Brain Injury Lawyers in San Francisco
Maximize Your Brain Injury Compensation
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. Unfortunately, this is especially true 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.
At the Scarlett Law Group, 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
You Don't Pay Unless We Win Your Case
Brain injury cases tend to involve a tremendous amount of loss for innocent people, so recovering maximum compensation on behalf of our clients is of the utmost importance to our legal team. At the Scarlett Law Group, we represent injured victims on a contingent fee arrangement. This means that we do not receive any fee or payment unless money is recovered on behalf of the injured person.
This also means that you have the ability to hire a qualified attorney who specializes in traumatic brain injury cases – like those at the Scarlett Law Group. You do need not settle for an inexperienced lawyer. This is a powerful position to be in. Do not underestimate your position. After all, the results of your personal injury lawsuit will have an important and long-term impact on your quality of life.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in California, contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a FREE initial consultation. Our firm can be reached at (415) 688-2176.
Choosing the Right TBI Lawyer for Your Case
The truth is that not all lawyers are created equal – especially when it comes to complex TBI cases. Many brain injury survivors fail to receive adequate recompense because their lawyer did not have the experience to analyze, prepare and present a legitimate claim. Many times, the blame can be traced to an attorney who was not forthright regarding their lack of experience handling TBI cases.
Given the importance of your choice of counsel, you should be prepared to question prospective lawyers about their qualifications. For example, you should ask how many TBI cases they have handled over the last three to five years, you should determine what percentage of the lawyer’s practice is devoted to TBI cases, and you should not hesitate to inquire of the settlements/verdicts they have obtained.
Through a contingency fee arrangement, you can retain experienced legal counsel without having to pay anything up-front. Please, do not make your decision cavalierly. Ensure that you are comfortable with the counsel you choose, and that your counsel has the confidence and experience to properly handle your case. The path is a difficult one, and your choice of counsel can make all the difference.
When you work with our team at Scarlett Law Group, we will spend time with you and your family to gain a deeper understanding of how your injury has affected your life. We will also help you understand your rights and keep you updated on the progress of your case. Our staff is committed to making your life easier, and will connect you with support groups and doctors as your case may require.
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 healthcare professional validates the 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 Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
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 TBI
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
Research Shows Link Between TBI & Behavioral Disorders
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.
Long-Term Effects & Prognosis for a Traumatic Brain Injury
The recovery prognosis for a traumatic brain injury depends on the severity of the injury. Many mild traumatic brain injuries (where the victim was only unconscious for a short amount of time) may resolve themselves within days to weeks after the injury. Severe traumatic brain injuries, on the other hand, often present distressing symptoms for decades.
Sadly, many severe traumatic brain injury victims experience the following symptoms for a significant duration of time after their accident:
Difficulty with memory and recall
Difficulty with speech and communication, along with other cognitive functions
Difficulty with movement, coordination, and balance
Overall inability to care for themselves and earn an income
Increased risk of stroke, seizures, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other conditions
It’s an unfortunate truth that in many cases of severe traumatic brain injuries, the victim is rendered unable to care for themselves or live independently. They often require long-term, live-in care to help them perform basic daily functions, such as feeding and cleaning themselves. The level of treatment that many severe traumatic brain injury victims require often amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Contact the Scarlett Law Group to Set Up a Free Consultation!
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 multi-million-dollar results specifically for victims of brain injury.
If you or someone you know has suffered traumatic brain injury, you need the assistance a San Francisco brain injury attorney from the Scarlett Law Group. Call (415) 688-2176 today.