Has Your Loved One Suffered a Serious Brain Injury? When You've Been Wronged, We Make It Right.

Washington DC Brain Injury Attorneys

When You've Been Wronged, We Make It Right

Among the many different kinds of injury cases we handle at Simeone & Miller, LLP, brain injuries tend to be the most serious. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be life-changing, and the road to recovery can be a long one. If your loved one has suffered a brain injury, you understand the financial impact it can have on your entire family.

You may be angry and frustrated that the quality of your life, or that of a family member, has been irrevocably altered. It is important to know that in times like these, you can rely on the Washington DC brain injury lawyers at Simeone & Miller, LLP to help you seek justice. Call us 24/7 to learn more about your options in a free consultation.

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

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

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). An average of 50,000 people will die from these injuries and another 85,000 will suffer long-term disabilities. Currently, at least 5.3 million Americans live with a disability caused by TBI.

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.

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.

Even if you are uncertain about having a brain injury or think it may be minor, you should still see a doctor for proper evaluation as soon as possible. 

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. It is estimated that approximately 15% of all people who suffer a traumatic brain injury do not fully recover.

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.

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