Your Pennsylvania Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
A brain injury – also known as traumatic brain injury, brain damage, head trauma, or concussion – can be catastrophic. 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. Since 1959, the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have fought for victims of serious head injuries and their loved ones. We have represented clients throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and nationally, and have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our award-winning legal team have 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 (855) 866-5529 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.
Traumatic Brain Injury Causes
Brain injuries can result from a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall, work-site accident, drowning, or other trauma. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains statistical data concerning traumatic brain injury and concussions. It lists the following as the top causes for these types of personal injury:
- Slip and falls
- Unintentional blunt trauma – for example, getting hit with a falling item at a construction site would constitute unintentional blunt trauma.
- Motor vehicle accidents account for 14% of brain injuries. They are also responsible for 26% of all deaths related to traumatic brain injury.
- Brain injuries may occur as a result of physical assault. Approximately 10% of all brain injuries were caused by violence.
- Medical malpractice may cause brain injuries. Failure to properly monitor a patient, or accidental oxygen deprivation during a medical procedure may result in serious brain damage.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Blast Injury – A blast injury is a head injury that results from an explosion.
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 injuries.
Penetrating Head Injury – A penetrating head trauma involves a fracture or break in the skull, often against the ground or by a foreign object.
Brain Injury Symptoms
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; 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.
How a Brain Injury Lawyer at Munley Law Can Help
If you or someone you love have suffered a brain injury in an accident, it is important that you speak with an 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 up front or out of your own pocket.
If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury, contact us for a free consultation by calling (855) 866-5529, fill out our email form, or chat live with one of our representatives.
Traumatic Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How long do I have to file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit?
A: In Pennsylvania, 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 personal injury lawyer can review the details of your situation and determine how long you have to file a claim.
Q: How much will it cost to hire a traumatic brain injury lawyer?
A: At Munley Law, we do not collect a fee until we win your case. Our fee is a standard portion of the settlement or verdict we obtain for you, so you pay nothing up front or out of your own pocket. If we cannot recover your damages, you owe us nothing.
Q: Does a TBI always result in loss of consciousness?
A: 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.
Q: What should I do after a traumatic brain injury?
A: 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. Watch the person closely for any changes in behavior, speech, mood, or other symptoms. Document all doctor visits, prescriptions, and missed time from work, as well as any witness statements that are available. Finally, contact a brain injury lawyer at Munley Law as soon as possible. It is important that you have a lawyer with extensive experience handling these types pf cases because they can be very complex. The consultation is free, so you risk nothing by making the call.