At Anapol Weiss, our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys believe in providing every one of our clients with the full range of our expertise and resources. We are committed to helping every client explore every possible avenue of compensation in every unique case.
A traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious wounds a person can suffer, and such injuries often entail extensive, long-term recovery and a diminished quality of life. Let our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys hold the guilty parties responsible for the damage they have caused and help you obtain the compensation you are rightfully owed. Reach out to our team to schedule a consultation about your brain injury lawsuit today.
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The brain governs the human body, and when the brain suffers an injury, the victim may face significant permanent effects. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are serious injuries that cover a wide spectrum of wounds that all carry substantial effects. They are among the most traumatic cases our brain injury attorneys face at Anapol Weiss .
It’s important to have some idea of what a traumatic brain injury entails as well as the steps you can take should you or a loved one suffer such an injury. Our personal injury lawyers understand how serious traumatic brain injuries are and we are ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Causes of TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries are often preventable in Philadelphia. They typically arise in accidents related to someone’s negligence, such as a drunk motor vehicle driver or negligent sports coach. At Anapol Weiss, we can investigate any TBI accident case and search for signs of fault, liability and negligence. If our lawyers find evidence pointing to someone else’s responsibility for your accident, we can help you with the steps toward filing an injury claim in Pennsylvania. Our brain injury attorneys can handle claims involving a wide variety of accident types.
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Sports and diving incidents
- Flying or falling objects
- Acts of violence/assaults
- Work or construction accidents
- Defective products
- Child abuse
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
These are common examples of circumstances that lead to a victim sustaining a traumatic brain injury. In Pennsylvania, the civil justice system allows a TBI survivor to bring a claim to damages after any kind of negligence-related accident. A negligent, careless or irresponsible party could be accountable for causing any of these accidents. If so, that party will also be responsible for the victim’s TBI-related damages. If you are not sure how you or a loved one’s brain injury occurred or who might be responsible, contact us to request an investigation.
Recovery and Compensation for a Brain Injury in Philadelphia
After suffering a brain injury, the victim or his or her family may believe that the incident was the result of negligence or intentional harm. If this is the case, it is imperative to seek counsel from a reliable personal injury attorney in Philadelphia.
Whether the TBI happened at work, in a car accident, on the sports field, or during a personal assault, a brain injury attorney from Anapol Weiss will help the legal process move much more quickly and painlessly for everyone involved.
Victims of TBIs can reasonably expect to collect compensation for medical expenses, the costs of rehabilitative treatments, pain and suffering, lost income, lost future earning capacity, and diminished quality of life due to a TBI. Again, a brain injury attorney will be invaluable for securing the compensation victims need to regain control of their lives and recover.
Effects of Brain Injuries
Medical science has evolved dramatically over just the past few decades, but there is still a tremendous amount we do not understand about our own brains. However, what we do know is that brain injuries are unlike injuries to other areas of the body. A brain injury doesn’t heal in the same way as a broken bone or damaged organ. Depending on the patient and situation, a brain injury could have many short- or long-term impacts.
- Depression and mental health conditions
- Changes in personality, moods and behavior
- Short- and long-term memory loss
- Attention deficits and cognitive challenges
- Speech or communication impairments
- Changes in hobbies, interests and relationships
- Sleep disorders
- Ongoing physical symptoms (e.g. persistent headaches)
- Degenerative brain diseases
- Reduced life expectancy
When the brain is injured, the brain must recover the functionality of the affected area. It’s important to note that two patients can suffer the exact same brain injury and face very different effects in the long run. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the long-term effects of a TBI typically extend to the victim’s physical and psychological health, as TBIs can affect victims’ personalities and behaviors.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Someone with a brain injury could experience many different physical and emotional symptoms. While each patient is unique, some of the possible side-effects and symptoms of brain injuries include:
- Headaches, dizziness, and migraines
- Confusion and sensory complications, such as difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Mood swings or uncharacteristic emotional displays
- Frustration, agitation, or explosive bouts of rage
- Memory complications
- Cognitive processing problems, such as difficulty paying attention or completing repetitive tasks
- A heightened susceptibility to future TBIs
The last point is especially a concern with concussion injuries; an individual who suffers one is at a higher risk for future concussions.
Types of TBIs
A brain injury can be “traumatic” in several ways. One of the most commonly seen forms of TBI is a concussion or skull fracture, or when a strong force hits the body and forces the brain to violently press up against the insides of the skull. Concussions can result in temporary loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, dizziness, and disorientation. After the concussion takes place, victims can experience intense migraines and feel a stronger sensitivity to lights and sounds. Many other types of brain injuries can also cause similar or more severe symptoms.
- Open vs. closed head injury. An open head injury involves a fractured skull and a brain injury. A penetrating injury is an example of an open head injury, in which an object punctures the skull. A closed head injury does not involve a fractured skull but still impacts the brain.
- Penetrating brain injuries describe instances in which a foreign object enters the brain forcibly, such as a bullet or knife. These head injuries are most often seen in criminal assaults and armed combat. If a victim of such an injury happens to survive, he or she often faces severely impaired brain function.
- Hemorrhage or hematoma. These injuries refer to bleeding in the brain. An injury could burst a blood vessel in the brain or cause blood clots. Hemorrhaging refers to uncontrollable bleeding in the brain. A patient may require brain surgery to stop an intracranial bleed.
- Diffuse-axonal injury. This type of brain injury is most common in incidents involving high-velocity motion, such as an auto accident. The gravitational forces exerted on the head can twist and tear the brain’s connections, damaging the cells and tissues.
- Coup-contrecoup injury. If a patient hits his or her head, it may cause a coup-contrecoup injury, or an injury to two different parts of the brain. The coup is the primary brain injury from the initial blow, while the contrecoup is a brain injury on the exact opposite side, where the brain rebounded and struck the inside of the skull.
Every brain injury is serious and deserves attention from a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia. Seeking a lawyer’s advice about your legal options after a TBI diagnosis could open your eyes to the possibility of filing a lawsuit against one or more parties for causing your concussion, hemorrhage or another type of traumatic brain injury. If you have an acquired brain injury (ABI), you could also be eligible for compensation. An ABI occurs from internal injuries, such as lack of oxygen to the brain, rather than external trauma.
Damages After a TBI
If you or someone you love will foreseeably have a motor function disability, cognitive challenges, behavioral changes or other serious harm from a brain injury, speak to our lawyers for advice as to who may be financially responsible. While we know a compensatory award will not make everything better, we also know how significantly it could help a family facing thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages after a TBI in Philadelphia. Our lawyers can work hard to make sure an at-fault party pays you and your family fair compensation for your various damages.
- Medical expenses. All past and future health care costs associated with the brain injury, including ongoing treatments, surgeries, counseling, rehabilitation, nursing, medical devices, prescriptions, specialists and x-rays.
- Permanent injuries. The expenses related to a permanent brain injury. These may include modifications to your life due to a disability, lifelong medical care and lost wages from lost career opportunities.
- Pain and suffering. The noneconomic value of your brain injury. A monetary award to make up for your physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, mood swings, embarrassment, lost quality of life, and loss of consortium.
- Lost wages. Any money in working wages you lost due to your brain injury, including temporary medical leave during recovery and diminished capacity to earn due to a permanent disability.
- Out-of-pocket costs. The defendant in your case may have to reimburse you for everything you spent out of your own pocket on your accident recovery, including property repairs, totaled vehicle replacement, legal fees and travel costs.
- Punitive damages. A judge in Philadelphia may grant you a punitive damage award based on the catastrophic nature of your injury and/or the actions of the defendant. Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant for reckless or grossly negligent actions.
While these are the main categories of damages after a TBI, the types of damages for which you may qualify for compensation will be unique to your case and situation. Hiring a lawyer from Anapol Weiss gives you the ability to accurately evaluate your brain injury case and assign a fair monetary value to your economic and noneconomic damages. Find out what your Philadelphia TBI case might be worth during a free consultation at our local law office today.
How Long Do I Have to File a Brain Injury Claim?
Act quickly to bring a cause of action for a traumatic brain injury in Pennsylvania. Civil laws limit how long you have to file a claim to damages. If you miss your state-mandated deadline, the courts will probably dismiss your case. The courts only have a few exceptions to the general statute of limitations. An exception might apply if you were under 18 at the time of your injury or if the defendant is also facing criminal charges for the offense, such as for physical assault or attempted homicide.
The statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is two years. In general, you will have two years from the date your accident happened – or the date of the diagnosis of your TBI, if different – to file your claim. If a TBI took the life of your loved one, you must file within two years from the date of death, with a few exceptions. File in a timely manner to ensure the courts do not dismiss your case for an expired statute of limitations.
Contact an attorney right away upon receiving a TBI diagnosis. Seeking legal advice early on can help you avoid common obstacles on the road to recovery, such as lost evidence or unreliable eyewitness accounts. Acting quickly to gather information, preserve evidence, collect statements and take legal action could give you a stronger claim against a defendant in Philadelphia. Contacting a lawyer early can also help you meet Pennsylvania’s strict two-year deadline to file.
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Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most catastrophic injuries we see at Anapol Weiss. Our attorneys are passionate about pursuing the best possible compensatory awards for clients with these life-altering injuries. We can handle every type of accident and brain injury imaginable using strong and proven negotiation methods. Whether your brain injury case involves the laws of personal injury, product liability, premises liability or medical malpractice, we can help. Clients choose us for their most serious and complicated cases due to our track record of success, years in the business, national recognition and passionate advocacy.
Contact us today to discuss your traumatic brain injury case in more detail with our attorneys. We can review your TBI and let you know if we believe we can help you recover. We offer free and 100% confidential initial consultations in Philadelphia so you can obtain dependable answers to your questions at no financial risk. Our law firm fronts all the costs of investigation, negotiation and litigation while we process your claim. We only charge attorney’s fees if we succeed in securing compensation for your brain injury case. Schedule your free case review today. Call (866) 735-2792 24/7.