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A personal injury event can sometimes lead to head trauma and related brain injury.  Head injuries are generally characterized into two types: open head injuries and closed head injuries, both of which can be devastating to victims and to their families.

Open Head Injuries

An open head injury, also referred to as a penetrating head injury, occurs when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.  An open head injury is very serious, and usually affects a specific area of brain tissue.  Open head injuries can cause permanent disability, and in the worse case scenario, they can result in death.

Skull fractures are one of the most common causes of open head injuries.  Such an injury occurs when a piece of bone from the skull penetrates the brain.  What can cause a skull fracture?

  • Accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents, bicycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents and bus accidents;
  • Falls, including slip and falls, falling down stairs, falling down ladders, falling off scaffolding, and falling off roofs;
  • A blow to the head; or
  • Sports injuries.

Victims who survive open brain injuries generally develop issues in the damaged area of the brain.  Approximately 50% of surviving victims experience post-traumatic epilepsy.

Closed Head Injuries

In a closed head injury, no object penetrates the brain. Instead, such an injury occurs when the brain is injured as a result of a blow to the head, or as a result of a sudden and violent motion that causes the brain to knock against the skull.

In the U.S., statistics show that incidents of closed head injuries are estimated to be about 200 cases per 100,000 persons annually.  So, in a population of about 314.156 million people, this rate equates to more than 628,000 victims each year.

Closed head injuries can affect cells and tissues throughout the brain, or they can damage only one area of the brain. A closed head injury ranges from mild to severe (incapacitating or death).

What are the common causes of closed head injuries.  They can be caused by:

  • Accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents, bicycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents and bus accidents;
  • Falls, including slip and falls, falling down stairs, falling down ladders, falling off scaffolding, and falling off roofs;
  • Assaults;
  • Work-related accidents; and
  • Sports related accidents.

What are the symptoms of closed head injuries?  Symptoms of severe closed head injuries usually show up immediately, while symptoms of mild head injuries can show up days or weeks after an injury.  Such symptoms usually include:

  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Headaches;
  • Dilated pupils;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Convulsions;
  • Dizziness;
  • Speech problems, such as slurred speech;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Inability to concentrate; and
  • Emotional and behavioral changes.

The most common diagnostic test used to diagnose a closed head injury are CT scans.  It is very important to assess early on after an accident whether the accident victim suffers from a closed head injury.  So, victims of car accidents, especially severe accidents, should be mindful of these symptoms and seek immediate medical assistance should any of these symptoms appear.

If you or a loved one have suffered head trauma, and want to know about available legal options, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.

The Mason Law Firm is managed by head trauma and brain injury attorney Mason Rashtian, who has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and is “AV” Rated with Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Conveniently Located

For a free consultation on your injury case, please contact us at one of our five locations:

Beverly Hills
433 North Camden Drive, Suite 600, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
800-577-0149

Burbank
3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505
818-533-1671

San Fernando Valley
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
818-533-1671

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Lane, Suite 200, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
661-362-0805

Woodland Hills
5850 Canoga Avenue, Suite 400, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
818-533-1671

You can also reach us by email:  mason@mrscvlaw.com

Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Truck Accident Attorney Discusses Truck Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

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Southern California sees its share of trucks on the road and its share of truck accidents.  This is especially true for Santa Clarita Valley because trucks often travel on the Interstate 5 Freeway and it seems that trucks accidents are a common place when it rains.

Statistic gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, reveal that in 2005, accidents involving large trucks resulted in 5,212 fatalities.  Most of these fatalities involve passenger vehicles who get the brunt of the force when hit by large trucks.

In order to protect motorists, special safety rules and regulations have been implemented for truck drivers.  These rules have helped reduce truck accidents, which can still occur regardless of whether a truck driver adheres to or violates these safety rules and regulations.  Can some of these accidents be avoided?  That depends on the cause of the accident, which could be one of many.

1.  Driving too close.

Often times, truck drivers drive too close to the vehicles in front of them and when that vehicle stops, the truck may not have sufficient distance to stop before hitting the vehicle.

2.  Driving too fast.

It generally takes an 18 wheeler 40% greater time to stop, when compared to that of a passenger vehicle.  This estimate varies depending on weather conditions, road conditions, the weight of load the truck is carrying, and whether or not the truck is bobtailing (i.e. the truck is being driven without an attached trailer).

3.  Driver Fatigue

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must keep a log, showing their hours of operation (i.e. driving hours) and their off-duty (non-driving) hours.  These strict guidelines were put in place to reduce or minimize driver fatigue.  When a truck driver fails to adhere to these rules, fatigue may set in, making him a dangerous driver on the road.

4.  Driver Aggression

Truck drivers have strict time schedules, especially when hauling perishable goods.  When a truck driver is running late, he tends to become more aggressive on the road, placing other motorists at risk.

5.  Driver Error

Sometimes, truck drivers cut a corner too thin or too wide when making a turn.  Sometimes, because of their heights, truck drivers fail to see small passenger vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians in their blind spots.

6.  Load Shift

If improperly tied down, loads can shift during transport.  When this happens, a truck driver can lose control of his truck.

Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a truck accident, please contact our office for a free consultation.  The Mason Law Firm Truck Accident Attorneys has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and Mason Rashtian has an “AV” Rating with Martindale-Hubble, which is highest rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Conveniently Located

The Mason Law Firm has 3 convenient locations:

Our Toll Free Number:  (800) 577-0149

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Lane, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-0805

Burbank
3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Fl
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 533-1671

San Fernando Valley
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Fl
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 533-1671

Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


Member: Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationMember Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of CommerceMember: San Fernando Valley Bar Association

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SCV Attorney | SCV Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Train Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

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Pursuant to California law, trains are considered “common carriers” because they offer transportation to the general public for profit.  Under the law, trains must use the highest care and diligence of a very caution person when transporting passengers.  This means that trains (and their operators) must do all that is necessary under the circumstances to avoid injury or harm to their passengers.

Prior to opening his own practice, Train Accident Attorney Mason Rashtian of The Mason Law Firm worked as an insurance defense attorney and often times defended common carriers in accident cases.  As such, Personal Injury Attorney Mason Rashtian understands the obligations placed on common carriers, such as trains and train operators.

In 2006, Mr. Rashtian opened his own practice and is now in the position of helping victims of train accidents (such as Metrolink trains and AMTRAK trains) recover for injuries sustained as a result of negligent and careless behavior by train operators.

Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a train accident, please contact our office for a free consultation.  The Mason Law Firm as an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and Mason Rashtian has an “AV” Rating with Martindale-Hubble, which is highest rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Conveniently Located

The Mason Law Firm has 3 convenient locations:

Our Toll Free Number:  (800) 577-0149

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Lane, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-0805

Burbank
3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Fl
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 533-1671

San Fernando Valley
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Fl
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 533-1671

Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


Member: Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationMember Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of CommerceMember: San Fernando Valley Bar Association

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