There are currently over 5 million Americans living with traumatic brain injuries and there are approximately 1.7 million new traumatic brain injury cases each year according to the California Department of Rehabilitation. Traumatic brain injury symptoms can range from mild to severe and sometimes the results are fatal. In fact, brain injuries cause approximately 1/3 of all injury-related deaths.
As Fontana brain injury attorneys know, sometimes injuries are hard to detect and when they are not discovered right away, delays in treatment may make things harder for brain injury sufferers and their families. Sometimes brain injury symptoms may affect things like emotional function including mood change and depression. Other times it can be memory and brain function that are affected which can cause confusion and frustration. In worst case scenarios, traumatic brain injuries lead to permanent disability or death.
When adults suffer brain injuries, their families and other responsibilities suffer as well. Whether it is temporary or permanent, brain injuries often lead to missed work, inability to drive, and inability to do normal day to day tasks. Common causes of brain injuries in adults include the following:
Adults over the age of 75 are at the highest risk for traumatic brain injuries causing hospitalization and death. 80% of traumatic brain injuries in older adults are caused by falls. The elderly suffer more falls than younger people because they are not as stable on their feet and have more difficulty walking. Falls can be caused doing every day tasks such as getting out of bed or going to the restroom. Dangerous conditions such as slippery walkways or uneven pavement can be especially difficult for older people. People at fault for these injuries may include nursing homes, caregivers, and negligent property owners.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents age 0-19 are at high risk for traumatic brain injuries and over 500,000 children suffer brain injuries each year. Falls are the number one cause of brain injury in young children. They have less coordination, so they suffer more falls in activities like walking, running, bicycling, and playing on playground equipment. Older children often suffer brain injuries in things like gymnastics, football, soccer, and other sports. Other common causes of traumatic brain injuries in children include car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and abuse.
If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury caused by someone else’s fault, contact a Fontana brain injury attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a consultation. Only experienced brain injury attorneys should handle these types of cases because they understand brain injuries, the complications that come with them, and the long term costs of brain injuries. Compensation for brain injury victims may include lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical expenses and in cases of fatal brain injuries, wrongful death compensation may be available for close family members. Call us today at 323-477-1415.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.