Virgin Islands Brain Injury Lawyers
Filing a Traumatic Brain Injury Claim
A brain injury is one of if not the most serious types of injuries a person can suffer. The effects of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be extreme, far-reaching, and long-lasting. Often, the victim will struggle to return to their once-normal, everyday life, and they will likely be left facing massive medical bills and other unexpected expenses.
At Fischer Redavid PLLC, we understand just how devastating these injuries are, which is why our Virgin Islands brain injury lawyers fight tirelessly to recover maximum compensation for TBI victims and their families. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury while visiting or residing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we encourage you to contact our firm today to learn more about your legal rights and options during a free, no-obligation consultation. Our staff can assist you in English, Spanish, or Creole.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
It is important to know the signs of a traumatic brain injury, as many TBIs can be difficult to spot. Closed-head brain injuries do not involve any obvious damage to the skull or head, making it all the more critical that you know the symptoms of a possible brain injury.
Brain injury symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the injury.
Some common symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries include:
- Loss of balance
- Speech problems
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Feeling depressed, anxious, or experiencing unusual mood swings
Symptoms of a moderate to severe brain injury may include:
- Brief or prolonged loss of consciousness
- A headache that is persistent and/or worsens
- Prolonged nausea
- Excessive vomiting
- Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Excessive fatigue/difficulty awakening from sleep
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the extremities
- Loss of coordination
- Significant confusion
- Agitation, irritability, or combativeness
- Unusual changes in mood and/or behavior
- Slurred speech
Severe brain injuries can lead to death, which is why it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention when you or someone else has suffered an apparent head injury. If you have any reason to believe that you or someone else may have sustained a TBI, call 911 or the local emergency number.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries result from all types of accidents, traumatic events, and acts of violence.
Some of the most common causes of TBIs in the U.S. Virgin Islands include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car, motorcycle, truck, and taxi accidents
- Collisions between bicyclists or pedestrians and motor vehicles
- Recreation accidents, such as ATV crashes, boating accidents, or zipline accidents
- Serious falls, including falls from heights and slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Accidents caused by defective products, such as defective motor vehicles
- Sports-related accidents, including professional, amateur, and youth sports accidents
- Acts of violence, including assault, muggings, and domestic abuse
- Workplace accidents, such as slip and falls or commercial vehicle collisions
It is important to determine exactly how the injury occurred, as this allows our attorneys to pinpoint the liable party. In most cases, the person or party responsible for causing the accident is also the one responsible for paying the victim’s damages.
Who Is Liable for a Brain Injury?
It can be difficult to determine who is liable for a brain injury, especially when there are complicating factors at play. You may have suffered a concussion in a boating accident while vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but who is liable? Is it the owner of the boating company? A crew member who failed to conduct adequate maintenance? Or some other party that acted negligently or wrongfully, leading to the incident that caused your injury?
If your loved one suffered a TBI while traveling in a taxi or rideshare vehicle that crashed, is the taxi or rideshare driver liable? Or is it the company that owns the vehicle or employs the driver? What if another motorist on the road is partially to blame?
As you can see, these claims can become very complex, very fast. To make matters worse, insurance companies and other liable parties do not want to pay your damages. This is especially true in TBI cases, in which damages tend to be particularly high in value.
We strongly urge you to contact the Virgin Islands brain injury lawyers at Fischer Redavid PLLC for help with your case. We can not only identify the liable party but also immediately begin gathering evidence and building your case.
Traumatic brain injuries, or brain injuries any time during or after birth as a result of an accident or traumatic event, are classified as either closed-head or open-head injuries. An open-head brain injury is one in which there is visible damage to the head and/or skull. A closed-head brain injury, on the other hand, occurs without accompanying trauma to the head or skull.
There are many different types of closed-head and open-head brain injuries, including:
- Concussions: A concussion is a relatively mild brain injury in which the brain suffers damage from a blow or jolt to the head. The rapid back-and-forth movement of the head and neck can cause the brain to move around within the skull, leading to chemical changes and even stretching or damaging brain cells. Though they are considered “mild” TBIs, concussions are still very serious and warrant immediate medical attention.
- Contusions: A contusion is simply the medical term for a bruise; a brain contusion, therefore, is a bruise that forms on the brain. Brain contusions are often the result of a strong blow to the head, but they can also occur when the head hits another object, such as the ground, or when a foreign object or bone fragment from a skull fracture pushes against the brain. Though most brain contusions will heal on their own, some require surgical removal.
- Coup-Contrecoup: A coup-contrecoup brain injury is actually two injuries on either side of the brain. Coup-contrecoup occurs when a serious blow or jolt to the head or body causes the brain to move within the skull, bouncing against the inside of the skull and forming contusions at both points—the point of impact and the point at which the brain hit the opposing inside of the skull. Coup-contrecoup injuries often occur alongside whiplash.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: A diffuse axonal injury, or DAI, occurs when the long connective nerve fibers, known as axons, within the brain shear or tear. This can occur when the brain twists or shifts violently within the skull, often as a result of a severe blow, bump, or jolt to the head and/or body. DAIs are considered severe brain injuries and often lead to serious complications, such as coma and/or death.
- Skull Fractures: While skull fractures are not technically brain injuries but, rather, injuries to the bony structure that protects the brain, they often accompany TBIs. A skull fracture occurs when the skull itself breaks, which can lead to hemorrhaging, brain fluid leakage, brain damage, infection, and seizures. Fragments of the broken skull can even press against or penetrate the brain, resulting in severe TBIs that may lead to death.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury is any brain injury in which a foreign object, such as a bullet or piece of metal, penetrates the skull and brain. Depending on the size of the object, the affected area, the force at which the object entered the brain, and many other factors, these types of injuries can be extremely severe and are often deadly.
Any brain injury can lead to significant physical, financial, and emotional challenges, both for victims and their loved ones. At Fischer Redavid PLLC, we represent those affected by all types of traumatic brain injuries. Our team is committed to fighting for the justice you deserve.
We have a long history of success helping victims of severe, catastrophic injuries fight for the maximum compensation they are owed. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation, and we are not afraid to take cases to trial whenever necessary. As your legal team, we will be there for you every step of the way, available to answer your questions and provide consistent, clear communication regarding the status of your case.
We want you to use this time to focus on healing; let our Virgin Islands brain injury lawyers handle the rest. We are prepared to aggressively advocate for you, as well as handle every legal detail of your case.
There are no legal fees unless/until we win your case. Our professional and friendly staff can assist you in English, Spanish, or Creole, and we offer completely free and confidential case evaluations to all new and prospective clients.