Accidents produce various kinds of personal injuries from minor to major. One of the most devastating is a brain injury. Brain injuries have a wide range of effects and complications, but regardless of its severity, a brain injury can seriously impact your life in many ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, leading to 275,000 hospitalizations and over 50,000 deaths.
Because of these alarming numbers, the experienced brain injury lawyers at Portner & Shure take cases involving brain injury seriously and work on your behalf to hold the negligent party responsible and pursue the compensation you and your family need.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury because of the negligence of another, please call us today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for a free initial consultation.
Causes of Brain Injury
The effects from brain injuries can be overpowering and can affect every aspect of one's entire life. Brain injuries can result in complications from complete and total loss of brain activity, paralysis, cognitive disorders, and reduced motor functions.
Despite the stark disparities in the level of seriousness that brain injuries can produce, the time and money required to care for persons with any brain injury can be enormous and unbearable. Undeniably, many causes of these brain injuries are due to the negligence of others. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Product liability accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice accidents
It’s important that you seek medical attention right away after an accident if there is an impact your head. Oftentimes symptoms may not surface right away and time is of the essence in making sure that you receive the proper care to mitigate any damage to your brain and avoid further complications.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injury
As mentioned above, there are many types of complications and effects of brain injuries. Unfortunately, because of the complicated nature of the brain, the effects of a brain injury may not show immediately. While it’s recommended you seek medical attention directly after an injury to your head, understanding the symptoms that can result can help you get the proper care you need.
Some of the most common symptoms of brain injury include:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or imbalance
- Varying degrees of memory loss
- Problems with communication or language
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries encompass a wide range of symptoms and conditions from mild to severe. A mild brain injury may be in the form of a concussion, with minor and temporary symptoms. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the other hand is a devastating injury that can severely impact your quality of life.
While any injury to the brain is serious, a TBI can cause severe, lifelong complications that impact not only your life but that of your family as well. A TBI may result in symptoms and complications such as:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Personality changes
- Agitation and mood changes
- Numbness in extremities
- Difficulty with speech
- Chronic nausea
- Convulsion and seizures
- Cognitive impairment
- Motor function issues
TBIs may necessitate expensive, ongoing medical care and rehabilitation, that’s why it’s important to speak with an experienced brain injury lawyer to make sure that your family is taken care of during this difficult time.
Product Liability and Brain Injury
Serious brain injuries can be caused by defective products negligently assembled and placed on the market for profit. One such example involved a 10-year-old boy who fell over the handlebars of his newly purchased bicycle as the result of a popular toy manufacturer and merchant failing to properly assemble the necessary components of the bicycle's front tire.
As a direct result of the manufacturer's negligence, the front tire of the bicycle detached from the frame and caused the young boy to violently crash head-first onto the sidewalk. The brain injuries suffered were severe but fortunately non-progressive, meaning their effects—while severe and pronounced—was limited to a period of time within which they would subside. Until such effects subsided, however, the young boy suffered multiple seizures and experienced difficulty with his motor functions.
The bicycle accident effectively took away a significant part of this boy's childhood. As a result, the boy's case was pursued by the experienced personal injury and product liability attorney and settled for over $500,000.
Medical Malpractice and Brain Injury
Brain injuries can also arise as the result of a doctor's medical malpractice. For example, one such doctor failed to properly diagnose an infant's dehydration. As a result, the infant suffered a lack of blood flow to the brain. This resulted in brain damage to the newborn that would affect the way that she lived for the rest of her life.
In cases of medical malpractice, experienced attorneys are critical to recognizing instances of medical malpractice and pursuing medical malpractice claims against negligent doctors.
Compensation We Can Pursue
Because of the serious nature of brain injuries, the medical care and treatment that is needed may put undue financial stress on you and your family. At Portner & Shure, we have experience handling brain injury cases and fight on your behalf to seek the appropriate compensation you need to handle any expenses that are required for your treatment and convalescence.
- Our lawyers can pursue compensation for:
- Medical and rehabilitation bills
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- On-going care
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses (wrongful death cases)
Contact Our Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers Today
At Portner & Shure, our personal injury lawyers have over 20 years of experience investigating, evaluating, and winning settlements and trial awards for our clients. We believe that everyone deserves justice and will pursue that on your behalf so that you can recover with peace of mind.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury and need the help of experienced personal injury lawyers, call us today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for a free initial consultation.