Riverside Brain Injury Lawyers
Brain injuries can be caused by many different types of accidents, but cause the same long lasting injuries to any victim of an accident. Auto accidents, falls, and sports injuries are major causes of brain injury, leading to high numbers of incidents in areas like Riverside.
Brain injuries are different than ordinary accident injuries because they can impact your entire personality and your ability to do the most ordinary of tasks. You should not be forced to both go through life with a brain injury and suffer the economic effects of this injury based on an accident which was not your fault.
Brain Injury Statistics
Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are more common than you would think around the country. According to the CDC:
- 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year
- 52,000 more die and TBI is a contributing factor to one-third of all injury related deaths in the United States
- 275,000 are hospitalized due to brain injury
- Males are 1.5 times more likely to sustain a TBI than females
- Half a million emergency room visits for TBI are made by children ages 14 or younger annually
- Adults aged 75 years and above have the highest rates of TBI hospitalization and death
- Indirect and medical costs of TBI totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000
However, many brain injuries go unreported initially after the injury occurs until damage reveals itself in the weeks to follow. It is important to take medical action as soon after a brain injury as possible, to prevent further damage from occurring. Doctors and scientists alike still do not fully understand the inner workings of the brain and any injury to the brain can impact the entirety of our inner being.
Brain Injury Recovery
Brain injury recovery is often a long a tedious process, made the more difficult by the re-learning of “mundane” tasks as simple as eating, speaking, and walking. These all represent milestones to the victim of a brain injury, but also represent the full picture of the recovery process. During this process, a victim cannot work and receive a paycheck, nor can they participate in ordinary life events. Instead, they are often confined to a hospital or rehabilitation center where they are forced to spend hours on end practicing basic life skills.
As a victim of a brain injury accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for these injuries, including medical care, rehabilitative care, lost wages, future earnings, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Your family members are additionally entitled to receive compensation based on their own mental suffering and loss of companionship. Many victims of brain injuries never fully regain full control of their brain after suffering such a traumatic accident. This can not only impact the victim’s ability to survive as a functioning member of society, but additionally impacts their entire personality. Brain injuries have the potential to make an ordinarily calm person highstrung, an ordinarily mellow person unruly, and an ordinarily quiet person obnoxiously loud. These are all traits that can drastically impact the victim’s relationship with their close family members, as well as their ability to hold a job.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP | Riverside Brain Injury Lawyers
If you have been the victim of a terrible accident which left a lasting brain injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have years of experience in handling brain injury cases and understand the difficult task that reaches before you and your loved one during the recovery process. As the victim of a traumatic accident, you should not be responsible to cover the years of rehabilitation and the possibility of never fully regaining true brain functioning. Contact our Riverside personal injury office today for your initial free consultation.