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Medical conditions associated with brain injury

Being fully aware of the consequences of brain injury is important for health-conscious Californians looking to reduce the impact of these injuries. In addition to their immediate physical effects, brain injuries also have links to many other serious medical conditions, as described by Medicinenet.com.

How to help a loved one who has had a traumatic brain injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 138 people in California and across the country die every day due to injuries that includes a traumatic brain injury. Hundreds of thousands more people are diagnosed with the condition every year. At Callahan & Blaine, we know how difficult it can be to watch your loved one experience a TBI and the resulting symptoms. Here are a few things you can do to help.

Brain injury awards can amount to millions of dollars

Spend some time reading the news about settlements and jury awards in connection with brain injury cases, and you might be surprised at how much they can amount to. In California, sums of of millions of dollars are not uncommon; at Callahan & Blaine, for example, we have helped our clients to win settlements of up to $28 million in traumatic brain injury claims.

What are the causes and effects of traumatic brain injury?

There are different types of injuries that can affect the brain; the type that results from something like a car accident or a fall is known as a traumatic brain injury, or "TBI." As the name suggests, this usually results from a blow to the head. A TBI may be “open” (a severe injury which can result in a fractured or even a penetrated skull) or "closed" (such as a concussion in which the brain impacts against the inside of the skull).

Considerations when determining brain injury damages

When considering the consequences of a brain injury, specifically money damages arising from a negligence-based lawsuit, it is not hard to imagine the award of a sum of money when the injury to the brain manifests itself physically. For example, if the brain injury results in a disability, such as temporary or permanent blindness, or paralysis, or impaired motor skills, these are injuries that can have a direct impact on one's ability to earn a living. That, in turn, lends itself readily to a calculation of economic damages such as lost earning potential.

Oakland to pay $4.5 million for protester's brain injury

The city of Oakland, California, will pay $4.5 million to a protester who was injured during a demonstration in 2011. The victim, an Iraq War veteran, suffered a skull fracture when he was shot with a beanbag round that was fired during the protest. That impact led to traumatic brain injuries that included hemorrhaging, and the 26-year-old man also suffered a broken vertebrae.

Man causes brain injury to brother while slaying parents

A man who now lives in Seattle, Washington, returned to his family home in California because he wanted to murder his entire family, according to police. He could face the death penalty for this charges since the police are saying that the whole incident was premeditated. They have not yet found a motive for the crime, however, but it is fairly clear what the man did due to the retrieval of the murder weapon.

Study shows link between brain injuries and post-traumatic stress

We have discussed here on multiple occasions the long-term effects of concussions and other brain injuries. A number of former professional football players have come forward recently with their own stories of memory loss, depression and host of neurological conditions.

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