Brain Injury Lawyers in San Francisco
Get Maximum Compensation for Your Catastrophic Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is not like any other injury. Because many of the symptoms of “mild” to “moderate” brain injuries are subtle, and because these types of injuries are often difficult to detect on even the most sophisticated hospital imaging equipment, it is common for victims to go undiagnosed. This is especially so in the emergency room. The longer your injury goes undetected, and as such without treatment, the greater your risk of long-term or permanent damage.
Our San Francisco traumatic brain injury lawyers have earned some of the largest verdicts in history on behalf of clients in California who have suffered these types of debilitating injuries.
A few examples of these verdicts include:
- $49,123,375.87 verdict for TBI resulting from a big rig accident
- $26,053,000.00 verdict for failure to diagnose meningitis
- $22,800,000.00 verdict for a moderate brain injury
- $10,651,423.13 verdict for TBI resulting from an auto accident
Brain injury cases tend to involve a tremendous amount of loss for innocent people, so recovering maximum monetary compensation on behalf of our clients is of the utmost importance to our legal team.
If you or a loved one has been injured in this manner in California, contact the Scarlett Law Group to schedule a free initial consultation. The firm can be reached at (415) 688-2176.
The Invisible Injury
Due to the invisible nature of traumatic brain injuries, victims only rarely receive prompt treatment for their physical and cognitive impairment. Not uncommonly, victims’ early medical charts are devoid of any mention of “head injury” or “cognitive impairment”. It is only later, if they are lucky, that a health care professional validates the victims' injury, and treatment finally ensues.
As with most misunderstood injuries, society and “old school” health care practitioners, are apt to label the TBI victim a malingerer or worse. Because victims of traumatic brain injury appear outwardly just as they did before the injury, it should come as no surprise that many victims describe their post-injury experience as including progressive social isolation in addition to alienation from even immediate family.
Side Effects of TBI
Victims of TBI are unable to process information at the speed they would have prior to the injury. They also experience a limit in the range of subject matter they are able to process. In addition, the following can be telltale symptoms that a person sustained a TBI:
- Inaccurate judgment
- Lack of communication
- Inability to conform behavior
- Frustration and inability to respond in a pre-morbid (pre-injury) manner (which can trigger violent behavior)
- Issues with smell and taste
- Difficulty with memory and recall
"Left to fend for themselves, the victims of traumatic brain injury, already confused by their inability to be the people they were prior to the injury, now face the daunting task of demonstrating that an injury they do not understand and cannot comprehend is producing the confusion they cannot communicate" - Dr. Antoinette R. Appel
Behavioral & Mental Health Disorders After Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often have severe and long-term physical consequences. A traumatic brain injury often involves a strong concussive force or an object penetrating the skull, resulting in loss of consciousness, brain hemorrhage, coma, cognitive impairment, and other negative effects. The brain is a complex organ that is still not well understood by medical professionals. However, there have been several studies that point to a correlation between behavioral/mental health changes and TBIs.
There are a variety of behavioral and mental health issues that may affect TBI patients. While not all patients exhibit such personality changes, others are severely affected by their brain injury. Each patient’s situation is different, and an experienced physician can recognize signs of behavioral and mental health disorders and provide safe and effective treatment methods to the patient.
Types of behavioral and mental health problems that may result from a TBI include:
- Mood swings
- Temper outbursts
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality changes
What the Research Shows
Recent studies have revealed a possible cause for behavioral and mental health disorders in TBI patients. Specifically, a study done by ES Wohleb & Jean-Christophe Delpech in 2017 has researched the effect of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to recognize and form synaptic connections for learning and memory) on mental health problems in TBI patients. A traumatic brain injury can cause damage to a person’s neurological functions, which may impair the brain’s neuroplasticity. This is a significant factor in causing mental health and behavioral changes after a TBI.
The study determined that immune-related brain cells may become inflamed and activated during times of stress. This means that a traumatic brain injury could cause these brain cells to become inhibited, which may hinder their neuroplasticity. This can lead to anxiety and depression in TBI patients.
While the specific neurological and structural causes of mental health problems after a TBI are not fully known, the role of immune brain cells may provide future revelation into this phenomenon. Traumatic brain injuries cause severe stress and injury to a person’s brain. As research shows, this inhibited neuroimmune function may be a direct cause of behavioral and mental health disorders in patients who have suffered from a TBI. Behavioral therapy, medication, and other forms of treatment may help relieve certain physical and emotional symptoms, but more research is needed to determine the specific causes and treatments of mental health problems resulting from a TBI.
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Accidents happen; that's just a fact of life. However, you don't have to go through this difficult situation on your own. Our team at Scarlett Law Group has earned the reputation of being one of the leading personal injury trial firms in California. We've achieved multiple million-dollar and multimillion-dollar results specifically for victims of brain injury.
If you or someone you know has suffered Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI, you need the assistance a San Francisco brain injury attorney. Call (415) 688-2176 today.