Traumatic brain injuries are some of the worst injuries that you can suffer in an accident in or around the city of Philadelphia. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are frequently fatal and if they are not fatal, they are usually very debilitating. Many who suffer them also suffer nerve damage that leaves them permanently paralyzed.
Recovering compensation for a traumatic brain injury is absolutely critical as it can recoup the costs of the medical treatment necessary to cope with the condition and protect your financial state. The personal injury lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian in Philadelphia can help.
What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries happen when the brain is either directly or indirectly impacted by an external force. The resulting collision, or trauma, can damage the brain and cause severe medical conditions that can drastically impact your quality of life.
In most cases, the impact on your brain is indirect. If you slip and fall or if you are involved in a car accident, the sudden and strong impact can snap your neck to one side, causing your head to follow along, not unlike the end of a whip. The jolt, however, can be strong enough that your brain – which is housed inside your skull – can get slammed into the inside of your cranium. Despite the fact that your brain was never touched by the original source of the impact, its contact with the inside of your skull can easily be enough to cause a concussion or worse.
In a less common scenario, your brain can directly feel the trauma of an impact. These often happen when the bones that comprise your skull fracture and break apart, leaving the brain exposed to direct impacts from the outside world. These accidents are far more likely to be fatal or lead to severe traumatic brain injuries.
In either case, the result can range from a concussion – the effects of which can be felt for months afterward – all the way up to brain damage as the impact kills brain cells and leads to bruising or swelling or internal bleeding that creates other medical complications.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There is a huge range of symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, making it difficult to diagnose and treat or to even guess that you need medical attention. To make matters worse, some of these symptoms remain latent for days or even weeks after the trauma happened, leading many victims to think that they escaped the incident unharmed when they actually suffered a serious brain injury.
Some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to watch out for in the weeks after an accident include the following.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lack of an appetite
- Confusion or disorientation
- Inability to focus
- Loss of consciousness during the impact
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Sensory problems
- Weakness or numbness in your extremities
Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Philadelphia
Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most difficult to diagnose and treat because of the wide range of symptoms that they present and the numerous medical complications that can result. Even if the condition is correctly diagnosed and treated, the road to recovery can be long and difficult with years of occupational therapy on the horizon. Worse, many of the debilitating conditions that result from a severe case can be long-term or even permanent, drastically impacting your quality of life and what you can do.
However, there is a silver lining to suffering a traumatic brain injury in Philadelphia: the hospitals in Philadelphia are some of the best in the country for treating this terrible condition with neurosurgeons at the Pennsylvania Hospital and the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania being ranked among the best in the world.
Your Legal Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
After suffering a traumatic brain injury, your life will likely take a drastic turn. Because you were not responsible for this huge change, there is no reason why you should have to pay for the costs associated with it. Instead, you deserve to be compensated for the losses that you have suffered, while the person who caused them should be the one paying them.
This is how the personal injury law in the state of Pennsylvania works, as well. Pennsylvania recognizes that you have suffered devastating losses, and will require the person who caused the accident to reimburse you for your legal damages, including:
- Past and future medical expenses. For a traumatic brain injury that requires numerous doctor's visits, several surgeries, and extensive therapy afterward, these expenses can be huge.
- Lost wages and earning potential. Traumatic brain injuries often impact your ability to work, and the time you spend on the road to recovery can take you out of the workforce for months at a time. Both the wages that you lost and the ability to earn in the future are compensable in a successful personal injury lawsuit.
- Pain and suffering. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to nerve damage that is incredibly painful, and the debilitations from the injury can prevent you from doing the things that you most enjoyed before the incident.
These are just some of the ways that Pennsylvania's personal injury law recognizes you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. Because these losses were the result of someone else's poor conduct or negligence rather than something you did on your own, you have a right to recover compensation for them from the person who caused them.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Philadelphia
The personal injury lawyers at the Philadelphia law offices of Gilman & Bedigian strive to represent those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in the area. By advocating on the behalf of victims, we can ensure they receive the compensation they need and deserve to overcome one of the worst types of injuries that can be suffered at the hands of someone else's negligence. Contact us online if you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury and you want to vindicate your rights.