Since 2002, Simeone & Miller, LLP has aggressively fought for the rights of accident victims in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, recovering numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury because of a car crash, slip and fall, or another type of accident, a Washington, D.C. injury lawyer from our firm can help you pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.

Recovering Compensation After a Traumatic Brain Injury

It is estimated that approximately 15% of all people who suffer a traumatic brain injury do not fully recover. Victims of mild TBIs stand the greatest chance of a full recovery, while those who suffer more serious injuries face a very difficult road ahead. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel that road alone.

Simeone & Miller is here to stand up for the rights of TBI victims in the Greater D.C. area. We fight to help our clients obtain the highest possible amount of compensation so that they can receive the quality medical treatment necessary to get their quality of life back.

Our team can help you prepare a claim to seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of income

Get in touch with our D.C. brain injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation of your case. Our firm is available 24/7 to take your phone call.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

More than 2.5 million people will sustain a traumatic brain injury in the U.S. this year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). These injuries typically occur from a sudden blow to the head, a shock to the brain from a strong outside force, or another form of serious trauma. One, several, or all areas of the brain can be permanently affected, depending on the type of injury. And, in many cases, these preventable injuries are caused by the negligent actions of another.

There are several different types of brain injuries, including:

  • Cerebral contusions: A cerebral contusion is a bruise of the brain tissue. It is often the result of a direct blow to the head, which is common in motor vehicle collisions. Larger contusions may require surgical removal.
  • Concussion: A concussion is the most common type of brain injury. These can be caused by a direct blow to the head or from a whiplash-type injury, where the body and head are jerked forward and then suddenly back. The sudden change in momentum can cause blood vessels to stretch and nerves to become damaged.
  • Coup-Contrecoup Injury: This injury describes contusions that impact opposite sides of the brain. This occurs when the force of an accident is not only strong enough to cause a contusion on impact, but also has enough force to slam the brain against the opposite side of the skull when the head travels back in the other direction.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury: Strong rotational forces can result in diffuse axonal injuries. When the brain lags behind the movement of the skill, brain structures, and nerve tissue tear, disrupting the brain’s normal communication processes. It can result in temporary or permanent brain damage, functional impairments, coma, or death.
  • Penetration Injury: These injuries involve the penetration of a foreign object into the skull, such as a gunshot wound, which forces bone and other fragments into the brain and shears the brain tissue.

The severity of a brain injury will depend on a variety of factors, including the location of the injury, the age of the individual, how soon the individual receives treatment, whether or not the individual was conscious and for how long, and more. While some symptoms may be obvious immediately, others may not be apparent for days or weeks.

If you’ve suffered any one of these types of brain injuries because of the negligence of another person, contact our traumatic brain injury lawyers in D.C. today!

Signs That You May Have Suffered a Brain Injury

Many times, accident victims will fail to realize they have suffered a brain injury until hours, days, weeks, or even months after the incident. Sometimes, the delayed symptoms of a brain injury are not readily apparent. Different types of traumatic brain injuries can affect different parts of the brain, and they range considerably in severity.

Some of the most common symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Memory loss
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Persistent headaches
  • Body numbness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Change in personality
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Seizures

If you have sustained a brain injury, you might not have any symptoms right away. Some brain injuries will have more serious symptoms long after the initial impact. For example, the brain may slam into the skull, but only have internal damage. Without any external signs of damage, recognizing that a brain injury took place may be very difficult.

All brain injuries are unique, and the recovery process is different for everyone. That being said, victims with mild injuries often have the best chances for a full recovery, even though it can take time. The recovery process may be longer for those with more serious injuries and for victims who have experienced brain injuries in the past. A D.C. brain injury attorney from Simeone & Miller can help you get the medical treatment you need for a full recovery.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries

Despite the alarmingly high number of brain injuries, the causes of them are not as vast.

Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:

  • Falls: Falls account for about 35.2% of brain injuries, making it the leading cause. Seniors and young children are particularly susceptible. Falls account for about 50% of TBIs among children and 62% among the elderly.
  • Vehicle-related collisions: Accidents involving cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and even pedestrians are all common causes of brain injuries. These types of accidents account for 17.3% of brain injuries among all age groups.
  • Being struck by an object: This is the third leading cause of brain injuries, making up 16.5% of this type of injury. However, it is the second leading cause of brain injuries among children 14 and under.
  • Violent acts: Brain injuries caused by violence, including injuries caused by gunshot wounds, is most common among adults. For children, it accounts for only 2.9% of brain injuries and 1% among the elderly.
  • Sports injuries: Brain injuries in sports are not always reported, but it is a common cause of TBI. Soccer, boxing, football, baseball, and other high-impact sports put athletes at high risk for repeated brain injuries. In many cases, this can result in long-term damage that does not begin to surface until later in life.

Contact Our Brain Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Consultation

Simeone & Miller, LLP is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our clients. With a proven track record of success that includes more than 1,000 satisfied clients, you can be confident in our ability to pursue a fair resolution to your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, so if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay for our services. You have nothing to lose – contact a brain injury lawyer from our firm for a free consultation.