Brain Injuries

Brain%20injury%20001.jpgA brain injury caused by trauma (frequently referred to as a "traumatic brain injury" or "TBI") is usually caused by a strong blow to the head that interrupts brain function. In the United States, almost 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury every year, and of those, nearly 50,000 die.

How do brain injuries occur?

Far and away the leading cause of brain injury is falls, causing nearly 30% of all brain injuries.  The next leading cause is auto accident, accounting for nearly 20% of all brain injuries.  But in reality, any solid blow to the head, from any source, can cause injury to the brain.

What are the symptoms of brain injury?

A traumatic injury to the brain can cause a broad spectrum of symptoms.  The part of the brain injured will usually dictate what kind of symptoms is experienced.  Most often, however, damage to the brain will cause physical limitations, such as paralysis (in severe injury), or in ways that thinking and personality (in more mild injury).  A person with mild traumatic brain injury may have difficulty focusing on a task, or have difficulty problem-solving.  The person may also have mood changes or difficulty interacting with others.

An excellent resource for traumatic injuries to the brain can be found here.

Statute of Limitations in Brain Injury Cases

The statute of limitations in California for accidental injury claims, including those that cause an injury to the brain, is two years from the date of the accident. (Cal. Code of Civ. Proc. Section 335.1). This means if the claim is not resolved, and a lawsuit is not filed within the two- year period, the claimant will be forever barred from seeking money damages for personal injuries.

Note that in cases against a public entity (e.g. city, state, school district, etc) have specific claims-filing requirements. Under most circumstances a claim must be filed with the governmental entity within six months of the date of harm. Accordingly, for any cases where such an entity may be a defendant, it is important to consult with an attorney before the six-month period ends

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Walton Law Firm has successfully represented individuals who have suffered head injuries involving the brain. If you have questions about a brain injury, please submit your confidential question online, or call Walton Law Firm for a free and private consultation. We can be reached toll free at (866) 607-1325 or locally at (760) 571-5500.

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