San Francisco Brain Injury Lawyers
At Callaway & Wolf, we’ve represented many clients in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area in California who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. A battery of tests performed by a neuropsychologist is a key way to prove this type of injury. We guide our clients to excellent neuropsychologists for evaluation. This evaluation facilitates proper diagnosis, and gives us the evidence we need to prove that the injury has occurred.
Our Proven Track Record with MTBI Cases
In one case, a high-level executive was injured in a fall from a golf cart and never regained his previous ability to remember things and work efficiently. We had the client evaluated by an expert, and we were able to get a large recovery for him, even though he was able to continue working for a major corporation at a very high executive level.
- $300,000 for an antiques dealer who in a rear-end auto accident, and had subsequent problems with headaches, concentration, and depression.
- $235,000 for a psychotherapist who had post-concussive syndrome following an auto
- An attorney who had an MTBI after a minor rear-end auto accident, then had limits on her ability to work for months afterward.
Traumatic Brain Injury: TBI & MTBI
What are Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Other symptoms include mood changes, sleeping problems, headache, changes in vision or hearing, slurred speech, or difficulty finding words when speaking. A MTBI can also cause cognitive problems affecting memory, the ability to think clearly, concentration, or understanding what people are saying. Many people suffering from a MTBI also develop personality and behavioral changes, becoming irritable, angry, depressed, or argumentative.
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Difficult Diagnosis
Often, CT scans and MRIs do not show any damage, and are read as “normal,” so this type of brain injury often goes undiagnosed. It is reported that approximately 75% of brain injuries are MTBIs. Fortunately, about 90% of MTBI injuries resolve within a few months, with a complete recovery. Thus for a person who has MTBI symptoms after an accident, it is important not only to do the necessary testing, but also to wait to see if there will be any residual problems before trying to draw a conclusion about the value of the injury claim.
Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in San Francisco
If you or someone you know has sustained a brain injury in a California accident, request a free consultation by calling (415) 541-0300 to speak with a lawyer specializing in brain injuries in San Francisco. Or click here now to contact us online.
Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs
What’s a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI, or an MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) is any injury to the brain which is caused by movement of the head. Anyone who has had any even a mild concussion has had a TBI. A concussion happens when the brain bumps into the interior of the cranium.
What are the typical signs of a TBI?
Headaches, forgetfulness, irritability, vertigo, nausea, inability to multitask–these are among the common TBI symptoms. Often doctors call this “post concussive syndrome.
Can there be a TBI when I didn’t hit my head on anything?
Yes, absolutely. It is not always necessary to have an impact to the head to “get your bell rung” and have a concussive injury.
Do TBIs only happen when someone is knocked out?
No, they can result from an injury which does not cause a loss of consciousness. Often, though, the injured person has at least a brief period of “impaired consciousness,” or feeling disconnected.
How long will the TBI symptoms last?
Studies show that most TBI symptoms completely clear up within months. In some cases, though, there is never a complete recovery. It is important to be patient and wait to see the full extent of recovery before trying to get a settlement in a TBI case.