Expert Brain Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles brain injury attorneys of Nadrich and Cohen have successfully proven, on multiple occasions, many closed-head injury cases which are in reality mild traumatic brain injury cases. Most of our mild brain injury cases involve no initial diagnosis of a brain injury and no documented loss of consciousness.
Our Los Angeles brain injury attorneys can prove that a permanent brain injury can and did occur from any time period of a loss of consciousness no matter how short resulting in the lack of memory of the event of the accident, or cognitive neurological deficits.
As California brain injury lawyers, we have shown permanent brain injuries when our clients have suffered the following: headaches of a different severity, speech problems, the inability to understand critical thinking as before, lack of concentration, impaired memory, loss of temper, fatigue and muscle and joint pain, abnormal sleep patterns, different sense of smell or ability to taste food as before, increased depression, inability to organize as before, problems of balance and dexterity and literally becoming claustrophobic and anti-social.
Los Angeles automobile crash and brain injury attorneys
How do you recognize concussions?
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Blank stare of dazed look
- Slurred speech, delayed reactions
- Dizziness & headaches
In order to do this successfully, our Los Angeles brain injury lawyers gather witnesses (people in our clients’ life before and after the accident) to show the difference in the quality of our clients’ life both before and after the accident. We will show that the head injury symptoms our client suffers from were from the accident.
Our brain injury attorneys in Los Angeles then go to the analysis of the vehicles (if it was a car crash), and study what the mechanisms of the injury were so we can show how the brain was impacted in some manner, such as a broken windshield or broken seat back, etc.
We use vocational experts who have brain injury experience who can discuss the loss of wages.
Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are typically among the most serious, and potentially life-altering of injuries. A person who suffers traumatic brain injury may be left with months, perhaps years of rehabilitation before they can improve. He may even be left in a vegetative state. When a head and/or brain injury occurs in an accident that was caused through the negligence of someone else, the victim, or plaintiff, may have grounds for a claim. Because head and brain injury cases require so much technical medical information, it is very important that you work with an attorney if you have been hurt.
The anatomy of a brain injury
The brain is several pounds of a jelly-like substance containing millions of microscopic fibers suspended in cerebrospinal fluid. The brain works by sending neuro-chemical signals across axonal-dendric connections known as synapses. When brain tissue is disturbed in an injury, these axonal-dendric connections can be disturbed or broken.
The brain has three main areas: the cortex, the cerebellum and the brain stem (diencephalon).
The cortex is the center where most thinking takes place. It has four lobes, and two hemispheres: the right and the left.
The left hemisphere is often the dominant structure and controls verbal functions such as speaking, writing, reading and calculating. The right controls visual-spatial functions such as visual memory, copying, drawing, and rhythm.
The frontal lobe is sometimes damaged in accidents because of its location near the front of the cranium. The frontal lobe is considered a center for emotional and personality traits.
The cerebellum controls our coordination and balance.
The brain stem connects the brain to the spinal cord and controls survival functions, such as breathing, heart rate, consciousness, and alertness.
Fortunately, the brain is protected by our skull or cranium. However, the inner surface of the skull contains ribbing and bony structures. If the brain moves forcefully inside the skull, it can be thrust into these bony structures causing injury.
- Contusion or Concussion
- Anoxic brain injury
- Skull fracture
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI)
- Epidural hematoma
- Subdural hematoma
- Highly Specialized
Contusion or Concussion
A contusion or concussion occurs when the brain is bruised by striking the cranium. The injury causes headaches, vomiting, dizziness and problems remembering or concentrating. It can have can have long-term consequences.
Anoxic brain injury
An injury that disrupts blood flow to the brain. An anoxic brain injury is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain usually through bleeding and swelling of brain tissue.
A skull fracture is a break in the bone that surrounds the brain. Often a skull fracture will heal on its own but if there is tissue damage below the fracture surgery may be required.
A contrecoup injury occurs when the brain is propelled against both sides of the skull. In this type of injury the brain will rebound and collide with the opposite side of the skull when it strikes both sides of the skull, the result is a contrecoup injury.
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI)
A type of brain injury called Diffuse Axonal Injury occurs with the rotation and disruption of the brain inside the skull which severs or shears the brain’s long connecting nerve fibers or axons.
This damage can be microscopic and difficult to measure. In cases involving “mild brain injury” the effects of this may not be long term, but following more severe brain injury it can result in permanent disability and unconsciousness and coma. Unfortunately, there is no real treatment for a diffuse axonal injury. Recent studies indicate the damage to axons appears to progress over the first 12 to 24 hours after the injury. It is hoped that in the near future it may be possible to prevent the progression with specific treatments.
Epidural hematoma involves the formation of a blood clot between the skull and the top lining of the brain (dura). This clot causes pressure changes in the brain can require emergency surgery.
A subdural hematoma is the formation of a blood clot between the brain tissue and the dura. If it occurs slowly over several weeks it is referred to as a subdural hematoma; if it occurs quickly it is referred to an acute subdural hematoma. Like other clots, this may require surgical correction.
If you have relieved a blow to the head and are suffering from a head or brain injury as a result of a car accident you should see a doctor and contact an attorney.
The science behind brain injuries is constantly changing and highly technical. Attorneys who handle these cases should have extensive experience in the field. The cases often require the testimony of medical experts and psychological testing.
Common Causes of Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries occur in a variety of ways and through many types of accidents. Most commonly, car accidents are the culprit. However, a victim can receive a brain injury if struck by a car as a pedestrian, through striking the head in a slip and fall, by loss of oxygen in a swimming accident, etc. A brain injury often occurs when it is jarred or when something comes into forceful contact with the head.
A blunt hit to the head causes the brain to move about within the skull. Rib-like structures on the inside of the skull cause damage. Whiplash causes the brain to move suddenly, and can even lead to bleeding in the brain. It is important to note that not all head and brain injuries are evident right away. Some become apparent only days later, when tissues of the brain have had time to swell and bleed.
Damage to the head, itself includes skull fractures and contusions, among others. Because of the fact that the head houses the brain, any injury can be utterly devastating. If you have suffered a head or brain injury because of another’s negligence, you may be able to gain compensation for all costs and losses associated with your injury/resultant condition.
Should you require assistance with a Head or Brain Injury and need a Los Angeles brain injury attorney, please contact us for an immediate free evaluation of your situation. We have dealt with many of these cases and can be an invaluable resource for information and more importantly assistance.
Excellent Los Angeles Brain Injury Lawyer
As a traumatic brain injury attorney in Los Angeles Mr. Nadrich is an experienced trial lawyer and has dedicated himself to helping brain injury victims throughout the country. As a direct result to his efforts and philosophy, the Nadrich Law Firm has obtained over $15 million dollars in settlements and awards in the last year alone.
With many decades of combined experience, the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP and our highly experienced staff of trial attorneys, paralegals, investigators and law clerks have the expertise and ample resources to successfully research, investigate and litigate all of our clients personal injury claims no matter who or what. We obtain the best results possible for our clients.
Every year in the United States, approximately 270,000 people will experience a moderate or severe brain injury and approximately 70,000 people will die as a result of their injury. Of those injured survivors, 80,000 will suffer significant and often permanent disabilities.
One of most difficult medical conditions associated with a brain injury is a coma. A coma is defined as a “sleep-like state from which an individual cannot be aroused“. The brain operates at different levels of consciousness with the highest being sharp, quick to respond and alert and the lowest being the last state before death, also referred to as a state of coma.
Comas suffered as a result of a brain injury will generally occur abruptly and be followed by a gradual or progressive recovery process and studies show that if a patient in a coma survives the first seven to ten days following the injury, long-term survival can often be expected. The level of recovery will often depend on the severity of the injury however it is not uncommon for victims of brain injury to remain in a coma indefinitely.
Families and loved ones of people suffering comas must make sure that they will be able to meet the enormous financial responsibilities that they now face. Not only are there current medical expenses, there are the uncertain future expenses that also must be considered. If a coma patient survives the first few weeks after the injury, it is likely that they will survive indefinitely in a vegetative state and it is their right to be comfortable and well cared for at all times.
Mr. Nadrich has tried numerous brain injury cases in Los Angeles and throughout california and has participated in countless arbitrations and settlements. His philosophy is goal-oriented with the only goal in mind to obtain the best possible results for his clients. His first priority is the success of the client’s claims. Jeffrey Nadrich views his job as a sacred trust. He is proud to represent consumers against insurance companies and corporations.
For your convenience we will come to your home or hospital. We represent injured people and the families of those who have been hurt or killed as a result of auto accidents, vehicular related accidents, nursing home abuse, premises and construction accidents, drug manufacturer products and work place injuries.
Please allow the Los Angeles brain injury attorneys of Nadrich and Cohen to analyze your potential brain injury case. Please contact us for an immediate free evaluation of your potential case or call us at 1-800-718-4658.