The terms closed brain injury and closed head injury are used to describe situations where a person receives a blow to the head, but the skull has not been breached. These injuries also occur in situations where the head has moved from side to side or front to back so quickly that the brain hits the skull. Often, concussions and traumatic brain injuries fall under the category of closed brain injury. According to the National Institutes of Health, injuries are designated as “closed” to set them apart from “open” injuries, where the skull has been penetrated.
Closed brain injuries present many challenges to both medical and legal professionals. Because the damage to the brain is not as visibly evident as in an open head injury, it can be difficult to ascertain a course of treatment. It can also be hard to show the harm the injury has caused, a necessary element that needs to be proven in order to obtain favorable verdicts at trial.
Accomplished Berkeley Head Injury Attorneys With A History Of Success In Brain Injury Cases
At Winer, Burritt & Tillis LLP, our lawyers have spent decades working with experts and learning everything we can about brain anatomy and brain injuries. This extensive knowledge allows us to build convincing cases based on the science behind brain injuries and the impact the injuries had on our clients’ lives. We educate juries about the ways brain injuries can affect people, and show them that it is not necessary for the skull to be split open in order for severe brain damage to occur.
For a free initial consultation about a brain injury case, call us at (510) 433-1000
Closed Head Injury Case Strategies
Selecting an attorney with an understanding of effective litigation strategies is vital to a case’s chances of success. Our nuanced approach to litigation has allowed us to recover more than $200 million for clients in all parts of California; this includes many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts in closed head and traumatic brain injury cases. We reached these results by:
- Dedicating resources to voir dire (jury selection)
- Dispelling preconceived notions about brain injuries
- Educating juries about the science behind closed head injuries and brain damage
- Obtaining a commitment from jurors that they will be willing to listen to experts and not base their decisions on presumptions about closed head injuries
- Utilizing exhibits and demonstrative evidence, such as radiographic scans and other test results, in an effective manner
- Recreating the scene of the injury with models and diagrams
- Crafting powerful closing arguments that show the true impact of brain injuries on our clients’ lives
These are just a few of the facets of our proven trial strategy that have served our clients well in closed head injury cases and all other brain injury matters.
Statewide Closed Head Injury Representation
To learn more about our entire approach to closed head injury cases, call us at (510) 433-1000 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with one of our Oakland brain injury attorneys.
We represent clients throughout California from offices in Oakland, San Francisco, and the Los Angeles area.