Maine Brain Injury Lawyer

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It is estimated that more than 50,000 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in America each year, and according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 5.3 million live with the conditions resulting from TBI. These people may have neuropsychological impairments which result in disabilities which in turn will affect their work life, family life, and social activity. While conditions and factors such as viral infections, drug use, and medical malpractice can result in TBI, accidents including motor vehicle accidents and sports accidents are the greatest cause of traumatic brain injury in the state of Maine.

There are two major types of brain injury, acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury. Acquired brain injury occurs when something disrupts or stops the flow of oxygen or blood to the brain strokes or heart attacks, asphyxiation, near-drowning accidents, choking, infection and toxic exposure can all cause acquired brain injury. Traumatic brain injury, in contrast, occurs as soon as the head hits or is hit by a hard surface or object. Traumatic brain injury can be caused by everything from a fracture to penetration of the skull. In some cases, traumatic brain injury is not detected until well after the accident or impact occurs. In these cases, swelling and bleeding into and around the brain may have already taken place.

Brain injuries are typically classified as mild, moderate, or severe, and the effects of brain injuries can be short-term, lifelong, or even fatal. Some of the symptoms and effects of brain injuries include difficulty concentrating, impairment of motor function, impairment of cognitive function, double vision, fatigue, headache, balance problems, disorientation, communication and language problems, increased anxiety, restlessness or moodiness, and seizures.

The costs of a traumatic brain injury can be very high, with a lifetime cost for one person surviving from a severe traumatic brain injury reaching $4 million, and the direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injuries estimated at $48.3 billion annually in the United States.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that results in brain injury, you should hire a Maine brain injury lawyer or attorney to help you recover damages. While no amount of money can reverse the damage done by a traumatic brain injury, it can certainly help cover current and future medical expenses resulting from the accident. You may even be able to recover monies for pain and suffering.

Contact a brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident, since there are statutes of limitations which may apply to your case. Representing a brain injury case may be vastly different, and more complex, than representing other types of legal cases, even medical cases. After all, a brain injury directly impacts a person's life, is extremely traumatic for the suffering individual and his or her family, and may have serious long-term consequences. That's why you need an attorney who is not only knowledgeable about personal injury law, but who also has specific experience in litigating cases involving brain injury. To find such a lawyer, visit the website of the American Bar Association or the Maine Bar Association.

A qualified, compassionate attorney can alleviate a lot of the stress that is associated with not only a brain injury, but also its aftermath and the legal proceedings that ensue. The help of an experienced brain injury lawyer can help you focus on recovering from your injury, while still pursuing the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.


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