DC Brain Injury Attorney
The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It is responsible for every thought, function, and action we perform. Despite tough protection provided by the skull, our brains can sustain injuries relatively easily. There are many different types of brain injuries that one could sustain from causes ranging from blunt force to lack of oxygen. These injuries can be devastating to one’s health and have extreme negative impacts in the long term. If you or your loved ones have suffered a serious brain injury, you would be wise to contact a DC brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
- How Can You Know If You Have a Concussion?
- Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
- Role of a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
How a DC Brain Injury Lawyer Can Assist You
The injury attorneys at our firm are dedicated to providing a high level of client services to individuals who have been injured. We believe that your primary goal should be healing, and we can help you to attain the monetary damages necessary to pay your medical bills and compensate you for any pain and suffering resulting from your injuries. Because our DC brain injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, you don’t need to worry about paying our firm a single dollar until you have been awarded damages. A few of the services our attorneys regularly provide to clients include:
- Handling transactions with insurance companies so that our clients don’t have to
- Investigating the causes and medical consequences of a client’s brain injury
- Determining which individual or organization is responsible for the injury
- Helping clients to calculate and negotiate a fair settlement
- Assisting with claim-related paperwork
Be sure to get in touch with one of our experienced DC brain injury lawyers if you’re interested in learning about the many other ways our firm can support and guide you through the complex litigation process.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries (el daño cerebral traumático en Español), also sometimes referred to as intracranial injuries, are typically caused by an external force. Causes of TBI can include slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, sport accidents, shootings, assaults, and other violent situations. Brain trauma occurs because of the impact to the head, and the severity depends on the direction, strength, and duration of the force. Traumatic brain injury has two stages. The primary injury is the damage to the tissue and blood vessels that occurs at the moment of the trauma. The secondary injury is the damage that occurs gradually over time, following the impact. Speak to a DC brain injury lawyer immediately if you believe you may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury caused by the negligence of another person or organization.
Penetrating Brain Injury (PBI)
A penetrating brain injury, also known as an open head injury, occurs when an object penetrates the cranium. This is different than a perforating brain injury, in which an object passes through the cranium but also leaves an exit wound. Penetrating brain injuries are typically caused by either high or low velocity projectiles, such as knives, or bone fragments from a skull injury that are forced into the brain. These types of injuries constitute serious medical emergencies and could lead to permanent disability, or even death.
Anoxic Brain Injury (ABI)
Hypoxic and anoxic brain injury is caused by either a partial or total deprivation of oxygen in the brain. The prolonged lack of oxygen leads to cell death, thus resulting in severe injury to the brain. These injuries can also be ischemic in nature, meaning that the oxygen deprivation was caused by disruption of the blood flow. There are internal and external forces that could lead to hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, including diseases like asthma, which interferes with breathing, and various forms of anemia. Severe hypoxia and anoxia can also be caused by choking, smoke inhalation, strangulation, drowning, or drug overdose.
Primary and Secondary Brain Injury
Primary and secondary brain injury refers to the various stages of processes occurring in brain injuries. Primary injuries are the result of the initial trauma to the brain in traumatic brain injury. This can include damage to blood vessels and bruising. Secondary brain injuries are the indirect result of the trauma and its complications. They include hypoxia, hypotension (low blood pressure), edema (swelling), changes to blood flow, as well as increased intracranial pressure. These secondary injuries are the reason why people who suffer from traumatic brain injury typically deteriorate over time, as opposed to improving.
Closed Head Injury
Closed head injuries are a type of traumatic brain injury in which the skull remains intact. These types of injuries are mainly caused by slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, and intense sports. Falls are the most prominent cause of close head injuries and typically occur in children ages four and under or senior citizens over the age of 75. Types of closed head injuries can range from concussions to hematomas and cause serious neurological and cognitive defects, or even death.
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The DC brain injury lawyers at our firm are experienced litigators who can help you pursue a personal injury claim. We will work to defend your best interests so that you can focus on rest and recovery from your brain injury. To discuss your potential claim, call us today for a free consultation.