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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an individual suffers from a forceful jolt or blow to their head or any type of penetration that subsequently leads to a disruption in the overall functionality of the individual’s brain. A TBI can be the result of an entire array of accidents and injuries, and the types and symptoms of TBIs can range dramatically depending on the overall extent of the brain damage.
Our team of attorneys is very experienced in supporting TBI victims and their families throughout the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Metro areas, and we’re always here for you and your loved ones when someone else’s negligence ended up being the primary cause of your brain injuries.
You, of course, can always reach out to us for a free consultation prior to any type of accident or injury, and on this page, we’re going to discuss some of the ways you can help your family and yourself in terms of preventing these types of catastrophic head injuries before they change you and your family’s life forever.
Preventing TBIs from occurring is something that we should all be concerned about as parents, simply because of how vulnerable our children’s brains are and how easily these types of injuries can occur. Falls tend to be one of the leading causes of TBIs among children, and these falls typically occur at home, on playgrounds and while playing sports.
In order to fully protect your children from falls, parents and caregivers should always consider the following preventative measures:
Falls are also one of the leading causes of TBIs and other serious injuries among adults over 65 years and older. Falls can have lasting consequences on an older individual’s mobility, mental health, and overall independence. The following prevention strategies are helpful when it comes to assisting older adults in reducing their risk of falling:
Car accidents have always been one of the leading causes of TBI hospitalizations, and the number one prevention method when it comes to motor vehicle safety is to always use a seatbelt! Front and side airbags that are now common in new cars are also very helpful in reducing the risks of incurring a TBI in a car accident.
Making sure that every passenger is buckled up before all your car rides is a crucial TBI prevention method, but there is still a lot more you can do beyond simply wearing a seatbelt.
Every parent knows the importance of utilizing a safety seat for their children, but many times parents fail to realize how long their child should be in these types of seats. But no matter what, your child’s safety seat should always properly fit your vehicle, be comfortable for the child, and always be used for every car ride.
The following tips will help you ensure your child’s safety in your vehicle:
Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in the United States back in 2016, which equates to a pedestrian death every hour and a half! Over a third of every hospitalized pedestrian sustains a TBI, which subsequently can lead to lifelong rehabilitation and endless medical bills. Children are most at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident because they are more likely to be playing near or in a street, and older adults above 65 are also at a high risk due to a variety of physical and mental limitations.
857 bicyclists were killed in crashes in the United States throughout 2018, and thousands more were left with serious injuries, according to the NHTSA. Head injuries are the leading cause of bicycle-related fatalities, and using a helmet during every ride is always going to be one of the most effective ways to reduce your risks of a TBI and other serious health issues.
Bicycle accidents are common throughout D.C. and other parts of Maryland and Virginia because many people bike to and from work, and simply enjoy cycling as an exercise. Everyone should always follow the rules of the road as both a driver and pedestrian and the following are some important precautionary tips to follow:
o Riding with traffic on the right side of the road
o Obeying all traffic signals and signs
o Utilizing the proper hand signals when stopping and turning
o Coming to a full stop at all crosswalks and intersections
o Look both ways, two times, before entering a street/intersection.
o Yield right-of-way to pedestrians, skateboarders, inline skaters, and other non-motorized scooters when it’s appropriate.
We all know how sports can be a great way to teach children discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. For adults, sports are always a great exercise to break out of your daily work routines. Team sports like football, hockey, soccer, baseball and much more are also, unfortunately, a risk for children when it comes to concussions and other head injuries.
Some of the ways that you can limit you and your child’s sports-related head injuries are to consider the following safety tips:
Traumatic brain injuries are always very serious medical issues that individuals and their families must endure for long periods of time, which is why you should always evaluate your legal options when it comes to assisting with the financial burdens associated with these types of debilitating injuries.
Our team of Silver Spring, Bowie, College Park, Landover, and Upper Marlboro Injury & Accident Attorneys are always available to help you when it comes to going over your legal options and deciphering the correct path towards receiving you or your loved one’s rightful compensation.
There are a variety of treatment options for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and medical professionals will always hone in on recovering a patient’s physical, emotional and cognitive capabilities after such serious brain injuries. Treatment types and the overall extent of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the patient’s injuries, and the specific location within the brain in which the injury affected.
Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys has decades of experience handling all sorts of personal injury cases, and TBI cases have continuously been a significant portion of our past results. We understand the financial and emotional magnitude that a traumatic brain injury can have on the patient and their loved ones, which is why we’re always here to assist you in terms of identifying your injury’s damages and obtaining your maximum rightful compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you’ll undoubtedly have a case for compensation to assist you throughout your medical treatment and overall rehabilitation process. On this page we’ll be discussing the many treatment options that are available to TBI victims that all patients and family members should be aware of, and as always feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation so we can go over the details of your injury and begin the initial steps towards obtaining your rightful compensation.
A mild TBI is sometimes referred to as a concussion, which could potentially only require rest as the primary treatment option. But, it’s always crucial for concussion patients to meticulously follow the instructions from their medical team for a complete resting period and a gradual return to physical activities after mild TBIs. If an athlete or any individual resume their normal activities too quickly after a concussion, the overall recovery process can ultimately take a lot longer than initially expected.
Even activities that aren’t physically demanding like working on a computer and simply concentrating hard can be tiresome for the brain after a concussion. Concussion victims must remain cognizant of their resting periods throughout each day of their recovery, and must also refrain from any drug or alcohol use that can slow rehabilitation times down dramatically.
Children and teenagers who sustained a sports-related concussion should only return back to the action when they’ve received permission from a medical professional that has experience in evaluating concussions. Any type of re-injury during the concussion recovery period can make the chances for long-term problems much higher.
There are many cases in which emergency care is necessary to stabilize a TBI patient after an accident and help promote their chances for survival. This type of medical care can include ambulance services ensuring that the patient’s brain is receiving an adequate amount of oxygen flow, controlling the patient’s blood pressure and helping to prevent any further injury to the neck or head.
Once a TBI patient has been successfully stabilized, they can then be admitted to other types of TBI care, which many times may include immediate surgery. Emergency surgery is many times necessary in order to reduce the accumulation of brain tissue damage, and some TBI surgeries include the following:
There are several different types of medications that are used to help alleviate TBI symptoms. These medications include, but are not limited to, the following:
There are countless TBI researchers around the world who continue to explore the best medication options to assist in the TBI recovery process. One example of this is the NICHD’s citicoline study. Citicoline is a drug that’s overall purpose is to protect the functionality of a patient’s neurological network, but the research for citicoline as a TBI medication is still ongoing as studies have shown mixed results on its overall effectiveness.
There are many different types of TBI therapies that help patients to relearn all sorts of life skills. The length of rehabilitation will primarily depend upon the severity of the TBI, but in the most severe cases rehabilitation can be an ongoing process that remains relevant for years or even decades.
TBI therapy will usually begin in a hospital, but it can continue to a variety of different settings like an outpatient clinical program, a skilled nursing facility, at school, or the patient’s home. TBI rehabilitation typically will require multiple medical specialists, the patient’s family, and an individual who manages the treatment team.
Some of the different types of TBI rehabilitation therapy include the following:
We are a team of Silver Spring, Bowie, College Park, Landover, and Upper Marlboro Injury & Accident Attorneys who have decades of experience when it comes to handling TBI personal injury cases and assisting families throughout the rehabilitation process.
We know how tough it is on TBI patients and their families to get their lives back on track after such debilitating brain injuries, and we’re here to help ensure that any and all negligent entities are held accountable for any injuries they may have caused you or your loved one.
The TBI treatment process is extensive and requires the assistance of both medical and legal experts in order to ensure that your family isn’t stuck with drastic, undeserving medical bills. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can go over the details of your injury to begin the initial steps towards legal action, and allow you and your family the peace of mind you need during such troubling treatment processes.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious caliber of head injury that typically is the subsequent result of a forceful or violent blow to an individual’s head. A TBI also is a typical injury with serious penetrating wounds like bullets, sharp debris, and shrapnel.
TBIs range in terms of severity, but the more serious cases can lead patients to enduring permanent complications, and even death. Because it is unfortunately very possible for literally anyone to suffer a traumatic brain injury, there are several risk factors that everyone should be well aware of.
Our team of personal injury attorneys has successfully handled countless head injury cases throughout Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., so you can rest assured that we are experts when it comes to this type of high stakes litigation. TBI cases tend to entail much more pressure on the accident victim than most personal injury cases because the damages are so vast, and sometimes permanent.
On this page we’re going to discuss some of the TBI risk factors that everyone should know, and by understanding these risk factors you’ll also be more prepared to recognize any symptoms and prevention methods to protect you and your loved ones from these devastating injuries.
So if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury of any caliber, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation so we can go over the details of your injury and decipher your best course for legal action.
With males representing about 79 percent of all TBI accidents, it’s a clear indication that men are simply much more likely to injure their heads than women are. The reasons for this drastic discrepancy between the sexes are relatively unclear, but risk-taking and general behavior more than likely plays a significant factor in why men more frequently are TBI patients.
Testosterone and the risky behavior associated with adolescent men should make it not too surprising why they are more likely to endure brain injuries as opposed to women.
There’s an unsubstantiated fearlessness within younger men that tends to be dangerous, and it’s prevalent within many of the common causes of TBIs.
Age tends to be a significant risk factor towards TBIs, and the following age groups have an above-average risk of enduring these types of serious brain injuries:
There are varying reasons why these age demographics have a higher likelihood of suffering a traumatic brain injury, but we do have some indications as to why these age groups suffer more TBIs than others.
Children under five have softer skulls and less coordination, so they’re more likely to fall. Young adults between 15 and 24 typically engage in riskier behavior, which can lead to more car accidents and other serious injuries. The elderly also are at a generally higher risk of falling due to weakened bones and disorientation, which increases their chances of potentially slamming their heads against something hard that can lead to a brain injury.
About 50% of all serious brain injuries have been associated with alcohol use, including by either the injured victim or the individual who caused the victim’s injury. Alcohol use is also one of the main reasons why young adults are typically at an increased risk of TBIs.
There’s no denying that alcohol use plays a major role in increasing the risks of motorcycle accidents and other roadway incidents, and this is primarily because alcohol is known to reduce an individual’s reaction times and overall thought processes.
Drinking and driving continue to be a widespread epidemic across the entire country, which is subsequently why alcohol use is such a serious TBI risk factor that all parents and vehicle owners should take seriously.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been all over the news in recent years in terms of its connection to football players both young and professional. CTE is a dementia-like degenerative disease that has serious physical and mental implications for those diagnosed with the condition.
It’s just now becoming evident that thousands of NFL players who had long-term careers may have suffered from CTE throughout the league’s history, but even if a football player doesn’t make it to the pros or even college ball they can still suffer thousands of hits to the head that can result in serious brain injuries.
But, it’s important to note that every contact sport increases the risk of traumatic brain injuries. A common example is in soccer in which opposing players frequently collide heads with one another at high speeds when going up for a 50/50 header opportunity.
Non-contact sports like golf and tennis typically do not carry this type of elevated risk for TBIs, but sports like ice hockey and basketball certainly are very dangerous when it comes to the overall prevalence of head and brain injuries.
TBI Risk factors are always certain associations with any increased likelihood of an individual suffering from a brain injury, and there are never any guarantees in terms of how you can go about your life reducing all chances of suffering these types of debilitating head injuries.
However, there are several common-sense precautions that you can take to reduce your chances of suffering a TBI, including the following:
Like we mentioned earlier, young adults are at a much higher risk of enduring traumatic brain injuries, so it’s important for parents to conscientiously talk to their children about the subsequent dangers of drug and alcohol use. Parents should also always monitor their children’s behavior and never excuse any type of risky activities as, “that’s what young people do.”
If you or a loved one suffers a blow to the head, then you should go see a medical professional as quickly as you can. Receiving prompt medical attention can make a huge difference when it comes to a TBI patient’s lingering problems and overall recovery time.
Some of the common symptoms to look for when it comes to concussions and traumatic brain injuries include:
Concussion symptoms tend to subside after about a week or two, but parents and patients should always pay close attention to see if their symptoms worsen. This could be a sign of a TBI and will ultimately require immediate hospitalization.
Anyone diagnosed with a concussion should always avoid any type of strenuous exercise or risky behavior that could potentially lead to a second concussion. It’s somewhat unknown throughout the neurological field, but it tends to be much more difficult to recover from a second concussion than an individual’s first.
Serious brain injuries like TBIs may require surgery and intensive rehabilitation, and this is especially the case if a patient’s ability to walk and talk has been impacted. Many TBI patients undergo physical and speech therapy to help regain full functionality, and mental health counseling is common to help TBI patients with the emotional toll that these injuries tend to create.
Traumatic brain injuries will undoubtedly cause lasting harm and health effects on victims, and some TBI victims are the result of accidents that were caused by other people’s recklessness. These TBI victims are capable of receiving financial compensation for their injuries and all the subsequent damages associated with their TBI.
At DuBoff & Associates, our team will be able to carefully assess your specific injury case and help you identify who’s at blame for your injuries and how much compensation is available to you. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can go over the details of your accident and begin the necessary initial steps towards your rightful compensation.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a major contributor to a large number of deaths and permanent disability cases across the country each and every year. TBIs are different than organic brain injuries that are a result of genetic conditions and diseases because TBIs are typically the result of some type of external force jolting or penetrating an individual’s head, and subsequently injuring the person’s brain.
According to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries have become a serious public health concern in the United States. The data-oriented around traumatic brain injuries is imperative in terms of helping medical and legal experts to understand the overall impact that this public health problem is posing upon our society.
The information on this page is a collection of data obtained via our team of expert personal injury attorneys from a variety of reputable agencies and organizations across the country. Some of these organizations include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, and the Center for Head Injury Services.
All of us at DuBoff & Associates understand the magnitude of TBIs on an accident victim and their families, and we’re here to help you obtain your rightful compensation to assist you throughout these long, arduous rehabilitation processes. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can go over the details of your brain injury and begin the initial steps towards your legal recourse.
If you’re undergoing rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you need to contact our team of personal injury attorneys. For over three decades, our team of legal experts has been devoted to supporting each and every one of our clients with the highest quality legal services.
Helping you recover from the inevitable setbacks associated with a traumatic brain injury is one of our most important goals, and we’re here for you through a free consultation to help you better understand your rights and establish your case so you can receive your maximum compensation.