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Traumatic Brain Injury

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by an external force, which results in an impairment of a person's physical, cognitive or emotional functioning. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe, and the resulting impairments may be temporary or permanent. Traumatic brain injuries may be due to sudden energy forces applied to the brain and skull or events which cause a disruption in the supply of oxygen or blood to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries may result from motor vehicle collisions, falls, blows to the head, exposure to toxins, or medical negligence.

How prevalent are traumatic brain injuries?

There are over 1.5 million Americans per year who suffer traumatic brain injuries. There are currently over 5.3 million Americans living with a disability as a result of brain injury. Brain injury has been called the "silent epidemic" of our society.

What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?

The symptoms of traumatic brain injury are as varied as the sources of the injury. Even mild traumatic brain injuries can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, fatigue, seizure disorders, and problems with concentration, attention, memory, depression, sexual functioning, and motivation.

Why do I need an attorney experienced in traumatic brain injuries?

The case development and trial for someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury often presents unique challenges to the litigant and his or her attorney. The biggest challenge is usually the fact that you cannot tell just by looking at someone that he or she has suffered a brain injury. Consequently, it is important to prove how the force or mechanism caused the injury to the brain, what impairments the litigant suffered a result of the brain injury, how these impairments have affected the litigant, and what the future holds for the litigant. An attorney who knows how to meet these challenges and who has successfully handled traumatic brain injury cases should be consulted in these cases.

Traumatic Brain Injury Legal Team

Our traumatic brain injury team is headed by Irvin V. Cantor, who has handled virtually every type of brain injury case, including traumatic, anoxic, hypoxic, ischemic and metabolic injuries over the course of his career. He has represented hundreds of victims of traumatic brain injury and has achieved 35 recoveries exceeding a million dollars. Brain injury cases now constitute the majority of his practice. The vast majority of Mr. Cantor's cases are referrals from lawyers, physicians, and previous clients. Mr. Cantor has handled brain injury cases throughout Virginia and in other locations in the United States.

In addition to Mr. Cantor, the other attorneys on our traumatic brain injury team are all seasoned trial attorneys. We also have a full staff of experienced legal assistants, a full time investigator, and a part-time registered nurse. We have a working relationship with some of the most recognized brain injury experts in the U.S. We routinely enlist the services of forensic engineers, physicians who specialize in brain injury, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, life care planners, vocational rehabilitation specialists, medical illustrators, and jury consultants in our brain injury cases. We often utilize mock trials and focus groups to analyze our cases. Our goal is to provide our clients with a vigorous and thorough prosecution of their claims by a veteran team.

Traumatic Brain Injury News Articles

The Brain Behind Brain Injuries, 2015 Super Lawyers Virginia and West Virginia Magazine

Irv discusses his experience and expertise in the field of brain injury litigation.

Traumatic Brain Injury Video Clips

Why our Catastrophic Injury Team finds the practice of brain injury law to be so rewarding.

Why the victim of a brain injury should hire an experienced brain injury attorney.

What is the most common type of mild brain injury?

What is the difference between anatomical imaging and functional brain imaging?

Traumatic Brain Injury Blogs

Traumatic Brain Injury: Complex Partial Seizures: An Often Overlooked and Undiagnosed Condition After Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury: Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ears) After Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury: Loss of Smell and Taste After Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury: Our Clients Need and Deserve Our Passion

Traumatic Brain Injury: Our Clients Need Us to Look Beyond the Conventional X-rays, CTs, and MRIs

Traumatic Brain Injury: Focus Groups & Mock Trials – Invaluable Tools for Brain Injury Cases