Traumatic brain injuries are 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. Our San Francisco brain injury attorneys have a national reputation in TBI 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 brain injury lawyers of Walkup Melodia understand the medical aspects of these catastrophic injuries and how to make the legal connection to the wrongdoing or dangerous condition. We can address brain injuries arising from:
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. For immediate help, call our offices today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation directly with our San Francisco brain injury lawyers.
San Francisco 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 San Francisco brain injury 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.
Brain Injuries and Comas
The severity of a coma depends on the severity of the underlying injury, the cause of the injury and the location of the injury. While comas rarely last more than two to four weeks, that does not mean that all comatose patients emerge from their coma in that time period.
Sadly, some patients will slip into a persistent vegetative state. In such a condition, the patient has lost his or her thinking abilities and awareness of his or her surroundings.
In a persistent vegetative state, individuals need continual care to avoid pneumonia, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, skin breakdown and systemic infections that can be deadly to a person in a persistent vegetative state. Caretakers are also needed to provide physical therapy, which can help prevent “contractures,” or permanent muscle contractions.
When a person does recover from a coma or a persistent vegetative state, he or she may emerge with permanent physical, intellectual and psychological problems.
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger’s catastrophic brain injury attorneys have represented many clients (and their families) when a negligently caused injury caused a persistent vegetative state. Such clients need specialized, expensive 24 hour-a-day assistance and life care.
Our injury attorneys are skilled in working with professionals, registered nurses, life care planners, economists, and vocational rehabilitation experts, as well as structured settlement professionals and special needs trust lawyers to provide for the best possible settlement or resolution from a tax planning and government benefit compatibility perspective.
If you or a loved one is responsible for the care of someone in a persistent vegetative state caused by negligence, a product defect or an accident, call us at (415) 889-2919.
Examples Of Successful Representation in Brain Injury Cases
Failure To Treat Stroke — $33.1 Million Jury Verdict
Brain Injury/Birth Injury — $23.2 Million Jury Verdict
Brain Injury — Bicycle Vs. Automobile — $17 Million Verdict
Pedestrian Brain Injury (Dangerous Intersection) — $12.2 Million Jury Verdict
Brain Damage (Head-On Auto Collision) — $8.7 Million Jury Verdict
Brain Injury/Anoxic Encephalopathy — $5 Million Present Value Settlement
Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Damage — $5 Million Structured Settlement
Brain Injury (Car Vs. Pedestrian Accident) — $4 Million Settlement
Brain Damage (Machine Failure) — $4 Million Brain Damage Settlement
Brain Damage (Failure To Diagnose Cardiomyopathy) — $4 Million Settlement
Brain Damage — $3.65 Million Settlement
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) 889-2919 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.