The consequences of a traumatic brain injury (commonly referred to as a TBI) can dramatically alter the circumstances of your life and have a serious impact on your loved ones. All the same, it can be difficult to navigate the legal waters in the wake of an accident, especially if you and your loved ones are still grieving and recovering from shock. Tom Bosworth Law is here to help with a free case consultation and a record of success. We stand for accountability for our clients, and from the parties that wronged them. We are your Philadelphia brain injury lawyers.
Traumatic brain injuries are a class of injuries that disrupt the brain’s normal function. Even light percussive blows to the head can result in serious injury, and there are many common causes. Among these are motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, and slip and fall accidents, but there are others.
Injuries are classed as either open-head injuries (in which the skull is damaged) and closed-head injuries, in which the skull is not necessarily damaged, but the soft tissue of the brain was compromised by force trauma.
There are also three broad categories of TBI, which are mild, moderate, and severe, and which are classified according to how long the victim lost consciousness after the event. In the most severe cases, a TBI can result in loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours.
In addition to the fact that a traumatic brain injury can result in prolonged loss of consciousness, different types of brain injuries can also result in a concussion, hemorrhage, aneurysm, or edema, among other complications. In some cases, a TBI can also result in a hypoxic brain injury, in which the brain was starved of oxygen for a prolonged period of time; these injuries can have lasting and permanent effects, even lasting damage to vision, speech, motor function, and memory.
There are many ways in which a TBI can result in damages, which must then be calculated. These damages include but are not limited to the cost of medical treatment or care following the incident, as well as loss of wages, benefits, and even decreases in future earnings potential.
Damages can also be calculated according to more subjective metrics, including but not limited to the resultant diminished quality (and enjoyment) of life, as well as physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering that occur as a result of the injury.
Yes, the statute of limitations on TBI cases is two years from the date of the accident. In some cases, the statute of limitations may be two years from when the injury was diagnosed, and not from the date of the accident that caused it. If you have questions about this, please contact our Philadelphia brain injury lawyers.
If you have questions about liability and brain injuries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or in the City of Philadelphia, don’t try to tackle that all on your own. Our brain injury lawyers are here to help and we can offer you a free case consultation. If you have questions, call us today. We will help you get to the bottom of it, and may be able to help you bring a suit for any compensation you deserve.