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Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of physical injury that is caused by a sudden trauma to the head, usually as a result of a car accident, fall, or other type of physical impact.  The impact can cause the brain to swell, bleed, or be bruised. In addition, the trauma can cause nerve cells to be damaged and create chemical imbalances in the brain.


The symptoms of a TBI can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury. For mild cases, the person may experience confusion, headache, nausea, or dizziness. More severe cases can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, difficulty speaking, and changes in personality or behavior. In some cases, a TBI can even lead to a coma or death.


The long-term effects of a TBI can include physical, cognitive, and behavioral changes. These can include difficulty with memory, concentration, and problem-solving, as well as changes in mood, fatigue, and difficulty with daily activities. At Phillips & Associates, we understand the devastating effects of a traumatic brain injury, and we are committed to helping those who have been affected. We have extensive experience in handling TBI cases, and we are passionate about getting our clients the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to discuss your legal options.

Brain Injury Statistics

Brain Injury Statistics The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with disabilities due to traumatic brain injuries. In addition, it’s estimated that 50,000 people die each year due to TBIs. The CDC also reports that in California alone, there were 14,250 hospitalizations due to TBIs in 2013. Of those, 3,912 were due to falls, 2,861 due to motor vehicle accidents, and 2,844 due to being struck by or against an object.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can occur due to a wide range of causes.  These include:

  • Falls: Falls are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. This includes falling from a height, slipping and falling, or hitting your head on a hard surface.

  • Vehicle-related accidents: Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and other forms of transportation-related accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.

  • Sports and recreation activities: Contact sports, such as football and boxing, as well as recreational activities, such as skateboarding and skiing, can cause traumatic brain injuries.

  • Assaults: Physical assaults, such as being hit in the head with an object or being shaken, can cause traumatic brain injuries.

  • Explosions: Explosions, such as those from fireworks or bombs, can cause traumatic brain injuries.

  • Penetrating injuries: Penetrating injuries, such as gunshot wounds or stabbing, can cause traumatic brain injuries.

  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as stroke or aneurysm, can cause traumatic brain injuries.

The Effects of a TBI

A traumatic brain injury is a devastating event that can cause significant physical, emotional, and cognitive impairments for the victim.  The following are just some of the various ways in which a TBI can impact the victim's life.

Physical Impairments

One of the most common effects of a TBI is physical impairments. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims may experience a range of physical problems such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and loss of coordination. In severe cases, the victim may experience paralysis, seizures, or sensory loss. These physical impairments can have a profound impact on the victim's quality of life, making it difficult for them to perform daily activities such as getting dressed, cooking, or driving.

Emotional Impairments

In addition to physical impairments, a TBI can also cause emotional problems. Victims may experience mood swings, depression, anxiety, and irritability. They may also struggle with social interactions and experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. These emotional impairments can impact the victim's relationships with family and friends and may make it difficult for them to return to work or school.

Cognitive Impairments

Cognitive impairments are another common effect of a TBI. Victims may experience problems with memory, attention, and concentration, which can make it difficult for them to learn new skills or perform tasks that require sustained focus. They may also struggle with language skills, including reading, writing, and speaking. These cognitive impairments can make it challenging for victims to participate in daily activities and may lead to a loss of independence.

Financial Impacts

A TBI can also have a significant financial impact on the victim and their family. Medical bills and expenses can quickly accumulate, especially if the victim requires long-term care or rehabilitation. In addition to medical expenses, victims may also lose income if they are unable to work or if their work capacity is reduced due to the injury. This loss of income can create financial stress for the victim and their family and may impact their ability to pay bills or maintain their standard of living.

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI as a result of someone else's negligence, it is essential to explore your legal options. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other related costs. By taking legal action, you can hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and get the support you need to recover and move forward.

Why Retain Phillips & Associates for your TBI Case

Phillips & Associates has been handling traumatic brain injury cases since 1991, and in that time, we have amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in this complex area of law. We understand the medical and legal complexities of traumatic brain injuries and have developed a network of medical experts and professionals to help us build strong cases for our clients. Our track record of obtaining favorable results for clients in traumatic brain injury cases speaks for itself. We have secured numerous settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, including multi-million dollar awards for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

In addition to our experience and track record, our firm is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest developments in traumatic brain injury law and technology. We attend continuing legal education seminars and conferences, and we are actively involved in organizations that advocate for the rights of traumatic brain injury survivors.

By retaining Phillips & Associates for your traumatic brain injury case, you can rest assured that you will have a dedicated team of legal professionals fighting for you every step of the way. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve and help you get your life back on track. Contact us today to schedule a completely free consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your traumatic brain injury case.



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5850 Canoga Ave., Ste. 400
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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990 Highland Dr. Ste. 212-D
Solana Beach, CA 92075


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