There is little in life a brain injury will not affect. Whether you or a loved one suffer from a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), it can impact your physicality, personality, and cognition. When these changes are the result of another person’s negligence, you should speak with an Oceanside brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
When another person’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct causes you harm, like a TBI, you may have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim. Our brain injury lawyers in Oceanside will guide you through this process and fight hard for you to receive full and fair compensation.
Over the years, we have represented many Californians, and we are proud to have obtained more than $300 million in settlements and court rulings for over 5,000 clients.
To talk with us about how we can help you, call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or submit your information through our online form. We offer free consultations wherever is most convenient for you.
Types of Brain Injuries We Address
Our Oceanside brain injury lawyers are here to help when another person’s negligence causes you to suffer from:
- Concussion/Minor TBI
- Moderate-to-Severe TBI
- Closed Head Injury
- Open Head Injury
- Anoxic/Hypoxic Brain Injury
- Diffuse Brain Injury
What Is a TBI?
One of the brain injuries we see most often is a TBI. This type of injury occurs when there is a significant force exerted against the head, and therefore the brain. The blow to the head, which may or may not penetrate the skull, causes temporary or permanent impairment to a brain’s functioning.
A TBI may coincide with another type of injury, such as a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage), or swelling of the brain (edema). However, this is not required. Mild TBIs, better known as concussions, often occur without another related injury.
TBIs are classified in terms of their severity: mild, moderate, or severe. One method for a physician to determine the severity of a TBI is based on the Glasgow Coma Scale. The GCS gauges a head trauma victim’s:
- Motor response, one through six points
- Verbal response, one through five points
- Eye-opening, one through four points
A mild TBI/concussion is a score of 13-15, a moderate TBI is a score between nine and 12, and a severe TBI is a score between three and eight. An individual with a score of less than three is in a vegetative state.
If you suffered from a TBI, or your loved one is currently suffering from a severe TBI or other brain injuries, do not hesitate to contact our Oceanside brain injury attorneys as soon as possible. Our team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will make sure you receive the best possible medical care as we pursue compensation on your behalf.
Compensation in a California Brain Injury Claim
Through a personal injury claim in California, you can seek compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries.
These are known as compensatory damages, and they include many factors, including:
- Past, Current, and Future Medical Expenses
- Other Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Reduced Future Earnings
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Property Damage
If you believe the at-fault party’s actions were particularly egregious, it is especially important to speak with a lawyer. When the other party is guilty of recklessness or malicious conduct, and not just ordinary negligence, then you may have the right to pursue punitive damages.
Punitive damages are not meant to compensate you for your injuries. Instead, they are intended to punish the wrongdoer.
How Our Oceanside Brain Injury Lawyers Can Help
After suffering a brain injury because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, it is important to work with a lawyer. Our brain injury attorneys in Oceanside are highly experienced in investigating accidents, including all types of motor vehicle collisions and dangerous property incidents. We will gather as much evidence as possible to build you a strong claim for compensation.
We are here to handle the insurance claim process for you. We will communicate with the liable party’s insurer, making sure they receive the necessary documentation and proof of your injuries. We will participate in good faith negotiations in an attempt to reach a fair settlement agreement.
If we are unable to reach a settlement agreement with an insurer, or if there is no relevant insurance policy to cover your brain injury, then we are not afraid to head to court. When necessary, we will take your brain injury claim through trial.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak With an Oceanside Brain Injury Lawyer
When you or a loved one are suffering from a brain injury, or if your loved one passed away due to severe trauma to the brain, contact us at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers to discuss your options. Through an independent and thorough investigation, we will determine what happened and who was at fault. Then, we will devise the best next steps to pursue compensation for your damages.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with you. Contact us online or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.