Closed Head Injury
Legal Representation For Closed Head Injury Victims
Our San Francisco accident lawyers regularly see and represent victims of closed head injuries caused by trauma, negligence, product defects and premises mismanagement. Such traumatic injuries can range widely in severity, anywhere from a mild concussion to death and all variations in between.
Physicians once thought that a closed head injury was less serious than a penetrating injury because it did not involve a fracture of the skull. We now know that injury to the bone is not a precondition for injury to the brain.
Experience has since shown that brain swelling and inflammation can cause serious permanent harm.
When the brain is injured, it swells. With a penetrating injury, the fracture may help prevent damage because the skull is able to expand to accommodate the swollen tissue.
In the case of a closed head injury, however, the skull is not fractured and cannot expand. Thus, the swelling brain tissue builds up pressure—and neural damage—as it compresses the brain against the rigid, fixed and unyielding walls of the skull.
Closed Head Injuries Are A Major Source Of Disability
Damage from a closed head injury can be as serious as or more serious than penetrating injuries. Successive concussions can kill brain tissue.
- Less serious injuries may result in feeling “dazed” or in momentary losses of consciousness; other possible symptoms include blurred vision or headaches.
- On the serious end of the spectrum, people can lose consciousness for hours, days or even longer. Seizures may also result.
Sadly, the resulting damage due to severe closed head injuries is similar to the damage that results from a stroke. This includes paralysis, seizures and trouble speaking, seeing, hearing, walking or understanding others.
Not only can a closed head injury lead to these permanent neurological deficits, but it may also be so traumatic as to cause death.
The lawyers at Walkup Melodia know that closed head injuries can be serious and have lasting lifetime consequences. We work with neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons and other neuroprofessionals to make sure clients are fully evaluated and compensation is adequate.
San Francisco Closed Head Injury Attorneys
Because closed head injuries are often missed, it is critical to find and work with experienced brain injury attorneys if you or a loved one has sustained such injury through the negligence of another.
The legal team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has helped hundreds of closed head injury victims throughout California. We work with neurologists and neuropsychologists to identify the scope of injury and obtain settlements and verdicts that include money for brain injury rehabilitation, retraining and therapy.
For a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact the Walkup firm online.