Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer
When a person experiences a brain injury, life immediately turns upside down. He or she will spend countless days, months and probably many years striving to establish a “new normal.” The family will work overtime as caregivers, not only helping them re-learn daily tasks and to be emotionally supportive, but also stepping in to fulfill many of the duties they may no longer be able to perform.
Traumatic brain injuries present many challenges to everyone involved. They alter the cognitive, physical and psychological skills of the injured person, and they also bring great emotional and financial stress for the families of the injured.
Sacramento personal injury attorney Eric Ratinoff and his team have represented brain injured clients and their families for over twenty five years. We understand the unique changes that occur when a person suffers a TBI. While every client experiences his or her injury differently, there are many common threads woven through each situation, and exceptional resources must be employed to restore normalcy in the brain injury survivor’s family.
The new daily reality that a brain injury creates can be extremely taxing for the injured person, his family and caregivers. When the family is forced to pursue a brain injury lawsuit, life may seem even more complicated. While an injury lawsuit is no walk in the park, having an experienced Sacramento brain injury attorney on your side as your advocate, guide and counselor will make all the difference.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions
Although the NFL and youth sports have made more people aware about the dangers of concussions, many people still do not realize that a concussion is, in fact, a brain injury. Just a single concussion can cause lasting brain damage, resulting in a condition often referred to as “post-concussion syndrome.” Repeat concussions have 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 cases of wrongful death.
While anyone can sustain a concussion following a serious car accident, a contact sport injury, whiplash, or any type of blow to the head, children are at a particularly high risk of concussion. According to a recent study published in the June 20 edition of Pediatrics, it is estimated that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is between 1.1 million and 1.9 million annually.
While traumatic brain injury symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury and the area of the brain affected, the following TBI symptoms may indicate that a brain injury has occurred. Some symptoms appear immediately; 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.
- 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 hour
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Identifying the Signs of a Concussion
Recent coverage of NFL concussion lawsuits have sparked an increase in media coverage about traumatic brain injuries. If it weren’t for the risk of head trauma in America’s favorite past time, however, traumatic brain injury would probably continue its role as one of the most under estimated medical problems in our country.
Many people don’t realize how common and devastating brain injury is in this country. In fact, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44.
- Lifetime costs to treat a person with a traumatic brain injury are estimated to be between $600,000 to $1.8 million.
- Indirect annual costs of brain injuries in the United States have been calculated at over $33 billion.
- The total annual cost for TBI-related injuries in the U.S. is $60 billion.
- Despite these high figures, the Federal government spends less than $3 per brain-injured person on TBI research and services per year.
Leading Causes for Traumatic Brain Injury
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. Here are some statistics regarding causes of TBI:
- Slip and falls account for 28% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Car accident injuries account for 20% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Being struck by or against an object (head injury) accounts for 19% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Physical assaults (head injury) account for 11% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Other causes account for 13% of brain injuries in the United States.
- Unknown causes account for 9% of brain injuries in the United States.
Many people who have suffered a brain injury will be left with long-term effects to their cognition and personality. Every year in the United States, more than 80,000 individuals are left with life-long disabilities from a traumatic brain injury. 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 facts about traumatic brain injury to legally protect yourself.
Recovery Resources for Traumatic Brain Injury
A brain injury recovery 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 difficult to find. Although many brain injury associations and support groups do publish their information online, there hasn’t been a single directory that points to the many brain injury resources that exist throughout the state.
This was a topic of conversation between Eric and a young graduate student at one of the brain injury network meetings that take place quarterly among brain injury professionals in Sacramento. It turns out she was working on such a directory for the Sacramento region, and was considering publishing it as her final project at school. Eric offered to publish her directory online if she would agree to cover the entire state of California. She did, and the California Brain Injury Support Center was born.
The resources below are a few great websites with information regarding concussions and TBIs.
- California Brain Injury Support Center
- California Brain Injury Resource Guide
- Centre for Neuro Skills
- ImPACT Concussion Assessment
- The Visger Group
Contact Our Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyers
Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Eric Ratinoff, is a devoted advocate for brain injury survivors and their families. His experience growing up around brain injury survivors fuels his desire to represent them in the legal realm, and to advance their cause through professional work in the brain injury community. 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 Eric:
“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 extremely challenging for the survivor and his or her family, yet it is a critical time to make sure the right steps are being taken to protect the legal rights of the injured person. It’s extremely helpful to meet with a brain injury lawyer to gain perspective of what occurred and what needs to happen next to ensure the best possible outcome. If you are in need of an injury attorney, call the experienced and dedicated Sacramento brain injury lawyers at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. Our team is always willing to meet at your home or hospital, or wherever is most convenient for the family. For a free and confidential case evaluation, fill out the form on this page or call our Sacramento office at (916) 473-1LAW, or toll-free at (866) 527-4278.