Brain Injury Lawyer

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating types of personal injuries one can suffer. These injuries are almost always life-changing, affecting the victim’s ability to engage in simple daily activities, process information, and function the way they once did. Unlike other parts of your body, your brain cannot regenerate once it has been damaged. Brain injury victims must therefore undergo therapy to work around their disability (“compensate”), learning new ways of performing simple tasks.  The most misunderstood notion around such injuries, is that in many instances they do show up on scans or imaging of the brain, but are noticed by persons who regularly interact with the injured person, as they notice he/she is not the same, or a little off from what they were.  Maryland Traumatic Brain Accident Attorney

Brain injury victims and their families need an injury attorney who understands the medical, physical, economic, and psychological impact of TBI. Brain Injury Lawyer Stuart L. Plotnick has extensive experience in neuroanatomy and brain science, and can help your family as you work through vocational rehabilitation and life care planning issues that are commonly associated with these types of injuries.

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury in Bethesda, Rockville or the greater regions of Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC and you believe it was because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, please call (301) 605-9469 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer.

Brain Injury (TBI) Statistics

According to the National Institutes of Health, around 1.8 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. Broken down, this means one brain accident occurs every 21 seconds. Out of this number, 60,000 brain accident victims die from their condition, and over 1 million are hospitalized, not to mention the ones who do not even know they have suffered such an injury.

Some other TBI and head injury statistics to consider are:

  • More than 5.5 million Americans currently live with a head injury.
  • Nearly 500,000 children sustain TBIs every year as the result of impacts.
  • Twenty (22%) percent of all brain accident victims die as a result of their injury.
  • Men are more likely to be suffer a brain injury (59%).
  • Around 18% of all brain accident related emergency room visits involve children between the ages of 0 and 4 years old.
  • Twenty (22%) percent of all brain injury related hospitalizations involve adults age 75 or older.
  • The risk of TBI is highest among children, men, and people over the age of 75.

Brain injuries often require long-term care, incurring overwhelming medical expenses for therapy and changes in a victim’s daily life routine.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury in Maryland, Virginia, & Washington D.C.

Traumatic head injury is usually caused by a sudden blow to the head, or by whiplash effect– a rapid acceleration/deceleration of the head area that causes the brain to crash against the skull. Depending on the specific area of your brain that was injured, and the extent of the damage, the consequences of TBI can range from a mild concussion and short term disability, seizures, coma, lifelong functioning issues,  and possibly death.

The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents, which cause 50% of all brain injuries in children, and 61% of all brain injuries in adults 65+ years old
  • Auto accidents cause the largest amount of TBI-related deaths (31.8%)
  • “Struck by/against” events, including colliding with a stationary or moving object, are the second leading cause of TBI injuries among children between the ages of 0 and 14 years old
  • Criminal assaults, which produce 10% of all brain injuries in the general population
  • Whiplash, or rapid deceleration and acceleration of the head, which can make the brain collide with the skull. Stress from the rapid motion can tear apart nerve fibers and damage delicate brain tissue. This can be common in auto accidents and physical violence, e.g. Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Sports injuries, including collisions in football, boxing, hockey and other full-contact sports

Other causes include near drownings, exposure to dangerous chemicals, obstructed airways, heart attack, stroke, or electrical shock. Over the past several years, traumatic brain injuries arising from sports collisions have made TBI headline news in the NFL and in other sports.

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Accident

The severity of a brain damage is classified from mild to severe, covering a slight change in a person’s metal state to extended periods of unconsciousness and memory loss.

TBI signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Chronic headaches that worsen or don’t go away shortly after the impact or event
  • Short or long term memory loss (amnesia)
  • Behavioral or personality changes, mood swings
  • Dizziness and/or constant nausea
  • Impaired vision or loss of hearing
  • Difficulty concentrating or processing tasks that were easy before the accident
  • Slurred or nonsensical speech
  • Problems balancing or with coordination
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Seizures or unexplained vomiting

It’s important to seek medical attention and treatment as soon as possible after suffering a blow to the head, even if symptoms are not immediately apparent. Some symptoms of brain damage may take days, weeks, or even months to surface.  Family, friends or colleagues are usually the first to notice the effects.

Contact an Experienced Bethesda Personal Injury Attorney

If you or one of your loved ones has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our Bethesda brain injury lawyer represents traumatic brain injury victims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. This includes, but is not limited to Upper Marlboro, Laurel, Greenbelt, College Park, Alexandria, VA, Arlington, VA, Leesburg, VA and Fairfax, VA.