For the best results, you need the best Maine brain injury lawyers
People who sustain traumatic brain injuries due to someone else’s negligence are entitled to recover financial damages to pay for past and future medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, among other losses.
Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S.
We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about medical issues and skilled at proving fault, documenting the extent of your losses, and ensuring your family receives full compensation. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.
Helping in all aspects of your recovery: Financial, physical, and emotional
We never lose sight of what’s at stake for our clients who have suffered with traumatic brain injuries. There is only one opportunity to build your case and recover a favorable settlement or jury verdict. No other firm in Maine can commit more experience, expertise and resources for your case than Berman & Simmons. We will do everything in our power to hold the responsible parties accountable and to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injury.
While we work to maximize your financial recovery, we also can serve as a partner for your physical and emotional recovery. Our lawyers and staff members will take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with helpful solutions.
From day one, we will assist you in obtaining any necessary referrals to specialists for medical and mental health care. We can arrange payment or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We will also help you navigate the complex maze of medical insurance and disability programs.
How common are brain injuries, and what are the different types of injury?
Each year, approximately 2 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. More than 50,000 people are killed, and about 250,000 are hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, a majority will fully recover. But thousands more face lasting difficulties and longterm medical care. All brain injuries are unique, depending on the type and amount of force involved.
These are some common types of brain injuries:
- Concussion. The most common type of brain injury, a concussion is caused when the brain receives trauma from a blunt impact against the skin or a sudden movement change. The blood vessels in the brain may stretch and cranial nerves may be damaged. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport such as football or soccer.
- Contusion. Sometimes a blow to the head can cause bruising (bleeding) of the brain. Large contusions may require surgery.
- Coup-Contrecoup. This is essentially a double bruise on the brain, on opposite sides. It occurs when the force impacting the head is not only powerful enough to cause a contusion at the site of impact, but also moves the brain, causing it to impact the opposite side of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal. Instead of an injury to a specific area of the brain, a diffuse axonal injury impacts a more widespread area. It usually results from violent movement of the brain within the skull, such as during vehicle accidents, falls, shaken baby syndrome, or sports-related accidents. Axons, parts of nerve cells that facilitate messages between the nerves, are damaged in diffuse axonal injuries. This occurs in about 50 percent of all severe brain injuries
- Penetration. This type of injury happens when an object, most commonly a bullet, penetrates the skull and enters the brain. Brain penetration injuries almost always require immediate life-saving medical intervention.