Traumatic brain injuries are common in maritime accidents, motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall incidents, and accidents on property. There are two primary causes of brain damage: a blow to the head or loss of oxygen to the brain for an extended period of time. Water sports accidents, as well as accidents on land or aboard commercial or passenger boats, can lead to both types of brain damage.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is a maritime and personal injury law firm that represents consumers, motorists, seamen and participants in water sports who suffer injury. If you or someone you love has sustained head trauma and is showing signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is important to take prompt legal action to obtain monetary damages for the losses incurred.
We know how to help brain injury victims make a claim under maritime laws or under state tort laws to get the financial compensation they need to get effective medical treatment and move towards recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Cause Serious Health Concerns
Traumatic brain injury can cause many symptoms including:
- Cognitive impairment
- Impaired memory
- Mood swings and changes in personality
- Impaired judgment
- Blindness or deafness
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of consciousness
A concussion is the most minor type of brain injury and the most common, but even a concussion can have lingering effects. Studies have shown people still have a change in brain matter several months after a concussion. Repeated concussions can also increase the risk of dementia and other serious mental conditions later in life.
More serious brain injuries can make it impossible for you to work, perform routine activities of daily living or care for yourself. Round-the-clock medical assistance may become necessary or you may require costly rehabilitation. Family members will also be deprived of the companionship of a person who has sustained a serious brain injury and is no longer able to effectively communicate or maintain relationships.
Who is Responsible for Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, acts of violence and fall injuries are among the top causes of traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are also common when an individual experiences a parasailing or jet skiing accident and hits his or her head on the water hard. An individual who is injured aboard a boat or by falling off a boat may also sustain head trauma either due to loss of oxygen or from the impact of the head hitting the water or boat deck. A person may also sustain a traumatic brain injury even from closed head wounds when the brain bumps hard into the skull and brain matter is damaged.
Identifying the cause of the traumatic brain injury and linking it to the accident is critical to a successful recovery. Those who are responsible for causing the brain injury can be held accountable for all losses and required to provide compensation for economic and non-financial damages. State laws or maritime laws may apply to make recovery possible.
By identifying and working with experts in diverse fields from engineering to medical care to neuropsychology, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman attorneys have developed highly effective methods for handling brain injury cases, as well as other types of cases related to catastrophic personal injuries . With our credentials and reputation for successfully handling various types of incidents, especially maritime accidents, you can benefit from our skill and knowledge in this complex yet sensitive area of law whether the incident happened on land or at sea.
Contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help after a traumatic brain injury has occurred or call us at 877-233-1238.