Few injuries are as traumatic and life-altering as brain injuries. Even a seemingly minor impact can result in a brain injury that causes headaches, diminished cognitive capabilities, and a variety of other symptoms, and many brain injuries render victims permanently incapacitated. Generally, brain injuries arise out of accidents caused by careless behavior, and in many instances, people who suffer brain injuries can recover damages. If you suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by another party’s negligent actions, it is prudent to speak with a knowledgeable attorney regarding whether you may be owed compensation from the party that caused your harm. The San Mateo brain injury lawyers at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP are well-versed in what it takes to set forth a winning case, and we will fight diligently to help you seek a successful outcome. Collectively, our attorneys have more than 75 years of experience helping injured people protect their interests in the California courts.Causes and Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, but most are caused by an impact, puncture, or deprivation of oxygen. Brain injuries are frequently sustained in motor vehicle collisions, construction accidents, and falls. They can be caused by medical negligence as well. Notably, a person does not need to lose consciousness to suffer a brain injury, and in many instances, symptoms of a brain injury will not appear until several hours or days after the injury occurred. Examples of brain injuries include concussions, hematomas, hemorrhages, and coup and contrecoup injuries. Typically, brain injuries are diagnosed through imaging studies, such as MRIs or CT scans, but some injuries can be assessed based on a person’s symptoms. Brain injuries often cause headaches, confusion, dizziness, mood changes, and impaired memory. In severe cases, brain injuries can lead to seizures, vision loss, coma, and death. The brain injury attorneys at our San Mateo firm understand the wide range of conditions that can develop.Recovering Damages for Brain Injuries
Brain injuries rarely occur without an accident. While some accidents cannot be avoided, most are caused by the negligent acts or omissions of one or more parties. Therefore, in most cases in which a party wishes to recover compensation for a brain injury, he or she will file a lawsuit against the party that caused the accident, alleging that the party was negligent. A plaintiff alleging negligence in California must prove certain elements to establish liability. In other words, a plaintiff must demonstrate a duty to act with reasonable care, behavior that constituted a breach of the duty, and actual harm proximately caused by the breach. Thus, if a plaintiff can show that his or her harm was caused by the defendant’s failure to act as a reasonable person would have acted under the circumstances, the plaintiff may be awarded damages.Damages Recoverable in a Lawsuit Arising Out of Brain Injuries
If our San Mateo brain injury attorneys prove a defendant’s liability, the plaintiff will be able to secure compensation for the economic and noneconomic harm caused by his or her brain injuries. Economic harm includes medical expenses, out of pocket costs, and lost wages. Noneconomic harm refers to harm that is not readily quantified, such as the emotional trauma and physical pain and suffering caused by the injury. If the plaintiff was married when his or her harm occurred, the plaintiff’s spouse may also be able to recover damages for the loss of the plaintiff’s services and companionship.Talk to a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney
Brain injuries frequently cause devastating and permanent harm, and people who suffer brain injuries have a right to compensation for their damages. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury, it is advisable to talk to an attorney about your potential claims. At Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP, we possess the knowledge and skills needed to help you seek a favorable result, and we will work diligently to help you hold the party that caused your harm accountable. The brain injury lawyers at our San Mateo firm regularly represent people in personal injury cases throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. You can contact us through our form online or at (650) 345-8484 to schedule a meeting to discuss your legal needs.