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Palo Alto Brain Injury Attorney

Palo Alto Brain Injury AttorneyOur brains are at the center of our personality, consciousness, and even our humanity. These delicate organs influence our every breath.  They’re also among the organs most susceptible to traumatic injury.  

Living with a brain injury isn’t easy. Traumatic brain injuries make it difficult to work, resume your daily activities, or enjoy an active lifestyle. Depending on tits severity, you may struggle to maintain relationships with your family or even perform the tasks required for basic self-care.  Your future may depend on the medical care you receive and your ability to pay for the help you need. 

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, you are entitled to seek compensation from the one who caused you harm.  The experienced brain injury lawyers at Danko Meredith are prepared to help you recover all to which you are entitled.

What Are Common Types of Brain Injuries?

Common causes of severe brain injuries include car accidents, slips and falls, motorcycle and bicycle crashes, violent crime, and construction accidents. Depending on the seriousness of the injury and the area of the brain that is affected, the impact of a brain injury on a survivor’s life can vary. Some of the most common kinds of brain injuries that people experience include the following: 

  • Concussions: This type of injury can result from a blow to the head or a whiplash-like injury, without any impact to the head, which cause the brain to shake violently within the skull. Concussions are the most common type of brain injury.
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE): CTE is a degenerative brain condition caused by multiple blows to the head. The disorder develops in people who suffer numerous concussions, such as football players in the NFL.
  • Brain contusions: A contusion is a bruise to the brain itself, which causes bleeding and swelling around the area where the head was struck. Contusions often occur along with a fracture or a blood clot.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): This injury occurs when as a result of a trauma the brain rapidly shifts within the skull. Within the brain, long connecting fibers called axons are sheared as the brain rapidly accelerates and decelerates inside the skull’s hard bone.
  • Penetrating head injury: This is a violent type of trauma in which the skull isn’t just fractured but also breached by an object. Penetrating head injuries are severe skull trauma that results in damage to the brain.

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may appear within hours of an injury or may take weeks or even months to appear. Common symptoms include slurred speech, confusion, cognitive difficulties, headaches, and loss of consciousness.

Brain injury victims who were harmed through no fault of their own may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Skilled attorneys with an understanding of the medical ramifications of brain injury cases—like those at Danko Meredith—may be able to provide victims with important legal assistance.

What Are the Elements of a Brain Injury Lawsuit?

To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit after a brain injury, you must first prove that you suffered trauma as a result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Your lawyer needs to demonstrate the following elements:

  • Duty of care: It’s everyone’s duty to act in a reasonable manner to prevent causing injury to others. If an individual fails to meet this duty, they can be held liable for the injury their actions or inactions may have caused.
  • Causation: The defendant’s negligence must have been directly responsible for the injury or damage that occurred.
  • Damages: For the injured party to prevail, the injury must have caused either economic or non-economic damages.

The statute of limitations for California personal injury cases gives an injured person a limited time to file a suit, usually ranging from six months to two years. That’s why it’s crucial to speak with a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

Contact an Experienced California Brain Injury Attorney

When a brain injury is the result of someone else’s wrongful conduct, experienced brain injury lawyers can help obtain full compensation that covers medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The California brain injury attorneys at Danko Meredith are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way and helping you persevere during this challenging time in your life. After meeting with you one-on-one, we’ll initiate an investigation into your case and the circumstances that led up to the accident so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

We’ve been named one of the Best Law Firms in America by US News & World Report, and our best-in-class lawyers are consistently listed among California’s elite. We care about you and will be by your side throughout the entirety of the legal process. No matter the complexity or size of the case, we’ll commit our full attention to all of our clients who deserve justice. For a free consultation, give us a call at (650) 453-3600 or complete our contact form today.