Maryland Brain Injury Attorneys Help Victims Suffering From All Types of Brain Injuries
More than 150 years of combined experience get the results you need
As the center of our nervous system, the brain is the most complicated organ in the human body, and despite being well into the 21st century, medical science has yet to completely understand it. Needless to say, any injury involving the brain can have a profound impact on every aspect of a your life, and recovering from a brain injury can be both lengthy and, unfortunately, costly. At the law firm of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A., our goal is to help clients who have suffered all types of brain injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence secure the compensation needed to move forward with recovery. We offer compassionate yet tenacious representation to victims of brain injuries in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
What are the different types of brain injuries?
Most brain injuries fall into one of two categories.
- Open head injuries — These injuries occur when the head is subject to an impact that fractures the skull. This impact can be caused by objects, such as a bullet, baseball, or a hard surface, such as a sidewalk or a dashboard. The most serious types of open brain injuries are called penetrating injuries, in which the object actually gets through the skull and directly damages the brain.
- Closed head injuries — Caused by blunt force or impact that does not fracture or penetrate the skull. Often, the skull itself is not struck at all; instead, the brain is injured when the head is rapidly and violently thrust first in one direction and then in the opposite direction. These injuries can cause problems ranging from a mild swelling of the brain, to bruising, clotting and even bleeding within the brain. Swift diagnosis of a closed head injury is important because such swelling and bleeding within the skull can cause pressure to build and damage the brain even further.
Other brain injuries occurring under certain circumstances include:
- Anoxic brain injury — Caused by a complete lack of oxygen to the brain.
- Second impact syndrome — An individual suffers a second concussion before fully recovering from the first.
- Diffuse axonal injury — A large portion of the brain suffers severe and often permanent, debilitating damage.
Each of these types of injuries requires swift diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, further injury can occur at the hospital, either when a physician or health care professional misdiagnoses the injury, or as the direct result of medical malpractice, such as during surgery or childbirth.
How can a lawyer help me after a brain injury?
The effects of a serious brain injury can be debilitating and lifelong. Victims may suffer paralysis, sensory issues such as loss of hearing or vision, cognitive issues such as memory loss, or emotional and psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, or mood swings. A truly devastating injury can cause a coma, a permanent vegetative state, and even death.
We look carefully at the underlying circumstances of a brain injury, as well as at the medical records and findings, and determine the root cause. Whether the injury was the result of negligence of another person, such as a driver disregarding their duty to drive safely, a teacher failing to properly look after a child, or a doctor disregarding proper examination and diagnosis of an existing brain injury. Those individuals, in turn, can be held liable for damages caused by their negligence, and may be required to compensate an injured victim for:
- The medical expenses incurred by the injury, both past and future
- Income lost due to the injury, both past and future
- Rehabilitation-related expenses, ranging from retrofitting a home for disabled access to home health care assistance
- Property damage sustained in an accident
- Pain and suffering
Remember, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit following an injury. The sooner we begin gathering evidence related to your brain injury, the more time we have to prepare for litigation.
Our goal is to secure the compensation you need
At the law offices of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A., our Maryland brain injury attorneys have the skill and experience you need when facing a devastating brain injury. To find out more, we urge you to contact us now for a free initial consultation at (800) 229-7026, or contact us online. There is no fee unless we win, and if you cannot travel to one of our five metropolitan Washington D.C. area offices, we will travel to meet with you in your home or hospital.