Loss of Consciousness
Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorneys
There is a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to determining
whether loss of consciousness is required for a brain injury to occur.
It is very common for insurance companies—and the doctors hired
by them—to try to defeat claims by contending that if a patient
did not lose consciousness, then they did not suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Based on our work representing brain injury victims at the Biren Law Group,
we know that this is simply not true. Current medical literature makes
it clear that a person who suffers a closed head injury may have sustained a
traumatic brain injury, regardless of whether they lose consciousness or not. Still, loss of
consciousness serves as an important factor when evaluating the extent
of a brain injury.
Need to talk with a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer?
Call (310) 896-4345.
Loss of Consciousness Does Indicate Traumatic Brain Injury
While there may be debate on whether or not loss of consciousness must
occur for a
brain injury to happen, there is no medical dispute that loss of consciousness for
30 minutes or more is a sign of traumatic brain injury. Essentially, if
loss of consciousness occurs for that long, an individual likely suffered a TBI.
The directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control released a joint report
several years back that distinguished loss of consciousness of 30 minutes
or more as one of the main characteristics of severe traumatic brain injury.
This is one way doctors can differentiate severe TBI and mild TBI. However,
using loss of consciousness as evidence in court is not that simple. A
skilled advocate must know how to craft a claim that is rock solid and
withstands attacks from insurance companies.
Mild Traumatic Head Injury Are Still Serious
It is important to note that in the same report, these experts characterize
mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) as a "silent epidemic" in the United States. They acknowledge
some of the debilitating factors of MTBI as confusion, disorientation
or impairment, dysfunction of memory around the time of the injury,
seizures, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and other various symptoms. Our Los
Angeles injury attorneys have obtained many favorable outcomes for accident
victims with head injuries, even when there was no evidence that they
had lost consciousness. Our proven methods of maximizing damages can make
all the difference in your case.
If you are unsure whether loss of consciousness will impact your brain
injury case, call on Biren Law Group today. We waste no time in reviewing
your claim! When you work with
our brain injury lawyers in Los Angeles, you can rest knowing we will do everything it takes to pursue compensation
for the damages you have endured.