FULLERTON Brain Injury Lawyer


In personal injury law, there are a few significant damages that individuals can sustain that are considered catastrophic by nature. These injuries often lead to some of the most impactful symptoms, requiring those who suffer them to receive lifelong medical care.

Unfortunately, there are many situations in which these catastrophic injuries are the result of negligence, and few are as difficult to endure as a traumatic brain injury. 

Our Fullerton personal injury lawyers at Pirnia Law Group recognize just how severe the symptoms of a TBI can be. As such, we make it our mission to pursue the maximum compensation possible on your behalf.

We know that a brain injury can have a long-term impact on your life, and during one of the most difficult situations you can endure, you need a trusted partner who is committed to championing your rights to compensation.

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Common Symptoms of a Brain Injury

Symptoms of a brain injury often vary depending on how severe the injury actually is. In many cases, the brain injury may be mild, and the only symptom you may experience is a lasting headache. However, even mild brain injuries have the potential to cause some very severe symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include the following:

  • Loss of consciousness (ranging from a few minutes to a few hours)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble sleeping or constant fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches (lasting longer with more severe injuries)
  • Sensitivity to bright lights or loud sounds

For more severe brain injuries, symptoms can also include seizures and convulsions, as well as change in behavior and irritability. After a brain injury, it’s important to receive quick diagnosis to help treat the pain and determine just how severe the damage to your brain is.

Compensation for a Brain Injury

Of course, with any personal injury matter, there needs to be a focus on pursuing compensation. After all, severe and catastrophic injuries can come with a lifetime of exorbitant costs and expenses. For a traumatic brain injury, there are many expenses that you need to consider, but compensation in a brain injury lawsuit can help you cover much of the costs you may incur.

There are three main types of compensation that you may recover in a case after a brain injury, including the following:

  • Economic damages: With this compensation, you can recover for monetary losses you experience such as the costs of medical treatment and medication, lost income, therapy, and specialized medical equipment.

  • Non-economic damages: With this compensation, you receive an amount determined by the courts or through settlement that are designed to cover pain and suffering, including lost quality in life.

  • Punitive damages: These are additional damages that are used to punish the defendant when he or she intentionally causes your injuries or acts in malice when the incident occurs.

Unfortunately, there’s not always a cure for the most severe brain injuries, and the treatment option received may be lifelong. This requires a significant amount of compensation to help cover the costs, meaning legal action is necessary to move forward in the most comfortable manner possible.

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Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Like all personal injury matters, traumatic brain injuries are most often the result of negligence. It’s vital for you to recognize the different ways someone can cause you to suffer such a devastating injury. Causation is a big factor in proving liability and seeking compensation, so this knowledge can prove beneficial should you or someone you love experience this type of injury.

Common causes of traumatic brain injuries often include:

  • Car accidents (your head may hit the frame, dashboard, or steering wheel)
  • Motorcycle accidents (even with a helmet, significant force can cause your brain to rattle within your skull)
  • Slip and fall accidents (being up ended leaves your head vulnerable to contact with the floor)
  • Acts of violence (gunshot wounds are the most common form of open TBIs)
  • Construction accidents (falls from heights and falling objects are most commonly the causes on work sites)

The Lifelong Damages Associated with a Brain Injury

While the immediate pain you endure from a brain injury is enough to make this catastrophic, it’s often the lifelong damages associated with them that make them most difficult to experience.

Pain is something that can last a long time, but there are developmental delays, cognitive issues, and motor function problems that may arise as well. For instance, a traumatic brain injury can impact your ability to learn and retain vital information as you get older.

It can also significantly impact your cognitive functions, making it difficult to focus and remain concentrated on certain things.

Memory problems can arise, as well. In terms of sensory issues, a traumatic brain injury can impact your taste, smell, vision, sensation, and hearing. It can also slur your speech. All of these long term impacts make it necessary to go through physical, speech, and occupational therapy so you can regain your freedom after a TBI. 

In some situations, a traumatic brain injury can result in a coma, as well as other physical conditions such as seizures. These can truly impact your entire life, making it difficult to ever work or drive again. 


What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?

The Glasgow Coma Scale is a scoring system that is used to help diagnose the severity of a brain injury depending on a person’s responsiveness and various functions.

Depending on the function, the individual is given a score of 0 to either 4, 5, or 6. The higher the score, the more responsive the individual is, which means the less severe the brain injury is.

However, anything below an 8 total (across three different functions including eye function, speech, and movement) is considered a severe brain injury. Although, even mild brain injuries can have lasting effects. 

Can You Recover from a Brain Injury?

While there are some situations where people recover from brain injuries, this is not always likely. Some situations involve severe traumatic brain injuries in which the functions and developmental abilities are permanently impaired.

For the most part, these individuals may go through therapy to help treat and improve their condition, but they may not completely heal.

Some brain injuries can heal a bit, but leave sensory and sensation issues, as well as cognitive disabilities such as difficulty focusing and memory problems. 

What is the Average Payout for a Concussion?

The average payout for a concussion is often dependent on a number of factors because so many aspects change depending on how the injury has impacted your life.

Many settlements end up being around $100,000, but this is based on how bad the injury is, the age at which the injury was sustained, and how it impacted your ability to work.

If you are forced to miss a significant amount of time from work, your settlement may be higher as you need compensation for the lost wages. If the concussion results in long-term problems that impact your quality of life, the compensation may increase.  

What are Some of the Most Common Brain Injuries?

Concussions and contusions are two of the most common types of brain injuries, but many of the situations involved go beyond just these two traumatic injuries.

Some injuries can involve penetration through the skull into the brain, while others involve asphyxiation and a lack of oxygen to the brain.

In any case, brain injuries can lead to memory loss, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and more. Even a brain bleed is common when there’s damage between the skull and brain.

What are Some Different Types of Brain Injuries?

It’s important to recognize the different types of brain injuries you may sustain and gain a better idea of how they happen.

For instance, an open TBI is something that occurs when there’s penetration through the skull and into your brain.

An example of this would be a gunshot wound. A closed TBI is the result of outside trauma, such as your head hitting the frame of your vehicle in a car accident.

There are also acquired brain injuries that arise because you lack oxygen to your brain, such as when you are drowning or suffocated. In any case, these can all involve negligence and may require a lawsuit to pursue compensation.

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to Pursue the Compensation You Need

If you or someone you love suffers a brain injury as a result of negligence, know that you don’t have to face this difficult situation alone. Our team at Pirnia Law Group genuinely cares about your well-being.

We’re prepared to go above and beyond when your rights rely on us the most. It’s our top priority to help you pursue maximum compensation for your financial needs, as well as hold negligence accountable and pursue the justice you deserve.

You can trust us to safeguard your rights every step of the way, never backing down from the challenges of large insurance companies.

Call us for your free consultation today, and learn how we can help you.