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The Los Angeles brain injury attorneys at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo know having a brain injury could change your life forever. We want to walk side-by-side with you throughout your legal case and ensure you are receiving comprehensive and competent medical care. We have helped people with brain injuries for over three decades so we have the experience needed to assist you.
We know that right now you are probably concerned with how you will be able to afford the time and money for the ongoing treatments and appointments needed for brain injury care. We completely understand that and we can start helping you right away. Our primary goal is to win your case and maximize your compensation under the law. Our workers’ compensation, work injury and personal injury law firm in Los Angeles is experienced, ethical and standing by to take your call any hour of the day at (213) 416-2472.
Brain injuries can be categorized based on how they happen into two groups: external and internal causes. External brain injuries occur because of pressure, outside objects, or force affecting the brain including blast waves, from an object penetrating the skull and then penetrating the brain, suddenly stopping or suddenly speeding up, or an impact because of a flying or falling object,. Internal causes for brain injuries include heart attacks, infection, strokes, cancer, toxins, and hemorrhaging.
Brain damage is a possible symptom of head injuries or brain injuries. Brain damage is when brain cells are destroyed, lost or damaged. Brain damage could cause a loss of consciousness or mental, emotional, or physical function.
Brain injuries and brain damage are caused by an endless number of circumstances, illnesses, events, or injuries. The following causes are some of the most common causes: skateboarding accidents, sports injuries (including football brain injuries, basketball brain injuries, hockey brain injuries, soccer brain injuries, rugby brain injuries, karate brain injuries, lacrosse brain injuries, diving brain injuries, and softball/baseball brain injuries), car and auto accidents, electric shock, motorcycle accidents, choking, factory or mine accidents, malignancy, on the job accidents, lack of enough blood or oxygen getting to the brain, slip, trip and fall injuries, near drowning, pedestrian accidents, strangulation, bicycle accidents, defective products, construction site accidents, work injuries, crosswalk accidents, and violence.
The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation has claimed that car accidents and being struck by a foreign object each make up about 20% of brain injuries that happen each year whereas people tripping and falling accounts for 28% and violence and non-motorized bicycle accidents make up a combined 15% of the annual total for brain injuries.
Brain damage can happen for various reasons as well. This includes a lack of oxygen, chemotherapy, aneurysms, poisons, most of the brain injuries listed above, neurological illnesses, or by infections. The Los Angeles brain damage injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo are ready right now to start fighting for you. They will get you the maximum compensation you are owed under the law for your brain damage.
All severe injuries to the neck, skull, brain, spine and head should be taken seriously. The following is a quick list of symptoms that may signal a traumatic brain injury: slurred speech, dilation of both or just one pupil, convulsions, tired eyes, loss of coordination, a headache that lingers, lightheadedness, confusion, agitation, aphasia, weak or numb extremities, listlessness, irritability, unequal pupil size, and vomiting/nausea.
Doctors developed an easy tool to quickly communicate with accuracy just how severe a brain injury is. The Glasgow Coma Scale is used to evaluate brain injuries and the level of consciousness for a brain injury victim person. The patient receives scores based upon motor, verbal, and the reaction of the patient’s eyes to stimulation. A 3 to 8 for the Glasgow Coma Scale indicates severe brain injury; 9 to 12 indicates moderate brain injury; and 13 to 15 dictates mild brain injury.
Brain injury results vary widely. A contusion is a bruise on the brain. Concussions are another type of brain injury. It may occur because of sudden movement to the brain (like falling and hitting your head) that stretches the blood vessels while damaging cranial nerves. It is the most common acquired traumatic brain injury. Athletes in contact sports like soccer, boxing, equestrian or horseback riding, football, and wrestling have a larger chance of getting a concussion. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries have happened when there is an injury at the original site of the trauma and an injury directly opposite of it.
Comas are an unsettling result of some traumatic brain injuries or brain damage. A comatose patient is in a very deep state of unconsciousness and the person cannot respond to stimulation. After a coma, some patients will recover all of their physical and cognitive functions along with their full memory. Other people are not as fortunate and might come out of the coma but be in a vegetative state. Additionally, they could wake from the coma to be lethargic, in a stupor, or they may only recover the basic body functions.
Injuries to the brain can and do happen at work. Many jobs in California involve one of the following risk factors: motorcycles, working with or around big construction, electricity, trucks, conveyor belts, heavy objects, farm or factory equipment, tractors, mine equipment, cars, and chemicals. The Los Angeles workers compensation attorneys are very experienced with brain injuries cases and will work diligently to handle your workers’ compensation claims and maximize your compensation.
The following are three syndromes that can happen due to or cause brain injuries. Locked-In Syndrome can be serious as the only physical thing a patient can do is blink or move their eyes. Shaken Baby Syndrome could be the result of Diffuse Axonal Injuries where shaking a baby or infant rather quickly could cause damage to the baby’s brain. Second Impact Syndrome is when a second brain injury has occurred before first injury to the brain has had sufficient time to heal and recover.
The first health professional has the responsibility to stabilize the patient and their body, get them ready for possible transportation and help them maintain proper pressure, breathing, and neck/spine support. They especially want to try to remove big blood clots, control the internal skull pressure, stop any active bleeding, and allow the needed amount of blood flow for the brain. Further treatment for brain injuries include restricting the overall fluid intake, using a ventricular drain and ventricular to assist the patient to breath while being able to drain fluids as needed, using anticonvulsants to try to help prevent seizures from occurring, and using diuretics to attempt to control the amount of water in the body.
Brain surgeons perform the following surgeries on brain injury or brain damage patients. One type of brain surgery that they do is a craniotomy. This is when the brain surgeon creates an opening in the skull to try and resolve the medical problems that are causing the pressure to increase. A bone flap removal brain surgery is done to relieve internal pressure. The third type of brain surgery is Burr Holes which is done to remove blood clots. All of these surgeries have risks so you must be sure to fully consult your doctor, surgery team and brain surgeon.
We believe that brain injury and brain damage cases in California are complicated and it is critical that you use brain injury lawyers who have a vast amount of brain injury case experience. We not only will provide you with our outstanding experience and prudence but we will additionally assemble a team to help research and conduct your case. This may include outside brain experts, accident reconstructionists, physicians, and much more.
We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation to all of our potential clients so you can get to know our firm while discussing your case and your questions. Our law firm has a strict no upfront fees policy where we will not charge you for our time and services unless and until we win your case. The Los Angeles injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo still do house calls for their clients as they are very willing to come to your home or hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We available to meet during the normal hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays and in the evening.
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