Pasadena Law Firm Advocates for Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Dedicated to helping you recover from catastrophic injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can have lasting and far-reaching consequences that affect every aspect of your personal and professional lives. The Law Offices of Pius Joseph puts your needs first and is committed to treating you with dignity and respect. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated our time and resources to obtaining favorable settlements. We help you cope with your injuries and advocate for compensation to improve your quality of life now and in the future.
What are some common traumatic brain injuries?
Head injuries that affect the brain can result in physical limitations, speech and language impairments and decreases in cognitive ability. It is common for brain injuries to occur as a result of car and truck accidents. These are typical brain injuries resulting from accidents:
- Concussions — This is the most common type of brain injury and results from a sudden impact. Whiplash injuries, gunshot wounds and direct impacts to the head can all lead to concussions. You may or may not lose consciousness during a concussion, and some concussions can take months or years to heal.
- Recurrent brain trauma — If you obtain a second brain injury before you completely have recovered from an initial injury, you may experience second impact syndrome, which presents an emergency: Immediate medical attention is required to prevent death. The long-term effects of a second brain injury can include muscle spasms, hallucinations and emotional changes, and impaired thinking and learning ability.
- Closed brain injuries and open brain injuries — Closed brain injuries involve sudden impacts or movements to the head that do not involve penetration of the skin or skull. In these cases, brain tissue and nerves are damaged and can lead to a myriad of physical and mental defects. Open brain injuries occur when a foreign object, such as a gun or knife penetrates the head and causes damage to the skull and brain. Open brain injuries are also common in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, as pieces of metal or other debris can penetrate the skull on impact. Open brain injuries, unlike closed brain injuries, tend to damage a focused area without affecting all neurological functions.
What are the effects of traumatic brain injuries?
Brain injuries can range in severity and are classified as mild, moderate or severe.
- Mild traumatic brain injury — These types of injuries are common in contact sports among other things and are characterized by a change in mental status, such as a dazed or confused state, at the time of injury. Long-lasting physical impairments are not generally associated with mild brain injuries.
- Moderate traumatic brain injuries — Moderate trauma is typically caused by non-penetrating impacts and sudden shaking of the head. A loss of consciousness that lasts for a few minutes to a few hours can cause confusion for several days and in some instances lengthy mental and physical disabilities.
- Severe traumatic brain injuries — Forceful impacts and penetrating injuries to the brain are considered the most hazardous and catastrophic. These injuries lead to long hospitalization periods combined with years of rehabilitation, and some are fatal. Severe brain injuries also put you at a higher risk of developing cognitive conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Brain injuries can also lead to spine and back injuries. Thinking and learning ability as well as emotional capacity are usually significantly impaired.
Rely on Pasadena’s dedicated legal team to get you through a devastating injury
At The Law Offices of Pius Joseph, we have more than 25 years’ experience with personal injury cases, including those involving traumatic brain injury. We offer free initial consultations and flexible office hours to suit your schedule. Our office is near several mass transit options and the Pasadena Playhouse. Call us at 626-397-1050 or contact us online today to discuss your case.