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Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Serving Maryland, Virginia And DC

Have you been the victim of a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI in Maryland or Virginia?

OUR MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA BRAIN INJURY LAWYERS CAN HELP

Our team of lawyers is standing by ready to answer your questions and help you take action, make confident decisions and get the assistance and compensation you deserve.  If you have suffered a serious injury to head, brain or spinal cord, and would like to speak with an attorney, call us today for a free consultation.

About Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI

One of the most common and pervasive forms of injury to the head is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether your strike your head while playing a sport or slip and fall on milk at the grocery store, a TBI can quickly form inside your skull. The nature of the injury combined with the severity of the side effects is what makes a TBI so serious. A TBI is created when the head is hit with such a force that the brain hits against the inner layer of its covering. As we age our bodies recover less quickly and our brains are less able to physically handle trauma. As TBIs are so common, it is important to recognize them, seek treatment when necessary, and understand the severity of injury a TBI can create.

Are you or a relative suffering with physical pain or other neurological problems caused by a serious injury to your head, brain or spinal cord?

Are you currently asking yourself questions like:

  • Is there a difference between a normal injury lawyer and a brain injury lawyer?
  • Where should I go for sound medical advice about my head injury?
  • What do I say to my insurance company?
  • Should I give a recorded statement?
  • What if I lose my job because I am injured and can’t work?
  • Who is going to take care of my family if I can’t work?
  • How do I know if I’ve suffered a serious brain injury or just a mild concussion?
  • What kind of compensation am I entitled to after suffering a severe head injury that wasn’t my fault?

SYMPTOMS OF TBI

Accident victims who have suffered from traumatic injuries to their brains usually have their lives irrevocably altered and any number of serious and debilitating side effects can result. Victims may be unable to hold down a job, provide for a family, and in many cases, be unable to care for themselves. Additionally, victims of closed head injuries and other types of brain damage, can suffer from other less obvious side effects including but not limited to:

  • Loss of memory
  • Blurred vision
  • Hormonal disturbances
  • Increases in anger or other emotional instabilities
  • Depression and anxiety

WHY YOU MAY NEED A LAWYER IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED A SERIOUS HEAD OR BRAIN INJURY

Traumatic brain injuries are complicated, expensive and life altering. Rehabilitation can take years in some cases. The big insurance companies know this and they can afford to hire aggressive and experienced defense attorneys to defend these claims. If you aren’t similarly equipped, you may already be at a disadvantage.

TBI CLAIMS CAN BE EXPENSIVE TO PROSECUTE

TBI claims can be some of the most expensive claims for the insurance companies to pay because victims of TBI often require lifetime care plans or extensive future medical care. As a result, insurance companies sometimes do everything in their power to minimize their own losses. They will often spend large amounts of money to hire medical experts and other liability experts to draw a moat between your claim for injuries and their pocketbook.

CAUSATION OF A TBI CAN BE DIFFICULT TO PROVE

In many cases, establishing a link between an injury to one’s head and a more subjective symptom can be difficult. Take loss of memory for example. We frequently deal with insurance companies who take the position that the TBI victim is faking the emotional or physical symptoms or otherwise exaggerating symptoms. Some injuries cannot be seen on an x-ray or an MRI imaging study. Some injuries require more complex neuro-psychological evaluations to determine whether there has been a loss of brain function.

This can be difficult for a layperson/claimant to prove. Especially when they are trying to make their case to a well-funded and financially motivated insurance company.

The bottom line is that it is very important that you have an experienced brain injury lawyer working for you, who not only has a deep understanding of brain injury law, but who also cares about you and your case and is willing to fight for your rights.

SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSION INJURIES

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain comes into contact with the interior of the skull, whether due to some exterior force that causes violent head movement or a blow. The skull is extremely effective at protecting the fragile brain from injury, and the fluid surrounding it acts as an excellent buffer. However, these tissues are not a sufficient barrier safeguarding the brain injury against all impacts.

When the brain strikes against the interior of the skull, the impact rips layers of membranes and produces chemical changes. For one, a concussion causes free radicals to build up and cause stress. The brain responds by sending specialized immunity cells to repair the affected area, which can disrupt neural connectivity and leave the brain extremely vulnerable for some time.

Symptoms of Concussion

The disruption in the brain’s chemistry as a result of concussion leads to a variety of symptoms in the immediate aftermath, including:

  • Confusion, dizziness, and disorientation;
  • Blurred vision and the inability to focus;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Headaches, ranging from dull to throbbing;
  • Problems with balance and coordination;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Memory loss;
  • A metallic taste in the mouth;
  • Powerful, heightened emotions and sudden changes in emotion;
  • Slurred or incoherent speech;
  • Trouble sleeping; and,
  • Many others.

Note that loss of consciousness is one symptom, but blacking out is not a definitive determination of whether a person has experienced a concussion. In addition, it is important to appreciate that professional athletes are not the only players that can suffer a concussion during competition. Children and amateurs are also at risk.

Long-Term Effects of Concussion

Even when the immediate symptoms of a concussion have subsided, the long-term implications may be considerable. The extensive chemical changes can lead to abnormal brain wave activity and partial deterioration of motor pathways, which may mean attention disorders for the victim. Some athletes display symptoms similar to those associated with Parkinson’s Disease, such as memory loss and speech issues.

Sustaining multiple concussions increases the risk of extensive brain damage, especially when the subsequent injuries occur before the brain heals and is still at a vulnerable point.

Liability in Sports-Related Concussion Cases

In general, a person who is injured due to someone else’s negligence can recover compensation for losses related to medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, there are some special rules that apply to sports-related head injuries because the victim is voluntarily engaging in risky behavior.

Assumption of the Risk: This concept is a defense under Maryland law, which essentially means that you lose the right to file a claim for your losses if you exposed yourself to an unnecessary risk. To avoid liability, a defendant must prove:

  • You had knowledge of the risk;
  • You appreciated the nature of the risk; and,
  • You voluntarily decided to engage in the activity.

Preventable Injuries: Many sports-related concussions are truly accidental and assumption of the risk may prevent recovery. However, where another person’s conduct amounts to certain levels of negligence or reckless, leading to a risk that was preventable, this defense will not work. You may be able to obtain compensation from:

  • Coaches or school officials that ignore the signs of sports-related head injuries;
  • Owners of a negligently maintained sports facility;
  • Trainers or medical professionals that do not provide proper care;
  • Manufacturers of defective equipment;
  • Other players; and,
  • Many more potential parties.

Damages for Sports-Related Concussion and Head Trauma

As in other personal injury cases in Maryland and Virginia, you can recover compensation for such losses as:

  • The costs related to your immediate medical treatment;
  • Expenses associated with your long-term, ongoing care;
  • Lost wages, if you missed work due to your concussion or head injury;
  • Loss of future income, in the event that your head trauma leads to cognitive problems that prevent you from returning to your normal employment;
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional;
  • Losses related to your personal relationships, such as your spouse, children, and other loved ones; and,
  • Other damages that depend upon the specifics of your circumstances.

STATISTICS REGARDING TBI

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 1.5 million people who suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. Around 85,000 people suffer long-term disabilities from TBI.  Every year 50,000 people will die from the effects of a TBI. These numbers do not reflect the patients who are seen and treated for a TBI in the emergency room annually.

TBIs can result almost anytime the head is struck by a foreign object or is whipped around. The most common causes of TBIs are a car accident, a firearm, or a fall. Car accidents are particularly common because a person might hit their head during the impact or their head might jerk forward without touching anything. The impact can stop the body at such a speed and with such force that the brain inevitably hits the inside of its covering. The chances of damage are increased when the head actually hits something like the steering wheel or dashboard. It goes without saying that a bullet would create trauma to the brain. Falls are similar to car accidents in that it doesn’t always put a person in the clear to know that their head never made contact with the ground; the force of the fall itself might be enough to create a TBI.

When a TBI goes untreated or unrecognized the side effects can become more severe. Depending on the level of TBI suffered (mild or severe), the symptoms will vary. Lack of consciousness, loss of short-term memory, headaches after trauma, nausea and blurred vision are all general indications that a patient has a TBI. Helping to monitor a person’s behavior for a short time after a head injury can go a long way in preventing a TBI from worsening. If someone exhibits these symptoms after a head injury, help them seek medical attention.

When you suffer a head injury, medical bills can add up fast and the added stress will not help you on your road to recovery. At our firm we are dedicated to helping you and those you love seek compensation when you have been wrongfully injured. Contact our team today and let us help you seek the care you need.

WHAT CAN BOB KATZ DO FOR YOU?

Bob Katz can provide comprehensive legal services for you and your family. From the first meeting until the case is closed, Bob and his legal team will work tirelessly to answer your questions and resolve each and every aspect of your brain injury claim. We will even come to you if you can’t make it into one of our offices.

Our attorneys will work with you and your family to:

  • Speak with all insurance companies involved and negotiate on your behalf
  • Advise you on legal matters related to your case
  • Consult with medical experts
  • Resolve your property damage loss claims at no extra cost to you
  • Properly document your injuries for you
  • Direct you to medical professionals or a doctor you can trust
  • Set up Estates, where applicable and advise you and your family on such matters
  • Secure witnesses and other liability witnesses
  • Document evidence necessary to prove your claim in a court of law
  • Take care of all legal aspects of your claim, so you can focus on getting better.
  • Help stave off the medical bill collectors until your case is resolved, so you can have peace of mind and focus on your recovery.
  • Provide you with the resources you need to stand up to big insurance companies.
  • Help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost time from work, loss of life or loss of enjoyment of life
  • Help you obtain compensation for future medical benefits
  • Help you create a life care plan to provide for your family
  • Take your case to trial to obtain justice for you and your family

If you’ve been injured in Maryland or in Virginia, through no fault of your own, and believe you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury, consult with an attorney today. Those responsible for causing your injury may be liable for not only the medical expense you’ve incurred and are likely to incur, but also for the pain, suffering disruptions to your life as well.

Read Some of Our Recent Client Reviews!

Marsha Smith
Marsha Smith
03:47 06 Nov 19
The law office of Bob Katz handled my case when I was in a car accident involving a drunk driver. Rebecca's Slattery was the Paralegal that worked with me. She was very helpful and made what could have been a difficult process very easy for me.
jennifer Yoo
jennifer Yoo
19:00 01 Oct 19
The Katz office represented me for my auto accident case and i would like to thank them for their hard work. My paralegal, Jennifer Bolton helped me through the whole process and did a great job with the settlement. This office was very professional and pleasant to work with. i would recommend anyone to choose Bob Katz as their attorney for any personal injury they had with their auto accidents. 👍🏻
Tiffany Lumpkin
Tiffany Lumpkin
20:30 11 Sep 19
This office and specifically my paralegal Marisa is fantastic! I’m confident I received the best possible settlement for my claim and Marisa was amazing throughout the entire process.
Makeda Richardson
Makeda Richardson
00:34 28 Aug 19
Attorney Bob Katz handled my accident case with the optimal level of professionalism, promptness and care. They kept me informed every step of the way and made me feel very comfortable and protected. I would definitely recommend their firm!
Jung Woo
Jung Woo
19:48 26 Aug 19
I got rear-ended by an uninsured motorist in January of 2019. I worked with Marisa Ward, who took great care of me. She was very responsive and made sure that she had all the details of my case. In July, after all my treatment was finished, I received a large settlement. I would not have received this settlement if I had dealt with only my insurance for this accident. I highly recommend working with Bob Katz if you are involved in any type of vehicle accident.
Marie Florence Kouadjo
Marie Florence Kouadjo
17:09 02 Aug 19
Marisa Ward took my case for an accident. she was very professional and very patient with me. the outcome of her work was even more surprising. I would recommend her if you are looking for help with your personal injury case. Thanks again Marisa
Marie Florence Kouadjo
Marie Florence Kouadjo
17:09 02 Aug 19
Marisa Ward took my case for an accident. she was very professional and very patient with me. the outcome of her work was even more surprising. I would recommend her if you are looking for help with your personal injury case. Thanks again Marisa
Sherrie Doody
Sherrie Doody
22:46 11 Jun 19
I have been working with this firm for over a year and they have been very supportive and knowledgeable. I've been working one on one with Rebecca Slattery who has been amazing in helping me through this whole process... I would recommend this firm to any of my colleagues.
April Runk
April Runk
21:08 07 Jun 19
I love this office in the Baltimore area. Marisa Ward went above and beyond as my paralegal. I could not have asked for a better assistance. Meghan Young help me all the way up to the court date. She kept me informed the entire time. This is a very informative and efficient team. I didn't have to do the work, they took care of everything. Thank you for all your hard work. April Runk
Monica B
Monica B
13:49 10 May 19
I loved the staff from this office. They are so easily reachable and so informative. They update me on the status of my settlement so I know what going on. They are so quick with the processing. I recommend here. So far best Attorney office ive worked with. I will definitely be working with them again. Each attorney know what they're doing. Thank you for making my first experience so positive.
Soo Kim
Soo Kim
20:40 03 May 19
I worked with Bob Katz and Jennifer Bolton during my settlement case and highly recommend their team! Ms. Bolton was there for me the every single step of the way and I could not be happier. Everyone is very professional, quick, and you will not be disappointed!
Sancho Martin
Sancho Martin
22:38 18 Apr 19
I usually don't write reviews but this one by far was well worth it. Attorney Megan Young went above and beyond for me, in a matter i had lingering on for almost a year and she helped me settled it in less than 60 Days! If I could give 10 stars i would but unfortunately it only allows 5 stars.And the Paralegal Ms.Kristen Turner was also a great help in every step of the way with my case. Thank you guys again!! I would recommend them to any and everyone!
An Tran
An Tran
21:51 18 Apr 19
Attorney Bob Katz helped me from start to finish with extreme care and consistency. They are there for you during the process and will do their best to serve you and keep you well informed. My experience with this office was great and I highly recommend Attorney Bob Katz.
Brooke Adams
Brooke Adams
16:05 10 Apr 19
I loved having Attorney BobKatz help me with my recent car accident. Ms. Erica was very helpful as well. Very friendly and personable. I would definitely recommend everyone to choose Attorney BobKatz if they are in need of help!
Theo Ngongang
Theo Ngongang
16:08 04 Apr 19
Attorney Bob Katz and his team provided me with great guidance and assistance throughout the process of working toward a settlement. Very professional team, knowledgeable and patient. Thank you again!
Seo Young Hong
Seo Young Hong
15:54 04 Apr 19
I had positive experience with Attorney Bob Katz office. They were really helpful and really quick in response to all the questions that I have throughout the case. Special thanks to my paralegal, Christina Franetovich and Mrs. Yun, Korean interpreter. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone and especially that needs interpreter.
Felicita Lopez
Felicita Lopez
20:15 15 Mar 19
I have had a very good experience with this attorney. They have been patient with me and have updated me on any news of my case. At first I wasn't sure if I should have chosen them but after a few meetings they have been nothing but nice and understanding. They pushed through and fought to get me through this case without any worries. 10/10 would recommend them to anyone looking for an attorney.
Carla Young
Carla Young
18:09 11 Mar 19
This was my first time ever having to go through a situation like this with a car accident. My main contact was Erica & she was very supportive & informative. She made the whole process seem so effortlessly. They even went to bat with some of my medical providers ro lower my balance with them. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do I will surely give them a call.
Atiq Vahora
Atiq Vahora
17:43 04 Mar 19
My family has used this law firm for almost 16 years on our car accident cases. Accidents are stressful experiences, but their law team is very supportive throughout the ordeal. The staff is friendly, professional, and always working to find the best possible outcome for me. As drivers, we just want to get things fixed quickly and move on with our lives. All that is required besides the facts is a little patience. With Bob Katz, I feel assured that someone I can trust has my back.
jungsun Park
jungsun Park
19:00 28 Feb 19
I am very pleased with the service that Attorney Bob Katz and his legal team has provided. I would highly recommend!
Amartuvshin Batbaatar
Amartuvshin Batbaatar
02:42 11 Feb 19
I am very grateful for handling my several car accident claims and they were helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns. I highly recommend them without any reservations.
anthony henry
anthony henry
21:01 07 Feb 19
It was a pleasure to work with Christina Franetovich She is awesome! She kept me well informed throughout the whole process. Thanks for all your hard work! I would definitely recommend her for your legal needs
Angel Boyd
Angel Boyd
14:32 28 Jan 19
Christina has been really helpful with settling both of my accident claims even with my nervousness and constant questions lol. But she worked with me and settled it. She is also available for my diminished value claim (which I'm trying not to annoy her with lol). I would recommend this firm and will probably stick with this firm for any accidents in the future. Hoping there aren't anymore tho
karla rivas
karla rivas
04:37 18 Jan 19
Great Team & Great Attorneys very good lawyers and excellent work. happy with the case.
Fadie Mohammad
Fadie Mohammad
14:54 08 Jan 19
Worked with Sarah Treuhaft (Paralegal) when retained Bob Katz's office. Sarah was absolutely amazing to work with, she was very professional and prompt with everything she did. She would respond to any inquiries I had immediately and never hesitated to hop on the phone to clarify or assist with anything, regardless of how early or late it was. I definitely highly recommend her and this law office.
Kelly Kess Malone
Kelly Kess Malone
15:50 20 Nov 18
Very helpful paralegals and attorney assistants. Also informative on various types of cases. Reasonably priced for the work that they provide.
Brittany Peterson
Brittany Peterson
08:19 17 Nov 18
Had a very awesome experience fast settlements... Communication was a A+ ...Strongly recommend Mr.Katz. !!! Ms. Robin made me felt like family was always there when i needed her and when i had a question.
Yarnell Goodwin
Yarnell Goodwin
23:38 15 Nov 18
Got a little more settlement money than expected. Was provided great service and prompt responses. I greatly appreciate it!
Ashley Poole
Ashley Poole
01:05 08 Nov 18
Attorney Bob Katz and his staff are highly recommend. Customer Service was impeccable. Every phone call and email was responded to in a timely manner. Natalie Ulrich was very professional, helpful and thorough every step of the way, which resulted in a stress free experience. I will recommend this law firm to family and friends!
Tania Jefferson
Tania Jefferson
17:51 06 Nov 18
Customer service was A+. All questions were answered promptly and information was shared appropriately. Concerns were addressed and I was made aware of all updates on my case. I would whole heartedly recommend this firm.
edward Robinson
edward Robinson
03:00 06 Nov 18
I highly recommend Mr. Katz and his staff. They were friendly, compassionate and really showed they had their clients best interest at heart. There was never a time you called them they didn't respond or returned your calls and answer your questions.They took the worry, and stress and turn it into reassurance. They were diligent and just down right professional. My wife and I really thank God for allowing us to cross paths on a professional business experience. Ms. Rebecca Slatery is the most courteous, compassionate soul. We wish you all peace, love and blessings. Thank you for your service.
J JR
J JR
20:11 31 Oct 18
I decided to use this firm again for an accident I was involved in. As always they were professional and caring. Rebecca slattery was the paralegal assigned to my case and she was professional and kept me up to date with everything. I would recommend this firm to friends and family!
Cedric Jones
Cedric Jones
19:04 23 Oct 18
Erica Z is amazing with keeping you to date and staying communication with you during the entire process. Meghan Young was a wonderful lawyer made me feel extremely comfortable in the courtroom and she also fights for the best possible outcome for you..GREAT LAW FIRM
Nguyen Le
Nguyen Le
16:44 23 Oct 18
It was a great experience being taken care of by Rebecca Slattery and Meghan Young, they helped me resolve my case and were very courteous and professional. Highly recommend working with this law firm
Soun Gil
Soun Gil
21:35 17 Oct 18
Ms. Park helped me out through my whole accident process. She took her time with me and made sure I understood everything. I would recommend to her all of my friends if they were to get into any accident.
Yejin Chung
Yejin Chung
15:40 12 Oct 18
I highly recommend. My family’s experience with this office was great. Christina Franetovich was very helpful throughout the whole process, which made this experience less stressful. She responded to my questions immediately and made sure that I understood everything.
Claudette Pope
Claudette Pope
13:18 30 Aug 18
I was referred to Gordon & feindblatt in 2014 when my family was in an accident, Mr. Katz personally consulted with me by phone and he was very polite and professional, Mr. Carpuso, one of the litigation attorneys even came out to our home and went over our case with us, he made sure all of our needs was addressed and before he left our home that day I felt like we were old friends. that case was settled and I was very pleased, I have used this law firm twice since then and the results are always the same, I have nothing but great experiences with Gordon & Feindblatt the staff are courteous and professional and they get the job done but the one in particular that really stood out for me is Rebecca Slattery, she is truly a gem, she is so compassionate, she walked me through the entire process, she even checked up on me from time to time just to see how I was feeling and I really appreciated her kindness. I will use this law firm again and again for any future legal issue that may arise and I would highly recommend Gordon & Fiendblatt to friends, family and co-workers.
UniversalSniping
UniversalSniping
02:32 04 Aug 18
The lawyer who was initially handling my case parted ways with the company and I was assigned a new lawyer. This new lawyer was amazing! Christina Franetovich made me feel secure by double checking all the facts and notes in my case so that I was not worried during this transition. I was on disability from an a different accident while she was finalizing my case, and I had called and hounded her about the time frame of my settlement very frequently to the point that I felt guilty for calling so much. Christina was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure the situation would be resolved quickly. She actually finalized my case before the time frame she had given me, was always very courteous and knowledgable on the phone, and I feel extremely lucky that she ended up handling my case because the previous lawyer was not as amazing with customer service as Christina. She also has a way of making you feel comfortable and builds incredible rapport quickly. I am going to highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you Christina!!!
Richard Hose
Richard Hose
02:26 27 Jun 18
On Feb 23, 2017 I was in a bad accident on the JFX. I had been rear end by another driver. Almost immediately I felt pressured by the other drivers insurance. Everything from wanting a recorded statement; to failing to acknowledge responsibility. No one would answer my questions, nor would anyone take responsibility. I was frustrated and overwhelmed with everyone from the towing company, to the repair shop, to the insurance company nightmare I just entered. I reached out to Attorney Robert Katz and I was assured they were here to help. He provided with some much needed information, and told me not to worry, Sarah his Paralegal would be in touch to help get things moving. Sarah reached out as expected and explained their process and walked me through what my expectations would be. She as well assured me they were here to help me navigate the obstacles. What Sarah really did was so much more than help. She took the stress and burden off my shoulders and assumed ownership for handling everything on my behalf. I knew what to expect, and I received regular updates throughout the entire process. Honestly, I received so much more than I anticipated. Some of the most frustrating items to chase after are medical records and hospital charges. While I was trying to recall events and timelines, she had already obtained my records and information. She made this process so painless. I truly cannot say enough about the exceptional service she provided. Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Richard Hose
Andrea Barajas
Andrea Barajas
15:13 16 May 18
My husband and I were in a car accident in August 2017. We contacted Bob Katz team for legal representation in our case. Kristen A. Turner was our paralegal and she was excellent. It took 9 months for us to receive our settlement and Kristen kept us updated throughout this entire process. She was very kind and patient as I happened to have several questions. She always answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend this firm and Kristen if you are in need of legal assistance.
TheOfficalCeeandDee
TheOfficalCeeandDee
15:24 09 Feb 18
My experience here was great. My lawyer Rebecca was so professional and I love her personality. She handled my case well and kept me updated and made the process easy and always made me feel comfortable to call whenever I needed to know anything.
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