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Head Injuries

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Personal Injury Lawyers in PAHead injuries and brain injuries are among the most serious injuries a person can suffer. Caused by car and motorcycle accidents, from a slip and fall, or from many other events, the effect of a traumatic brain injury can be catastrophic. Not only are head and brain injuries serious, but when they occur, you need a lawyer who understands the many issues that arise in these cases.

Types of Head Injuries

Head injuries take many shapes and forms. Some injuries are visible, while others will remain invisible to the naked eye. But all head injuries are serious, such as:

  • Cuts and scrapes. These wounds usually bleed profusely but only because you have so many blood vessels in the head.
  • Broken bones or nose. Your head contains over 20 bones, any one of which might suffer a break.
  • Concussion. A concussion occurs whenever your head suffers a jarring blow that moves the brain around inside your skull. The brain can contact your skull, possibly causing you to black out.
  • Contusion. This is a bruise on the brain that most often occurs when the brain strikes a ridge on the skull. If a clot forms in the brain, it is called a hematoma.
  • Disfigurement. Serious facial wounds sometimes result from car accidents, explosions, or exposure to acid or other chemicals. This disfigurement might require surgery or skin grafts to repair. It isn’t unusual for facial disfigurement to never be fully repaired with surgery, so the victim often suffers psychologically for the change in their appearance and may withdraw.
  • Brain injury. When an object penetrates the skull, you can suffer serious damage to different areas of your brain. For example, you might be shot, hit in the head with shovel, or fall on a stake or other sharp object. These brain injuries often result in a loss of ability to walk, talk, or move your arms.

These are only some of the more common physical injuries you can suffer. But head injuries often change the victim’s behavior, plunging them into depression and anxiety or impeding their ability to sleep at night. These mental injuries are often as equally painful as the physical ones and can seriously diminish your quality of life.

Expensive Treatment and Lengthy Rehabilitation

The amount of time it takes to recover—and the amount of money you will need to spend to further your recovery—depends on the severity of your head injury. Generally, less serious head injuries will require less time and less money before you feel “whole” again:

  • Cuts and scrapes need to be washed and then dressed properly so that they don’t become infected. You may also need stitches to close up any wound. If an infection is a problem, you’ll probably take a regiment of antibiotics.
  • A concussion usually clears up in 7-10 days with sufficient bed rest. You can usually treat any pain with over-the-counter pain medication. However, if you don’t get enough rest, you risk suffering a second concussion, which is usually much harder to recover from.
  • Contusions and hematomas may require brain surgery if the pressure on the brain increases. Recovery time varies depending on the location and size of the injury.

More serious brain injuries often require months or years of rehabilitation. You might need to learn how to walk or talk again, or you might need to learn new ways of communicating and taking care of yourself. Depending on the brain injury, you may need a lifetime of medical care to help you breathe or eat. Serious brain injuries often result in an inability to work, and lifetime costs of treatment run from $85,000 to $3 million.

Financial Compensation Is Available

Given their seriousness, head injuries can seriously upend your life through no fault of your own. They may no longer be able to return to work but have to watch as medical bills and long-term care costs continue to pile up—with no ability to pay them. Fortunately, the legal system exists to protect victims by forcing the party responsible for the head injury to compensate the victim for the costs of their injury.

For example, you might receive compensation for the following:

  • Reimbursement of medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • The costs of long-term care
  • Replacement of lost wages
  • Replacement of future lost wages, if you cannot return to their old job or to any job
  • Property damage, for example, if your car was wrecked in an auto accident

You may also be entitled to pain and suffering damages, which will compensate you for the physical and mental pain of your injury. Depending on the circumstances, your pain and suffering damages might be several times the costs of your medical expenses, especially if you suffered a devastating injury that has left you paralyzed or has disfigured your face. For example, you might receive $100,000 in medical expenses and lost wages but receive double that amount ($200,000) for your pain and suffering.

Like pain and suffering damages, you might qualify for compensation for changes in your intimate relationships, called “loss of consortium.” For example, your spouse might be able to sue for the loss of sexual intimacy and care because of the injury you suffered. Your spouse will have to file the lawsuit, but they can still receive compensation based on your head injury.

Punitive Damages Are Possible

You might also qualify for punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate you for your injuries, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant. Punitive damages are not available in every case. Instead, they are reserved for outrageous conduct that shows a reckless disregard for the well-being of others.

For example, you won’t receive punitive damages if someone injured you accidentally because of their carelessness. If someone backs out of their driveway without looking over their shoulder, they are being merely careless. But punitive damages are possible when someone intentionally wounds you by, for example, shooting you in the head or deliberately running you over with their car. For punitive damages, you might receive an amount several times your compensatory damages.

There are the obvious medical injuries. But quite often, there may be internal head injuries that can turn out to be the most serious. Brain injuries can change a person’s behavior, destroy a person’s ability to walk, talk, think, speak or perform the types of functions we all take for granted. Head and brain injuries often require long-term care and rehabilitation, and may involve extraordinary medical expenses. At The Levin Firm, we understand the severity of these traumatic head and brain injuries, and work with our clients, their friends and family, as well as their doctors, psychologists, long-term care planners, and others – to assure that our clients receive not only the finest legal representation but also the finest support and medical care.

Representing clients with traumatic head and brain injuries requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum effort to their clients. At The Levin Firm, our Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys have represented clients with head and brain injuries for many years. Our attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.

Contact a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, you need compensation to replace lost wages and pay for medical treatment. At the Levin Firm, we help accident victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has suffered a traumatic brain injury or a traumatic head injury, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. Contact us for a free consultation by calling 215-825-5183.

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