Philadelphia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Out of every possible injury, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be one of the most catastrophic for both the victim and their family. If another person’s negligence has caused you or a loved one to suffer a TBI, it is imperative to understand your legal rights and work with an experienced Philadelphia traumatic brain injury attorney that can obtain the compensation you need. Contact Rosenbaum & Associates today to get started with a free case evaluation.
Why Work With Our Philadelphia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers?
- We understand the true cost of a traumatic brain injury and will dedicate the attention your case needs to ensure you obtain fair compensation
- With more than 25 years of experience in personal injury law, we have a significant background in helping brain injury victims resolve their cases favorably
- Our skilled team offers their services on a contingency fee basis, which means you will only pay if we win
How Can a Philadelphia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Help?
If someone causes a traumatic brain injury as a result of negligent actions or wrongdoing, the individual or company can be responsible for compensating the victim and family members for all of the health issues that result. The average lifetime cost of care for a TBI can reach millions. Securing the amount of compensation you and your family need for ongoing treatment, rehabilitation and to remain financially secure in the future will likely require the help of an attorney. Doing so will require an extensive investigation into your accident, collecting clear and convincing evidence of the at-fault party’s wrongdoing, getting a comprehensive diagnosis and estimate for future medical care, and more.
The Philadelphia traumatic brain injury attorneys at our firm have the resources to complete these tasks and build a solid case, as well as hire experts who can testify to the cause of the accident, the extent of your brain injury, and its long-term impact on your life.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
A TBI is most often caused by a sudden impact or blow to the head, disrupting the normal function of the brain. There are two categories of TBIs, open and closed.
Open Head Injury
Also called a penetrating brain injury, it occurs when there is a break in the skull, and a foreign object penetrates the brain. This type of TBI is typically associated with violence, such as gunshot or knife wounds. However, a fractured skull can cause bone fragments to enter the brain.
Closed Head Injury
A rapid forward or backward movement shakes the brain, causing bruising or tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels. There is no penetrating injury. This type of TBI is commonly associated with car accidents or falls.
Common types of TBIs include:
- Concussion: A mild TBI that may involve most symptoms of brain injury, including headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory problems, and confusion. (Frequently occurs in car accidents)
- Coup-contrecoup Injuries: An external force causes your brain to hit the inside of your skull repeatedly, damaging multiple areas of the brain. For instance, when your head is thrown violently back into the headrest and then forward towards the steering wheel in a car crash.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries (DAI): One of the most severe types of TBI, which happens because the brain is shaken or twisted, causing connecting fibers (axons) to tear. The severity of symptoms often depends on the size of the tear.
- Intracranial Hematoma: Collection of blood outside of blood vessels, which can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. There are three types of brain hematomas:
- Epidural hematomas: Blood collection between the skull and brain
- Subdural hematomas: Blood collection under the thin layer of protection surrounding the brain
- Intracerebral hematoma: Collection of blood within the brain itself
These common types of TBI are described individually, but after an accident, TBI victims often have a combination of brain injuries.
Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are certain types of accidents that more commonly cause TBIs than others. Those include:
Falls are the leading source of TBIs. Older adults and young children are at a higher risk of suffering a TBI in a fall. Examples include falling on a slippery surface, downstairs, off a ladder, from a bed, etc.
Being Struck by or Against an Object
The second leading cause of TBIs is being struck by or against an object. A person’s head can be hit by a falling object, for example, a pipe from a construction site or a piece of ceiling tile, which can cause brain damage if the force of impact is significant.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
TBIs often occur when a victim’s head strikes the dashboard or another solid surface during a motor vehicle accident. Experiencing whiplash can also cause a TBI if the jarring forces are strong enough to cause the brain to collide with the inside surface of the skull.
Available Damages After a Traumatic Brain Injury Accident
Damages pursued on behalf of brain injury victims and their loved ones include:
Medical Bills & Expenses
Including current and future bills for acute care, surgical procedures, physical and occupational therapy, prescription medications, medical equipment, in-home care, and more.
A severe TBI may cause a victim never to work again or force them into a different line of work. Damages can be recovered for both past and future loss of income, as well as lost earning capacity for the difference in income that can be made now compared to before the accident.
Pain and Suffering
Compensation for the physical pain caused by the accident, as well as emotional distress suffered by the victim and their family. Emotional distress can refer to mental anguish, depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and any other resulting psychological effects.
Loss of Consortium
Damages paid to the spouse or family of the victim for the loss of love, affection, companionship, comfort, society, or sexual relations.
When the accident causes property damage, victims are entitled to payment for the repair or replacement of their property. (e.g., vehicle, clothing, etc.)
If the at-fault party’s behavior was intentional or extremely reckless, a judge or jury may award punitive damages as a form of punishment for the defendant and deter others from similar conduct.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At Rosenbaum & Associates, our Philadelphia traumatic brain injury attorneys understand the severe long-term personal and financial consequences a traumatic brain injury can have. We are ready to help and advocate for you and your loved ones. Call (215) 569-0200 or reach us online through our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.