Montgomery County Brain Injury Attorney
Brain injuries are especially difficult injuries. Your brain is your body’s central command center, but it’s also elemental to exactly what it is that makes you uniquely you. Even a minor brain injury can affect you in unpredictable, overarching, and exceedingly complex ways. If you’ve suffered a brain injury in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you’re likely to be the victim of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which are injuries caused by trauma to the head, such as by a blow or by violent shaking. TBIs are further complicated by the fact that their symptoms can be slow to present, which means that necessary medical treatment is sometimes delayed – thus exacerbating the seriousness of the injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious injuries. In fact, it’s difficult to overstate exactly just how devastating their effects can be. Every TBI is as unique as the brain it affects. Your brain is so closely associated with who you are, that even if your TBI only elicits small changes, it can have exceedingly dramatic and noticeable effects. Traumatic brain injuries typically require extensive and ongoing medical care – that often includes a psychological component. Such injuries are closely associated with exorbitant medical expenses along with extreme physical and emotional consequences that can stay with you throughout your lifetime. Though TBIs are often invisible to the outside observer (and are thus sometimes known as silent injuries), their seriousness should never be minimized or discounted.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you’re bound to be going through a very difficult time and you may not know where to turn for help. These injuries are often harrowing, and your just compensation is critical to your ability to remain on the path to recovery. At The Levin Firm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, we have the compassion, commitment, and experience to aggressively fight for your rights and for your rightful compensation – and we’re here to help.
Your brain is your body’s command central – it tells your body what to do in relation to what’s going on with you. As such, even minor alterations to this highly calibrated mechanism can have serious – and extremely unpredictable – physical and emotional consequences that are often ongoing. While every traumatic brain injury follows its own unique path, these injuries are often associated with changes in mental functioning; sensory perceptions that are diminished, including hearing and sense of smell; and decreased language abilities. Each of these elements factors directly into what it is that makes you who you are and, as such, can elicit especially significant psychological effects. Further, a serious traumatic brain injury can cause the sufferer to experience seizures that can become chronic.
The statistics related to traumatic brain injuries are staggering. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares several important TBI-related stats:
- Of the approximate 1.7 million Americans who suffer from TBIs every year, about 52,000 die and nearly 275,000 are hospitalized;
- Of all the injury-related fatalities in the U.S., almost 30 percent involve TBIs;
- The young and the elderly are most likely to be the victims of TBIs (4 years old and younger, between the ages of 15 and 19, and over the age of 65);
- Males are more likely than females to suffer from TBIs; and
- Boys who are 4 years old or younger are most likely to incur a TBI that causes them to go to the ER, to be hospitalized; or to be killed.
Accidents And Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs can be caused by almost any kind of accident, but there are several that are very closely related to this kind of injury:
Car accidents are always dangerous, and any kind of motor vehicle accident – including car, truck, motorcycle, bike, pedestrian/vehicle – are especially conducive to traumatic brain injuries. The impact of such accidents causes passengers and drivers alike to be thrown about inside the shell of their vehicles (and pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists aren’t even afforded this protection), which often leads to head trauma. Even a relatively minor car accident can lead to a significant head injury.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents happen – a lot. And their victims are subject to traumatic brain injuries. While the name conjures up nothing so much as an embarrassing accident, slip and falls are often the result of property owners who are negligent in maintaining safe premises. Slip and fall accidents – and resultant traumatic brain injuries – are especially dangerous for the elderly and the very young.
Accidents Related to School Sports
School sports – especially high-impact sports such as football and wrestling – have gotten a lot of press lately for their potential to cause dangerous head injuries, including concussions (a type of TBI). The fact is that, if your children engage in such school sports, they’re more likely to endure falls, trips, and blows that can lead to TBIs – even multiple TBIs.
The Psychology of TBIs
Your brain is tantamount to who you are. If you suffer a brain injury, it can alter or diminish your sense of self, which is obviously a difficult hurdle to overcome. Further, the effects of such injuries can serve to push sufferers’ support systems away – as their families and friends grapple to deal with a loved one whom they may no longer fully recognize. In other words, TBIs can have a snowball effect that encourages isolation and other negative behaviors that are detrimental to holistic healing.
If You’ve Suffered A TBI, Consult With A Skilled Montgomery County Personal Injury Attorney Today
If someone else’s negligence has left you with a brain injury, you know just how traumatizing that is. You don’t, however, need to face this difficult time alone. At The Levin Firm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, we understand how difficult the TBI recovery journey can be, and we’re committed to helping you navigate your claim toward the compensation to which you’re entitled and need. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at 215–825–5183 today.