North San Diego County Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Seeking Justice for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims — Carlsbad Brain Injury Lawyer

Every 21 seconds, a person in America suffers a traumatic brain injury.  Over 15 million people a year suffer this debilitating injury, and nearly 5.3 million individuals live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury.  A traumatic brain injury occurs when some outside force impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull, or causes the skull to actually break and directly hurt the brain.  At times, traumatic brain injuries occur as a result of pure accident, with no one at fault.  In a wide variety of situations, however, the traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of the negligence of another.  Individuals who suffer brain injuries due to another’s negligence can seek compensation from the liable individual in a personal injury action.

The Skolnick Law Group provides compassionate, intelligent representation for the victims of traumatic brain injuries.  From car accident victims to injured sports players, we have the experience to obtain the results you desire.  Our skilled attorney devotes her resources, time, and energy to fighting for the maximum recovery of our brain injured clients.

Types of Brain Injuries

There are two basic types of brain injuries:

  1. Traumatic brain injury
  2. Acquired brain injury

Traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of an outside force impacting the head, causing the skull to fracture and injure the brain or the brain to move within the skull, creating trauma.  Acquired brain injury, on the other hand, takes place at the cellular level of the brain.  It occurs when the brain does not get oxygen, or does not get enough oxygen.

Causes of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a wide variety of incidents.  Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Falls—falling, whether it be down stairs, on slippery surfaces, in the bathroom, on sidewalks, in parking lots, or from ladders or balconies, is the most common cause of traumatic brain injury overall.  Older adults and young children are particularly vulnerable to brain injuries caused by slip-and-falls.  If the brain injured individual’s fall was caused by a dangerous defect on the property of another, they may have the right to recover in a personal injury action.
  • Vehicle-related collisions—crashes involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and the pedestrians involved in these accidents, are common causes of traumatic brain injury.  Though seat belts have decreased the incidence of traumatic brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents, sometimes even a seat belt cannot protect against deadly head injury.  Those who receive brain injuries in vehicle-related collisions can seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
  • Sports injuries—the potential for sports, particularly football, to lead to devastating traumatic brain injury has been in the spotlight in recent months.  Any sport with the possibility of contact with other players, the ball, or the ground holds the potential for traumatic brain injury.  Some sports known to lead to brain injury include: football, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, boxing, and cheerleading.  Youths are particularly vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries as their brains are still evolving and likely to be more affected by a blow to the head.  The organizers of sports activities can be held responsible for traumatic brain injuries occurring to players.
  • Violence—about 10% of traumatic brain injuries are caused by violence, such as domestic abuse, child abuse, gunshot wounds, and dog bites.  When these violent acts occur as a result of negligent security, victims might have a valid action against property owners.  Further, those traumatically brain injured by animal attacks can pursue an action against the owner, who is responsible for the pet’s actions.
  • Drowning—acquired brain injury is often the result of near-drowning, and children suffer these injuries most frequently.  If the drowning occurred in the pool of a negligent property owner, the acquired brain injury victim can sue the property owner under premises liability law.
Traumatic Brain Injury: The Silent Epidemic

Traumatic brain injury has been referred to as the silent epidemic because few people are aware of the significant number of individuals living with permanent, disabling brain injuries.  Brain injuries often lead to profound effects, resulting in a wide array of cognitive impairments, such as: memory loss, emotional and behavioral changes, an inability to logically reason, loss of sensation or altered sensations, communication difficulties, depression, anxiety, and sometimes aggression.  The extent of one’s injury will be influenced by the strength of the blow and the individual’s history of prior brain injuries.

Brain injuries have the potential for permanent, lifelong disability, and can render the victim unable to earn a living or even without the ability to accomplish routine daily tasks.  Traumatic brain injured individuals may acquire hundreds of thousands in medical bills, as diagnosing and treating this injury involves much testing by specialists in the field.  Some brain injured patients will require a lifetime of care.  It is imperative that anyone who has suffered such a serious injury consult immediately with a knowledgeable brain injury attorney who will zealously fight for the victim’s full recovery.

Contact the Skolnick Law Group Now for Superior Personal Injury Representation!

If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury in California, it is crucial that you hire an attorney experienced in handling these types of cases.  At the Skolnick Law Group, our Carlsbad personal injury lawyer will fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve.  We will also take the time necessary to answer all of your questions, guide you through the legal process, and assist you in making informed decisions about your case.  Attorney Skolnick serves clients in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and throughout North County San Diego. To learn more about the firm’s comprehensive legal services, contact us at (760) 405-4397, or, feel free to visit us online to schedule your free and completely confidential initial consultation. We have evening and weekend appointments available, and will also visit you at home in the event you can’t come to us.  For the personal attention and aggressive representation you need, contact us today.