Philadelphia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Our Attorneys Explain Brain Injury Causes and Symptoms
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result from any severe blow to the head or penetration of the skull that permanently disrupts brain function. The most common causes of these kinds of injuries include car accidents and falls. However, almost any kind of accident could potentially result in a TBI. Though there is currently no cure, some improvement can occur if the brain is able to rewire itself to take over the functions of the damaged areas. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims may be unable to move, eat, speak or even breathe without assistance. Therefore, a brain injury often requires ongoing therapy and other treatments, as well as specialized living assistance.
The traumatic brain injury lawyers at our Pennsylvania and New Jersey law firm are committed to helping accident victims get justice and compensation for their devastating injuries. Unlike some other law firms, we have the resources and experience necessary to fully investigate complicated traumatic brain injury cases. We often work with teams of medical specialists, economists and other experts to build as solid a case as possible. In one case, our attorneys obtained a verdict of $11.2 million for the victim of a brain injury caused by medical malpractice.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Any accident that causes head trauma or skull fracture may result in a traumatic brain injury. Sometimes, you can sustain a TBI even if there is no impact to your head. A nearby explosion or severe whiplash can force your brain to collide with the inside of your skull, causing damage. The most common causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of TBIs. During a crash, your head may impact the steering wheel, head rest, window, windshield or another surface. Even the force of the airbag can cause a brain injury.
- Violence and assault. Gunshots are the most common type of penetrating head injury, which occur when an object is forced through the skull. The resulting brain injuries are often fatal as a result.
- Slip and fall accidents. This kind of accident is a particular danger for the elderly, who may be less able to prevent head trauma.
- Medical malpractice. If a doctor fails to diagnose a dangerous condition or makes errors during an operation, a TBI may result. In one medical malpractice case, our attorneys represented the family of an infant who suffered a brain injury when obstetricians failed to properly monitor the child during delivery.
- Construction accidents. Falling debris, malfunctioning equipment or construction company negligence can all result in a worker suffering a serious TBI.
What Are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Every brain is different, and brains do not heal as easily as broken bones. As a result, brain injuries are discussed in terms of “improvement” rather than “recovery”. Different functions of the body are controlled by specific areas of the brain. Therefore, the location of a brain injury determines the effect upon the person. Those who suffer head trauma and brain injury may experience symptoms that range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms of TBI include:
- Problems with eyesight
- Sleep disturbances
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Mood swings
- Loss of sensation
- Cognitive symptoms such as getting lost or confused easily, slowness in thinking, loss of memory, changes in behavior or becoming easily distracted
- Physical changes may include impaired function of the body and organs, change in appetite, or increased risk of disease, such as Parkinson’s disease.
Since traumatic brain injuries most often result from catastrophic accidents, victims may experience a range of other injuries as well. Spinal cord injury, broken bones and severe lacerations can complicate a brain injury case. However, our traumatic brain injury lawyers always consider the full extent of your injuries when assembling a personal injury case.
Questions? Call Our Philadelphia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know has suffered serious head trauma in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is vital to seek legal representation. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers have experience with complex cases and have the resources to invest in an extensive investigation. We take into account more than just the medical bills you and your family already face. We also consider the cost of future care, lost wages and opportunities, living expenses and pain and suffering. A traumatic brain injury will affect the rest of your life and your family’s lives. But we work hard to ensure that you will live as comfortably as possible.
Our offices are located in Philadelphia, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ. If you have questions about a traumatic brain injury case or any catastrophic injury lawsuit, we can help. Contact us online or call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.