Traumatic brain injury is often permanent and always life-changing. From cognitive problems or personality changes to the financial hardships and emotional stress, a brain injury takes a toll on the victim and the whole family. The person may require ongoing medical care, assistance with daily living, occupational therapy and other services, while coping with depression or altered self-esteem.
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has advocated for victims of catastrophic injuries since 1959. We have a national reputation in brain injury cases, reflected in several multimillion-dollar recoveries for clients. We are motivated by the knowledge that our verdicts and settlements help clients cover a lifetime of special needs and improve their quality of life.
Our San Francisco personal injury lawyers can explore your claims if a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury. We take cases in the Bay Area, Northern California and beyond.
What Caused Your Loved One's Brain Injury?
Brain injuries occur in many ways, including direct head trauma, indirect force such as whiplash, oxygen deprivation, electric shock or inhaling chemical vapors. Sometimes the cause and the culprit are obvious, but other times it is not clear how the injury occurred or who is liable.
The skilled trial lawyers of Walkup Melodia understand the medical aspects of brain injuries and how to make the legal connection to the wrongdoing or dangerous condition. We can address brain injuries arising from:
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We do not hesitate to take on manufacturers, major corporations, property owners or public entities. We consider the medical, physical, economic and psychological impacts of TBI in pursuing full and fair compensation for our clients.
Attorneys Who Understand Brain Injuries
It is important for a brain injury to be promptly diagnosed and properly treated. Returning to work or resuming normal activities can be dangerous or cause further damage to the brain. Brain trauma from a closed head injury often goes unnoticed at first, especially if the person has burns, broken bones or other acute injuries.
A person who is dazed after an accident or was "knocked out" (even briefly), or who shows any symptoms of brain injury, should be taken to a doctor immediately. Noticeable indications of brain injury include headaches, blurred vision, seizures, vertigo, impaired speech, or problems with balance or walking. Other symptoms may be more subtle or surface later, such as cognitive deficits, memory loss, inability to concentrate, mood swings, outbursts and personality changes.
The lawyers at Walkup Melodia work with neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons and other medical professionals to make sure clients are fully evaluated, properly treated and adequately compensated.
Any Brain Injury Is A Serious Injury
We have experience with the full spectrum of (TBI), including concussions, post-concussion syndrome and so-called "mild" traumatic brain injury. We have also handled cases of severe brain trauma in which our client was left unconscious in a comatose or persistent vegetative state.
Brain injury victims commonly require some form of assistance and monitoring. Every case and every person is different. Some people recover fully or almost fully. Those individuals may benefit from intensive treatment and rehabilitation to regain cognitive function or adapt to the permanent effects of a brain injury. Other people survive a severe head injury but later suffer strokes or seizures, or emerge from a coma with profound brain damage. Those clients may require 24-hour nursing care or assisted living services for the rest of their lives.
Caring for a person with a brain injury is stressful and expensive. We combine forces with neurological specialists, family doctors, registered nurses, life care planners, economists, vocational rehabilitation experts and other professionals to gauge the needs. We also work with financial specialists to structure settlements or special needs trusts to ensure that the money will cover years or a lifetime of care.
Helping Victims And Families Move Forward
We work to ensure that clients have access to the best neurological specialists and comprehensive services to regain function as fully as possible and live as normal a life as possible. We also document the extent of medical recovery (or lack thereof) in pursuing damages for lost earning capacity and diminished quality of life.
A brain injury affects the whole family. In many ways, it can be similar to having a loved one die. We have obtained damages on behalf of spouses and partners for loss of consortium, spousal intimacy and household services of their brain-injured mate, as well as counseling services to cope with depression or the burdens of caring for a disabled loved one.
Comprehensive Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injury
The San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have the financial resources, experience, medical knowledge and courtroom track record to obtain full compensation for a brain injury. We invest in expert witnesses as needed and we are prepared to file suit and follow through all the way to trial if necessary.
To arrange a free consultation to discuss your case, call us today at 415-981-7210 or contact the Walkup Firm online. We can arrange to meet with injured people and their families in our office, at your home or in your hospital room.