Severe and Moderate Brain Injury

San Jose Personal Injury Attorney

Regardless of how your traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurred—a truck accident, a fall from an unguarded balcony, or a recreational boating accident—we will promptly go to work with a team of investigative, medical, and forensic experts in order to achieve the following:

  • Ensure that you are receiving the care and medical attention you need to promote recovery and avoid aggravation of trauma and damage to the brain.
  • Work with you and your family to help resolve problems related to such symptoms as irritability, behavioral problems, memory loss, personality changes, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Review or, if necessary, set up your case management plan to address all physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Make sure that all necessary tests are performed to identify and document the full range of neuropsychological deficits related to a closed head or penetrative injury that results in moderate brain damage or severe loss of cognitive function.
  • Double check neuro-diagnostic test findings that identify specific brain functions within normal ranges.
  • Project your future surgical, treatment, and rehabilitative needs, to the greatest degree of medical certainty possible.

What are some symptoms to look for?

People often think of brain injury as a traumatic injury, causing a coma or complete inability to function. The brain is the body's neurological operating center. When it isn't functioning properly, the signals to the entire body get crossed or blocked in major or minor ways. In fact, it is often the spouse or close family member who first notices the small changes, weeks or months after the injury occurred. As professionals say, brain injuries are often the first injury to occur in an accident, and the last injuries to get diagnosed. If your spouse or other family member has recently been in an accident, you might have noticed these subtle signs such as:

  • Short- or long-term memory loss
  • Change in personality, quick to anger, easily frustrated
  • Inability to concentrate or focus on a single topic
  • Loss of feeling in fingers and extremities
  • Slurred speech
  • Nervous tics
  • Blurred or double vision, hearing loss, reduced sense of taste and smell
  • Inability to perform simple tasks, such as opening a combination lock
  • Unusual digestive problems, other malfunctions of internal organs

Make it a priority to discuss the symptoms with a neurological specialist as soon as possible. Our firm handles everything about your claim, including investigating vicarious liability - that means seeking damages from every insured party that may be held liable for the negligence leading to the accident - not just the driver's or property owner's insurance company. There are often several parties who share responsibility, and we seek to optimize your claim for a lifetime of care.

Talk to a San Jose catastrophic injury lawyer today!

California attorney Michael M. Shea, Jr. concentrates his practice on personal injury litigation on behalf of persons with traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, permanent spinal cord damage, and other severe neurological problems. He has presented seminars for advanced professional audiences on brain injury litigation issues to the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C., the Brain Injury Association of California, and the Utah State Bar Association.

At Shea & Shea, we advance at our own risk all of the expenses involved in supporting your damages claim with solid expert opinion and complete documentation. All brain injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay no fees or costs unless we recover damages for you. We may also be able to help you resolve barriers imposed by insurers or HMOs in getting the tests or treatment you need to identify the specific nature and full extent of your brain injury, so that you can recover full compensation for your losses. Contact a San Jose personal injury lawyer from our firm today for help in your case!

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