Discovering a brain injury can be difficult because so much information on brain function is still unknown even with advances in modern science and medicine. However, what we do know is that the effects of a brain injury can be severe and debilitating in many ways and may last for the rest of your life.
The consequences of a brain injury on your health, ability to earn income, and emotional well-being are serious. Pursuing a lawsuit against those who might be responsible for the condition should be treated with all of the gravity that a brain injury demands. Securing your financial future can be a life-changing step on your road to rehabilitation.
At Bennett & Heyman, we take pride in ensuring that our clients are taken care of, no matter the process. We have years of experience advocating for people just like you against the responsible parties, and we are dedicated to getting you what you deserve. To speak to one of our experienced Maryland brain injury attorneys, call our offices at (817) 476-1797.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits in Maryland
The first thing that you should know about traumatic brain injuries is that they can occur in a number of different circumstances and may happen without immediately identifying themselves. An event that causes a traumatic brain injury does not have to be overly violent or cause the victim to lose consciousness, nor does it always cause an open wound. The brain is made of delicate, soft tissue that can bounce around within the skull. While the skull does a good job of preventing damage to the brain in most circumstances, it is not invincible.
Whether a specific event is likely to cause a traumatic brain injury depends on the victim just as much as it does on the event in question. While there are many factors that will determine the likelihood of sustaining a traumatic brain injury, scientific research suggests that children and the elderly are substantially more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury from a somewhat-forceful traumatic event, such as a fall, than an otherwise average man or woman. However, there are many additional factors and exceptions to this research, and it is important that you get yourself checked out if you feel that you may have encountered a situation that could have caused a traumatic brain injury, regardless of your age.
Examples of events that frequently lead to brain trauma include:
- Construction accidents
- Automobile and bicycle accidents
- Slip-and-falls or falls from a substantial height
- Falling objects making contact with the head
- Sports-related collisions
- Rock-climbing or other extreme recreational activities
- Asphyxiation or other deprivation of oxygen to the brain
- Domestic abuse
- Physical assault
- Other forceful impacts to the head, neck, or spine
If you have been involved in one of the above events where it is possible that you have sustained a traumatic brain injury, our personal injury attorneys may be able to get you compensated.
Types of Brain Injury that Trigger Lawsuits in Maryland
The consequences of a trauma that impacts the brain can range in form and severity. If you experienced a traumatic brain injury, you are likely dealing with one or more of the following conditions.
Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that occurs specifically when a blow or force to the head causes an impact on brain tissue, causing alterations to normal brain function. This impact could occur merely between your brain and skull. You may sustain a traumatic brain injury without even bumping your head on anything.
The most common traumatic brain injury is also the most misunderstood. A concussion is essentially a bruising or swelling of the brain after an impact between the brain and the skull. Common symptoms of a concussion include nausea, blurry or double vision, sensitivity to light, and short-term memory loss. The symptoms may not present themselves until hours or in some cases days after the traumatic event.
An edema occurs when the brain swells past the point when the skull can comfortably contain it. Brain function changes typically accompany the pressure on the brain caused by an edema. The condition can be very dangerous if gone untreated.
Less common than concussions or edemas, skull fractures range in severity. A skull fracture could lead to swelling, infection, or leaking of spinal fluid. While minor skull fractures will heal on their own over time, a more significant fracture may require surgery in order to preserve full neural function.
All of the above conditions can have long-lasting damage on the victim if gone untreated. If you suspect that you may have experienced a brain injury, please ask for the assistance of a friend or family member in getting you to a hospital for a medical examination.
Financial Recovery for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Maryland
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of the intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct of another person or entity, you may be entitled to financial compensation. No matter the severity of your condition, traumatic brain injuries will have some impact on your ability to live and work. If you acquired your traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t be responsible for the consequences.
The process of preparing a lawsuit for damages from a brain injury in Maryland can be complex. Depending on the nature of the traumatic event, you may feel to pursue two or more parties under different theories of liability– in other words, more than one person might be responsible for your injuries. Proving liability for a traumatic brain injury in a Maryland court will require medical evidence of your condition. This type of evidence is most commonly introduced by way of the results of a CT scan. Demonstrating damages in a personal injury case involving brain injury can require the testimony of witnesses that can attest to your mental capacity and function and the reductions therein following your traumatic brain injury.
File Your Brain Injury Lawsuit in Maryland Today
The diligent Maryland brain injury attorneys at Bennett & Heyman have been dealing with clients who have sustained brain injuries for years, and we know what you need to do to get the peace of mind that you are owed. To speak with us, call our offices at (817) 476-1797.