A severe or traumatic brain injury can negatively impact all aspects of your life and could potentially prevent you from working or performing the basic activities of daily living. Brain injuries can be caused by many different types of accidents. If your brain injury and accident were caused by someone else, you might be entitled to pursue compensation through a lawsuit. The Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at Raynes & Lawn have fought for the rights of negligence victims for decades and can help you understand your rights and how to protect them.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of acquired brain injury that is caused by a sudden trauma that damages the brain. A TBI can occur when the head “suddenly and violently” hits something. Another cause is when “an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.” People can suffer traumatic brain injuries in many different types of accidents.
Some of the common types of accidents that can result in brain injuries include the following:
If you or your loved one have sustained a traumatic brain injury, a Philadelphia brain injury attorney at Raynes & Lawn can help. Our team is prepared to meet with you and provide a free evaluation of your claim. Contact us today to request a consultation.
Brain injuries can occur through open or closed head trauma. Brain injuries caused by open head trauma occur when a foreign object pierces through the skull and contacts the brain, causing damage. Open brain injuries can happen in violent assaults, catastrophic motor vehicle wrecks, being struck by projectiles on a worksite, and other situations in which an object pierces the skull.
Closed brain injuries happen when a blow to the head or a sudden, violent jolt causes the brain to bounce inside of the skull and strike the bones of the skull. This can cause hemorrhaging, bruising, and other types of damage.
The consequences of traumatic brain injuries depend on several factors, including the location of the injury, its size, the victims’ ages and general health, and the length of time that passes between the time of the injuries and when they are diagnosed and treated.
Some of the potential effects of traumatic brain injuries include the following:
These potential effects of head trauma can result in permanent damage or death. If you think that you have sustained a traumatic brain injury or have received a blow to your head, you should seek medical care immediately.
Some of the symptoms that might indicate that you or your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury include the following:
The symptoms of a TBI can range from mild, moderate, and severe. Someone with a mild traumatic brain injury may pass out momentarily and then regain consciousness not even a minute later. Meanwhile, those with a severe traumatic brain injury may be fine initially but complain of a headache and experience seizures later on.
If you experience any of these types of symptoms after an accident, you should go to the emergency department. Getting prompt medical treatment can help to prevent your injury from worsening and causing more damage.
The types of treatment you might receive will depend on the severity and location of your injury.
Some of the types of treatment that might be used include the following:
Mild traumatic brain injuries might resolve on their own in a few weeks with rest. Moderate to severe brain injuries might require more aggressive interventions. Most of the time, surgery is required to stop any hematomas and contusions from developing inside the skull or to relieve any pressure. When promptly caught and treated, TBIs can heal successfully. The lingering effects depend greatly on the speed of treatment, as well as the severity of the traumatic brain injury.
The damages you might receive after suffering a brain injury because of the negligent or wrongful acts of others will depend on its severity and the costs required to treat it. Other factors can also impact the damages you might receive.
Some of the potential types of damages that might be recoverable through a lawsuit include the following:
Following an accident and a traumatic brain injury, you need to meet with a lawyer who can properly value your claim. Our attorneys work with experts to help build our clients’ cases, including neurologists and others. Working with experts helps us to understand your brain injury and how it might affect your life and can help us to value your claim and seek a full and fair settlement for you.
Since most clients are not neurologists or brain specialists, the Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at Raynes & Lawn call in the experts to stand as a witness in your case. Most of the time, we call on those medical professionals who diagnosed your TBI in the first place. Furthermore, hospitals and doctor’s offices maintain a high level of record-keeping to ensure that every step of your treatment is on file. Thus, your doctor or surgeon can produce and describe the documents pertaining to your traumatic brain injury diagnosis.
There are several approaches to diagnosing these kinds of injuries, all of which could be presented in court to prove the extent of the damages you faced.
Here are some ways a Philadelphia brain injury lawyer would prove a TBI had occurred:
With this information, as well as physical evidence of injuries from your accident, Raynes & Lawn will show you have been hindered and require compensation for the damages inflicted. After all, TBIs are more than just a medical expense. They influence every part of your life, even long after you have healed.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident because of the actions of another person or entity, you should speak to the experienced Philadelphia brain injury attorneys at Raynes & Lawn. We have more than 50 years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of those with TBIs. Schedule a free consultation by filling out our contact form or by calling us at 1-800-535-1797.
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