California Traumatic Brain / Head Injury Lawyers
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also sometimes called intracranial injury. TBI occurs with many types of head injuries when outside trauma to the head injures one or more parts of the brain. Accidents, blows to the head, or violent shaking (as in "shaken baby syndrome") can all cause traumatic brain injuries.
Many types and degrees of accidents involving cars, trucks, and other forms of transportation, as well as slip and fall accidents can cause head injuries that result in TBI that forever changes a person's quality of life and their ability to earn a living.
A head injury resulting in TBI can be classified as mild, moderate or severe in nature, and results in symptoms ranging from memory problems to serious cognitive dysfunction.
While all three levels of brain injury from trauma to the head result in significant disruption of a person's life, most defendants refuse to acknowledge head and brain injuries (particularly the mild or moderate type) as being significant to warrant financial compensation.
Insurance Companies Attempt to Prove Head Injuries Are Not Serious Injuries
Insurance companies typically hire head injury experts to tell a jury that the person is not really hurt or, in some instances, that the person is "faking" a brain injury. Insurance companies often hire investigators to spy on injured victims, subpoena medical records, and locate friendly witnesses in an attempt to disprove a valid head injury claim. They will even stoop to reading social websites and forums where victims discuss their injuries to collect or fabricate evidence against them.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer with TBI Litigation Experience
Because a brain injury is not something a jury can see with their eyes, it is critical that TBI lawsuits are carefully developed and presented by an attorney with expert research and litigation skills. TBI case development needs to be comprehensive and persuasive. For example, the testimony of multiple expert witnesses is often required when presenting a TBI case to a jury. The plaintiff (victim) usually must present trial testimony from a neurologist, a neuropsychiatrist, a neuropsychologist, a life care planner, a physical medicine doctor, a vocational rehabilitationist and an economist to fully explain to a jury the extent of the present and future damages suffered by the plaintiff.
AlderLaw personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in litigating against insurance companies in lawsuits involving traumatic brain injury and proven ability to get justice and multimillion dollar compensation for victims of serious head injuries.
Head Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury Verdicts and Settlements
Some of AlderLaw's more notable verdicts and settlements have come in traumatic brain injury cases, including:
- Jury verdict: $15.7 million for a retired police officer riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a dump truck
- Jury Verdict: $4.15 million for a schizophrenic woman who suffered a moderate brain injury from smoke inhalation due to a failed smoke detector in her home; and
- Jury Verdict: $1.67 million for a man on dialysis who sustained mild traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. The insurance company attempted to show that our clients' injuries were caused by preexisting medical conditions but our powerful trial work led the the jury to find in our clients' favor.
- Settlement: $6.125 million for a child who suffered a brain injury from smoke inhalation due to a failed smoke detector;
If you have or suspect you suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, we can help you get the right treatment from the right doctors and get the results your case deserves. Contact our personal injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.