Brain / Spinal Inquiry

A victim of a traumatic brain injury is not only presented with a tremendous physical challenge but a psychological one as well. As such, it is important that brain injury victims seeking legal representation consult with a lawyer that has experience with brain injuries in particular. The Hartunian Law Firm has assisted several brain injury clients reach extremely successful results in their legal matters.

Did you suffer a head wound, or an infection such as meningitis, a physical ailment like a stroke, or exposure to workplace chemicals that resulted in permanent brain damage, TBI, or MTBI, and it wasn't your fault? The brain is without question, the most vital bodily organ. It is essential to cognitive function, maintaining normal human emotions, and in performing daily tasks. Damage to this highly susceptible organ means things we take for granted like balance, breathing, restful sleep, typing, smelling, seeing, hearing and tasting can all be thrown out of whack. If you are a brain injury victim and unable to work, you may want to speak to a brain injury attorney to understand your potential legal options as a victim. The Hartunian Law Firm assists victims of tragic accidents who are trying to recover the financial losses brought about by their unfortunate mishap.

Understanding the Brain
There are many aspects of the brain that must be understood when determining what approach to take as follows:

  • Human Brain Injury Anatomy
  • Skull Fractures
  • Diffuse Axonal Injuries (DAI)
  • Concussions and Contusions
  • Anoxic Brain Injuries
  • Contrecoup
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hematoma [1. Learn more about brain mechanism of injury and types here]
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Serious brain injury is often life long and may require at home nursing care and gadgets and devices to assist the person in his medical treatment, not to mention medication. Our Los Angeles and Palm Springs Injury attorneys have vast legal experience in brain injury lawsuits. Our legal counsel specialize in helping the victim manage his or her care to maximize the total compensatory award for special and general damages. For example, a victim should be keeping a day in the life journal, or "diary", documenting their day to day struggles with memory loss, pain, etc. Vigorous case management maximizes potential economic recovery. For it to be just, it needs to look at the given circumstances of each case. Our job is present that case to the insurance adjustor, or judge, in a light most favorable to you.

Spinal Cord Injuries
What Parts Does the Spine Consist Of?
The spinal column is attached at the neck, connecting the brain to all nerves, from lower part of the back down to the tailbone. The spine is primarily grouped in into 3 parts:
Lumbar -
Thoracic - The thoracic spine is the part of the vertebral column centered in the mid to lower back.
Cervical - Travels from the brain stem area into nerve branches of your limbs and organs. This sends and receives signals to your body. The cervical spine is responsible for carrying the electrical signal to the rest of the body. When the nerves are pressed down, such as in a compression, a person could be paralyzed and lose sensation.

All injuries to the nervous system are particularly important. The risk from damage to the spinal cord is severe, especially coupled with the accidents that caused them. When faced with these severe problems, we see that auto accidents are the primary reason for back injuries in the country and in Europe today, as shown by recent statistics. Other major causes for spinal cord injuries come from work related accidents, including falling of ledges and ladders. Children can also suffer these types of accidents when jumping into swimming pools or hot tubs. Many of these back injuries are apparent while others will grow over years into a severe case. If you or a loved one has been injured in such a manner, call the experts at the Ehline Law Firm to find your legal rights.

Problems With X-Rays In Determining True Damage and Importance of MRI or CT Scan

X-Rays are only capable of taking a photo of hard tissue and can see some issues, such as a cervical lordosis, often found in whiplash, or a similar modality. An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or CT scan can see the damaged tissue itself.

Wrongful Death
In the U.S., more people die in accidents than any other event. According to the National Safety Council, one's doom is sealed every five minutes in this country, due to the negligence of inattentive or downright pernicious people. Statistics tell us that at least 101,500 decedents met their bitter end this way, in the U.S., in 2003 alone. (Source: CDC Website Accidental Deaths or Injuries.) Topping the list of these doom sealing misfortunes, are of course, automobile wrecks. Right after that, most other happenings are from slips and falls, things like food poisoning, choking on food, smoke inhalation, and being burned in an inferno, such as a house fire.

Who Gets Paid?
Survivors in order of priority include: parents, siblings, stepkids, and in some situations can include grandparents. In some cases, the judge may appoint a conservator to hire a lawyer to sue for the survivors. Conservators are simply a people who stand in the shoes of someone legally incompetent. These representatives usually have power of attorney, and are approved and appointed by a probate judge. Once a verdict, or settlement is reached, the proceeds are disbursed. Typically, money is held in trust for a minor, until the young plaintiff finally reaches majority. Otherwise, such as a case of a demented senior, a court supervised trustee delves out funds - on an as needed basis - on behalf of their incompetent charge.
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