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Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Maryland

A brain injury can dramatically change your life forever. After a catastrophic accident, victims are left to cope with the long-term consequences of the injury including debilitating physical pain, brain damage, and extreme financial distress. At Regan Zambri Long, our compassionate brain injury lawyers will fight to protect your rights.

We are committed to guiding our clients through the claims process. While we will handle the heavy lifting (paperwork, investigations, negotiations, etc.) our promise is to always keep you informed of your case. Your injury attorney will be available to you constantly as we work together to secure the compensation you deserve. Call today for your free consultation with an expert Maryland brain injury attorney.

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What is a Brain Injury?

A brain injury is an injury that changes the brain’s neuronal activity. The change affects the physical integrity, metabolic activity, and the functional ability of the brain. An acquired brain injury is the umbrella term for all brain injuries. There are two types of acquired brain injuries: traumatic brain injuries and non traumatic brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury is an alteration in brain function caused by an external force. A non-traumatic brain injury is caused internally. Lack of oxygen, brain tumors, and a brain bleed can all cause a non traumatic brain injury.

Both traumatic and non traumatic brain injuries can cause life altering consequences for the victim. Recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years if recovery is possible at all.

Different Types of Brain Injuries

There are many different types of brain injuries a victim can suffer. It is important to note that many are not visible to the naked eye. However, just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately as symptoms may develop or worsen over time.

The different types of brain injuries are:

  • Closed head injuries: These injuries occur when there is a nonpenetrating injury to the brain without a break in the skull. There is a rapid back and forth movement of the brain that causes brain tissue tears and bruising. Closed head injuries include concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and intracranial hematomas.
  • Open head injuries: These injuries are also known as penetrating injuries. It is when an outside force breaks the skull and causes damage to the brain. Bullets, shrapnel, and other weapons can cause open head injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a forceful blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Not all brain injuries are classified as traumatic brain injuries. However, traumatic brain injuries will always be classified as a closed head injury or an open head injury.
  • Primary brain injury: This is a sudden and profound brain injury that happens right at the time of impact. For example, if someone is injured in a car accident, it is likely they would experience a primary brain injury at the time of the accident.
  • Secondary brain injury: This type of injury evolves over hours or days after the initial injury actually occured. Changes in the brain continue to develop and destroy the brain after the primary injury happened. For example, if someone suffers a stroke the damage to the brain may develop over time rather than all at once.
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What Types of Accidents Cause Brain Injuries?

Any serious accident can cause a brain injury. However, there are several common causes that can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. The most common types of accidents that can cause a brain injury are:

Slip and fall accidents

A slip and fall accident is when someone loses their footing or stumbles, causing them to fall to the ground. Slip and fall accidents are the single most common causes of a brain injury. The victim’s head may strike a hard surface such as a table, countertop, or piece of furniture on the way down, causing trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain.

Car accidents

Car accidents are another common cause of brain injury. These accidents may involve regular passenger cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles. A car accident victim may suffer skull fractures from being thrown from the vehicle or from hitting the steering wheel or other part of the car.

Violence and assault

Unfortunately, another major cause of head injury is violence and physical assault. Brain injury victims may have been attacked during a robbery, rape, carjacking, or domestic violence episode. Abusive head trauma, otherwise known as shaken baby syndrome, is a severe form of child abuse that results in severe injuries to the child’s brain.

Sports injuries

A sports-related concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or somewhere else on the body that sends an “impulsive” force to the head. When a person suffers a sports-related concussion there can be rapid onset symptoms like loss of consciousness. However, there are long term effects that may take days, weeks, months, or years to present themselves. Victims may suffer long term cognitive changes, neurological damage, memory loss, and even coma.

Childbirth injuries

Head injuries are the most common type of birth injuries. In the United States, birth injuries occur in about 25 out of every 1,000 hospital births. The most common of these injuries are minor scalp injuries that leave no lasting effect. However, the misuse of forceps, vacuums, and other delivery techniques can lead to serious injuries that can cause permanent damage to the newborn. Childbirth injuries are a form of medical malpractice. The Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice attorneys can help recover compensation for your financial losses.

Nursing home injuries

Elderly people (around 75 years and older) are the most susceptible to brain injuries. In fact, the CDC reports around 260 per 100,000 people suffering from TBI’s are above the age of 75. TBI’s require specialized care, which many nursing home facilities do not provide. In the worst cases, the elderly are neglected and abused, which can either cause head injuries or make them worse.

If you sustained an injury from one of these types of accidents, reach out to the Regan Zambri Long Maryland brain injury lawyers today. We will hold the liable parties accountable and make sure you secure maximum financial compensation.

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Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury

It is important to recognize that the TBI victim is not the only one who has to live with the consequences of the injury. The physical and psychological effects are extremely difficult on the victim’s family and friends.

Symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Speech issues
  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent headaches
  • Dizziness and balance problems
  • Seizures
  • Stroke

When you live with someone who suffered a TBI, you have to constantly monitor their symptoms and behaviors. Since a TBI is not necessarily a visible injury, this can be exhausting and frightening for family members who are not medical professionals. The Regan Zambri Long brain injury attorneys can help obtain compensation that will cover in-home care.

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Financial Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can cost the survivor and their family anywhere from $600,000 to $1.9 million in their lifetime. Medical costs include hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, around-the-clock care, and different medical treatment.

Many times, a loved one will leave his or her job in order to stay home and care for the TBI victim full time. No one financially plans for a catastrophic accident, so when one does happen, it can send even the wealthiest families into financial distress.

The attorneys at Regan Zambri Long will make sure someone else’s negligence doesn’t ruin your financial freedom. Call today for a free consultation with an expert personal injury lawyer who will help you recover compensation that will offset any new medical bills from your loved one’s accident.

Leading Maryland Brain Injury Lawyers

The Regan Zambri Long law firm has been in practice and serving the residents of Maryland for over three decades. Our injury lawyers have the financial backing to see all cases through until the very end, no matter the size or scope of the claim. In fact, many smaller law firms in the Maryland area will refer their clients to Regan Zambri Long when the case is too large and they do not have the resources to see it through.

There are several benefits to hiring an experienced attorney to take over your case. When you partner with one of our traumatic brain injury lawyers, we will handle every single aspect of your case, from filing the paperwork, to investigation of the accident, to negotiations with the insurance company, all the way to trial representation.

There are several steps we our injury lawyers will take in order to prove your case and win the highest compensation possible:

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Determining Fault

Any personal injury case starts with determining whose negligence led to your accident. Brain injury cases can get quite complicated with multiple parties at fault. Your brain injury attorney will pour over police reports, medical records, eye witness testimonies, video footage, and other documentation to make sure all negligent parties are held accountable.

Filing the paperwork

Maryland has a strict three year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. If your claim is not filed within that time frame, you will lose the rights to compensation. As we spoke about earlier, catastrophic brain injuries are extremely costly to an individual and their families.

It is in your best interest to hire a brain injury attorney and get your claim started as soon as possible. Our injury attorneys will make sure your paperwork is filed correctly and on time. The only thing you will need to do is focus on your recovery.

Proving your case

The next step is proving your case either to an insurance company or a judge or jury. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of your case, building up solid evidence that proves the other party’s negligence. The Regan Zambri Long law firm does not spare a dime in our investigative work. We partner with medical experts, accident reconstruction, police officers, expert witnesses, and other legal consultants to make sure your case is ready for litigation.

If we do not reach a favorable settlement, we will take your case to court. Our attorneys have won millions for our clients, including a $20 million settlement for an 18 year old who suffered a traumatic brain injury. Our attorneys will work tirelessly for fair compensation for your injuries.

The problem of contributory negligence

Maryland is one of only five states in the U.S. that still practices contributory negligence. Contributory negligence is a doctrine that states if the victim bears any responsibility in the accident, then he or she cannot collect compensation.

Fortunately, our attorneys have a deep understanding of Maryland law, the court systems, and defense strategies. We have seen it time and time again – defense attorneys quickly use contributory negligence to get their client off the hook. However, we will build a solid case that proves the defendant is 100% responsible for the accident.

Awarding damages

Finally, the last part of a personal injury case is determining damages. Damages are the sum of money a person is entitled to when another person causes harm. The damages you may receive for your case include:

While there is no single estimate to how much your case will be worth, you can rest assured we will fight for the highest compensation possible. A Regan Zambri Long personal injury lawyer is standing by for your call. Don’t hesitate – call today.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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