Our Washington DC brain injury lawyers represent clients throughout the District and Maryland that have suffered head trauma in accidents caused by another party’s negligence, and we have seen the toll that living with a brain injury can have on the victim and his/her family. We join others this month, which is Brain Injury Awareness Month, to offer you more information about this potentially devastating injury.
Common causes of Washington DC TBI including fall accidents, traffic crashes, getting hit or striking a hard object or surface, and assaults. A person can also sustain a brain injury as a result of medical malpractice, lead poisoning, near drowning, an explosion, near suffocation or strangulation, or other accidents involving the head getting hit or the brain not receiving enough oxygen for way too long.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that for traumatic brain injuries alone, medical costs and indirect costs totaled about $60 billion in 200 in the US. At least 5.3 billion Americans will need extended or lifelong help performing daily tasks because of a TBI. In addition to physical impairments and health complications that can result, a brain injury can affect a person’s emotions, personality, and behavior, irrevocably altering that person’s life and the lives of their loved ones.
If you suspect that you or your loved one have a brain injury—even if it appears to a be a mild one, you should seek medical attention right away. The sooner you get treatment, the better—especially as sometimes, the symptoms for a serious head trauma may not show up immediately.
Related Web Resources:
Traumatic Brain Injury, CDC
Brain Injury Awareness Month March 2011, Brain Injury Association of America
More Blog Posts:
Many Brain Injury Patients Suffer from Pseudobulbar Affect, Says Survey, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, January 6, 2011
$10 Million Washington DC Injuries to a Minor Settlement to Go to Boy Who Sustained Catastrophic Brain Damage During Foster Care Beating, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, November 9, 2010
Maryland TBI: Call a Concussion a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Says Researchers, Maryland Accident Law Blog, January 23, 2010
If your injury was sustained in an accident that you believe may be someone else’s fault, contact our DC personal injury law firm to request your free case evaluation.