI works differently, on a baseline level, in children than it does in adults. Moreover, they find it difficult to evaluate and treat neurological symptoms in children—especially young children who cannot communicate well.
Parents should know that if their child may have suffered a TBI, his or her symptoms (if any present) may differ from those of an adult.
Any child who suffers a head injury should receive medical attention that monitors for these and similar symptoms:
One of the primary questions that potential clients ask us involves what compensation they should expect at the end of their cases. It’s important to remember that nobody can tell you which damages you’ll recover or how much they’ll be worth. Even once you’ve teamed up with an attorney, he or she can only offer a best (educated) guess at what might occur.
We believe brain injury survivors should understand their options regarding compensation. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we routinely assist brain injury clients in collecting these and other damages:
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have extensive experience litigating brain injury cases, and we are dedicated to providing effective legal guidance to the Palm Springs community. Our team of Palm Springs brain injury attorneys is well-versed in state and federal law and grants every client the personalized, respectful service that all clients deserve.
Contact us today or call (619) 237-3490 if you have questions about a Palm Springs brain injury or if you need assistance pursuing compensation.
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