Traumatic Brain Injuries

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.

Brain Injuries Require Serious Attention

Brain injuries are very serious and treatment options are minimal, as most often it is impossible to reverse brain damage. In the United States, TBI is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 45, with a traumatic brain injury taking place every 15 seconds. Leading causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents, acts of violence, falls, sports and recreational injuries, lightning strikes, electric shocks, and blows to the head. In cases like whiplash and shaken babies, for example, traumatic brain injuries can occur without any outward physical evidence of injury or trauma.

Concussions, often considered a mild blow to the head, can also have a major if not life-threatening impact. Actress Natasha Richardson fell on a beginner’s slope during a ski lesson in early 2009. Although she got up from the fall and “felt fine”, within hours complications developed and she was pronounced brain dead. Medical attention for any type of head injury is always recommended.

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
  • Seizures
  • 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.

Medical Resources & Traumatic Brain Injury Information

Books:

Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide by Dr. Glen Johnson explains head injuries in clear, easy to understand language through a series of Word document “chapters” that you can open, read, and print off from the website. [Currently, you cannot download the complete book as a single file.]

Small enough to read from cover to cover but with enough information to serve as a comprehensive reference on all aspects of traumatic brain injury, this book is unique in the field. Traumatic Brain Injuries includes full sections on topics ranging from initial evaluation and acute care to rehabilitation, prognosis, and chronic issues related to specific types of brain injury. It also closely examines severe, mild and moderate, and penetrating brain injuries, with treatment recommendations throughout. Focusing on the more commonly seen conditions to increase its practicality, the book is written by clinicians who work with these patients on a daily basis.

General Information:

Traumatic Brain Injury information has been compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This website includes a comprehensive list of neurological disorders and a variety of resources for dealing with traumatic brain injuries, including symptoms and treatment, research and rehabilitation.

You’ll find a comprehensive definition and overview of traumatic brain injuries from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. For more detailed information follow these links:

Brain Injury Association USA provides updates on policy and research, as well as the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. It also offers an array of books, CDs, and DVDs on coping with Traumatic Brain Injury.

The Brain Injury Library & Resource Center provides information on various types of brain injuries, support groups, and related resources. Services & resources on this site reflect the best practices in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury.

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.