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Brain injuries can cause cognitive, emotional, and sensory changes that result in permanent disabilities. Turn to the Bethlehem brain injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC for justice and compensation after sustaining a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence.

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This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

The award-winning Bethlehem brain injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC have decades of experience helping injured individuals stand up to large companies.

Our attorneys have been rated among the nation’s top 1 percent of lawyers and have earned a position in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 personal injury attorneys.

The Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC Get Results

The Bethlehem brain injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC have extensive experience holding accountable those who negligently injure others.

We take pride in the successful case results we have achieved for our deserving clients, including:

  • $10 million settlement for a first responder who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck in the head by the mirror of a commercial truck
  • $2.9 million settlement for a motorcycle rider who sustained a traumatic brain injury
  • $2.47 million settlement for a client injured by an armored car

We don’t stop fighting for our Lehigh Valley clients until we get the results they need and deserve. Our clients believe in the work we do and graciously share their experiences with others in similar situations.

We will help you recover the maximum compensation available by doing the following:

  • Investigating the incident
  • Identifying all liable parties
  • Negotiating with the insurance company
  • Presenting your case to a jury if necessary

We put people first at Cordisco & Saile LLC, and you can count on us to provide skillful representation and fierce advocacy. 

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Determining the Value of Your Brain Injury Case

If you or your child has sustained a brain injury, you may be entitled to pursue substantial compensation.

Economic Damages

Economic damages, also known as special damages, are compensation for the verifiable monetary losses caused by your accident. Economic damages may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Future medical expenses
  • Property damage

If your loved one has passed away from a brain injury caused by someone else, your family may qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Special damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include the medical expenses and lost income of the deceased and funeral expenses.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages, also known as general damages, are compensation for subjective, nonmonetary losses related to your quality of life. These include:

  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Loss of society
  • Loss of joy in life

In a wrongful death case, the family can recover pain and suffering damages on behalf of the deceased and for their own losses associated with the death, including loss of companionship, guidance, support, and comfort.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are a rare non-compensatory award in cases when evidence proves that the defendant’s conduct displayed extreme negligence or malice. Punitive damages in wrongful death cases are limited to twice the amount of compensatory damages.

Your compensation will depend on the type — traumatic or nontraumatic — and severity of your brain injury.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the most recent data obtained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 176 people die from traumatic brain injury every day in the United States.

Traumatic brain injury occurs when a blow to the head or a jolt causes damage to the brain, altering its function. Traumatic brain injury may be penetrating or closed. A penetrating injury occurs when broken skull bones or another object, such as a bullet, directly impacts brain tissue.

A closed brain injury is caused by a blunt force or jolt, which damages the brain through the resulting impact inside the skull. Traumatic brain injury most commonly occurs from motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries, birth injuries, and violence.

 

Nontraumatic Brain Injury

A nontraumatic brain injury occurs when an internal process, such as deprivation of blood or oxygen, damages the brain without an external blow or jolt. These injuries can be classified as follows:

  • Hypoxic brain injury: caused by insufficient oxygen
  • Anoxic brain injury: caused by complete oxygen deprivation to all or part of the brain
  • Ischemic brain injury: caused by lack of blood flow to the brain, leading to hypoxia or anoxia

Nontraumatic brain injury may occur due to medical malpractice, swimming pool accidents, exposure to toxins, electrocution, birth injuries, and infections.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may be short-lived or permanent, depending on the injury’s severity. Symptoms may emerge immediately or in the hours, days, or weeks that follow.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild traumatic brain injury may result in any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Speech difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • A dazed, confused, or disoriented state
  • Loss of memory
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Loss of consciousness does not always occur. After any jolt or blow to the head, any of the above symptoms could signify traumatic brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury, also known as a concussion, is the most common type. If you or someone you know experienced a head injury, take our concussion quiz.

Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

The symptoms of moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries are similar to those of a mild traumatic brain injury but with increased persistence, severity, and duration. Symptoms are more commonly delayed with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. These additional symptoms may also emerge:

  • Loss of consciousness that lasts longer than 30 minutes
  • Convulsions
  • Dilated pupil in one or both eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
  • Inability to wake from sleep
  • Loss of sensation or weakness in extremities
  • Loss of coordination
  • Agitation
  • Slurred speech
  • Coma
  • Vegetative state

Children’s Symptoms

Children with brain injuries may be unable to communicate symptoms, but the following external symptoms can point to traumatic brain injury:

  • Change in appetite
  • Irritable or depressed mood
  • Persistent crying
  • New attention deficits
  • Sleep changes
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of interest in activities usually enjoyed

Will I recover from my brain injury?

Recovery from mild traumatic brain injury usually occurs in a matter of days, but in some cases, this can take much longer. Recovery from moderate and severe brain injuries is less certain.

The brain generally cannot repair or regenerate damaged tissue. However, in some cases, the brain can be trained to transmit messages through alternative pathways. This is known as neuroplasticity.

Some patients experience a full recovery through neuroplasticity, while others recover partial functioning. Some patients don’t recover any function. Recovery following a brain injury is unpredictable. When recovery does occur, the process can take several years.

Determining the Party Responsible for Your Brain Injury

Establishing liability following a brain injury requires a thorough investigation into medical records and the accident that caused the injury. Brain injury cases are generally complex and require an experienced personal injury attorney with legal and medical knowledge and resources.

Who may be liable for my brain injury?

Liability for car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents may fall on the following:

  • A negligent driver
  • Vehicle parts manufacturers
  • The Bethlehem Township
  • Lehigh or Northampton County
  • The state of Pennsylvania
  • A vehicle owner
  • A negligent mechanic
  • An employer

Government entities may be liable when poorly maintained road conditions cause or contribute to an accident.

In truck accidents, the trucking company may also be liable due to poor training, negligent hiring, or poorly maintained equipment.

Who is liable for slips and falls?

Property owners are generally liable for slips and falls that occur on their property, but only if the owner’s negligence caused or contributed to the incident.

A negligent employer may also be liable. If you become injured as an employee, your dispute may be a workers’ compensation case.

Who is liable for medical malpractice?

In medical malpractice cases, any licensed health care provider who caused your injury while failing to exercise a reasonable standard of care may be liable. This includes:

  • Doctors
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Midwives
  • Pharmacists
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes

Medical malpractice includes medication errors, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, nursing home abuse, lack of supervision, and birth errors leading to brain injury.

What To Do After a Brain Injury

If you have experienced a head injury in a car accident or any other accident, a prompt examination by a physician is critical to rule out a traumatic brain injury.

Seeking and following medical advice immediately after your accident will aid your recovery and provide the necessary medical documentation to support your personal injury case.

Traumatic brain injury is not always directly detectable, and you may prevent secondary brain injury by seeking immediate medical attention. Secondary brain injury can cause more damage and disability than the initial injury and may include:

  • Reduced oxygen to the brain
  • Excessive blood loss from intracranial bleeding
  • Excessively low blood pressure
  • High or low blood sugar
  • Body temperature dysregulation
  • Intracranial pressure from swelling of the brain

When seeking medical attention, consider visiting one of the many Level I and Level II trauma centers in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas.

Lehigh Valley Trauma Centers

Level I Adult

Lehigh Valley Hospital Center – Cedar Crest
Cedar Crest Blvd. & I-78, P.O. Box 689
Allentown, PA 18105
610-402-1350 or 610-402-8464

St. Luke’s University Hospital
801 Ostrum St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-4000

Level II Adult

Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg
2545 Schoenersville Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18017
484-884-2200

St. Luke’s Hospital – Anderson Campus
1872 St. Luke’s Blvd.
Easton, PA 18045
866-785-8537

Level II Pediatric

Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital – Cedar Crest
State Rte. 1019
Allentown, PA 18104
610-402-1350 or 610-402-8464

When should I hire a Bethlehem head injury attorney?

It is important to contact a Bethlehem head injury lawyer as soon as possible after sustaining your injury. The Pennsylvania statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury, with some exceptions.

While two years may seem like significant time, investigating and preparing a strong case requires early attorney access and an investment of time and resources.

How much does a Bethlehem brain injury lawyer cost?

At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we are committed to ensuring finances do not hinder justice for our clients. This is why we operate on a contingency fee agreement, which means we do not charge for services until after we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We then charge a percentage of your recovery as disclosed upfront.

Call the Bethlehem Brain Injury Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC Today

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Our Bethlehem brain injury attorneys serve clients in Allentown, Fullerton, Hellertown, Easton, and the entire Lehigh Valley region, including Northampton and Lehigh counties. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC now for a free case review.

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