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Brain Injury FAQ

Washington, DC Brain Injury Attorney

  • What is a traumatic brain injury and how does it occur?
  • Must a person lose consciousness to suffer a traumatic brain injury?
  • What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, and when will they appear?
  • If an MRI was done of my brain after a blow or jolt to my head, and it was normal, does that mean that I did not suffer a concussion?
  • If I think I have suffered a traumatic brain injury, what should I do?
  • Do all traumatic brain injuries resolve over time?
  • What can the lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. do for me?

What is a traumatic brain injury and how does it occur?
A traumatic brain injury is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. It can occur from a hit to the head and sometimes from a whiplash injury. A traumatic brain injury is also referred to as a concussion or closed head injury.

Must a person lose consciousness to suffer a traumatic brain injury?
No, losing consciousness is not the only indicator or suffering a traumatic brain injury. You can suffer a brain injury and remain conscious, though many people do experience feelings of being dazed or confused.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, and when will they appear?
Symptoms vary from cases to case and can affect an individual immediately after an accident or later on after time has passed. Additionally, victims may appear fine even though they act or feel differently. Common symptoms include:

  • Low-grade headaches that won't go away
  • Slowness in thinking, acting, and speaking
  • Changes in attention, concentration, memory, and organization
  • Loss or decrease in sense of taste or smell
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Mood changes

If an MRI was done of my brain after a blow or jolt to my head, and it was normal, does that mean that I did not suffer a concussion?
No. The fact that an MRI of the brain was normal does not rule out a traumatic brain injury or concussion.

If I think I have suffered a traumatic brain injury, what should I do?
Seek medical attention immediately from a professional experienced in the care and treatment of people who suffer traumatic brain injuries. Don't assume that things will improve or resolve by themselves. Then consult a personal injury lawyer.

Do all traumatic brain injuries resolve over time?
All brain injuries are unique, and therefore the recovery process is different for everyone. This being said, victims with mild concussions often have the best chances for a full recovery, even though it can take time and some symptoms may persist for days or weeks. The recovery process may be longer for those with more serious injuries and for victims who have experienced brain injuries in the past. It is estimated that approximately 15% of all people who suffer a traumatic brain injury do not fully recover.

What can the brain injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. do for me?
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers are long-time advocates for victims and families affected by traumatic brain injuries. We can assist you in obtaining full compensation for your injuries, and are here to help twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We fully support our clients through these tough times, and fight aggressively on their behalves for complete compensation.

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