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Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to any damage to the brain caused by external forces. No visible injury is necessary and, in many cases, effects on the brain may not be apparent until days, weeks, or months after the accident. It is not necessary to have hit your head or to have lost consciousness to have suffered a brain injury. There are many different types of brain injuries and they can range considerably in severity.

Two of our partners are founders of the Brain Injury Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, and the current President and Vice President. With our extensive brain injury experience, you can be confident that this is an area for which we are truly passionate. We are well-qualified to handle your brain injury case.

What Are Common Side Effects of a Head Injury?

Although TBI is often caused during accidents involving blunt force trauma, such as an auto accident, any situation that results in head trauma should be taken seriously. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, over 1.5 million people sustain a TBI every year. At least 50,000 of these cases will be fatal, while another 80,000 people will be left with long-term disabilities. TBI can profoundly impact victims, as well as the lives of their loved ones.

Common side effects of TBI include:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentration, speaking, or multitasking
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Change in personality
  • Dizziness, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting
  • Severe headaches
  • Ringing in the ears

Brain injuries often go unnoticed and untreated when no visible head injury is involved, leading to more serious damage and a higher risk of sustaining further injuries. Severity ratings can be misleading with the incongruous long-term results causing frustration and confusion for victims. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, contact our DC brain injury attorneys for help. We offer FREE case evaluations and are available 24/7.

Understanding the Severity of a Brain Injury

Severity of brain injury is rated by a system called the Glasgow Coma Scale. The severity of a brain injury does not always determine the amount of long-term damage or the outcome for the victim.

Severity refers only to the initial damage, not the long-term damage. The area of the brain which is injured typically determines the outcome of the injury, rather than initial severity rating. A mild brain injury, requiring little or no medical treatment, can cause long-term disability if it damages a crucial part of the brain.

TBI severity is often classified under these categories:

  • Mild Brain Injury: A mild brain injury can occur with no loss of consciousness or very brief loss of consciousness, and leaves the victim feeling dazed or confused.
  • Moderate Brain Injury: A moderate brain injury causes a loss of consciousness for several minutes or several hours, and confusion which may last for weeks or months.
  • Severe Brain Injury: A severe brain injury causes a loss of consciousness that lasts for days, weeks, or months, and can result in a coma, vegetative state, or "locked-in" syndrome.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

Any type of brain injury can have serious long-term consequences. Some brain injuries do not involve visible head injuries, and often go undetected and untreated, leaving the victim vulnerable to further damage and additional injuries. An impact to the head is not necessary for TBI to occur.

Some of the most common types of TBI include:

  • Concussion: Concussions are the most common form of TBI. They can be caused by an impact to the head or sudden and violent movement. People tend to believe that a concussion is a fairly minor injury, and that any danger or damage from a concussion goes away within 24 hours or a few days. This could not be farther from the truth. A concussion can cause damage to the cranial nerves, and can take months or years to heal. 
  • Contusion: Brain contusions are typically caused by an impact to the head. A contusion is a bruise, and any part of the body can become bruised, usually with little or no lasting damage. Bruising of the brain is very serious because it means that the brain is bleeding, one of the primary causes of serious and long term damage.
  • Coup-Contrecoup Contusion: The brain can become bruised on the side of impact and on the opposite side if an impact to the head is forceful enough to jar the brain, causing it to strike the other side of the skull.
  • Penetration: A penetration brain injury is just what it sounds like - an injury caused by an object penetrating the skull and entering the brain.
  • Diffuse Axonal: If a violent or rapid movement causes the skull to move faster than the brain, nerves and other brain tissue can be torn. This is called diffuse axonal TBI. Whiplash can cause this type of injury.

In addition to these primary types of TBI, second impact syndrome can occur after any type of brain injury. Second impact syndrome simply means sustaining a second brain injury before the first brain injury has healed. This is typically far more damaging than the original injury and often results in permanent disability or death.

Call Our Washington DC Brain Injury Lawyers Today

Our legal team has proven we have the tools, resources, and unwavering dedication to support victims and families through these tough times. Although we have been recognized for our professional abilities and skills as successful trial lawyers, our greatest reward is helping others.

Recent Brain Injury Case Results

  • $5+ million lump sum payment obtained on behalf of a 14-year-old as a result of a failed embolization of an arterial-venous malformation in her brain, causing profound permanent brain damage.
  • $2.4 million obtained on behalf of a woman who suffered a brain injury as a result of being struck in a crosswalk.
  • $1.8 million obtained on behalf of an already paralyzed stroke victim, against a wheelchair transport company which dropped him on his head from the van onto the sidewalk during transport.
  • $950,000.00 obtained on behalf of a man who was struck on the head by a hotel security guard causing permanent brain damage.
  • $450,000.00 on behalf of minor child provided ten times the prescribed amount of anti-seizure medication by a local pharmacy resulting in permanent brain injury.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we 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 24/7. We fully support our clients through these tough times, and fight aggressively on their behalf.

Our legal team has been selected as "Preferred Attorneys" for the DC Metro area by the Brain Injury Association of America. Call Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today at (202) 644-8303 to receive a free case consultation.