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.

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Legal Assistance when Medical Professionals Leave Sponge in Body or Fail to Remove Surgical ToolsSponge left in Patient

Medical malpractice can occur when health care providers violate standards of care when providing treatment and when that violation leads an injury or injuries. Medical malpractice can be especially dangerous during complicated medical procedures such as surgery. That’s why you need a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer on your side.

Instrument or Sponge Left in Body after Surgery

One well-known and potentially serious and even fatal instance of surgical malpractice is the failure to remove a sponge or other surgical instrument during surgery. The failure to remove surgical instruments can lead to years of discomfort, the need for otherwise unnecessary surgery, further injuries and even death.

If you have questions regarding your legal rights following a surgical error, contact Maryland medical malpractice lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith. Attorney Smith has over 30 years of experience fighting for injured clients. His track record in handling medical malpractice cases includes numerous six-figure recoveries. For more information, contact our firm by calling 410-740-0101.

What You Need to Know about Maryland’s Medical Negligence and Surgical Error Laws

Medical issues resulting from the failure to remove surgical instruments can manifest quickly or can take years. Statutes of limitation, which limit the time for filing a medical malpractice claim, can expire. It is therefore important to obtain legal assistance as quickly as possible once you suspect medical malpractice has occurred.

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Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Mr. Smith is a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer who uses over 30 years of successful experience in handling personal injury claims when investigating your case, working to prove negligence, demonstrating injuries and pursuing compensation. As one recent client stated, attorney Smith “thoroughly prepared and presented [our] case… and achieved a fair settlement”. Call 410-740-0101 to or contact us online regarding medical malpractice in Maryland.

What Is Hospital and Medical Facility Negligence?

Maryland Hospital Negligence and Howard County Medical Facility Neglect

Hospitals are not human; however, they can still be liable for the negligence of theirHospital Negligence employees. There are many different causes of hospital negligence or hospital malpractice, for which hospitals and medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical malpractice insurance. While no amount of money can fully compensate you for any loss or serious injury, obtaining the compensation you deserve can help you and your family offset the high medical expenses and other expenses associated with your loss or injury.

Most hospital employees and medical staff have above average education and are excellent caregivers. However, as human beings, like you and I, they do make mistakes. If their mistakes cause injury or exacerbate an existing injury, you may be entitled to fair and just compensation.

Everyone knows doctors can commit medical malpractice; however, they are not the only ones who can negligently injury you or cause the death of a loved one.

Common Hospital Employee Negligence

  1. Doctors, surgeons and other physicians – Medical doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists, and other physicians can cause injury or death through their negligence, including the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition, failure to timely treat a serious medical condition, operating on the wrong body part or botching a surgery, and mistakes during child birth are just a few examples of doctors and surgeons committing medical malpractice that can have dire consequences.
  2. Surgical assistants and nurses – Nurses and surgical assistants can also be negligent in administering your care, dispensing medication and in monitoring your medical condition. Negligence in any of these areas could cause injury, worsen an existing injury, or cause death.
  3. Orderlies and nurse’s assistants – Orderlies and nursing assistants can also cause injury or death through their negligence, including mistakes when moving or transporting you to another room or facility, failing to properly feed you (including giving you food to which you are allergic), and failing to properly change your clothes or linens, all of which can lead to sores or infections.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a hospital staff or doctor’s negligence, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney and medical malpractice lawyer to ensure you, and your family, receive the compensation you deserve.

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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 medical malpractice or hospital negligence. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including hospital negligence.

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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