Helping People Rebuild Their Lives After A Brain Or Head Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) will forever change a person’s life. Our brains control so many functions, such as our thoughts, moods and memories. There is still so much we do not know about the brain, which is one of many reasons why these injuries are so scary. In the aftermath of a brain injury to a loved one, you may not know where to turn. It is important to work with lawyers who understand these complex cases.
We are Van Blois & Associates. Our team, led by attorney R. Lewis Van Blois, has more than four decades of experience helping clients who have sustained life-altering injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. Over our firm’s history, we have achieved successful outcomes for people who have sustained brain injuries in all types of accidents, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents caused by defective products
- Construction and industrial accidents
- Big-rig and trucking accidents
Based in Oakland, we represent individuals and families across the Bay Area, Central Valley and northern California.
What Are Your Rights After Suffering A Brain Or Head Injury In California?
After suffering a brain injury, victims may take years to fully recover to normal functioning, or they may have to accept a new normal post-injury. If they can return to work, this could put limitations on what they can do and how they need to do it.
Thankfully, traumatic brain injuries are considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you can seek reasonable work accommodations under either or both statutes. These important laws also protect you against workplace discrimination based on the fact that you suffer from a brain injury.
Just as importantly, if your brain injury was caused by the negligence of another person, business or organization, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. In light of how expensive and life-changing a TBI is likely to be, it is critical to secure the funds you need to pay for treatment and to live as comfortably as you can.
Common Types Of Brain Injuries
There are numerous sub-categories of brain injury caused by physical trauma. A general overview includes:
Closed brain injuries: The victim suffers a brain injury caused by physical trauma, but there is no break in the skull. This is the type of injury most people think of when they hear the terms “concussion” or “traumatic brain injury.” Effects of a closed brain injury can include contusions (brain bruising), hematoma or hemorrhaging (brain bleeding).
Diffuse axonal injury: The traumatic force exerted on the brain causes it to rotate and shift within the skull, leading to tearing of the nerve fibers in the brain. This injury can be difficult to diagnose using standard imaging tests, but it is nonetheless very serious, often causing the victim to fall into a coma.
Penetrating brain injuries: The victim’s skull and brain are penetrated by whatever caused the injury. An example would be a bullet shot into the head.
This list isn’t complete, and there are too many nuances to cover on this page. Suffice it to say, it is critical to have a brain injury examined, carefully diagnosed and treated by a highly experienced medical professional.
The Long-Term Consequences Of Severe Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be categorized from mild to severe (catastrophic). The symptoms and prognosis vary based on the severity. When a TBI is severe or catastrophic, it can alter the victim’s life and functioning for years or even permanently. They may experience:
- Impairments in judgment and problem-solving abilities
- Personality changes
- Depression and irritability
- Memory and concentration issues, along with a shortened attention span
- Issues with coordination, balance and movement
- A wide variety of physical symptoms
- Difficulty carrying out the daily tasks of living (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.)
For all of these reasons and more, individuals whose TBI was caused by the negligence of another person have the right and the need to seek appropriate compensation.
Recovering The Compensation Your Family Needs Now And In The Years To Come
A severe brain or head injury will impose staggering medical costs on your family. Not only that, the injured person may never be able to work again. This means that your settlement or jury verdict must cover both your current expenses and your future expenses. At Van Blois & Associates, we understand the stakes in any TBI case. We devote ourselves to maximizing financial recoveries for our clients by carefully investigating the case, retaining experts to prove all parts of your case, and advocating persuasively for you, whether at trial or in settlement discussions. Our single-minded pursuit of justice has made positive impacts time and again for our clients.