A traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident is all too common. In fact, a car accident is a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
There are different ways a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a car accident. First, a person may strike their head against the interior of the motor vehicle, such as a steering wheel or headrest. Second, a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a sudden forceful movement of the head, known as an “acceleration-deceleration” injury. This is commonly known as “whiplash,” when the head moves backward and forward rapidly. The brain moves inside the skull, and a “shearing” effect occurs when microscopic structures of the brain, axons, can be stretched or torn. This is known as “diffuse axonal injury.”
A person can sustain a contusion or bleeding on the brain that is detectable by a diagnostic test such as an MRI. Often, current diagnostic tests cannot detect microscopic damage (such as diffuse axonal injury). The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident may be emotional, behavioral, and cognitive changes. These include changes in personality, such as emotional outbursts, anger, and social withdrawal, where family and friends observe that the injured person just doesn’t seem like their former self.
Cognitive changes can occur such as memory problems, difficulties with “executive functioning,” and concentration. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can assess any differences in pre-injury and post-injury cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
How Smith Law Firm, LLC Can Help You
Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been helping people for more than 40 years. He has handled successfully traumatic brain injury cases, including cases of traumatic brain injuries caused by a car accident or an assault. Mr. Smith has obtained substantial, and million dollar + jury verdicts, in traumatic brain injury cases.
Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in traumatic brain injury cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers. He has been designated a “Maryland Super Lawyer,” and previously selected as one of the Top 100 in Maryland. He has received the prestigious and highest peer rating for legal ability and professional ethics, “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the oldest and most widely recognized lawyer rating directory in the legal profession. Mr. Smith has received this rating every year since 1988.
Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience and track record of successful Past Results has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:
- Maryland Super Lawyer
- Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers (2014)
- “10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
- “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars the highest client review possible.
- Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on a 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell).
- “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction,” American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
- The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
- “AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (every year since 1988).
- The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Awarded to fewer than 1% of U.S. Attorneys who have Obtained Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts, Awards, and Settlements).
These include the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition.
A permanent traumatic brain injury cannot be cured. However, there are treatments available for the injured person and family members to adapt. Individual psychotherapy can help the injured person deal with emotional and behavioral changes. In addition, neurorehabilitation programs teach skills to adapt. For example, Johns Hopkins has a Brain Injury Psychiatry Clinic that offers multidisciplinary treatment for victims of traumatic brain injury.
Our Columbia head injury accident attorney, Jonathan Scott Smith, takes great care in understanding the long-term implications of your current injury. Brain injury victims are usually in the hospital for extended periods of time. Once they return home, their care ― both in-home care and medical care ― may continue. For the average family, the expenses are too much to handle alone.
Our law firm negotiates with insurance companies to ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses. A brain injury victim may require future surgeries, CT scans, MRIs, therapy, special accommodations, in-home care, and a host of other expensive items.
Brain injuries range in severity from “mild” to traumatic. Our law firm knows that even a “mild” brain injury can place extreme limitations on your quality of life. You could suffer from memory loss, cognitive impairment, mood swings, hearing loss, and many other problems.
For people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, life for them and their families may never be the same. Our firm makes every effort to help you adjust to your new circumstances as much as possible.
Talk To Our Columbia Brain Injury Attorney Today
Attorney Smith is ready to talk to you about how a brain injury has affected your life. Schedule your free initial consultation by calling (410) 441-5054. Or, you can contact us online.
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