If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury in Pittsburgh, contact a lawyer with experience handling complex brain injury cases.
Nothing is more serious than a serious brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. BrainLine reports that TBI contributes to about 30% of U.S. deaths each year. Alarmingly, the number of annual TBI cases is rising. The CDC’s TBI Report shows 3 million emergency room visits for brain injuries each year, including almost 840,000 children. Likewise, the CDC reports that TBI contributes to the wrongful death of over 50,000 Americans each year. Sadly, over 2,500 of those 50,000 are children. If you or a loved one suffered a serious brain injury, you deserve justice. You deserve a Pittsburgh brain injury lawyer who will fight for you.
Munley Law has won some of Pennsylvania’s largest settlements and verdicts, including a groundbreaking $26 million settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
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Brain Injuries Cases FAQ
Q: What are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries?
Bumps, blows, and jolts to the head as well as penetrating head injuries that disrupt the normal function of the brain cause traumatic brain injuries. A number of traumatic events cause these injuries.
- Falls: According to the CDC, falls account for 48% of TBI-related emergency room visits. This is even more pronounced for older adults and younger children. For Americans 65 and older, 81% of all emergency room visits are related to a slip and fall accident. For children under 17, 49% of E.R. visits are due to a fall.
- Automobile Crashes: Car, SUV, and truck crashes account for 20% of all TBI hospitalizations.
- Intentional Self-Harm: With respect to deaths, traumatic brain injuries from intentional self-harm is the leading cause of death.
- Being Struck By/With an Object: As the CDC reports, being struck by or against an object was the second leading cause of TBI-related ED visits, accounting for about 17% of all TBI-related ED visits in the United States. For children, the rate is 28%.
In addition, abuse, swimming pool accidents, bicycle accidents, contact sports, and medical malpractice also contribute to traumatic brain injuries.
Q: What are the most common types of brain injuries?
A combination of “primary” and “secondary” injuries make up most traumatic brain injuries. Injuries that occur during the initial traumatic event are primary injuries. In contrast, secondary injuries are metabolic and physiologic changes that began at the time of the initial injury, but may last for hours and days after.
For example, common primary injuries to the brain include:
- Intracranial Hematomas: Intracranial hematomas are the rupture of a blood vessel leading to the collection of blood in brain tissues or empty spaces
- Skull Fractures: When there is a break or crack in the skull, a skull fracture can cause serious injuries and complications.
- Contusions: A contusion is a bruise of the brain tissue.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: When a brain is subjected to sudden rotational forces or violet stopping, a diffuse axonal injury can arise.
Common secondary brain injuries include:
- Hypoxia and Hypotensions
- Cerebral Edema
- Second Impact Syndrome
Q: What kinds of damages are available in traumatic brain injury cases in Pennsylvania?
Under Pennsylvania law, if you or someone you love suffered a brain injury and another party is at fault, you can file a claim for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the kinds of losses that can be easily calculable. Non-economic damages represent intangible losses that are difficult to calculate. While rare, some plaintiffs are able to recover for punitive damages as well. To learn more about the different kinds of damages in personal injury cases, see our blog post.
Most commonly, a plaintiff with a traumatic brain injury might recover for the following economic damages:
- Lost wages, where the TBI prevents the plaintiff from working
- Medical treatment costs, including rescue, ambulance, emergency services, doctors visits, diagnostic tests, medical procedures, surgeries, medications, and follow-up care.
- The costs of future medical treatment
- Rehabilitative services costs, such as physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT).
- The costs of medical devices and modifications, for plaintiffs who are permanently or temporarily disabled because of their injuries.
Additionally, injured plaintiffs can recover for the following non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
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