Delaware Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Protecting Clients’ Rights
Compassionate traumatic brain injury lawyers helping injured clients throughout Delaware
A traumatic brain injury occurs from a blow or a jolt to the head or when the head hits a solid object that causes a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. For example, in a car accident, which is where many brain injuries occur, when the body has been traveling at high speed suddenly comes to an abrupt halt, the soft tissues of the brain collide first with the inside front of the skull (primary impact) and then the force of the crash causes the brain to collide with the back of the skull (secondary impact). There does not need to be a penetrating wound or even a break in the bones of the skull for a traumatic brain injury to occur. Not every blow to the head results in a TBI, and it can be difficult to assess the seriousness or the long-term consequences of this potentially debilitating injury.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the Delaware traumatic brain injury attorneys at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman have been successful in helping clients secure the compensation they need in order to get ongoing medical attention for their injuries.
Common ways in which head injuries occur
In the Centers for Disease Control’s 2015 Report to Congress on TBI, they report that traumatic brain injury accounts for approximately 2.2 million emergency room visits, 280,000 hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths. The most common causes of TBI include:
- Auto accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Acts of violence
- Sports injuries
- Being struck by or against an object
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries
One of the most common criteria for determining if someone has suffered a brain injury was to ask if they lost consciousness; however, in recent years researchers have determined that a person who did not lose consciousness could have suffered a brain injury. The CDC requires that a person must have been in an altered state of consciousness, as in dazed, confused or “out of it” for a time after the accident. Other symptoms include:
Checking for PERL – which stands for Pupils are Equal and Reactive to Light – is one way a doctor may test for a TBI. After a head injury, the pupils may be unreactive, which can signify high intracranial pressure caused by swelling, and hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). The symptoms of TBI will vary for each individual based on the type and severity of the injury. Sometimes these symptoms do not even show up right away, but emerge over time.
Prognosis for TBI
About half of those with severe TBI will require surgery to repair ruptured blood vessels in the brain. Disabilities from traumatic brain injury include:
- Complete or partial paralysis, seizures
- Problems with thinking, memory, and reasoning
- Sensory processing, sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell
- Communication, expressing and making ones-self understood
- Behavioral and mental health problems such as depression, aggression, anxiety, personality changes
More severe injuries can cause the individual to fall into a coma, or a persistent vegetative state for extended periods of time.
Pursuing damages through a traumatic brain injury lawsuit
When an individual has suffered such a life-altering injury due to the negligence of another person, they may be able to take legal action against them. A successful lawsuit or settlement would allow the injured person to be able to receive medical care and other losses which include:
- Any medical expenses arising from the injury current and future
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Future diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Severe emotional distress
The compassionate Delaware personal injury attorney team at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman understands the ramifications of a traumatic brain injury. A person might end up paralyzed and unable to work or care for themselves, and another person might have debilitating headaches, personality disorders and experience blackouts. We can help make sure that whoever is responsible for your injuries is held accountable. We fight for the compensation you deserve so that you can get on with your life.
Contact our diligent Delaware brain injury attorneys to schedule a consultation today
When you or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury that was caused by another person’s negligence, you have many questions and concerns. The legal team at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman has the legal answers you are looking for along with a commitment to seek the maximum compensation possible for you. You may fill out our contact form, or call us at 302-888-2900 to explore your legal options. We bring confident legal representation to the three Delaware counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, including the cities of Wilmington, Newark, and Seaford.