Brain injury trauma is among the most serious type of injury that an individual can sustain as the effects can be devastating and permanent. Often brain injuries incurred in Sacramento, Roseville, Chico, Fairfield and all of Northern California are caused by another person's negligence or carelessness. Even the smallest of car wrecks or accidents can cause brain injuries. If this is the case, it is critical that the injured party seek legal counsel to ensure that he or she is properly represented. The personal injury attorneys at Penney & Associates are experienced in brain injury cases. Our Lawyers can evaluate the complex medical and legal issues involved.
If an individual sustains an injury to the head, there are a number of symptoms to look for that may signal a serious brain injury . These include, but are not limited to:
- Body numbness or tingling
- Blurred or double vision
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
The most common causes of brain injuries include violence, transportation accidents, construction, and sports. Wikipedia reports in the US, falls account for 28% of brain injury, motor vehicle (MV) accidents for 20%, being struck by an object for 19%, violence for 11%, and non-MV bicycle accidents for 3%. Bicycles and motor bikes are major causes, with the latter increasing in frequency in developing countries. The estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries each year are a result of sports and recreation activities in the US. In children aged two to four, falls are the most common cause of brain injury, while in older children bicycle and auto accidents compete with falls for this position. Brain injury is the third most common injury to result fromchild abuse. Abuse causes 19% of cases of pediatric brain trauma, and the death rate is higher among these cases. Domestic violence is another cause of traumatic brain injury, as are work-related and industrial accidents. Firearms and blast injuries from explosions are other causes of traumatic brain injury, which is the leading cause of death and disability in war zones.