This evolving field of litigation requires a depth of understanding of both the physical medicine issues and neuropsychology/neuropsychiatry to be able to uncover the often hard to find evidence of traumatic brain injury. Our office brings that level of understanding to the field, with the experience necessary to produce results for the victim, regardless of the cause.


Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Frighteningly common among children, teenagers, and adults who play sports, parents and coaches must understand that you cannot diagnose a sports concussion by looking at an athlete.

Sports concussions can show up hours – and even days – after the impact. A sports concussion can happen in any sport and in spite of protective gear.

Any time a concussion is suspected, it is important to have the athlete evaluated by a doctor or a trained concussion professional.

Getting another concussion before the first concussion has healed can result in brain swelling or even death. This condition of repetitive concussions is often called second impact syndrome, and is more serious and more frequent among athletes.

Symptoms athletes might show include:

  • Headaches or “Pressure”
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Dizziness or Balance Problems
  • Double or Blurry Vision
  • Sensitivity to Light or Noise
  • Concentration or Memory Problems
  • Feeling Sluggish or Groggy.

Coaches or Parents should look for these possible signs of a sports concussion:

  • Seems Dazed or Stunned
  • Confusion
  • Forgetful
  • Seems Unsure and Uncertain of Details
  • Answers Questions Slowly
  • Loses Consciousness, for any amount of time
  • Demonstrates Mood, Personality or Behavior Changes
  • Can’t Recall Events Before or After the Fall or Hit.

If your child or teenager – or you – suffered a sports concussion due to the carelessness or negligence of another, contact Bill Newkirk, a sports concussion attorney for a free, no-obligation consultation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports (2006) that 17 million Americans a year suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a head injury, or a skull fracture. Of these 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI),

  • 52,000 people with traumatic brain injuries die.
  • 275,000 people with head injuries are hospitalized.
  • 1,365 million people are treated for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in emergency rooms.

About 75% of these traumatic brain injuries (TBI) present as concussions or other mild form of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can happen to anyone at any age. They can effect a portion of the brain or the entire brain.

Head injuries are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Concussions are a type a brain injury.

Anoxia – when the brain gets no oxygen – and Hypoxia – when the brain does not get enough oxygen – both can cause traumatic brain injuries.

Frequent causes of anoxia and hypoxia are:

  • Drowning
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Choking
  • Suffocation
  • Head Trauma
  • Severe Bleeding
  • Drop in Blood Pressure
  • Strokes
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Surgical Mistakes
  • Labor and Delivery Medical Malpractice

Other leading causes of traumatic brain injuries are:


  • Falls are the leading cause (35%) of head injuries in the United States.
  • Falls cause 50% of the traumatic brain injuries (TBI) suffered by children between the ages of 0 to 14 years old.
  • Falls cause 60% of all traumatic brain injuries among adults ages 65 and older.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Motor vehicle accidents and other traffic-related incidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) across all age groups.
  • Motor vehicle accidents result in the largest percentage, 31.8% of all traumatic brain injury-related deaths.

Struck By/Against Events

This category, which includes any collision with a moving or stationary object, is the second leading cause, 25%, of traumatic brain injuries among children ages 0 – 14 years old. Struck By/Against Events include Sports Concussions, which may be mild, moderate, or severe, but should always be taken seriously.


  • Assaults cause 10% of the traumatic brain injuries suffered by people of all ages.

Head injuries can include a variety of symptoms that can effect you physically, cognitively, emotionally, and, even, financially. A short list of symptoms are:

  • Inability to Focus or Concentrate
  • Poor Motor Coordination
  • Memory or Reasoning Loss
  • Loss of Taste, Smell, or Touch
  • The Loss of Language or Comprehension of Language.
  • Anxiety, Depression, Aggression, Acting Out
  • Social Inappropriateness
  • Personality Changes
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death
The effects of a head injury can last a lifetime. It is important to your life and to your case that your brain injuries lawyer understands the:

  • Long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • The symptoms of mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • How traumatic brain injuries are assessed by doctors.
  • Role of such tests as MRIs, CAT scans, and other diagnostic tools used in diagnosing traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

No amount of money can make up for what you have lost from your head injuries. But a full and fair verdict or settlement can provide a person with traumatic brain injuries the money for:

  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Medical Care
  • Lost Wages and Benefits
A traumatic brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of William H. Newkirk costs you nothing until your case is resolved.

Traumatic brain injury lawyer Bill Newkirk provides clients with compassionate representation.

As a long-time leading Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer, Bill Newkirk understands the full medical and legal implications of head injuries.

Bill Newkirk knows the emotional stress you and your family have gone through as a result of your traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and your head injuries. As a result, Bill Newkirk has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to represent you successfully.


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