Child Brain Injury Lawyer in Washington D.C.
Over two million people each year are diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries contribute to the deaths of over 50,000 people annually, which is approximately 30% of all deaths by injury. As lawyers and attorneys with medical backgrounds, we understand traumatic brain injuries and how they can affect both the injured person and loved ones.
TBI is usually the result of a direct blow to the head from, for example, work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, accidents in the home, assaults and falls. TBI can be classified as either penetrating injuries, in which an object actually breaks the skull and enters the brain, or closed head injuries, where there is no skull penetration. The brain damage from a closed head injury arises from the jarring of the brain against the skull, which results in tearing the internal lining, nerves, and blood vessels of the brain, causing bleeding, bruising, or swelling. After the primary brain damage, cellular, chemical, tissue or blood vessel changes evolving in the hours and days after the initial insult may cause secondary brain damage further destroying brain tissue.
As medical malpractice attorneys in Washington D.C. and Iowa, we want our clients to know that some of the effects of brain injuries include impaired thinking, memory loss, difficultly controlling movement, compromised vision or hearing, or personality changes and depression. While these might not appear serious at first, the brain damage can last from a few days to throughout a person’s entire lifetime and can range in severity from a nuisance to total disability. Obviously, brain injuries affect not only the individual but also his or her family, employer and friends.
As child brain injury lawyers, we are alarmed by data that the rate of emergency visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI rose 57% among children (age 19 or younger) during the years 2001-2009. In fact, in 2009 alone an estimated 248,418 children were treated for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI.
If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, you want lawyers and attorneys medically trained in understanding brain anatomy and injuries. You want the doctor-lawyers of Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC. Moreover, if your child has suffered a brain injury, you especially want a child brain injury lawyer. As birth injury attorneys in Iowa and Washington D.C., we also know that there are many complications that can arise due to negligence in managing the delivery of a child. Contact us now for a consultation if you believe you have a case.