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Mark Broadwell July 24, 2013

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Brain injury can occur in two ways — as the result of a non-traumatic event (illness, stroke or seizure) or a traumatic event. Traumatic events can include gunshots, falls and accidents and, in those cases where negligent action is involved, may bring with them the possibility of compensation. Brain injury is an unpredictable and difficult process. If you or someone you know has suffered brain injury due to the actions of another, you need the services of experienced brain injury lawyers in Newport News immediately.

In Virginia each year, some 28,000 people suffer brain injuries. Of those injuries leading to death, 58 percent are the result of falls and 32 percent are the result of motor vehicle accidents. That means that a wide majority of injuries occur in the midst of normal, everyday activities. Yet everyday life easily ends with a brain injury. Even if the injury is not fatal, the long-term results of a traumatic brain injury can include reduced motor control, memory loss, personality changes, seizures, depression and a variety of other debilitating symptoms. Returning to normal life after such an injury is difficult, if not impossible.

In Virginia, individuals who suffer injury, including brain injury, due to another’s negligence are entitled to compensation. Because the effects of brain injury can be so wide-ranging, and because complex diagnostics (such as MRI) are involved in diagnosing brain injury, you need to document the injury and treatments carefully from the beginning. An experienced Newport News brain injury attorney knows not only the legal steps you need to take, but what doctors to work with and how best to document your case.

The attorneys of Forbes and Broadwell specialize in representing individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. If you have been injured in a fall or accident, or have suffered a gunshot wound or other injury to your brain, you need to consult the Newport News personal injury lawyers of Forbes and Broadwell today.