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Statistically, more than one million Americans will suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Approximately 50,000 people die each year from traumatic brain injury.

  • Can be caused by head contact or the mere jolting of the brain within the cranium, such as the impact a fighter sustains when punched and his head reverberates back and forth.
  • Concussions usually precede traumatic brain injury.
  • Concussion may happen when your head strikes an object or an object strikes your head.
  • You may suffer a traumatic brain injury without loss of consciousness
  • Symptoms include: headaches, nausea, diminished concentration, fatigue, sleep problems and often depression.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events.  Examples of such an event include (but are not limited to): sexual assault, warfare, serious injury, or threats of imminent death. People who experience assault-based trauma are more likely to develop PTSD, as opposed to people who experience non-assault based trauma such as witnessing trauma, accidents, and fire events. War veterans are commonly at risk for PTSD.  But everyday people can suffer debilitating symptoms too.

Here’s one example from our files: Case Study:  Our client was minding her own business as she was driving to work on the Schuykill Expressway when a trailer going the opposite direction lost one of its wheels which flew over the median and landed on her hood and windshield. Fortunately she suffered relatively minor physical injuries but for more than 3 years she was too frightened to drive her car to and from work. She eventually sought the help of a psychologist who through extensive therapy was able to give her coping devises so she could get behind the wheel. Various psychological tests concluded that was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. Our familiarity with cases such as this enabled us to successfully settle her claim before trial.

Closed Head Injury

Closed-head injuries are a type of traumatic brain injury in which the skull and dura mater remain intact. Closed-head injuries are the leading cause of death in children under 4 years old and the most common cause of physical disability and cognitive impairment in young people. Overall, closed-head injuries and other forms of mild traumatic brain injury account for about 75% of the estimated 17 million brain injuries that occur annually in the United States.  Brain injuries such as closed-head injuries may result in lifelong physical, cognitive, or psychological impairment and, thus, are of utmost concern with regards to public health. Symptoms include: headache, dizziness, nausea, slurred speech and vomiting.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

This condition is recognized generally by confusion and headaches.  To qualify for this diagnosis, you must have suffered a loss of consciousness.

Treatment for both traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome requires prompt medical attention.  Most often, CT scans will identify the extent of the injury. Post diagnosis treatment will include physical and occupational therapy as well as psychological support. Treatment of Mild Brain Injury claims:

  • It is important to treat with a doctor who is very familiar with such claims.
  • Frequently, neuropsychological testing will be needed to “map” the injured area of the brain and to relate that injury to the trauma sustained.

Our office regularly reviews reports from neuropsychologists.  We often will retain the services of a life care planner, a vocational expert and an economist.  These experts will assist us in ensuring that you receive a full financial recovery which will include recovery of your financial losses as well as pain and suffering. For more information or to discuss your case, please call us at 610-436-6220