Brain Injury Lawyers San Diego
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries and many are left with the debilitating effects long after the injury occurred. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can be very obvious, substantial loss of short-term memory, difficulty with speech or the ability to speak or form cohesive sentences, or an inability to follow directions.
Most brain injuries are either traumatic brain injuries, hypoxic brain damage, or are the result of a medical condition.
Traumatic brain injuries are the result of head trauma, broken down into open head injury (a depressed, basilar, diastatic, or linear skull fracture), closed head injury (concussions, contusions, or intracranial hemorrhage), and a particular type of closed head injury common in rapid deceleration situations like transportation and car accidents or sports injuries called diffuse axonal shearing. Perhaps surprisingly, most of the nearly 1.7 million traumatic brain injury suffered by Americans every year were caused by falls, rather than by automobile accidents. Unsurprisingly, the fatal falls are typically workplace injuries caused at industrial or construction sites, like falls from scaffolding.
Hypoxic brain injuries all have the same mechanism – anoxia, a lack of oxygen to the brain, but a variety of causes, including smoke inhalation during a fire or after an explosion, near-drowning in water, defective products producing excessive carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, or medical malpractice, like in birth injury, where anesthesia is administered improperly during surgery, or where diabetes is improperly controlled by a hospital following a procedure.
Certain medical conditions and diseases can also cause brain injuries, most commonly encephalitis, meningitis, tumors, and, most of all, stroke. If the condition was improperly treated or was misdiagnosed (as is common with stroke), then the resulting brain damage could be the subject of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Because of the life-changing nature of a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you contact an attorney if you believe you have been injured through no fault of your own. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, the San Diego personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Howard A. Kitay are here to help. Our experienced personal injury lawyers understand the special needs of people who have sustained traumatic brain damage, and we are capable of successfully navigating your claim through the complex legal system. Our attorneys are experienced and will work hard to secure a recovery that you deserve.
Our San Diego brain injury lawyers understand that these types of injuries have tremendous effect on an individual’s ability to lead his or her normal life. Changes in personality affect marriages, families, and friendships. Head injury patients are often unable to return to work and suffer a significant impairment of earnings and earning potential. Further, head injury patients often need expensive attendant care due to their condition.
At the law offices of Howard A. Kitay, our San Diego brain injury attorneys work with medical experts who help us demonstrate causation, one of the essential, and most difficult, elements to prove in a successful negligence suit. To demonstrate a link between the defendant’s negligence and our client’s injuries, these experts will examine medical records, determine whether the professional standard of care was met, and compile demonstrative evidence, such as computer simulations of the accident. Our experts’ testimony helps show jurors a correlation between the responsible party’s negligence and our client’s brain injury. Our attorneys’ ability to effectively use expert witness testimony has led to many successful verdicts and settlements.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, make sure you are getting the compensation you deserve. Please contact the law offices of Howard A. Kitay today to schedule a free initial consultation with a San Diego brain injury attorney. Call us today at 619-578-2222.