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Giving a Voice to the Injured

Alexandria Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

Dedicated Representation for Brain Injury Victims in Virginia

Are you coping with the life-altering impacts of a traumatic brain injury? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other forms of damages. With the help of a strong-minded and experienced Alexandria brain injury lawyer, you can focus on healing and getting better while we take care of the legalities for you

Brain injuries are among the most physically and financially devastating injuries we see at The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, and we understand the severity of both the short and long-term consequences associated with them. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another person’s negligence, you don't have to face this stressful situation alone.

Call us at (571) 290-2390 to arrange a free consultation with our experienced and compassionate staff.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force injures the brain. It can result from a blow, bump, jolt to the head, or a penetrating injury (such as a gunshot wound). TBIs can lead to a range of physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral impairments, depending on the severity and location of the injury.

Common types of TBI include:

  • Concussion: A concussion is a mild TBI caused by a blow to the head or a sudden jolt that makes the brain move quickly within the skull. Symptoms often include headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and sometimes brief loss of consciousness.
  • Contusion: A contusion is a bruise on the brain tissue resulting from a direct impact to the head. Depending on its severity and location, it can cause cognitive and motor deficits, seizures, and changes in behavior or consciousness.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): DAI involves widespread damage to the brain's white matter tracts due to shearing forces, common in high-velocity impacts like car accidents. Severe cases can lead to prolonged unconsciousness or coma, while milder cases may result in headaches, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties.
  • Hematoma: A hematoma is a collection of blood outside blood vessels in or around the brain, occurring as epidural, subdural, or intracerebral. Symptoms vary by location and size, potentially causing headache, vomiting, altered consciousness, and neurological deficits.
  • Penetrating Injury: A penetrating injury happens when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. This can result in loss of function in specific body parts, seizures, and cognitive or sensory deficits, depending on the affected brain area.
  • Second Impact Syndrome: This condition arises when a person experiences a second TBI before fully recovering from an initial one, leading to rapid and severe brain swelling. It can cause catastrophic damage, resulting in severe brain injury, long-term disabilities, or death.
  • Coup-Contrecoup Injury: A coup-contrecoup injury occurs when the brain is injured at the site of impact and on the opposite side as it rebounds within the skull. This can lead to a wide range of impairments based on the affected brain areas, as both primary and secondary impacts cause damage.

Common Causes of TBI

TBIs can result from various events, with some causes being more prevalent than others. Here are the common causes of TBIs:

  • Falls: Falls are the leading cause of TBI, particularly in young children and older adults. They can occur from falling out of beds, down stairs, off ladders, or slipping in the bathroom.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are a significant cause of TBI across all age groups. These injuries can result from car, motorcycle, and bicycle collisions, as well as incidents involving pedestrians struck by vehicles.
  • Sports Injuries: Sports injuries frequently cause TBI, especially in contact sports and activities prone to falls or collisions. Examples include injuries sustained in football, soccer, boxing, hockey, and horseback riding.
  • Violence: Violence, including assaults and domestic abuse, is a common cause of TBI. Injuries may result from being struck by an object, blunt force trauma, or penetrating wounds from firearms.
  • Explosive Blasts and Combat Injuries: Military personnel are at high risk for TBI due to explosive blasts and combat-related incidents. Injuries can be caused by blast waves, shrapnel, and falls during combat.
  • Struck by or Against Objects: Being struck by or colliding with objects is another common cause of TBI. This includes accidents such as being hit by falling debris, running into hard surfaces, or workplace incidents involving machinery.
  • Child Abuse: Child abuse, including shaken baby syndrome, can lead to severe TBI. These injuries result from violent shaking, hitting, or throwing of a child.

Lifelong Consequences of Brain Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a brain injury can have a long-term impact on a victim's life, whether the injury was sustained in an auto, trucking, or other type of accident.

Brain injuries can cause long-term or permanent impairment to:

  • Memory
  • Ability to communicate
  • Ability to taste and smell
  • Emotional health
  • Reasoning
  • Tactile sensations

Brain injury victims may also be at increased risk for brain-related conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke.

How Will I Pay for Treatment?

To fully recover from a traumatic brain injury, you need the best treatment possible. Treatments may include highly specialized medical procedures, prescription medications, and a host of therapeutic options. These treatments may help a victim live a more fulfilling and comfortable post-injury life, however, they can be incredibly expensive.

When you retain The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we can help you build a lawsuit that takes all of your accident-related expenses into account, including:

  • Long-term care
  • Lost wages and work benefits
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Our Alexandria brain injury attorneys strive to do everything possible to help victims and their families move on with their lives after an accident, whether that means negotiating a fair settlement or taking the case to trial in pursuit of a just outcome. While nothing can undo an accident which never should have happened, we want to help ensure that our clients have everything they need for their recovery and continued care.

Get Started on Your Case Right Away!

Virginia injury laws allow injured victims only two years to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. We can help you file a compensation-seeking claim before that statute of limitation expires. Our law firm takes a comprehensive view of your case in order to pursue compensation that adequately addresses the full impact of your injury.

Case reviews are free, so do not hesitate to call (571) 290-2390 as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and legal options. We speak Spanish!

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Why Choose The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC?

  • Over 75 Years of Combined Legal Experience
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