Bowie, Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers




The Bowie brain injury lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Chevy Chase.
Bowie, traumatic brain injury lawyer, George Patterson has handled dozens of personal injury cases involving concussions.  Concussions otherwise known as Traumatic Brain Injuries ("TBI") are often caused in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Concussions may be caused by a direct impact, but also by sudden acceleration or deceleration. These are the forces that are seen in motor vehicle accidents. This article is not meant as a substitute for medical or legal advice for cases involving traumatic brain injuries. The article highlights information from a personal injury lawyer that has litigated head injury cases and cross-examined experts that treat and diagnose traumatic brain injuries. 

The Prince George's car accident lawyers have handled dozens of injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries or concussions.  A traumatic brain injury is often, but not always marked by a loss of consciousness. The victim of the concussion may have a complete loss of memory for a period of seconds before the accident and typically a longer complete loss of memory following the impact.  Proving a loss of consciousness is often difficult because the victim may not realize that he lost consciousness.  Lawyers for insurance companies will frequently point to the absence of a documented loss of consciousness as an indication that a traumatic brain injury did not occur.

Traumatic brain injuries are classified as being mild, moderate or severe. The classifications are made depending on the length of amnesia after the accident, the duration of the loss of consciousness and a Glasgow Coma Scale score (GCS). The Glasgow Coma Scale is used to assess the severity of a head injury often by first responders and then by personnel at the emergency room or shock trauma centers. The score runs from 3 to 15 based on verbal, motor and eye opening reactions to different types of stimuli. A normal GCS  does not equate to finding that the person is free from a concussion. In most car accident cases where a concussion is diagnosed the patient usually has a normal GCS.  Lawyers for the insurance companies will frequently point to a normal GCS as an indication that patient did not suffer a head injury.

Once a head injury is diagnosed or suspected the person is often given a CT scan to determine if there is bleeding or swelling in the brain from an injury. A normal CT scan does not equate with a finding that the person did not suffer a traumatic brain injury in the accident. Again, the lawyers for the insurance company will argue that a normal CT scan is an indication that the victim did not suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries or concussions produce a variety of symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms following an accident they should immediately be reported to your doctor:
  1. Tinnitus - Ringing in the ears.
  2. Headaches.
  3. Sensitivity to light.
  4. Sensitivity to sound.
  5. Vomiting.
  6. Nausea.
  7. Slurred speech.
  8. Loss of coordination.
  9. Difficulty finding words.
  10. Sleep problems.
  11. Depression.
  12. Lethargy.
  13. Difficulty concentrating.
  14. Dizziness.
  15. Confusion.
  16. Changes in mood like irritability.
  17. Difficulty with identifying, processing, understanding or describing emotions.
  18. Dilated pupils.
This is not an exhaustive list and most people with traumatic brain injuries will have only some of these complaints.  Concussions that do not fully resolve often leave accident victims with serious problems and difficulties that negatively impact their personal and professional lives.   Traumatic brain injury cases are vigorously contested by insurance companies because the victims of serious concussions often appear "normal" and fully functional to jurors as well as many insurance defense lawyers.  Brain injury lawyer, George Patterson has litigated traumatic brain injury cases involving very intelligent and successful people.  These people have tested above average in many intelligence tests after the concussion but have had extreme difficulties with complicated tasks that were critical to their careers.  Another difficulty that victims of concussions sometimes have is the ability to process emotional information that is critical to their personal relationships.  Testing is available that can identify these deficits that may be difficult for a casual acquaintance to detect.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or struck by a car please contact brain injury lawyer, George Patterson to arrange for a free consultation.   Traumatic brain injury lawyer George Patterson has received the client's choice brain injury designation from Avvo an attorney rating service.  The Prince George's County brain injury lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson and Herriott may be reached at 301-383-1525 or in the evening or on weekends at 240-893-7474.
The Bowie concussion and traumatic brain injury lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon HIll, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.
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