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San Mateo Brain Injury Attorney

Brain injuries come in all shapes and sizes—from mild to severe.  But even “mild” traumatic brain injuries can adversely affect nearly every aspect of a victim’s life. Brain injuries often mean long-term financial, physical, and emotional struggles that make it difficult or impossible for the victim to return to the quality of life he enjoyed before the accident. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, an experienced and compassionate San Mateo brain injury lawyer may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to heal. Your first step is to get in touch with our offices at Danko Meredith to schedule a free consultation.

Brain injuries are complex, serious, and can sometimes have devastating social as well as physical effects. A brain injury can change the way you think and the way you act. If your brain injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, contact Danko Meredith to discuss your case. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases creates limited window during which victims can seek the justice and compensation they deserve.

How the Experienced San Mateo Brain Injury Attorneys at Danko Meredith Can Help

Danko Meredith is prepared to fight for your future. Our San Mateo brain injury attorneys have earned a reputation for doing what it takes to reach a successful resolution for our clients. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider Danko Meredith to help fight for your rights:

  • We work hard to uncover the truth: Our lawyers succeed because they never give up. Regardless of the situation, we find out what really happened and effectively tell our client’s stories.
  • We have a reputation for taking cases to trial and winning: Our representative cases prove we have what it takes to go to court and win on behalf of our clients with brain injuries. Our track record is often enough to motivate defendants to offer higher settlements.
  • We operate on a contingency fee basis: Our law firm charges nothing upfront and won’t charge any fees unless we successfully handle your case. You will never pay for our services out of pocket.

If you’ve suffered a brain injury, we want to make you decision to hire an attorney easy Hiring the right personal injury lawyer can be the pivotal factor in your case. Not only can your lawyer advise you on what to expect throughout the legal proceedings, but they also have the resources necessary to investigate the case and collect evidence demonstrating liability. A lawyer will take care of the difficult aspects of your case so you can focus on improving your health.

Types of Brain Injuries

Physicians typically classify brain injuries as mild, moderate, or severe. A concussion is the most common type of mild traumatic brain injury, with symptoms that include fatigue, trouble concentrating, sensory losses, confusion, nausea, and depression. Note that side effects may not appear right away. For most patients, concussive symptoms diminish within a few weeks to a year after the injury. For about 15% of victims, however, symptoms will last much longer. Nevertheless, concussions aren’t the only type of brain injury. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE): This is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.
  • Brain contusions: Cerebral contusions are scattered areas of bleeding on the surface of the brain, most commonly along the undersurface and poles of the frontal and temporal lobes around the area where the head was struck.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): This type of traumatic brain injury results from a blunt injury to the brain, causing long connecting fibers called axons to shear 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.

Brain injuries can affect multiple aspects of a person’s life, including their job and social life. For instance, even a mild brain injury could force a victim to take time off work and miss a promotion or training opportunities. If the victim is a child, the injury could interfere with his or her ability to concentrate in school, which could mean falling behind his or her peers. A more severe brain injury may require surgeries or extensive outpatient treatment and rehabilitation. Symptoms can include memory loss, cognitive problems, issues with executive functioning, slurred speech, and personality changes. 

Fortunately, if you’re a brain injury victim whose injuries are no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive substantial financial compensation. Knowledgeable attorneys who are familiar with the legal ramifications associated with brain injury cases—like those at Danko Meredith—may be able to provide victims with qualified legal assistance.

What Causes Brain Injuries?

Accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in California. These are the most common causes for a traumatic brain injury (TBI):

Because the brain can be injured even without any impact to the head. In those cases it can be challenging to determine the exact mechanism of injury. Identifying the precise cause of injury is crucial for determining liability.

Why Do You Need a Brain Injury Attorney?

A brain injury can have a physical, emotional, and financial impact on a victim, and clients with severe brain injuries sometimes need care for the rest of their lives. An experienced attorney can provide a victim and his family with experienced and knowledgeable representation while the victim focuses on recovery. Our San Mateo personal injury attorneys can take care of the litigation process, handling everything from conducting the necessary investigations to negotiating with insurance companies.

To file a personal injury lawsuit following a brain injury, your lawyer needs to demonstrate that you suffered trauma due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. To prevail, your attorney must prove the following elements:

  • Duty of care: It’s everyone’s duty to act in a reasonable manner to prevent causing injury to others. If individuals fail 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 a victim to file a claim, the injury must have caused economic or non-economic damages.

Likewise, note that the statute of limitations in California gives personal injury victims a limited time to file a lawsuit, in some cases only six months. That’s why it’s crucial to contact a seasoned brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

Contact Our Brain Injury Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident, contact Danko Meredith as soon as possible to discuss your case. We have what it takes to fight for compensation on your behalf and are dedicated to protecting your rights. While you focus on your recovery, 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 need to pay off medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of work, and more.

Our law firm has been named one of the Best Law Firms in America by US News & World Report, and our top-rated attorneys are always listed among California’s elite. Our personal injury lawyers in San Mateo care about all of our clients and will be by their side throughout the legal process. No matter the complexity or size of the case, we’ll commit our full attention to anyone who deserves justice. For a free consultation, give us a call at (650) 453-3600 or complete our contact form today.