Brain injury is a serious issue and a leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 155 people in this country die every day from traumatic brain injuries, and many more require hospitalization. From 2006 to 2014, the number of brain injuries requiring emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53%.
Survivors of brain injury can face effects that last anywhere from a few days to the rest of their lives. These effects include impairment of the ability to think, loss of memory, loss of movement, loss of vision or hearing, personality changes, depression, and more. This impairment not only affects those who suffer brain injuries, but it also impacts the victims’ family and friends as well.
If you incurred a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional act, contact us for a free consultation with a Maryland brain injury attorney. We’ll help you evaluate your claim.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are two main types of brain injuries: open head injuries and closed head injuries.
Open Head Injuries
Open head injuries occur when the scalp or skull is broken or penetrated by, for example, a bullet. This type of injury is very risky and quite dangerous as it often involves removing foreign objects from inside the skull and may involve brain surgery.
Closed Head Injuries
Closed head injuries can result from impact or when oxygen is unable to reach the brain. Although the skull isn’t penetrated, and no foreign objects enter the brain, this type of brain injury can be severe. Prolonged lack of oxygen or an anoxic brain injury, for example, can have severe and life-threatening consequences as it causes brain cells to die from the lack of oxygen.
A concussion is one of the most common closed head injuries often caused by a sudden blow to the head or whiplash in a car accident. A concussion can result in post-concussion syndrome – a serious disorder that can last for months or even years and be accompanied by loss of consciousness or memory loss.
Other common closed brain injuries include hematomas (a mass of blood or pronounced swelling between the skull and the brain), skull fractures, and contusions (impact to the head resulting in severe bruising or bleeding of the brain).
Causes of Brain Injuries
There are several possible causes of brain injury, but some lead the way. According to the CDC, in 2014, motor vehicle accidents were the second leading cause of all traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations, accounting for 20%.
At the Law Office of Nancy Miller and Mark Miller, we have more than 40 years of experience representing clients who suffer from traumatic brain injuries incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. We regularly represent clients whose brain injuries were caused by:
If you or a loved one suffers a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Maryland brain injury attorney. We’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Maryland Brain Injury Attorney
The Law Office of Nancy Miller and Mark Miller have a proven track record of successfully representing victims of brain injuries for over 40 years. One of the most notable brain injury recoveries we’ve gotten for our clients includes a $10 million settlement for a brain injury sustained in a bus accident. If you believe you have a brain injury claim, contact us for a free consultation with a highly skilled and experienced Maryland brain injury attorney.