When someone else’s negligent or reckless actions in DC causes you or your family member a serious head injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims can be compensated for medical bills and expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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A head injury refers to any trauma caused to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injuries can range from a simple bump on the head to a traumatic brain injury. There are two types of head injuries:
Over a million people suffered traumatic brain injuries last year, and every year. Thousands of these victims live and work in Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.
If you or a loved one had suffered a head injury, you may be suffering the emotional consequences and the financial burden of the injury. A DC brain injury attorney can help you understand your legal options and recover the maximum compensation owed to you.
Our brain controls most of the body’s functions, including physical actions and mental processes. Even though it is protected by our strong skull, it can suffer severe injuries in several different ways, including by impacts to the head or from lack of oxygen.
Common causes of a head injury in the Washington, DC area includes:
Anytime you suffer a head injury, you should seek medical attention immediately.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is usually caused by something hitting the head so hard that it causes serious injury to the brain. It can also cause damage to the skull. If the skull is not fractured or broken, it is called a closed head injury.
This kind of blunt force trauma can happen when you hit your head, or something else hits your head, in any of the following circumstances:
The injury to the brain occurs because of the impact on the head. Severe TBI happens when the impact is strong and direct. Some of the common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury occur immediately due to damage to brain tissue and blood vessels. But further damage occurs gradually over time. This is why it is so important to speak to a DC brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Our Washington DC traumatic brain injury lawyers can help you.
A penetrating brain injury is sometimes called an open head injury. It happens when an object penetrates or goes through the skull and touches the brain itself. These types of brain injuries can be caused by fragments of the skull breaking off and lodging in the brain, or when a foreign object like a knife or piece of construction equipment stabs into the brain. Penetrating brain injuries are serious injuries and can lead to permanent disability, or even death.
Hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries are caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Hypoxic injuries happen when there is reduced oxygen to the brain. Anoxic injuries happen when there is no oxygen to the brain. When there is no oxygen or not enough oxygen to the brain, cells die. This means that parts of the brain actually die and cannot function anymore.
Decreased oxygen to the brain can be caused by diseases, such as asthmas, or by choking, smoke inhalation, strangulation, drowning, or drug overdose. Hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries can also happen when blood flow is interrupted and is not able to get oxygen to the brain. Like other brain injuries, injury caused by hypoxia and anoxia can be severe.
A brain injury can cause a long list of medical problems and symptoms, from serious neurological symptoms to cognitive defects. In extreme cases, brain injury can lead to death. The kind of symptoms depends upon various factors, such as how hard your head was hit, if any item penetrated the brain, the area of the brain injury, whether the brain was deprived of oxygen, and more. The problems and symptoms include:
Because of the nature of brain injuries, the symptoms can arise at different times. Sometimes there is no visible injury. In many cases, brain injury may not be obvious until days, weeks, or even months after the accident. Examples of immediate serious injury symptoms are confusion, headaches, and dizziness. Symptoms that develop later include memory loss, double vision, and body numbness.
If you were injured in an accident and are suffering any of these symptoms, a brain injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Call a DC head injury lawyer at Regan Zambri Long PLLC today for a free consultation.
Symptoms of brain injury can appear immediately after an accident or days to months later. The reason symptoms can arise for so long after the injury is because of the primary and secondary processes that happen after a traumatic brain injury.
Primary injuries arise from the initial trauma, such as bruising of the brain or damage to blood vessels in the brain. Secondary injuries are not directly caused by the trauma but can arise because of complications with healing and other problems caused by the primary injuries. Examples of secondary injuries are decreased oxygen in the brain (called hypoxia), low blood pressure, and swelling of the brain. These secondary injuries mean that often victims of brain injuries get worse with time, rather than better.
Because many symptoms and problems caused by a traumatic brain injury do not appear until long after an accident, it is important to speak with brain injury attorneys in Washington DC as soon as you can. The attorneys can help you understand your rights and let you know what compensation you may be entitled to receive.
The severity of brain injuries is sometimes classified as either mild, moderate, or severe.
Yes. Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injury. They are caused by an impact on the head or sudden changes in the movement of the head. A concussion can cause serious damage to the nerves in the head and requires medical care. While many people fully recover from a concussion, they can cause serious long-term consequences. More importantly, they make a person more vulnerable to future traumatic brain injuries.
It can be. A contusion is simply a bruise. A bruise is bleeding under the skin. While a bruise may not be serious on other parts of the body, a brain bruise can be serious. It means that the brain is bleeding, which can cause long-term damage.
Yes. The first brain injury that a person suffers is called primary brain trauma. A second impact, or second brain injury, happens when the first injury is not yet healed. This secondary injury is often more damaging than the first and is more likely to cause permanent disability or death.
For most personal injury cases in Washington D.C., you must file your case in court within three years from the date of the accident. This period of time is called the statute of limitations. If you delay more than three years to pursue your case, you will not be able to file a case in court and the at-fault party and their insurance company will no longer be required to pay you for your losses. Because of the three-year statute of limitations, you need to discuss your case with our brain injury lawyers as soon as possible.
A brain injury attorney familiar with traumatic brain injuries can work to collect evidence of negligence to show the at-fault person caused your injuries, negotiate to recover compensation for your losses, and advocate for safety changes so that others do not suffer the same type of injuries in the future. Your personal injury lawyer will also talk directly with insurance companies, witnesses, other lawyers, and judges so you can focus on getting back to normal life.
The Washington, DC brain injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long are dedicated to providing compassionate client services to individuals who have been injured. We believe that your primary goal should be healing, and we can help pursue the maximum amount of compensation due to you, to cover your medical bills and other losses.
When we take on your case and establish an attorney-client relationship with you, our Washington D.C. brain injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay for any legal fees until we recover money for you.
There are many great resources available to help you understand the various types of brain injuries. Some useful resources include:
At Regan Zambri Long, our head injury lawyers help victims navigate the complexities of a personal injury claim in Washington, DC. We have decades of experience handling car accident claims in DC and surrounding areas. For example, we recovered $10.6 million for a car crash victim who suffered injuries including traumatic brain injury, paraplegia, and spinal cord injury. In another case, we secured a $6.2 million verdictfor a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury while skiing at a dangerously designed ski slope.
The head injury lawyers of Regan Zambri Longwill conduct a complete investigation, contact witnesses, review medical records, estimate compensation, and hire expert witnesses if necessary to testify about your injuries and the negligence of the at-fault parties. Our Washington, DC lawyers negotiate with insurance companies and at-fault parties to reach a settlement that compensates you. And we fight for your rights in court at trial.
If you or a loved one suffered a head injury, an experienced attorney at Regan Zambri Long will advise you about compensation for your injuries in Washington, DC. We will help you understand your legal rights during your free case evaluation.
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