Helping People With Brain Injuries Recover The Resources They Need
At Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, our attorneys handle many complex cases involving brain injuries. We are committed to answering all of your legal questions and helping you through the medical and insurance details. With that assurance and peace of mind, you can easily refocus your energies on your recovery and loved ones. We have helped Delaware residents for decades.
Here are some need-to-know basics about brain injuries that our clients find helpful:
Traumatic And Acquired Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury, commonly abbreviated as TBI, is caused by an “external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness,” according to the Brain Injury Association of Delaware. This type of trauma is an acquired brain injury, or ABI, which means it is not hereditary, present at birth, or degenerative.
An ABI can be caused by many events, such as a TBI, intracranial surgery and seizure disorders. Additional causes can be an anoxic/hypoxic injury, which includes heart attacks and carbon monoxide poisoning. Toxic exposure, such as substance abuse, and ingestion or inhalation of volatile agents, is a further possible cause of an ABI.
Brain Injuries Caused By Defective Medical Products
A device commonly used in brain surgeries, known as the NeuroBlate System, may be causing people to sustain catastrophic injuries. The NeuroBlate System uses lasers to perform various surgical procedures. Unfortunately, there have been documented cases of the NeuroBlate breaking during surgery. As a result, the tip of the NeuroBlate has become lodged in the brain, releasing carbon monoxide into the brain.
A number of symptoms can occur following a TBI. Some include paralysis, inability to focus on a task, changes in personality, vision problems, memory loss, difficulties with reading and writing, dizziness and slurred speech.
Traumatic Brain Injuries In Delaware
According to the Delaware Trauma System Registry, motor vehicle crashes, falls, and assaults comprise 87% of all TBIs. Men were also twice as likely to be hospitalized with a TBI as women. High-profile sports injuries and accidents have led to a greater public awareness of TBI incidents and dangers, and TBI-related hospital admissions have increased.
Whatever the cause, a brain injury affects not only the injured person but also those around him or her, especially family and friends. Moreover, the financial repercussions from such an injury can be extensive, including loss of wages and an inability to work.
Contact Our Law Firm To Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you or someone you know has sustained a brain injury due to the negligent actions of another, contact our law firm to set up your free initial consultation. Call 302-298-0370 or fill out our online contact form. We maintain an office in Wilmington.