If you have suffered a traumatic head injury in a car accident, slip and fall accident, or work-related accident, you may have a right to compensation not only for the medical treatment you received but also for the impact that this injury has had on your life. At the Law Office of Jared Zafran, our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys can advocate for you and get you the compensation you deserve.
What Classifies as a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the CDC, a traumatic brain injury or TBI is caused by an impact or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not every head injury is classified as a TBI. Brain injuries that stem from other medical conditions, such as a stroke or a tumor in the brain are considered brain injuries, but do not fall under the umbrella of TBIs. For a brain injury to be considered a TBI, the head must have experienced some form of direct and forceful trauma that caused the injury. TBIs can cause significant disability and even death.
What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
The symptoms of a TBI vary from person to person. However, some of the more common symptoms include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleeping more than usual or having trouble sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Sensitivity to bright light or loud sound
- Sadness or depression
- Blurry vision or dizziness
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Extreme anxiety or nervousness
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
As mentioned above, a TBI results when the head is violently jolted or collides with another object. When this happens, the individual’s brain is also violently jolted, which causes bruising of the brain, bleeding in the skull, or the tearing of nerves in the brain. If the skull is fractured, the injury may also be caused by skull fragments lodging themselves in the brain. Typically, these kinds of injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents, trips and falls, acts of violence, or work-related accidents (such as something falling on someone at a construction site).
How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The time it takes to recover from a TBI varies from injury to injury. The most important factor that dictates how quickly someone will recover from a TBI depends on how severe the injury is. The more severe the injury, the longer it will take to recover. However, other important factors can be the age of the individual, whether they have previously had a TBI, the overall health of the individual, and if surgery is required. Most TBIs resolve within a year of the accident. Unfortunately, some TBIs take much longer to recover from, and in some cases, they may have permanent effects. Call the Philadelphia-area brain injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jared S. Zafran to discuss potential compensation for the permanent effects of your traumatic brain injury.
How Much Pain and Suffering Compensation will I Get for a Brain Injury?
Pain and suffering compensation is just what it sounds like: compensation that you have a right to for having endured an injury that you would not have experienced if it were not for the negligence of another individual or entity. The amount of compensation you are entitled to depends on the severity of your injury, how that injury has affected your life, and how long after the accident you were still experiencing pain. Other factors that are taken into consideration when attempting to calculate pain and suffering damages are:
- Whether the injury will have permanent or future effects
- The extent that the injury has interrupted your life
- The emotional or mental impact the injury has had
- The age of the injured individual
- The impact the injury has had on your ability to perform day to day duties
Call our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys today to discuss the specifics of your case.
How Long Will it Take to Settle My Traumatic Brain Injury Case?
Generally speaking, our Philadelphia brain injury lawyers will be able to settle your case within a year of it being filed with a court. Some cases will be able to settle before a lawsuit is even filed. However, there are numerous factors that can elongate this process. For example, if you are still being treated, if there are numerous tortfeasors involved, or if your injury is particularly traumatic, that can delay settlement for much longer. Call our office today at 215-587-0038 to discuss your settlement options with our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys and to get a better estimate of how long it will take your case to resolve.