Santa Barbara lawyers dedicated to helping the brain injured obtain justice

Every year, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur, contributing to more than one third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. At McCarthy & Kroes, we have an in-depth understanding of brain injuries, the extent of the mental, physical, emotional and financial damages they cause and the serious accidents that cause them. Using 25 years of experience, we strive to help you obtain just compensation for your harm.

Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating injury to the head that disrupts normal brain functioning. Falls are the leading cause of TBI in the U.S., followed by the auto accident, which is the most common cause of TBI-related deaths. TBI may result in loss of consciousness, amnesia, physical, cognitive and/or behavioral impairments including permanent brain damage, as well as physical and mental disorders and diseases. At McCarthy & Kroes, our seasoned brain injury attorney provides compassionate representation to recover just compensation for victims of all types of brain injuries caused by the negligence of others:

  • Concussion
  • Contusion
  • Coup-contrecoup injury
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Penetrating injury

If brain damage is so severe the victim is declared brain dead, the victim’s legal representative or family members may sue for personal injury on the victim’s behalf. If the victim’s brain injury is fatal, surviving family members may sue for wrongful death.

Acquired brain injury

Acquired brain injury (ABI) includes all types of brain injuries that are acquired after – or during – birth, usually from lack of oxygen to the brain. When ABI results because of negligence, such as lack of oxygen while drowning in a pool that has inadequate fencing or pool covers, the responsible party may be liable to compensate the injured victim. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by others, our personal injury lawyer has the legal experience and anatomy training to help you understand the medical outcome and your legal options for recovering fair compensation for this harm.

Athletes and brain injuries

Over the last decade, emergency medical visits for brain injuries sustained in sports and recreation activities increased by 60 percent. Bicycling, football, basketball, soccer and playground activities are associated with the most TBIs. The danger in sports is not only one concussion, but repeat brain injury and damage over time. When a teacher, coach, property owner or other party is negligent or reckless, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for your head injury. If a product such as a bicycle or a helmet was defective, causing or exacerbating injuries, you may also seek compensation from the manufacturers.

Seek personalized service to obtain the compensation you need

At McCarthy & Kroes, we tailor our representation to the unique facts of your case and your individual needs. For a free initial consultation with our seasoned lawyers and a further understanding of our services in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today.