A brain injury is one of the most serious injuries that a person can suffer from. Every day, 153 Americans die from injuries that include a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those who survive can face effects that last a lifetime as serious brain injuries rarely heal completely.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury caused by another person’s negligence, then you may have the right to recover compensation. Find out your legal options by speaking to an experienced Fairfax brain injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. You can schedule a free consultation by calling (703) 498-2928 or by filling out our online contact form.
A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that can cause a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. When conscious, the person may appear dazed, confused and disoriented.
A contusion is a result of a direct impact on a person’s head, causing a bruise on the brain. Due to swelling, surgical intervention may be necessary to release pressure and keep oxygen flow to the brain at a safe level.
Diffuse Axonal typically results from a severe jolt, shaking, or sudden and powerful rotation of the head, causing widespread brain damage. The brain hits against the interior skull as the head moves and will suffer damage in multiple places. This type of TBI is one of the most commonly seen in car accidents.
Coup-contrecoup often occurs when the force of an impact on one side of the brain causes the opposite side to be forced against the skull.
Penetration is when an impact breaks the skull, causing pieces of bone and/or a foreign object to enter the skull cavity and severely damage the brain.
It is especially important to seek medical treatment if you show any of the following signs of a traumatic brain injury:
Any of the above symptoms as well as:
The liable party will depend on the specific circumstances of your brain injury. For example, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, intentional harm such as nursing home abuse, and other similar incidents typically fall under the umbrella of personal injury or premises liability. In those cases, the liable party would be the at-fault driver, the property owner, or the person who committed the intentional act of harm.
TBIs caused by birth or labor, missed or mistreated diseases, surgical errors, and other medical negligence are considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed against the physicians, nurses, technicians, or hospital for causing a TBI or contributing to its progression.
A brain injury lawyer can aid you in determining which parties should be held liable for your injury.
A lawyer experienced in handling brain injury cases can maximize your chances of obtaining compensation, as they have consistently dealt with insurance adjusters. Brain injuries can be financially devastating in addition to physical suffering. Your claim needs to be delicately handled to ensure you are able to recoup your losses. Insurance companies often use tactics to discredit injuries in order to avoid paying on a claim. By hiring a brain injury lawyer, you can avoid the stress of negotiating with the insurer and have the peace of mind that you are being represented by a qualified advocate who cares for your well-being.
We, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, are a group of highly qualified brain injury lawyers who passionately advocate on behalf of our clients. We understand how serious your injury is and will dedicate our efforts towards effectively pursuing full compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation so we may review your case.