The Experienced California Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Aggressively Represent Their Clients
With more than 40 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases in Oxnard, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the attorneys at Crane Flores, LLP are capable of representing people with some of the most serious injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries.
Serious accidents, serious injuries
Brain and spinal cord injuries can occur in nearly any type of serious accident. An accident on a construction site, or even a slip and fall on dangerously unsafe premises, can cause a broken back or neck. A vehicle accidents can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when a sudden impact causes a severe shaking to the head, known as whiplash. Also, some vehicles may be defectively designed so that they roll over too easily; the lack of reinforcing materials causes the roof to cave in. A roof crush can result in severe head and neck injuries.
In cases of medical malpractice, a surgical error can cause spinal cord injury, e.g., the spinal cord may be severed, or vertebrae in the spinal column are made to press upon a nerve, permanently damaging it. Also, permanent brain injury can occur when the body is deprived of oxygen for a prolonged period (hypoxia). This injury can occur when anesthesia is administered incorrectly or during childbirth when the baby is not delivered correctly.
Brain injuries can cause cognitive, physical, sensory, and emotional problems, with damage ranging from functional impairments to a persistent vegetative state. Much depends upon the part of the brain that was damaged, the extent of the injury, and the time frame in which treatment was initiated. Similarly, people with spinal cord injuries face vastly different outcomes depending on the area of the spine where the injury occurred. A spinal cord injury disrupts communication between the brain and the body below the injury site. A person injured in the lower back (lumbar region) can wind up with paraplegia, a loss of feeling and movement in the legs. An injury higher up in the chest or neck (thoracic or cervical region) can lead to quadriplegia, affecting the arms and the legs, bowel and bladder function, and impacting various internal systems to different degrees. Some people will not be able to breathe on their own, requiring a respirator or ventilator, feeding tubes, and other mechanical assistance in order to survive.
A lifetime of challenges
Brain and spinal cord injuries are permanently disabling; brain damage and nerve damage are almost always irreversible. Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling may all play a role in minimizing the impact of the disability and helping people to have as much mobility, self-care, and opportunities for employment as possible. Adaptive devices and assistive technology will also have an important role to play in a person regaining as much ability and independence as possible.
Therapies, adaptive devices, and assistive technology all have a significant cost attached to them. In addition, a lifetime of medical care and expenses can be expected, as people with brain and spinal cord injuries are susceptible to further medical complications. A lawyer experienced with these types of injuries understands the importance of developing a life care plan to help the disabled person plan and prepare, and to help a jury understand the actual costs and physical and emotional challenges that lie ahead.
Seek advice from experienced injury attorneys
At Crane Flores, LLP, our attorneys have devoted their professional careers to helping people with the most serious injuries find financial security that helps them cope with the consequences of an injury, including long-term or permanent disabilities. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury or spinal cord injury, call 805.568.5927 or contact Crane Flores, LLP for immediate assistance from a qualified and experienced attorney.