How A Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help Victims or Families of Victims After A Traumatic Event
What You Can Do If You Or A Loved One Suffered A Brain Injury In Maryland, DC or Virginia
A traumatic brain injury is a brain injury caused by outside forces and traumatic events. When the head is struck, violently shaken, or penetrated by an object, brain damage can result.
Traumatic brain injury can be mild (concussion), moderate (loss of consciousness), or severe (paralysis). Traumatic brain injury can result from auto accidents or from intentional criminal assaults. Many brain injury victims or their families file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit for compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injury have unique symptoms.
Mild traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Brief loss of consciousness (usually less than 30 minutes)
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness (more than 30 minutes)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Labored Breathing
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Head trauma or head injury is referred to as closed head injury or open head injury. Closed head injury occurs when the skull is not fractured, but the brain still sustains injury. Closed head injury is often caused by blunt forces, a violent head shake, or strong rotational forces that cause the brain to strike or rub against the inside of the skull.
Open head injury occurs when the skull has been fractured. Open head injury skull fracture may expose brain tissue, which invites viral and bacterial contamination of the brain. Both open head injury and closed head injury can cause severe brain damage.
Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
A traumatic brain injury victim may require expensive medical care and rehabilitation. Head injury victims in a coma, diagnosed using the Glasgow Coma Scale, require extensive medical treatments and care. A mild brain injury victim with a concussion still may require medical care.
Severe brain injury victims often need emergency medical care, surgical treatments, care-givers, and rehabilitation. Doctors perform a number of emergency medical tests and administer medical treatments when a traumatic brain injury victim arrives at a hospital. Emergency staff stabilizes the patient’s breathing, pulse, and blood pressure, and treat skull fractures from an open head injury.
Doctors also perform a complete neurological medical evaluation. Neurological evaluation involves the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, and x-rays to identify internal brain injuries.
Many brain injury victims require surgery to repair fractured skulls, relieve increased intracranial pressure, and stop the bleeding in the head. These medical procedures and treatments can be expensive, and leave many families of a traumatic brain injury victim with financial stress.
Traumatic Brain Injury Complications
A traumatic brain injury victim may have complications after treatment.
Traumatic brain injury complications include:
- Speech problems
- Mobility problems
- Problems with thinking and personality
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits and Legal Issues
Traumatic brain injury can alter your life or your family permanently. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be able to file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit to receive compensation.
An attorney can help you determine the cause of the brain injury, how the brain injury altered your life, and the cost of your recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a traumatic brain injury, call the medical malpractice lawyers at Greenberg & Bederman at 301-589-2200 or toll free 800-800-1144 or submit our free consultation online form below for a free legal consultation.
The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your brain injury case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. A lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations so please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
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