Maryland Brain Injury Lawyers
There are nearly 1.7 million traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases in the U.S. each year, which often lead to hospitalization, emergency medical care, and/or deaths. Needless to say, you don’t really have to travel at high speeds or hit a hard object to suffer a TBI.
Severe brain injury may arise from automobile accidents, falls, sport activities, and/or workplace accidents. Therefore, any type of trauma around the head and neck region may cause bruising, bleeding, swelling, or tearing in the brain, which in some instances, may translate to other complications.
Brain Injury Types
Generally speaking, there are two main types of head injuries:
Open injuries – Injuries where the skull is fractured, which often arise from falls or accidents where the head is in direct contact with a hard object or surface.
Closed injuries – Injuries where there is no fracture, but an underlying complication may make this injury more severe. Generally, closed injuries may lead to swelling of the brain, or formation of blood clots around the skull.
Regardless of whether a person suffers an open or closed brain injury, depending upon the severity, it may cause loss of consciousness, paralysis, or even death.
Signs of Serious Brain Injury
After an injury or accident, it can actually be difficult to determine the severity of the brain injury, especially when the injured person has no visual indications of a severe injury. However, the following factors come into play when determining the potential of brain injuries:
- State of confusion
- Difficulty in remembering events
- Unusual tiredness
- Dizziness and nausea
- Severe headaches, migraines
- Weakness/numbness on one side of the body
In case any of the aforementioned symptoms are present after an injury or accident, seek medical attention immediately. It is worth noting that it is possible to feel normal despite having a brain injury, so make sure you get yourself checked out regardless of whether you are experiencing any symptoms.
Legal Claim for Brain Injuries
If you or someone you love has been on the receiving end of a brain injury because of an accident where another person was at fault, then you may be entitled to receive significant compensation for the injuries. Consulting with an experienced and reliable personal injury lawyer is recommended to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Once you decide to file a legal claim, your lawyer may proceed with two distinct theories to determine whether the injury was incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. Under the “negligence” liability theory, an attorney will first need to prove that:
- Someone owed you a legal duty to provide reasonable care
- He/she failed to fulfill the duty
- The failure of providing legal duty resulted in the injury
In case a product was the cause of injury, then you may pursue a legal claim under a product liability legal theory.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury because of negligence, let the attorneys at Altmark, Rotter & Trock, LLP, LLP, take care of the proceedings. Please call us for a free consultation at (410) 783-9230, or toll-free outside of Baltimore at 1-(888) 966-5566.