Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the country in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the organization, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury every 9 seconds, and at least 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a traumatic brain injury-related disability.
Brain Injury Basics
Acquired brain injuries are those that are not congenital, hereditary, degenerative, or the result of birth trauma—in other words, they are brain injuries that are the result of some event that occurs during your lifetime. Traumatic brain injuries are a type of acquired brain injury that occurs caused by trauma to the brain as a result of an external force.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
Some common causes of brain injuries include the following:
- Near drowning events
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Electric shocks
- Oxygen deprivation
- Lightning strikes
Brain Injuries Can Result in Significant Economic and Non-Economic Losses
Brain injuries can have a profound impact on victims’ lives. In many cases, the impact of a brain injury can result in substantial losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- The costs of ongoing rehabilitative and medical care
- Nursing home expenses
In many cases, these expenses can be ongoing for years or even the rest of brain injury victims’ lives. When this occurs, the losses victims incur can rise well into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. As a result, it’s critical for anyone that has sustained a brain injury to protect their rights by retaining an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Brain Injury Victims May Be Able to Recover Compensation Under Maryland Law
Fortunately, many brain injury victims are entitled to compensation for all of their accident-related losses. Under Maryland law, if someone else’s negligence injures you, you can typically hold that person liable for your damages. Some examples of negligence that can lead to a brain injury include the following:
- Violating traffic laws
- Failing to maintain a commercial property adequately
- Medical malpractice
- Defective playground design
- Defective product design or manufacture
The best way to determine whether someone else’s negligence caused your brain injury is to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. Additionally, you should speak to an attorney sooner rather than later, as waiting to start your claim can result in the loss or destruction of evidence that is critical to the success of your case.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Personal Injury Attorney in Maryland
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury or any other type of injury in a preventable accident, it’s in your best interest to speak with an experienced attorney right away. At Alpert Schreyer, we will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and let you know whether we believe you have a claim. To schedule your free case evaluation with a Maryland injury lawyer, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.