California Brain Injury Lawyer
At the May Firm, we know that brain injuries are far more than hospital bills and stress. They are confusion, sleepless nights, and a hard-earned recovery process. Brain injuries can leave someone to suffer from a lifetime of medical complications. They can also leave a victim open to harassing phone calls from creditors and debt collection agencies after one medical bill became an avalanche.
Why The May Firm?
The May Firm wants to be your support system. We want to put your mind at ease. If you are a victim of a brain injury, you need a skilled, compassionate attorney who will put your best interests first. At the May Firm, we will go to battle for you. While you devote your energy to recuperating, we will ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
For a brain injury attorney to effectively represent you, they must understand the specifics of what happened to you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a trauma or injury to the head that interrupts normal functioning of the brain. TBI can range in severity from mild to severe.
A mild TBI, commonly referred to as a concussion, may include a brief change in mental status or temporary unconsciousness while a severe TBI may involve an extended period of unconsciousness. The effects of TBI may include impaired cognitive, motor, and sensory capabilities as well as emotional difficulties. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), increased anxiety, and depression are commonly associated with TBI.
Moderate to severe TBI typically requires hospitalization, especially when the victim is unconscious for 30 minutes or more. Severe TBI is associated with a loss of consciousness for over 24 hours and can leave a victim comatose. While in a coma, a TBI victim is unable to speak, move, or respond to commands. They are also unable to carry out basic functions on their own, such as to use the bathroom or bathe, and require assistance from a medical professional. TBI can leave a victim physically helpless.
Some comatose TBI victims never regain consciousness, leaving their loved ones without closure. The majority who wake from their coma suffer from long-lasting effects.
Victims of severe TBI may experience some degree of paralysis or brain damage that impairs their ability to function normally, such as the development of a seizure disorder. Memory loss is a common side effect. Those who suffer from severe TBI may develop more serious concentration and memory problems.
The aftermath of a serious injury can be very scary for both the victim and their family. Sometimes, they don’t know who to turn to for emotional support and in the event that the injury was a result of someone else’s actions, the idea of seeking legal help to assist in the recovery process can be daunting. Without the proper support system, especially when dealing with the legal repercussions, a victim may find themselves victimized all over again.
In 2010, there were approximately 2.5 million TBI cases reported across the United States. According to the CDC, TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths have increased overall since the early 2000s. Although the death rate fortunately decreased by 7% between 2000 and 2010, emergency room visits related to TBI increased by 70% while the rate of extended hospitalizations increased by 11%. TBI contributes to approximately 30% of all injury deaths. Every day, 138 families in the United States lose a loved one to TBI-related injuries.
Car accidents are a leading cause of TBI, making up 14.3% of all TBI cases. Over 40% of TBI cases are a result of falls, which disproportionately affect the elderly and children under 14. What began as a leisurely drive up the coast ended with a grandmother lying in a hospital bed, surrounded by worried loved ones. After a stunt gone wrong, a 16-year-old cheerleader was left with recurring migraines and short-term memory loss. A person can become a victim of TBI in an instant and should never be left to deal with the aftermath alone.
Financial Implications of TBI in California
Costs associated with TBI exceed $76 billion annually. Victims who seek medical care for TBI, regardless of severity, can expect a hefty medical bill. Extended hospitalization for moderate to severe cases will only increase this bill and health insurance does not always provide adequate coverage. In addition to paying for an initial trip to the emergency room, victims of TBI may find themselves on the hook for tests, prescription medication, long-term care, and follow-up medical visits. A $50 copay for an emergency room visit can snowball into tens of thousands of dollars of medical debt very quickly.
In addition to extensive medical fees, victims of moderate to severe TBI may be unable to work for a period of time. This loss of income can result in a significant financial setback. TBI victims may find themselves unable to pay their mounting medical bills as well as their day-to-day expenses, including rent. In California, the costs associated with a brain injury can be catastrophic.