A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a devastating and catastrophic injury to endure. Even when victims survive a TBI, they can still suffer permanent damage, including problems with their memory, difficulty with cognition, and in the case of repeated concussions, degenerative brain conditions.
Patients who have a short-term initial recovery could still require lengthy and expensive outpatient therapy. They may never recover 100 percent.
Unfortunately, brain injuries are often invisible injuries. The victim can be suffering from impaired cognition, memory issues, and other symptoms of a brain injury but can appear outwardly normal.
This makes it vital that an experienced attorney fully investigates the claim—including interviewing medical professionals—to determine how extensive the damage is and whether the results will have a long-term impact. Often, that long-term impact affects the victim’s ability to work, making them financially vulnerable.
Attorneys at Cutter Law have fought for clients in California and nationwide, helping them recover millions of dollars in their brain and spinal cord injury lawsuits.
In 2018, attorneys Todd Walburg and Celine Cutter represented a bicyclist who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when her bike hit a deep pothole.
After a three-week trial and one day of deliberation, the jury awarded the plaintiff $1.895 million in her brain injury lawsuit, finding that Sonoma County allowed a dangerous condition of the public property to exist by not fixing the pothole.
Attorneys at Cutter Law have helped clients in Sacramento and Oakland recover millions of dollars in their brain and spinal cord injury lawsuits.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Any situation that results in a serious enough injury to the brain can result in a traumatic brain injury. Many TBIs are caused when a portion of the brain collides with the skull, causing bruising and/or bleeding on the brain. Often, patients who suffer a TBI also suffer a concussion and/or whiplash. Other brain injuries include contusions, penetrative injuries, and shaking brain injuries.
Common causes of TBIs include high-impact sports, car accidents, major falls, and assaults.
Consequences of a Brain Injury
Depending on the severity of the brain injury, the consequences can vary. For some victims, recovery is long and requires months or years of therapy. Those patients may not be able to hold a job that places intellectual demands on them and may have difficulty carrying out their day-to-day functions. Patients may also experience psychological effects, including emotional outbursts and difficulty with impulse control.
There can also be long-term physical effects, including impaired movement or lack of strength. Patients who suffer a brain injury may require a wheelchair or other physical aid to assist with movement.
TBI By the Numbers
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013 there were 2.5 million visits to emergency departments, 282,000 hospitalizations, and 56,000 deaths related to TBI. (Source: cdc.gov)
Meanwhile, approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths are linked to a traumatic brain injury. (Source: cdc.gov)
In 2013, falls accounted for 47 percent of all TBI-related incidents in the U.S. (Source: cdc.gov)
Being struck by or against an object accounted for 15 percent of TBI-related incidents. (Source: cdc.gov)
Symptoms of a TBI
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury-even a seemingly minor injury-and develop the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain condition linked to repeated head traumas, such as repeated concussions. Athletes who play high impact, contact sports-including football, boxing, and hockey-are most at risk of developing this rare condition. CTE can only be diagnosed after the patient has died and there is currently no cure for it. (Source: cdc.gov)
Symptoms of CTE
If you or a loved one has suffered repeated head trauma and experiences the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
If your traumatic brain injury was caused by another person or organization (including being the result of a defective product), you could be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for your injury to recover any financial damages you suffer related to your brain injury. Such financial damages can include loss of future earnings, pain, and suffering, and the cost of any treatment for your injury.
Cutter Law has helped clients in Sacramento and Oakland receive the compensation they were entitled to as a result of their traumatic brain injury. Our attorneys have extensive experience in traumatic brain injury litigation and will advocate on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
A spinal cord injury is a potentially catastrophic injury that can result in full or partial paralysis and other permanent injuries. There are a variety of circumstances that can lead to a spinal cord injury:
In situations where your spinal cord injury is caused by someone else, you may be eligible to recover damages linked to your injury. An experienced spinal cord injury attorney can help you navigate complex personal injury litigation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in numerous medical complications, which can be permanent and have a dramatic effect on the victim’s quality of life. Among the potential complications linked to a spinal cord injury:
Deep vein thrombosis
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of another person or organization’s actions, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the person or entities responsible. Even if you are found to be partially responsible for your injury, you may be entitled to collect monetary damages.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury, please contact one of our Sacramento or Oakland personal injury lawyers today. Cutter Law will provide you with a free consultation to evaluate your TBI or spinal cord injury claim.
Our attorneys take a personal interest in the welfare of our Sacramento and Oakland clients and their families and will advocate on your behalf. We are available to discuss your legal options with you and will ensure you and your loved ones understand all your rights.
I simply would like you to know how honored I was to be represented by Cutter Law. Todd and Celine stood out in the courtroom as prepared, intelligent, quick-witted, and always respectful, kind, and friendly to all involved in the case. I heard jurors express their appreciation to Todd and Celine for how considerate they were to the jury; one juror even asked for a business card.
Personally, both Todd and Celine gave me the best possible care and representation. I thank you for helping to prepare me for trial.
Todd devoted his time to understand my life completely—he made my normally anxious son feel comfortable enough to testify and become a star witness! Todd believed in me and believed in my case when I needed it most.
I believe my TBI case to be a high challenge—my injury is mostly invisible and I don’t slow down for much. Please know that Todd and Celine slayed it in the courtroom and brought home a bigger victory than anyone was expecting (especially the defense).