Traumatic brain injuries are devastating, not only for the victim but for his or her family and loved ones as well. In many cases, the loved ones of a brain injury victim must alter their lives to care for the victim—taking time off work to ensure that he/she receives proper medical care, drive him/her to medical and physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy appointments, and take care of all the things the victim is no longer able to handle on his or her own. The last thing you should be worrying about on top of all this is how you will pay for medical treatment. However, the cost of care for traumatic brain injuries can be exorbitant, often reaching millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
If you or your loved one suffered a serious brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, you are entitled to take legal action to secure compensation from the liable party/parties. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner can help you navigate the legal process. We have more than 300 years of experience and have secured more than $250 million on behalf of our clients. We understand what it takes to win catastrophic injury cases, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you and your family. We have offices located in Virginia Beach and Richmond.
Building a TBI Case
One of the largest obstacles in brain injury cases lies in the fact that many brain injuries are not visible or immediately apparent. In order to convince a judge and jury of the extent and severity of a brain injury, a traumatic brain injury lawyer must provide an extensively prepared case backed by months of research and evidence-gathering. Fortunately for our clients, that is the type of representation Breit Cantor excels at.
Our firm has handled hundreds of traumatic brain injury cases, making us among the leading brain injury lawyers in Virginia. We have secured record-setting verdicts and settlements because we utilize medical experts, full-time investigators, and a broad network of professionals to develop your case. We even test complex cases in focus groups, helping to identify the most effective issues that will help you get the compensation and support you need. As a result, our clients are taken care of for the rest of our lives.
The Breit Cantor approach to case investigation—leaving no stone unturned—has earned us a reputation for effective and tireless representation. It’s why our peers have included us in Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® lists for 10 years running, and why our opponents know to offer us sizable settlements. They know if we believe a settlement is too low for your needs, we will go to court without hesitation.
Types of Brain Injuries
Not all head injuries are debilitating, but all head injuries are serious. Even a seemingly minor head injury can result in brain damage. It is important that you always seek prompt medical treatment if you suffer any type of head or brain injury.
The major types of brain injuries include:
- Concussion: Caused by a head impact that occurs as a result of sudden acceleration and/or deceleration, concussions typically lead to temporary loss of function. Symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision, headache, and nausea. Repeated concussions over time can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Hematoma: When a hematoma, or blood clot, occurs in the brain, it can result in a buildup of pressure. This can, in turn, lead to permanent brain damage. Symptoms typically include loss of consciousness.
- Edema: Edema refers to swelling that occurs at or near the site of a head or brain injury. Because the skull cannot expand to accommodate swelling, edema can lead to pressure buildup in the brain, which may result in serious brain damage.
- Hemorrhage: A hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding. When this occurs in the brain, whether as a result of external or internal head trauma, it can lead to irreversible brain damage. Symptoms often include nausea, vomiting, and severe headaches.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: Diffuse axonal injuries (DAIs) are relatively common and extremely serious. DAIs often occur as a result of sudden acceleration/deceleration, which can cause abnormal tissue damage in the brain. DAIs often result in coma.
- Skull Fracture: A skull fracture occurs when external objects penetrate the skull or severe impact causes the skull to break or crack. Because the skull is not able to absorb this impact, skull fractures often result in severe brain injury.
There are many other types of brain injuries, ranging in degrees of severity. In almost every instance, head and brain injuries require immediate medical attention, as well as extensive, ongoing treatment. In many cases, victims of traumatic brain injuries will require lifelong care.
Causes of Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injuries
In pursuing compensation for brain injury cases, it is vital to determine what the cause of the injury was. This can be a difficult and complex process without the help of our experienced Virginia brain injury lawyers.
These types of injuries can be caused by the following:
- Near-drowning experiences
- Loss of blood
- Carbon monoxide exposure
- Medical malpractice
Fortunately, at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, our team of brain injury attorneys frequently works with a network of professionals who help us investigate each and every case. Our case preparation philosophy is “leave no stone unturned.” We can build a case that is tailor-fit to your needs and circumstances and capable of securing your future.
Ischemic Brain Injuries
Ischemia refers to the condition in which the brain is injured by insufficient blood flow. The insufficient blood flow to the brain can lead to hypoxic or anoxic brain injuries, in which the brain doesn’t have enough oxygen to function correctly. Ischemia may affect a specific region of the brain or the whole brain.
Symptoms of ischemic brain injury may include the following:
- Impaired vision
- Impaired motor skills
- Impaired speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of sight
- Weakness and physical fatigue
- Difficulty with coordination
Causes of ischemic brain injury can range from congenital heart defects to sickle cell anemia. In some cases, especially during childbirth, medical malpractice can result in ischemic brain injury. If you or a loved one are suffering from an ischemic brain injury, talk to a lawyer from Breit Cantor. Our skilled team of Virginia brain injury lawyers can investigate your case.
Anoxic & Hypoxic Brain Injuries
Oftentimes, brain injuries result from a lack of oxygen. If the brain is without oxygen for more than four minutes, brain cells begin to die. Anoxia occurs when the brain is totally deprived of oxygen, whereas hypoxia occurs when the brain experiences an inadequate amount of oxygen.
Take a look at symptoms of anoxic & hypoxic brain injuries:
- Lack of coordination
- Lack of communicative skills
- Loss of consciousness
- Visual disturbances
If the brain has been deprived of oxygen for an extensive period of time, even more severe consequences can follow. Some victims of hypoxic or anoxic brain injury may be sent into a vegetative or minimally responsive state or even die because of the extent of their injury.
How Our Firm Can Help
Whether you experienced a concussion as a result of a slip and fall accident or your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car or motorcycle accident, it is important that you speak to an experienced Virginia brain injury attorney about your legal options. If someone else’s negligence led to the accident that caused the injury, you shouldn’t have to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences on your own.
We can help you work to hold the liable parties responsible for your damages. We are committed to helping you secure the maximum settlement you are owed. If the liable insurance company refuses to pay you a fair settlement, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Contact us online or by phone at (888) 635-9500 today to learn more about how we can help you with your case.