According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect millions of Americans each year. In fact, statistics indicate that there were approximately 2.5 million TBI injuries that occurred either as isolated injuries or in conjunction with other injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force results in an injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function. Importantly, a blow to the head is not necessary for a TBI to occur; often, a violent jolt is enough to cause a brain injury. Brain injuries can vary significantly in severity, ranging from mild concussions to serious injuries in which a foreign object penetrates the skull. When a TBI occurs because of someone else’s negligence, victims may be able to recover for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit. The experienced Pittsburgh brain injury lawyers of Flaherty Fardo are dedicated to helping the victims of brain injuries recover, and work tirelessly to obtain the highest possible settlement or award in each case we take.
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a number of ways. In order to be able to recover, a plaintiff must be able to establish that their injury was caused by negligence. In the context of a personal injury lawsuit, “negligence” means the failure to act as would a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Some of the more common kinds of TBI-causing accidents that are often the result of negligence include:
After an accident that caused a TBI, it is very important for victims to seek medical attention immediately. In addition to ensuring that you get the medical treatment you need, seeing a physician will generate an official record of your injuries that can be used as evidence should your case become disputed.
Some traumatic brain injuries, such as mild concussions, are often self-resolving and do not require intensive medical treatment. More severe TBIs, on the other hand, can have potentially long-term consequences that affect victims for years. Of course, the severity of the complications associated with a TBI are generally in proportion to the severity of the initial injury. Some of the more common complications of traumatic brain injuries include:
These and other complications associated with TBIs can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses, and in some cases may keep victims from being able to live independently. As a result, it is imperative that victims ensure that their legal rights are protected by retaining an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs.
Hiring an attorney after an accident resulting in a TBI is often the first step in obtaining compensation for your injuries and holding the party or parties responsible for your injuries accountable. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Flaherty Fardo today at (412) 802-6666.