Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury – Maryland

It’s common for a person involved in a car accident to seem perfectly normal after thetraumatic brain injury accident but then to deteriorate. The person may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury at the time of the crash.

Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States. Most quickly recover, but 125,000 people suffer some type of permanent injury from the TBI.

Traumatic brain injuries are caused from a hard blow to the head. In a TBI injury, brain tissue is bruised. Bleeding can occur inside the brain. Brain lacerations or nerve damage may have occurred. Additionally, swelling can cause other types of damage.

Because of the hidden nature of the injuries, the accident victim most often thinks that everything is fine. Unfortunately, a TBI affects the way a person thinks, feels, and ultimately how he or she acts in the world. Symptoms may not be noticeable at first, but loved ones will often notice a change in a person’s behavior. In extreme cases of TBI stemming from a car crash or other blow to the head, a person can actually die from this type of injury.

Cognitive symptoms of TBI That Go Unrecognized

  • Memory problems
  • Problems concentrating
  • Deficits in language use and visual perception
  • Difficulty with abstract reasoning, problem solving, planning, organization, and processing information.

Behavioral Symptoms of TBI

A person’s behavior may change after suffering a TBI in a car crash. For example, a gentle person who never cursed may become increasingly aggressive and swear. Other TBI behavior signs include:

  • Impulsivity
  • Increased physical aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble controlling emotions
  • Shift in sexual functioning
  • Lack of inhibition

Neurological Symptoms of TBI

The motor, autonomic, and sensory brain function may be affected by a TBI. The onset types of problems can be weeks or even months after the initial car accident trauma. Conditions also include:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disorders
  • Movement disorders

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident because of someone else’s careless actions, you may have a right to seek compensation to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other types of damages. To schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Smith Personal Injury Firm, in Columbia, Maryland, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online.

Doctors Are Only Human: A Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Can Lead to Serious Injury or Death

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Doctors are great. They deserve even more credit than we give them for doing such a fantastic job day in and day out. However, doctors, like you and I, are only human, and as humans, they sometimes make mistakes. Unfortunately, when a doctor makes a misdiagnosis or fails to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, there can be grave consequences.

Because people are at the mercy of these medical professionals, hospitals and other medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical insurance, sometimes referred to as “medical malpractice insurance” or “medical negligence insurance” to cover medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose by doctors, surgeons, nurses or medical assistants. This insurance helps offset some of the costs associated with injury caused by a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition.

Common Types of Misdiagnosis or Failure to Properly Diagnose a Serious Medical Condition

  1. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of cancer – cancer is one of the leading causes of death in this country, and often times, many types of cancer can be successfully treated if they are caught in time. A misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to diagnose cancer can lead to serious injury or death. Common types of cancer include: melanoma (skin cancer), breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer and other types of cancer.
  2. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a heart condition – the failure to properly diagnose a serious heart condition or a misdiagnosis of a heart condition can be fatal. Common types of heart conditions include: heart attacks, blood clots, hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) or a stroke.
  3. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a brain injury or head injury – brain injuries and head injuries are serious and can lead to death if not properly or timely treated. Common types of head injury or brain injury include traumatic brain injury (TBI), closed head injury and aneurisms.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you, and your family, receive the maximum compensation for the injuries sustained.

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To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by a misdiagnosis or a failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis injuries.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) & Personal Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a forceful blow or jolt to the head and/or a penetrating head injury hinders normal brain function. Nearly 2 million Americans sustain serious head injuries annually, and these injuries break down as the following statistics show:

  • 1.5 million people suffer nonfatal injuries without hospitalization
  • 300,000 people suffer injuries requiring hospitalization
  • 99,000 people sustain injuries resulting in long-term disability
  • 56,000 people die of their injuries

The most frequently cited causes of TBI are:

  • Sports injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Occupational accidents
  • Assaults

Serious brain injuries can manifest symptoms as soon as a few hours after the accident and as long as days following the accident and may include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in extremities
  • Loss of coordination
  • Persistent headaches
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures

Personal injury lawsuit for TBI

Often TBI victims can obtain compensation for a brain injury through a personal injury lawsuit. Many factors determine the success of a brain injury lawsuit, including the cause and responsible parties. If your brain injuries resulted from product defects, you may have a case against the product manufacturer and/or designer. If your injury resulted from a motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice, you may have cause to file a claim with the offender’s insurance companies. An experienced personal injury attorney can review the facts of your case and help you determine if you have cause to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Equipment and home modification costs
  • Pain, suffering and emotional distress
  • Disability and disfigurement

If you or a loved one has sustained a serious brain injury, contact Jonathan Scott Smith online or call us at 410-740-0101 today to schedule a consultation.


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