Pennsylvania Brain Injury Lawyer

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Brain injuries are one of the most difficult, and potentially dangerous types of injuries that a person can sustain. If you or a loved one have sustained a blow to the head, or experienced a lack of oxygen, it's vital that you see a doctor immediately, no matter how insignificant the injury may seem. Equally important is that you contact a brain injury lawyer as soon as possible, and give them as much information about your medical case as you can.

Including skull and facial fractures, there are around two million head injuries every year in the United States. 1.5 million of them are nonfatal traumatic brain injuries, not requiring hospitalization, while 300,000 brain injuries are severe enough for hospitalization, and 99,000 of those result in a long lasting disability. 56,000 die every year because of a traumatic brain injury, and account for 34% of all injury deaths in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries affect males at twice the rate they affect females, with a higher mortality rate. People who are aged 15-24 have a high risk of traumatic brain injuries, as well as people aged over 60.

Brain injury is considered a personal injury case and most attorneys that specialize in brain injury law will take the case on a contingency fee basis. There is usually a statute of limitation with these kinds of injuries, depending on the state in which the injury occurred and the nature of the injury itself. With severe brain injury, you may have more time in which to file the case. Your brain injury attorney will advise you.

There are many different types of brain injuries, including open head injury, when it has been penetrated and there is a break in the skull bone; closed head brain injury, as a result from the slamming back and forth of the brain inside the skull, which tears blood vessels and tissues; deceleration injuries, where an abrupt stop causes the skull to stop as well, but the brain to continue traveling, bruising it and causing brain swelling and nerve cell damage; hypoxia, or lack of oxygen; and then there are infections caused by viruses and bacteria.

In the state of Pennsylvania , you have to prove that the person who caused the injury was negligent and failed to use reasonable care. You must prove that you have suffered damages because of the other person's failure.

If you are the one who is found to be careless or your carelessness was what contributed to your injury, you may not be permitted to recover any damages under the Pennsylvania Comparative Negligent Law. Under the Pennsylvania law, if you were more careless than the other person, you would not be able to recover any damages.

Under Pennsylvania law, the person who caused you injury has to pay for your past, current and future estimated medical expenses, time lost from work including time spent on medical appointments and therapy, the cost of hiring anyone to help you, any permanent disability, emotional distress, and any future earning ability that is lost due to the injury.

Although there is nothing that can be done to reverse your brain injury, or its devastating effects on your well-being, the culpable parties involved in your accident can be held accountable. If your brain injury can be determined to have been caused by the negligence of another individual or party, you have a right to know. You also have a right to seek financial compensation for that injury not only for your medical costs and lost wages, but also for any pain or potential long-term effects that stemmed from the brain injury.


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