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How Serious is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The human brain controls personality, memories, speech, vision, movement, and many other important functions. When the brain is injured, these functions can be lost or forever altered. When an accident victim receives a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may cause them difficulties speaking or comprehending language. Depending on the affected area of the brain and the extent of the damage, cognitive problems and/or mobility issues may also result.

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Why Do I Need a Brain Injury Lawyer After an Accident?

TBIs are usually emotionally and financially costly for accident victims and their families. However, if someone else’s negligence caused your TBI or that of a loved one, chances are your life has been changed forever. Not only will you have to deal with the effects associated with the injury, but you’ll be facing mounting financial debt. You will need an experienced brain injury lawyer in Washington, DC to recover compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, ongoing expenses, and more.

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The traumatic brain injury lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have spent more than three decades fighting for the rights of people who received a catastrophic injury after an accident. In one case, we secured a $6.2 million verdict for a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury while skiing at a dangerously designed ski slope.

If you need a Washington, DC brain injury lawyer, then contact our law firm today. In a free consultation, we can answer your questions and make sure you understand all important aspects of a legal claim. We can then evaluate the full effect of your TBI, including all past and future medical expenses so that you get the compensation you truly deserve.

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What Are The Most Common Causes Of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an estimated 223,000 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2018 and approximately 60,611 TBI-related deaths in 2019. Often, TBIs are the result of an accident caused by the negligent actions of another party.

The most common causes of a traumatic brain injury were slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle crashes. For example, in a car crash, brain trauma often results from the blunt force trauma of the collision or airbag deployment.

Other common causes of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Medical malpractice. For example, physical trauma, oxygen deprivation (hypoxia), and/or reduced blood flow to an infant’s brain during delivery can cause significant brain damage to newborns. Surgical errors and medication mistakes may also cause brain injuries from trauma or oxygen deprivation.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists have little to no protection when compared to car passengers. And with many bikers not wearing helmets, all it takes is one motorcycle accident to cause a brain injury.
  • Sports injuries. Concussions have been a hot topic in sports for the past few years. A concussion can result in shaking the brain and if it’s severe enough, it can cause injuries to nerve fibers and neurons in the brain.

These are only a few possible examples where our brain injury attorneys may be able to help you or a loved one recover compensation.

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What Are Possible Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injury?

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary widely depending on the location and severity of the trauma. In some cases, the symptoms may last only a short while or may improve over time. However, in many cases involving severe brain trauma, the effects are permanent and often seriously disabling.

Common TBI symptoms can include:

What are the Long-Term Costs Associated With a TBI?

Even a mild concussion can result in multiple trips to the doctor and continuing care long after the accident. According to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a single head injury could lead to dementia later in life. This can result in future medical expenses such as:

According to Northwestern University, the lifetime treatment costs for a TBI patient range between an estimated $85,000 to $3 million. That’s why it’s so important to speak with an experienced DC TBI lawyer to learn what your legal options are after an accident caused a brain injury.

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Hospitals bills, rehabilitation services, home modifications, and expensive medical equipment can push the financial costs of a TBI into millions of dollars over a lifetime. Additionally, a severe TBI can prevent you from returning to work or working at all. However, if you or a loved one suffered a TBI, then you may have options to recover compensation from the parties responsible for your injury. Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties may be liable for damages.

Our traumatic brain injury lawyers have the needed resources at our disposal to fight for your rights to compensation. For a free consultation in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, call (202) 960-4596 or fill out a confidential online case review form.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injury in Washington, DC

What are the Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

There are three types of brain injury:

How is the Severity of a TBI Classified?

According to the CDC, there are three main categories:

A mild brain injury usually leaves the accident victim feeling disoriented. They may lose consciousness for a very brief time.

A moderate brain injury can result in a loss of consciousness anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Complications from a brain injury can last for months and may even be permanent. The accident victim will be facing several medical treatments to address the issues.

A severe brain injury is usually life-threatening and it is very unlikely the victim will return to normal life.

How Long Do I Have to File a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit?

In Washington, DC, and Maryland, you have three years from the accident to file a personal injury claim. In Virginia, you have two years.

How Much is a Traumatic Brain Injury Case Worth?

Each brain injury case is different and it’s difficult to say exactly how much your TBI case is worth without first speaking with our DC brain injury lawyer. We will sit down with you and calculate how much the accident cost. Based on that sum, we will be able to give you a fair estimate of how much your claim is worth.

What Damages Can I Receive in a TBI Claim?

You could be compensated for your losses, including but not limited to:

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Brain Injury Attorney in Washington, DC?

At Regan Zambri Long, our brain injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. What this means is you do not pay any attorney fees until the case has been resolved. If we are successful, we will take a percentage of the reward. If we fail to win your case, you do not owe us.

To learn more about your legal options following a traumatic brain injury, contact our DC brain injury attorney today to schedule a free consultation.

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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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