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Traumatic brain injury is an acquired brain injury. It is not a genetic condition, and it is not the result of an event such as a stroke. Instead, it results from trauma – a blow to the head, perhaps, or a sudden shaking of the head. For instance, many people suffer TBI in car accidents, slip and falls and workplace accidents. Contact our Chesterfield brain injury lawyer today.
A person with TBI may face long-term or permanent impairment of their mental and physical faculties. They may also experience ongoing emotional and behavioral problems. Their family members often need to provide constant care and attention, which can put a heavy emotional and financial strain on them.
Our Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Virginia, Can Help You
At Marks & Harrison, we know that a lawyer cannot undo the harm you have suffered. However, a lawyer can pursue compensation that will allow you to get the care and treatment you need for a serious head or brain injury and give your family a sense of security as you move forward in life.
For more than 100 years, our attorneys have protected the rights of accident victims and their families in Chesterfield and throughout Virginia. We are ready to go to work for you. Call or reach us online today to learn more in a free consultation.
How Can Negligence Cause Head and Brain Injuries?
At Marks & Harrison, our brain injury attorneys in Chesterfield work with a team of skilled and experienced investigators. The team includes former law enforcement officers and insurance claims adjusters. They know what evidence to look for. More importantly, they know how to collect the evidence as quickly as possible in order to protect our clients’ right to compensation.
Our attorneys can analyze the evidence in your case, and they may consult with experts in areas such as accident reconstruction. They can determine the cause of the brain injury that has affected you or your loved one. For instance, many of our clients suffer TBI in cases that involve:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Sports and recreational activities.
It is important to determine the cause of an accident and brain injury in order to identify the party or parties that should be held legally responsible for it. Our firm will work tirelessly to identify all liable parties in your brain injury case and discover all sources of compensation available to you.
Common Types of Severe Head Injuries
Head injuries are not all the same. Some result in nothing more than mild bruising and discomfort. Other types of head injuries, such as TBI, can result in severe and lasting consequences. It is important to understand which type of head or brain injury you suffered in an accident. The nature and extent of the injury will play an important role in the amount of damages that you may seek from the party who is responsible for the injury. Some of the common head and brain injuries among the accident victims we work with in Chesterfield are:
- Skull fracture – The skull is one of the hardest parts of the body to break. So, when an impact is strong enough to result in a skull fracture, it likely will cause damage to the brain as well.
- Penetrating – When an object breaks through the skull and enters the brain, causing severe damage in most cases.
- Hematoma – A hematoma occurs when blood clots in the blood vessels in the brain. This type of injury can be dangerous and even fatal if not immediately addressed.
- Contusion – A contusion results from a direct impact to the head and is characterized by bleeding on the brain. Large contusions may need to be surgically removed.
- Diffuse axonal injury – This type of injury involves damage to the brain cells and is considered one of the most dangerous types of head injuries. It may result in permanent brain damage or even death.
- Edema – This injury occurs when the brain swells to the point where it presses against the skull. Edemas can only be relieved through surgical intervention.
- Coup-contrecoup – This is an injury to both sides of the brain – at the point of impact and on the opposite side of the brain. The extent of brain damage can be catastrophic.
- Anoxic/hypoxic – This occurs when trauma to the brain causes complete (anoxic) or partial (hypoxic) deprivation of oxygen to the brain.
Signs of Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have been involved in any type of accident, you should see a doctor immediately. Brain injuries are not visible. So, you may not realize whether you have suffered a concussion or, potentially, a more severe form of TBI.
It is especially important to get medical attention if you display any of the common signs and symptoms of TBI after you have been in an accident. Those symptoms can be separated into short-term and long-term side effects. They include:
Symptoms of Short-Term TBI
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- Feelings of being dazed, confused or disoriented
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Speech impairment
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Sensory issues such as ringing in the ears, blurred vision or a bad taste in the mouth
- Sensitivity to light and sound.
Long-Term Symptoms of TBI
In addition to the last two items on the list above, individuals who suffer traumatic brain injury may experience the following long-term effects:
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- Memory or concentration problems.
How long these symptoms last will depend on the severity of the brain injury. Some victims of mild TBI such as a concussion will see symptoms fade within a few weeks. Other people may live with many of these symptoms for years. In the worst cases, a TBI victim may fall into a coma or die from the injury.
If your little one received a blow to the head, you may have a difficult time assessing whether he or she has sustained a TBI. You should seek immediate medical attention if your child shows any signs of brain injury such as:
- Unusual or easy agitation
- Change in eating or nursing habits
- Change in ability to pay attention
- Persistent crying and inability to be consoled
- Change in sleep habits
- Sadness or depression
- Loss of interest in his or her favorite toys or activities.
In addition to protecting your health, you need to protect your legal rights. Make sure to contact Chesterfield brain injury lawyers Marks & Harrison at our Chesterfield office as soon as you and your loved ones are ready to take legal action and pursue the compensation you deserve from the party or parties responsible for your harm.
What Damages Can I Expect from My Brain Injury Claim?
At Marks & Harrison, we have a long record of helping TBI victims and their families in Chesterfield and throughout Virginia. Our experience includes:
- $3,500,000 for a woman who suffered multiple orthopedic injuries, internal injuries and brain injury in a rear-end collision. (Chesterfield County Circuit Court)
- $1,375,000 for a plumber who was involved in a crash with an SUV who suffered post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. (Chesterfield County Circuit Court)
Because the results that our legal team obtains in specific cases depend on many different factors that are unique to each case, our past case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in your brain injury case. Those factors include the nature and extent of the TBI as well as available insurance coverage.
You can count on our legal team to pursue all compensation that is available to you, including damages that cover:
- Past and future medical expenses (including rehabilitation costs)
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages (in exceptional cases)
- Wrongful death damages (if your loved one dies from his or her brain injury).
Get Help from Our Chesterfield Brain Injury Attorneys Today
A traumatic brain injury case can be challenging. These cases require a thorough analysis of the nature of the injury and how it has negatively affected a victim’s life and the lives of those around them. They also require a thorough investigation into the cause of the injury in order to determine who should be held liable.
The traumatic brain injury lawyers in Chesterfield at Marks & Harrison, we put the full extent of our resources to work for you, including investigators, accident reconstruction experts, doctors, nurses, vocational rehabilitation professionals, forensic economists and others. Your case is important to you, and it is important to us, too. Our goal will be to secure the maximum amount for you.
We know how many personal injury victims and their families are concerned about paying upfront for an attorney. That is why we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. We will charge no costs or fees unless we obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor.
It starts with a free consultation. Contact our Chesterfield brain injury attorneys today to discuss your case and learn more about how we can assist you.