Closed-Head Brain Injuries
Any type of head injury has the potential to be incredibly damaging. However, not all head injuries are as apparent as open wounds. Closed-head brain injuries may not be immediately obvious, but they can still be very damaging or even fatal in some cases. When these injuries occur due to negligence, injured parties and their loved ones must know their options for legal recourse.
Michael R. Kaiser understands the damage a closed-head brain injury can cause and how it can interfere with the victim’s life. If your loved one recently suffered a closed-head brain injury due to the negligent actions of another party, we can help you determine your legal options and help you fight for the compensation you need to handle the resulting expenses and economic damage these injuries can cause.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Michael R. Kaiser?
If you need an attorney in Palm Springs, the Palm Desert area, Coachella Valley, Riverside, or anywhere in the Inland Empire of California, you should find one with the experience and resources necessary to navigate you to a successful result with your claim. A closed-head brain injury can have many apparent and hidden effects, interfering with the victim’s ability to work and live independently in the future in some cases. Michael Kaiser can fight for your loved one and seek a fair result for your claim.
- Attorney Michael R. Kaiser has more than 40 years of experience as a California personal injury attorney and can offer a wealth of experience for all types of brain injury cases.
- Our firm takes a client-focused approach to legal claims and will get to know you and your situation so we can fully understand how the closed-head brain injury in question has impacted your family.
- We have access to a vast network of expert witnesses, legal professionals, and medical experts across various fields who may be able to contribute to your case and strengthen your claim.
Finding the right lawyer can make an extreme difference in the outcome of your case. When your family faces something like a personal injury lawsuit for a closed-head brain injury, it is vital to secure legal representation from an experienced firm who can uncover the facts behind your claim and navigate you toward the best possible outcome.
Types of Closed-Head Brain Injuries and Common Causes
Closed-head brain injuries are far more common than you might think. One of the most frequently seen examples of a closed-head brain injury is a concussion. Athletes who play contact sports like ice hockey and football experience these injuries quite frequently. Some can have serious long-term effects that interfere with daily life. A concussion occurs when the force of an impact causes the brain to move violently inside the skull, striking the inside surface of the skull. When this happens, the impact can cause swelling and entail a host of other side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, impaired vision, sensory processing problems, or even unconsciousness.
Concussions are also dangerous because even if an individual suffers a concussion and has a full recovery, the chances of subsequent concussions in the future increase. Concussions can also lead to a condition called Post-Concussion Syndrome, which may entail mood swings, unpredictable and sudden migraines, behavioral changes, depression, and more.
Any brain injury that does not result in an open wound technically qualifies as a closed-head brain injury. Other forms of closed-head brain injuries include:
- Skull fractures.
- Edema, or swelling of a particular part of the brain.
- A brain hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain.
- A diffuse axonal injury, or a physical injury to the brain that does not cause bleeding but damages brain cells.
- Hematoma, or clotting of blood outside of the brain’s blood vessels.
- Oxygen deprivation, which can quickly cause brain damage and permanent cognitive disfunction.
Closed-head brain injuries can take many forms and quickly lead to additional problems. For example, a hematoma may burst and lead to bleeding in the brain. When these injuries happen, the victim may experience a wide range of effects, some of which may be long-term or permanent.
Some of the most common causes of closed-head brain injuries include sports accidents, vehicle collisions, and workplace injuries.
Damages and Compensation for Closed-Head Brain Injuries
Few injuries can be as damaging as closed-head brain injuries. When these incidents occur, the victim may not only sustain significant economic losses, but also long-term damages such as the loss of the ability to work or live independently. Victims of closed-head brain injuries caused by negligence can often secure compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses, for both short-term medical expenses like hospital bills and ambulance fees and long-term medical expenses for rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and the cost of necessary ongoing medical treatments.
- Lost income. If a closed-head brain injury causes the victim to miss work for an extended period, the party responsible is liable for the victim’s lost wages during that time. If the injury leaves the victim permanently disabled and unable to return to work, the victim’s legal team may be able to secure compensation for lost future earnings.
- Property damage. If the party responsible for the victim’s closed-head brain injury also damaged the victim’s personal property in the incident in question, such as in a car accident, the victim’s legal team can sue for the cost of repairing or replacing the property.
- Pain and suffering. Closed-head brain injuries can entail excruciating side effects and interfere with the victim’s quality of life in the future. The victim’s legal team can argue for compensation for physical pain, psychological trauma, and emotional distress caused by incurring permanent disability from a closed-head brain injury.
In some cases, the court may also award punitive damages if the evidence shows that the defendant’s behavior was beyond general negligence or was in any way intentional. The right attorney can help a victim’s family determine their best legal options following a serious closed-head brain injury.
Choose Reliable and Experienced Legal Counsel
With more than 40 years of experience, attorney Michael R. Kaiser knows how to successfully navigate complex personal injury claims like closed-head brain injury cases. Our firm has the resources, skills, and experience necessary for reaching positive results when negligent parties cause closed-head brain injuries, helping our clients maximize their recoveries. If your loved one recently suffered a closed-head brain injury due to the negligent actions of another party, contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Kaiser today to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help with your case.