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BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEYS IN PHILADELPHIA
A brain injury is one of the most devastating of all personal injuries. While a minor brain injury, like a concussion, will usually heal within weeks, those suffering from traumatic brain injuries face long-lasting complications, life-altering physical challenges, and mounting medical costs. In some cases, traumatic brain injuries will prevent a victim from being able to work, sometimes for the rest of their lives. The pain and suffering caused by a traumatic brain injury, combined with the financial toll it can take on the victim, is enough to rip families apart and lead to foreclosure, bankruptcy, or a failure to meet the family’s daily requirements.
If you or someone you love endured a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence or harm, Pennsylvania law allows you to be compensated for injury-related damages. While no amount of money can change what happened and take away your pain, a financial award can help you to pay your bills and live the life that you deserve.
The Thistle Law Firm’s team of expert Philadelphia brain injury lawyers will help you and your family during this challenging period in your family’s life. Thistle Law brings over 80 years of brain injury case experience and has helped its clients receive significant monetary rewards in Pennsylvania brain injury cases.
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What is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
There are generally three main types of brain injury:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: A traumatic brain injury results from head trauma from either an open head injury, such as a skull fracture, or a closed head injury like a concussion. Surprisingly, most traumatic brain injuries Americans suffer are caused by falls, rather than car accidents. One of the most common types of falls resulting in traumatic brain injuries happen in the workplace, particularly at industrial or construction sites, such as falls from scaffolding.
- Hypoxic Brain Injuries: A hypoxic brain injury is the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain and can be the result of several different events, including smoke inhalation during a fire, near-drowning, defective products producing excessive carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, or medical malpractice. Common examples of hypoxic brain injuries caused by medical malpractice include when anesthesia is administered improperly during surgery or when diabetes is not properly controlled by medical staff following a procedure.
- Medical Condition or Disease Related Brain Injuries: Some medical conditions and diseases can cause brain injuries, such as meningitis, tumors, and strokes. If the disease or medical condition that caused the brain injury was not treated properly, or there was a misdiagnosis, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be warranted.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.5 million individuals visit emergency rooms annually due to a traumatic brain injury, with over 55,000 of those injuries resulting in death and 300,000 requiring hospitalization.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Symptoms can vary extensively and change based on the physical location of the traumatic injury, the victim’s age, and the gravity of the incident that resulted in the injury. Often, someone with a traumatic brain injury won’t immediately experience symptoms or even recognize that they have suffered a brain injury. In some cases, the traumatic brain injury is obvious.
When an infant or a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, parents may not recognize it until developmental delays present themselves. Symptoms in an adult can go unnoticed for hours, days, and even weeks.
Below are some of the most common traumatic brain injury symptoms. If you or someone you love are experiencing these symptoms, you should seek treatment immediately.
The CDC reports that one in four reported traumatic brain injuries are classified as severe. A traumatic brain injury can be fatal if it is left untreated, so it is important to seek medical attention if any of these symptoms exist. Remember, it can sometimes take weeks for these symptoms to occur. Similarly, if a doctor or other medical professional fails to diagnose a traumatic brain injury, the result can be disastrous
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
- Worsening headaches or headaches that won’t go away
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
The Long-Term Effects Associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Once serious brain damage has occurred, the effects usually cannot be reversed. However, if caught in time, additional brain damage is preventable.
The exact levels of brain damage that a traumatic brain injury victim might suffer will vary based on severity and how long the brain injury remains untreated. Children are at especially high risk.
Some of the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Memory loss
- Reasoning issues
- Impacts on the five senses
- Balancing issues
- Communication issues
- Emotional issues
- Personality changes
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
- Severe headaches or migraines
- Numbness or a loss of feeling in the limbs
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty waking from sleep
- Unevenly dilated pupils
Common Causes of Pennsylvania Traumatic Brain Injuries
The following are examples of the types of incidents and accidents that have been known to cause traumatic brain injuries:
- Car crashes
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Birth Injury
- Medical malpractice
- Participation in contact sports
- Swimming pool injuries
- Defective products
- Slip and fall cases
- Domestic abuse
- Child abuse (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
- Nursing home or elder abuse
Seeking Compensation Following a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury caused by someone else due to medical malpractice, negligence, recklessness, or intentional action, Pennsylvania law states that you may be compensated for both economic and non-economic losses resulting from a brain injury.
While the specific damages that will be eligible for compensation will vary based on the unique circumstances surrounding your case, some of the common losses that a victim may recover from a traumatic brain injury claim include:
- Medical treatment costs (including future medical expenses) associated with the brain injury
- Rehabilitation costs
- Assistive device and technology costs
- Loss of wages
- Home modification costs
- Replacement services costs (having to pay for things you can no longer do on your own, like mowing the lawn)
- Punitive damages
- Non-economic damages
Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits
You may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim if you’ve lost a loved one due to a traumatic brain injury. In certain instances, an eligible family member may seek compensation for certain costs, including funeral expenses, burial/cremation costs, and non-economic damages, depending on their relationship with the victim. A Pennsylvania brain injury lawyer can answer questions related to wrongful death lawsuits and advise you on how to proceed.
Hiring an Experience Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer
The Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at Thistle Law have the experience and knowledge necessary to determine whether or not someone else is responsible for the incident or accident that caused your traumatic brain injury or the traumatic brain of a loved one. If you have suffered a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, the team at Thistle Law will fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Set up a consultation with one of our helpful Pennsylvania brain injury experts by clicking here or calling 215-525-6824.
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If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury and you think you have a claim, call one of our brain injury experts at Thistle Law at 215-525-6824 or online through our contact form. if you think your brain injury was caused by negligence let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
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