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Identifying the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries

When the head is hit by a sudden force that causes the brain to smash into the hard, bony skull, a brain injury may occur. The soft tissue of the brain can become bruised or torn, causing it to bleed and inflame. These brain injuries occur more often than some may think. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are involved in 30 percent of deaths caused by injuries in the United States. It is crucial to understand how to identify a brain injury so that people can get the treatment they need to recover.

Can a spouse take part of a personal injury settlement?

California is a fifty-fifty state when it comes to divorces. Additionally, personal injury awards are typically considered community property. This means that any settlement you receive from an injury would likely be split equitably between you and your spouse during a divorce.

How do people overcome major injuries?

If you are one of the many California citizens who has a dangerous line of work, then you are well within your rights to be concerned about catastrophic injuries. In fact, anyone who drives regularly might do well to think about what might happen should the unthinkable occur. While accidents that lead to paralysis, amputations or brain injuries are rare, they are far from impossible.

Do not quickly waive your liability rights after an accident

Some people look at their wrecked car and think they got off lucky if they didn't need to go to the hospital or only suffered slight pain that went away quickly. However, you may be making a big mistake by quickly signing a release of liability form. Not all California automobile accident victims experience pain or suffering immediately following an auto accident, and you may be throwing away valuable compensation rights by signing them away too soon.

How common is amnesia?

Television and movies like to use amnesia as a plot device. However, in real life, this medical condition is not a lot like how it is portrayed in these creative works. Amnesia can be a full loss of memories or just partial loss. It also comes in many forms, which determine what memories you lose. You may wonder how likely it is that if you are in an accident or otherwise injured in California that you will get amnesia. 

What are the most severe bone breaks?

You may think of a broken bone as a minor inconvenience, but in some cases, certain types of breaks can be catastrophic. It is important to understand what breaks are severe. Knowing how severe your break is will enable you to more properly care for yourself once you leave the hospital. 

What are the type of comas?

A coma is a condition that can happen after a catastrophic injury. While you may have heard of this type of medical condition before, what you may not know is there are different types of comas. If you have a loved one who is in a coma in a California hospital, it may be helpful to understand each type. 

What is a catastrophic sports injury?

Catastrophic injuries can happen quickly and without much warning. Often, they are a result of an accident. However, if you play sports in California, then you are at risk for such an injury every time you play. Some of these may be minor, but some may be severe. Catastrophic sports injuries, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, is an injury that results in a permanent disability, serious damage to the body even if it heals completely or death. 

Living with a spinal cord injury

At Hildebrand McLeod & Nelson LLP, we understand that damages from catastrophic injuries in California go far beyond medical expenses. If you suffer a spinal cord injury and lose the use of your legs, for example, it has the potential to change everything about your life permanently.

Can your personality change after a brain injury?

Even if a person in California has been fortunate enough to survive a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, loved ones often find that their friend or family member has changed afterward, particularly in personality or temperament. The consequences of a traumatic event can have repercussions for many years to come, including changing the person who has survived the event.

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