Traumatic Brain Injury
The leading Maine medical malpractice lawyers at Briggs & Wholey are statewide leaders in Maine traumatic brain injury law. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury through the negligence of others. Our firm provides the highest quality legal representation to traumatic brain injury victims in Portland, Bangor, August, Lewiston, and other areas of Maine.
The brain can be injured in an accident. Injuries can range from severe, such as a skull fractured or bleeding in the brain, to a mild concussion that resolves over days, weeks or months. The brain is a complex and vital organ that shapes who we are. It allows us to understand questions and solve intricate problems. It produces our emotions while crafting our personalities and it helps us to live on both a biological and spiritual level. If the brain should experience damage then the essence of who we are could be lost forever. This is why traumatic brain injuries can cause grave damage to the life of its victim.
A hit in the head can change everything, and cause damages from death to loss of employment or the chance to participate in sports and other activities.
A concussion is a brain injury caused by blunt force trauma to the head which causes the brain to move inside the skull. Every incident of head trauma has the potential to be a concussion. Concussion symptoms are not always obvious. You don’t need to be knocked unconscious or “have your bell rung” to sustain a concussion. Even a seemingly, minor impact can cause a brain injury.
Common traumatic brain injuries include:
- Fractured skull
- Intracranial bleeding
- Retinal bleeding
- Loss of smell, taste or hearing
- Headaches or a feeling of pressure in the head
- Changes in memory
- Difficulty understanding or remembering what is said
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, groggy
- Double or blurry vision
Baseline neurological tests, which measure cognitive ability and reaction time, should be administered to diagnose traumatic brain injury.
Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, accounting for 28% of all TBIs, while motor vehicle accidents account for 20%. However, car accidents have a higher frequency of TBI-related hospitalizations, which studies have shown affect over 280,000 people each year. There are a variety of causes of head injuries. TBIs result from open or closed head injuries, as well as deceleration injuries (also known as a diffuse axonal injuries).
A traumatic brain injury can have life-altering effects on a victim’s emotional and physical well-being, and can do severe damage to the physical nature of the brain. A head injury may require years, if not decades, of special care and rehabilitation from care facilities. The impairments from a brain injury can affect speech, vision, coordination, short-term and long-term memory, and may even result in mood swings and behavioral changes in personality. Considering that every brain injury is different, rehabilitation depends on the individual case and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, devastate an entire family and destroy the fabric of an individual’s life.
If you or someone you love was injured by a traumatic brain injury, contact the experienced Maine traumatic brain injury attorneys of Briggs & Wholey today. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to brain injured patients throughout Maine. Our team of seasoned lawyers and highly-skilled staff work diligently to help you achieve the best outcome possible in your case. We have successfully handled numerous types of traumatic brain injury cases, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients across the state. At Briggs & Wholey, you are not just another number. We are devoted to defending your rights, and those of your loved ones, to help you get your life back, and be compensated for damages from a traumatic brain injury. For a free consultation, call (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.