Help for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Maryland
Skilled Baltimore personal injury attorney help you protect your family
The human brain is still a mystery to scientists, which is one of the reasons brain trauma is difficult to treat: it is possible that a specific type of injury will affect two people differently. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when an object penetrates the skull and the brain, or when brain is injured by a forceful blow. Some injuries heal naturally or with the help of medical intervention; some can last a lifetime.
At Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A., we have seen firsthand how a long-lasting or permanent TBI can affect both the victim and his or her family. We have helped countless families in Baltimore, Columbia and throughout Maryland obtain the compensation they need in order to protect their families, care for their injured loved ones and secure their futures. Through thorough preparation and investigation, we document the evidence of TBIs that is needed to ensure your family’s wellbeing.
Traumatic brain injuries can happen at any time
Not every head injury will cause a TBI, but there is no set formula; thus, the amount of force it takes to cause a traumatic brain injury for you may differ from the amount it might take to cause one in your child, your spouse or your parent. These types of head injuries can happen for various reason, but the most common include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls from heights
- Sports-related impacts
- Spinal trauma
- Falling objects
- Work-related accidents
Hitting your head into the dashboard of a car after an accident, being a victim of an act of violence, helmet-on-helmet hits in a game: each of these can lead to a TBI with serious and long-lasting effects on your life and on the lives of people around you.
How we can help
The Baltimore traumatic brain injury attorneys of Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A. understand what you and your loved ones are facing day-to-day after a serious accident. We work with your doctors to document your injuries, handle the claims adjusters at your insurance company, and collaborate with accident reconstructionists when necessary to show the correlation between the accident and your injuries. A serious TBI might requires weeks, months or even years of medical treatment and rehabilitation, placing additional financial burdens on your family. We take an aggressive and proactive approach to your case, to ensure that no stone is left unturned. We focus on the fight so you can focus on protecting yourself and your family.
What are the myths about traumatic brain injuries?
Some myths include:
- You cannot have a TBI without loss of consciousness. A person does not need to lose consciousness to suffer a traumatic brain injury. As defined by the Mayo Clinic, a “traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.” Whether or not you stay conscious plays no part in diagnosing the injury itself.
- If there is no bleeding, you do not have to worry about having a TBI. Open head wounds, or penetrating head wounds, will cause a TBI will present with bleeding, but closed head wounds may not. Brain damage or swelling can occur even if you do not bleed.
- Mild TBIs are not that debilitating. The term “mild TBI” is a bit misleading, because all TBIs are serious. As Ms. Holtz puts it, “TBIs, including mild TBIs, can have subtle, but long-lasting and pervasive consequences for neurological and psychological functioning. This means that a TBI can have cognitive and social consequences, ranging in severity. Some effects of the TBI can be coped with easier than others, which may continue to have a very real impact on the individual’s life for a long time.”
- Recovery from TBI is a straightforward, quick process. As with any injury, the rate at which a person heals is not clearly defined. Medical science discovers something new about the brain every day, it seems, so it may be impossible to quantify just how long it will take to heal. Furthermore, how quickly a person seeks and receives treatment could play a part in how long it takes for a person to recover, though in some catastrophic cases a person may never recover.
- Individuals with TBI can no longer work, or would at least require lots of expensive accommodations. This may or may not be true. Again, it depends on the patient and the severity of his or her wounds, as well as the ability of the doctors to quickly and correctly treat the injury. Some people who have suffered TBIs recover and go on to live long and productive working lives; others are rendered unable to work, either temporarily or permanently.
A traumatic brain injury can have short-term, long-term or permanent effects on the person who is hurt. It can and almost certainly will affect the people in the victim’s life as well. Seeking treatment quickly could be your best shot at a full recovery after you have been hurt through an act of medical negligence, in a devastating accident or in the service of our country.
Maryland’s trusted source for families dealing with traumatic brain injuries
After a serious accident leads to a TBI, it is easy to become anxious and overwhelmed. Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A. can ensure that you are never alone. We are by your side and on your side at every step. To make an appointment with a compassionate and experienced TBI lawyer serving Baltimore and beyond, please fill out our contact form or call 410-730-7737. We promise to fight for you.