Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help You Regain Your Life
A brain injury – also known as traumatic brain injury, brain damage, head trauma, or concussion – can be catastrophic, especially in the case of child brain injuries. Often, they take an immense physical, psychological, and financial toll on victims and their families. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you will need help getting the compensation you need to cope with the aftermath.
The traumatic brain injury lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have decades of experience winning cases involving complex brain injuries. Since 1959, the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have fought for victims of serious head injuries and their loved ones. We have represented clients throughout Pennsylvania and nationally, and have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our award-winning legal team has earned rankings among the Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms (U.S. News and World Report), and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
If you or someone you love have suffered a brain injury, we welcome the opportunity to help. Call or fill out our contact form. There is no charge for the consultation, and we do not collect a fee unless we win your case.
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What Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Do For My Case?
If you or someone you love have suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, it is important that you speak with a head injury attorney who has experience with these complex cases. We will answer your questions and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf so that you may focus on healing. We work closely with investigators, industry experts, and medical professionals to ensure that you are appropriately compensated for your losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Long-term care
- Lost wages
- Lost earning power
- Pain and suffering
Furthermore, we believe that cost should not stand in the way of your ability to get the best legal representation possible. To that end, we do not charge a fee unless we recover compensation for you. You pay nothing upfront or out of your own pocket.
Why Do I Need a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney?
Whether you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, a birth injury, a sporting accident, a workplace accident, or another event that lead to severe head trauma, you should not have to file a brain injury lawsuit alone, nor should you have to wade through the legal jargon without help.
By hiring our head injury lawyers, you will be able to focus on your own recovery or the care of an injured loved one who was hurt by the negligence of another.
A head injury lawyer can manage your claim or case by:
- Determining the cause of your injuries
- Proving negligence was in the hands of another
- Negotiating with the insurance companies or the liable party
- Working with you through the workers’ compensation or disability process
- Taking your case to trial
- Calculating the total value of your current and future losses and needs
- Bringing your claim to a close so you can move forward with life
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer?
Our head injury lawyers only get paid if they win the case. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay a fee unless we win your case. If our lawyer can’t help you win your case, you won’t have to pay us for our services.
Many don’t realize that by hiring our attorneys, you won’t have to pay anything upfront. Once the case is settled or a verdict has been reached, our fees will be taken out of your recovery.
A contingency fee is beneficial for injury victims because this means you have the ability to hire the best possible legal counsel without worrying about the cost. It will give you the chance to pay your hospital bills, repair costs, and other costs related to the brain injury while having someone work on your case to recover that compensation.
Since the first meeting is free, you have nothing to lose by talking to our traumatic brain injury lawyer about your case.
What Should I Do After Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury (whether it is mild or severe) get medical attention right away. Traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose at a glance, and untreated brain injuries can cause long-term cognitive and physical damage.
Document all doctor visits, prescriptions, and missed time from work, as well as any witness statements that are available. Traumatic brain injuries could take years to recover from so it’s best to get a treatment plan from your doctor so you know what your future treatment will be.
If the insurance company should call after the accident, remember that you do not have to speak with the adjuster. If you do find yourself on a phone call with the other party’s insurance company, explain that you do not want the conversation recorded and keep your statement brief. Do not describe the extent of your injuries or any future medical treatments you will have.
Finally, contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. It is important that you have a catastrophic injury lawyer with extensive experience handling these types of cases because they can be very complex. The consultation is free, so you risk nothing by making the call and scheduling a consult with our traumatic brain injury attorney.
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Brain injuries can result from a variety of accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following as the top causes of these types of personal injury:
- Slip and falls: According to the CDC, 1 out of every 5 falls causes an injury, including a brain injury.
- Unintentional blunt trauma: For example, getting hit with a falling item at a construction site would constitute unintentional blunt trauma.
- Motor vehicle accidents: Car accidents and truck accidents account for 14 percent of brain injuries. They are also responsible for 26 percent of all deaths related to traumatic brain injury.
- Physical assault: Approximately 10 percent of all brain injuries were caused by violence.
- Medical malpractice: Failure to properly monitor a patient, or accidental oxygen deprivation during a medical procedure may result in serious brain damage.
- Sports or recreation: It is estimated that 10 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because of a sports or recreation accident, including those involving children.
What Are the Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Closed Head Injury
A closed head injury is a TBI in which the skull remains intact. These injuries can be extremely serious and result in a concussion, brain bleed, pressure on the brain, or other trauma. Common causes include falls, blunt force, and car accidents in which the impact causes the head and neck to jolt forward or backward, causing the brain to strike against the skull. Closed head injuries are the most common type of traumatic brain injury.
Penetrating Head Injury
A penetrating head trauma involves a fracture or breaks in the skull, often against the ground or by a foreign object. A penetrating head injury can be the result of a projectile such as a bullet or can be bone fragments from the skull being driven into the brain.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or to the body which causes the head to move back and forth. Often, a concussion can result in a bad headache, loss or altered state of consciousness, etc. Concussions are graded by levels by medical professionals in the following order:
- Grade 1: (Mild) Symptoms last less than 15 minutes and no loss of consciousness
- Grade 2: (Moderate) Symptoms last longer than 15 minutes and no loss of consciousness
- Grade 3: (Severe) Person loses consciousness, even if just for a few seconds
In some cases, what appears to be a concussion could actually be brain bruising which can also be severe if left undetected.
The symptoms of a concussion are not always apparent immediately which is why those who have been involved in a collision or other personal injury event should seek medical attention immediately.
A brain hemorrhage is a closed head injury that results in bleeding and swelling in the brain after an artery in the brain has burst. Brain hemorrhages may be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Signs a brain hemorrhage has occurred are:
- Sudden and severe headache(s)
- Weakness in an extremity(s) or tingling/numbness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Changes in vision
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Difficulty reading and/or writing
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Loss of consciousness
What Are the Symptoms of a TBI?
Brain injuries are more common than many people realize, and they often go undiagnosed. The CDC estimates that more than 1.5 million people suffer a brain injury each year. Of those, 85,000 suffer a long-term disability, and 50,000 die.
Severe head trauma can impair physical and cognitive functions or even render the victim comatose, but even seemingly minor accidents can lead to serious brain injuries. Know the signs and symptoms in order to diagnose and treat a head injury as quickly as possible:
- Memory loss
- Changes in vision or hearing
- Sleep problems
- Slurred speech, trouble finding words
- Emotional changes, depression, etc.
Traumatic Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do I Have to File a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit?
For most states, the statute of limitations for most injury cases is two years, meaning you have two years from the date of the incident to bring a claim against the negligent party. However, every case is different and the statute of limitations for your case will depend on your unique circumstances. A traumatic brain injury attorney can review the details of your situation and determine how long you have to file a claim.
Does a TBI Always Result in Loss of Consciousness?
Not always. Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity and symptoms, so it is entirely possible to suffer a mild traumatic brain injury without losing consciousness. In fact, this is one of the reasons these types of injuries can be misdiagnosed or missed. But even a mild traumatic brain injury can lead to serious brain damage and long-term problems if not treated properly. Consult with a doctor, and watch for signs such as disorientation, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and other changes in behavior.
How Do You Prove Negligence In Traumatic Brain Injury Cases?
To prove negligence in a traumatic brain injury claim, the victim of the injury must be able to demonstrate that the other party was negligent or at fault for the accident which lead to the brain injury.
The four elements of negligence that must be proven are:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the victim
- The defendant breached that duty
- The breach caused the victim’s brain injury
- The victim was injured and suffered damages
These cases can be difficult to prove on your own, which is why it is important to hire a traumatic brain injury attorney who has not only the legal claim experience, but the trial experience to bring forth a traumatic brain injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
What Evidence is Needed For a Brain Injury Lawsuit?
Because brain injuries may not be obvious right away following an accident, there are certain forms of evidence that can help brain injury victims and their families get the compensation they need for their injuries and losses.
Evidence in brain injury cases can include:
- Medical images (CT scans, MRI scans, x-rays, etc.)
- Brain mapping or diagrams to show brain injury occurred
- Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring to document swelling in the brain
- Diagnostic tests for mental/physical function, cognitive ability, information processing skills, speech control, motor skills, etc.
- Witness testimony
- Medical expert testimony
- Testimony from those who knew the victim before and after the event to illustrate how the brain injury has impacted the victim’s life
- Testimony from mental health experts
Can I Sue for a Product That Caused My Brain Injuries?
Yes, it is possible to bring forth a product liability claim when a defective or faulty product was the cause of your brain injuries. If successful, you may be able to bring a claim or case against the product makers, manufacturers, or distributors.
What If I Need Brain Surgery?
In some serious cases, a brain contusion, or impact to the head that results in severe bruising or bleeding of the brain, or a cerebral contusion which is a bruise to the brain tissue may require surgery. These surgeries can be needed to reduce intracranial pressure, which otherwise untreated can result in life-threatening or permanent brain damage.
When surgery is required, traumatic brain injury lawyers can help you calculate the total value of your recovery for medical treatment and long-term medical costs, loss of wages and future earning potential, and any long-term care that may be needed as a result of the TBI.
Because surgery can mean a long recovery, a traumatic brain injury attorney can represent you in a claim or case on your behalf, while you focus on recovery.
My Child Suffered a Brain Injury at Birth. Can You Help?
If your child suffered a brain injury at birth as a result of medical negligence or birth injury, a child brain injury lawyer from Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is here for you and your family.
We can investigate what went wrong during labor and delivery if the injury could have been avoided, and who is to blame for your child’s long-term medical needs. Birth injuries are particularly difficult to prove which is why working with a birth injury lawyer right away will be critical to your child’s care, and your ability to move forward without the worry of financial strain.
How Do You Find The Best Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Near Me?
In order to find the best brain injury lawyer near you, it is important that you conduct a thorough search for personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys in your area who have experience with traumatic brain injury legal issues.
Because the injury may be a result of medical negligence, product liability, or a personal injury event like a car accident, understanding brain injury laws is of the utmost importance because evidence from these cases can disappear quickly.
I Need a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Near Me. Can Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Help?
The Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys personal injury attorneys have been acknowledged by the Best Lawyers in America for their work securing compensation for personal injury victims throughout Pennsylvania and can do the same for you.
In most cases, a traumatic brain injury can be avoided by just behaving responsibly and ethically towards others. However, these injuries remain some of the most common, and most fatal when left untreated. Because of this, our brain damage lawyers will ensure that your losses are not in vain and that you have the resources needed to move forward.
For a no-obligation, free consultation, contact the traumatic brain injury law firm at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys now by phone, filling out a contact form, or chatting online now.