Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer
When a person experiences a brain injury, life immediately turns upside down. Not only can a traumatic brain injury affect the individual but also everyone around them. From establishing a new normal to re-learning daily tasks, loved ones often provide significant amounts of emotional and physical support for those harmed. Traumatic brain injuries bring emotional and financial stress to brain injury survivors and their families.
Sacramento personal injury attorney Eric Ratinoff and his team have represented brain-injury survivors and their families for over twenty-five years. We understand the unique changes that occur when a person experiences a TBI and how they can be extremely taxing for the injured person, family, and caregivers. Having an experienced Sacramento brain injury attorney on your side as your advocate, guide and counselor will make all the difference.
Common Causes of Sacramento Brain Injuries
Brain injuries often result from accidents that involve some sort of trauma to the head. However, other causes, such as insufficient oxygen, poisoning or infection, may also lead to a traumatic brain injury. While every client experiences an injury differently, there are many common causes of TBIs, including:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Truck Accidents
Brain injury survivors often sustain long-term effects on their cognition and personality. Every year in the United States, more than 80,000 individuals suffer from life-long disabilities from traumatic brain injuries. Today, over 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability. Speak to a local personal injury attorney or continue reading to learn more about traumatic brain injury to protect yourself legally.
What Are The Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury and the area of the brain affected. Some symptoms appear immediately, while others may appear several days or even weeks later. Similarly, some symptoms disappear within a week or two, and others may remain for months, years, or indefinitely. It’s also important to note that a person may or may not lose consciousness when experiencing a brain injury. The following are TBI symptoms that may indicate a brain injury:
- Headache that gets worse or won’t go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Convulsions or seizures
- An inability to wake up from sleep
- Enlargement of the pupil (dark center) of one or both eyes
- Numbness or tingling of arms or legs
- Loss of coordination
- Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
- Loss of consciousness lasting a few minutes to an hour
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Most people don’t understand the dangers of a TBI. A single concussion can cause lasting brain damage, resulting in a condition often referred to as “post-concussion syndrome.” Repeat concussions are shown to cause serious long-term problems, resulting in a condition also referred to as “second impact syndrome.” In some cases, repeat concussions, even seemingly minor ones, have led to wrongful death cases.
Watch as Eric explains Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), also referred to as “second impact syndrome”.
Important Statistics on Traumatic Brain Injuries
Often, people don’t realize how common and devastating brain injuries are in the United States. According to the CDC, an estimated 1.5 million Americans each year sustain a TBI, and while some only cause minor damage, many others have a lasting impact on the injured person. Below are a few essential facts to consider when understanding the severity of traumatic brain injuries:
- Slip and fall injuries account for 28% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Car accident injuries account for 20% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Lifetime costs to treat a person with a traumatic brain injury are estimated to be between $600,000 to $1.8 million.
- The lifetime direct and indirect economic costs of TBI-related injuries are estimated to be approximately $76.5 billion.
- Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s careless or negligent behavior, you need a lawyer who understands what you are going through. Our team at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp has worked to advocate for the rights of brain injured clients for years, and Eric has . We are proud to offer clients our knowledge and resources so they can feel confident in their claim.
Treatment and Resource Options for Those Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury isn’t something that can be achieved alone. It takes a great deal of support to help the brain-injured person get back to some sense of normalcy – or, as it is often referred to, “the new normal.”
In our experience with brain-injured clients, sometimes the right resources can be challenging to find. The resources below are a few great websites with information regarding concussions and TBIs that may prove helpful in the recovery process and developing a “new normal.”
- California Brain Injury Support Center
- California Brain Injury Resource Guide
- Centre for Neuro Skills
- ImPACT Concussion Assessment
- The Visger Group
It’s beneficial to meet with a brain injury lawyer to understand what needs to happen next to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. While resources and support groups are incredibly helpful, a financial burden can limit the treatment process. A brain injury lawyer can assist with recovering those expensive financial losses.
Do You Need Help from a Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer?
Traumatic Brain Injury cases should not be treated as a standard personal injury case. TBI’s are much more complex. They require not only an understanding of complicated medical matters, but also personal experience interacting with brain injury survivors. This can make all the difference, as TBI survivors often experience strong emotional and cognitive challenges that may interfere with their ability to communicate. Anyone advocating for a TBI survivor must be equipped with patience and understanding to answer questions and communicate on an ongoing basis about the legal process.
Some of the many ways a brain injury lawyer can assist you include:
- Answer questions about your claim
- Negotiate settlement offers
- Discuss claims with insurance companies
- Analyze potential legal issues
- Conduct a fair and just investigation
- Review legal documents
- Establish the other side’s negligence and liability
A traumatic brain injury can change your life forever and often requires a significant amount of medical and treatment expenses. If someone else’s negligence causes you to sustain a severe, life-threatening brain injury, you need an experienced brain injury attorney on your side.
Contact Eric Ratinoff Law Corp for Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers in Sacramento
Attorney Eric Ratinoff is a devoted advocate for brain injury survivors and their families. He has served on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) and actively advocates for much-needed funding for brain injury research.
According to Attorney Eric Ratinoff:
“My fascination with the human brain started as a youngster watching my father treat brain injured patients in his small neurology practice in Pomona, California. Growing up in that environment, I learned about the very special relationship between people who suffer from brain injury, whether organic or traumatic, and their care providers. Through my upbringing, my study of the human brain, and my experience representing people with brain injury, I believe that I have a unique ability to help brain injured clients.”
The time immediately following a TBI can be highly challenging for the survivor and their family. Yet, it is essential to make sure the proper steps are being taken to protect the injured person’s legal rights. If you need an injury attorney, call the experienced and dedicated Sacramento brain injury lawyers at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. Our team is always willing to meet wherever is most convenient for the family.
Call (916) 970-9100 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.