Scranton Brain Injury Attorney
Brain injuries affect as many as 1.4 million Americans every year. They are one of the most common causes of adult disability and death around the world. A variety of accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), causing lasting physical and mental damage to victims. Depending on the nature of the TBI, victims can suffer cognitive damage, inability to concentrate, memory loss, changes in behavior, seizures, coma, brain death, and death. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in Pennsylvania, seek help from Rosenbaum & Associates.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, from slips and falls to physical attacks. The brain is a fragile organ that can incur damage after coming into contact with an object or undergoing immense gravitational pressures. A few common causes of brain injuries include:
- Birth injury – An incompetent doctor can cause a brain injury during labor or birth by failing to monitor fetal vital signs and take appropriate action in an emergency. If a complication cuts off oxygen to the baby’s brain (brain hypoxia), it can cause a TBI and lasting brain damage.
- Car accident – Many motor vehicle accidents result in TBIs. Extreme gravitational forces or blunt force trauma can cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull and swell. With no room for the brain to expand in the skull, the swelling can cause severe or fatal brain damage.
- Physical assault – Physical assaults with dangerous weapons can cause open head and brain injuries in which an object punctures the skull and brain. This may be the case in a gun or knife attack.
- Slips, trips, and falls – These types of accidents can easily lead to a harmful brain injury. Property owners are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment for visitors, and may be liable for brain injuries stemming from a slip, trip, or fall.
- Sports injury – Concussions are common in sports-related injuries. Contact sports such as football or hockey can result in concussions and TBIs. Returning to the game too soon after a concussion can lead to worsened symptoms in the event of a second concussion.
- Swimming pool accident – Accidental drowning can cause TBIs from lack of oxygen to the brain. Negligent property owners or supervisors may be responsible for swimming pool related brain injuries.
Many brain injuries occur because of someone else’s negligence. No matter what kind of circumstances surround you or a loved one’s brain injury, it is worthwhile to speak to an attorney. A lawyer can examine the cause(s) of your accident, help you determine the defendant(s), and give you trustworthy legal advice about how to pursue compensation for damages.
Damages in a Brain Injury Case
In many cases, brain injuries result in temporary or permanent disability. Accident victims may not be able to return to work, causing expensive wage and benefit losses. On top of lost wages, TBI victims often face hefty medical bills for x-rays, scans, surgeries, and recurring treatment or therapies for physical and cognitive rehabilitation. Some victims require lifelong medical treatment such as live-in care or equipment to help them function with their disabilities.
Pursuing a claim against the responsible party can result in monetary compensation for tangible losses and accident-related expenses, as well as intangible damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost quality of life
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer Today
To learn your legal options after sustaining a brain injury, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. We will discuss whether your case has merit, help you negotiate a settlement with an insurance company, and represent you during litigation if necessary. Rosenbaum & Associates is dedicated to helping personal injury accident victims in any way we can.