How Serious Are Traumatic Brain Injuries? Our Attorneys Explain

By Peter DePaolis

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury caused by sudden trauma to the head, which disrupts the normal function of the brain. One of the most complex issues surrounding TBIs is that each one is unique. A car accident will cause a different type of brain injury than a construction accident due to the different types of impact.

Dealing with a TBI can be frustrating because it is often hard to detect. Victims of TBIs often exhibit behavioral changes and other warning signs, but may otherwise appear physically healthy.

Symptoms of a TBI range in severity, depending on the extent of damage to the brain. Immediately following the accident, a person with a TBI may retain consciousness, or may become unconscious for a brief period of time. Symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or loss of balance
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking or reading
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood changes

After you sustain a head trauma or TBI, it is important that you educate yourself about the condition and seek support from your community. The 4th Annual 2014 Traumatic Brain Injury Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. this year on April 16-17. The conference brings together researchers and clinicians to discuss ground-breaking research in a variety of areas related to TBIs. Our firm commends this conference for bringing education and awareness of the dangers of TBIs to the public eye.

What Should I Do If I Have a TBI?

If you feel that your TBI was due to the negligence of another person, speak to one of our attorneys today so we can assist you in recovering compensation for your injury.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.