Pennsylvania Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
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When someone is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) it can be emotionally and financially devastating to the injured person and his loved ones. The emotional, cognitive and physical difficulties that accompany TBIs often leave the victim severely disabled. The process of healing from a brain injury can take a very long time, if recovery is even possible. Speaking with an attorney can help you better understand your legal options in terms of compensation. Share your story with one of Lowenthal & Abrams’ Philadelphia brain injury lawyers today and find out how we may be able to help you.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Even a small hit to the head can cause a TBI. Sometimes, it is not clear right away that the victim has suffered a traumatic brain injury. As a result, if you suffered a head injury or experienced a sudden whipping back and forth of the head (known as whiplash) and are suffering from any of the following symptoms, it is important to get to the hospital right away.
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Vomiting or Seizures
- Memory loss or lapses
- Slurred speech
- Bright light sensitivity
- Loss of consciousness
Medical expenses can exceed expectations due to the many required tests for diagnosing the amount of brain damage the victim suffered. The severity of the situation may require skull, neck, and spinal x-rays along with a CT scan. Once someone is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, he will require substantial therapy and treatment to help with his recovery, if recovery is possible. Occupational therapists can be a big help for those who have suffered a TBI.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The most common cause of a TBI is a traffic accident.
- Frequently, if you are in a car accident, you will be asked if you hit your head or blacked out. The problem with this question is it fails to recognize that a rapid whipping of the head back and forth, as in whiplash, can cause brain injury as the brain hits the skull. Any time your brain is suddenly moved in your skull, you might have suffered a brain injury. Depending on the amount of force and how your brain hit, you could have suffered a brain injury.
In children, TBIs are normally caused by car accidents, but a baby can suffer a brain injury prior to, during or after birth if it is deprived of oxygen or handled too roughly by the medical staff.
- When your baby is born, it will receive an APGAR score. If the score is low and remains low, there should be concern that your child has suffered a brain injury. That brain injury can lead to cerebral palsy or other issues for your child. Many of the difficulties your child might experience as a result of a brain injury as a baby might not appear until later in life. Brain injury is the leading cause of long term disability in children and adolescents.
Another cause of brain injury is a serious fall. Any time you fall from 6 feet or above, or hit your head hard, such as on the street if you slip and fall, you can suffer a traumatic brain injury.
- A common place we see serious brain injuries involve falls on construction sites. An employee who falls at work and suffers a TBI qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits. Those who fall at a business or home, might qualify for compensation if the fall is due to someone else’s negligence.
Strokes can also cause serious brain injures.
- If you suffer from a stroke, chances are you will experience a TBI. As a result, it is crucial that anyone having a stroke get to the hospital as quickly as possible. Failure to treat a stroke quickly can result in greater damage than the victim would have had and is sometimes medical malpractice.
Any time someone hits his head or has his brain move in his skull to the point where the brain hits the skull, a brain injury is possible. Always see a doctor or go to the hospital when you suffer any kind of head injury.
Contact Our Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys for Help
Treatment and proper care for traumatic brain injuries is extremely expensive but crucial for your loved one’s ability to cope. These staggering costs can have a serious impact on your family. As a result, it is important to have an experienced brain injury lawyer on your side to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled if someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s injury. Contact Lowenthal & Abrams’ TBI attorneys for help at 888-979-7298.