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Brain Injury Lawyer in Bristol

Innocent people often sustain brain injuries because of others’ carelessness, resulting in lifelong cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities. If you have suffered a brain injury in Bristol, a Cordisco & Saile lawyer may be able to help you recover substantial compensation.

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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.

Approximately 543,288 people in Pennsylvania live with disabilities related to brain injuries, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and 138,600 new brain injuries occur in Pennsylvania each year. Most of these injuries result from preventable car accidents and falls.

The Bristol brain injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile help brain injury victims get justice against parties who injure others through negligence.

Cordisco & Saile LLC Fights for Justice for Our Injured Bristol Clients

The award-winning attorneys at Cordisco & Saile have been rated in the top 1 percent of litigators in the nation and have earned a position in the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100. This acclaim came from the remarkable case results we consistently achieve for our worthy clients.

In one recent case, our attorneys negotiated a $2.47 million settlement on behalf of a Bristol driver who sustained a spinal fracture and developed a drop foot, resulting in permanent disability, after being rear-ended by an armored car while stopped at a red light. 

Our investigation revealed the armored truck driver was hired two days before the crash and had received minimal training. He was fired the following day.

We put people first at Cordisco & Saile, and it shows in the client feedback we receive, such as the following:

“They went out of their way to make a bad incident in my life as easy as possible. They made me feel comfortable right from the beginning. They kept me in the loop the entire time. My whole experience was great at Cordisco & Saile, and I would highly recommend them.”

How much is my brain injury case worth?

Case value depends on the following factors:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The financial impact of your injuries
  • The available insurance and assets of the liable parties

The Bristol brain injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile pursue maximum compensation by thoroughly investigating the incident and the liable parties to strengthen our clients’ cases and identify all compensatory avenues.

Brain injury survivors may recover the following damages:

  • Economic damages: compensation for verifiable monetary losses including lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage
  • Noneconomic damages: compensation for pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages: damages awarded to punish the defendant in rare cases when the defendant’s conduct displayed a blatant disregard for the safety of others

Economic damages include projected future losses, such as loss of earning capacity and ongoing medical expenses. Correctly calculating these lifetime monetary losses is crucial to ensuring you receive sufficient compensation to meet your needs over time. 

Our Bristol brain injury lawyers consult with some of the nation’s foremost financial planners, economists, and medical experts to ensure all future costs are included.

What compensation is available if my loved one died from a brain injury?

The Bucks County wrongful death attorneys at Cordisco & Saile help families recover economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages for the tragic loss of loved ones. Wrongful death damages may include:

  • Medical expenses of the deceased
  • Loss of the lifetime income of the deceased
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Loss of companionship, guidance, support, and comfort
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages up to double the amount of the compensatory damages

How can a Bristol brain injury lawyer help?

Recovering compensation for a brain injury in Bristol is not always straightforward. An insurance company may attempt to blame you for the accident or offer lowball settlements that fall short of meeting your needs. Determining whether a settlement offer is fair and reasonable requires medical and legal knowledge.

The Bristol personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile have the experience, resources, and passion to stand up to insurance companies and ensure clients are treated fairly. While we successfully settle most cases, we are always well prepared to present cases in court if a fair and reasonable settlement cannot be reached.

What is traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an alteration to brain function due to an external force, such as a jolt or blow to the head. 

A penetrating traumatic brain injury occurs when an object physically pierces the brain. 

A closed injury occurs when a blunt object or force causes the brain to move inside the skull, resulting in contusions, blood clots, bleeds, or tearing of brain tissue.

The Difference Between Traumatic and Nontraumatic Brain Injury

Brain injuries can also be caused by internal factors that occur without an external force. This is known as a nontraumatic brain injury. Nontraumatic brain injuries occur from the deprivation of blood or oxygen to the brain, which can happen during:

  • Near-drowning
  • Choking
  • Electrocution
  • Medical malpractice
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Infections

Medical malpractice that may lead to nontraumatic brain injuries includes surgical errors, medication errors, negligent infection control, and birth injuries

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary based on whether the injury is mild, moderate, or severe. Mild traumatic brain injury is the most common type and is also known as a concussion. 

Recovery from a concussion typically occurs within a matter of days or weeks, but in 15 to 20 percent of cases, disabling effects linger, according to Penn Medicine. Moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries may result in lifelong disability. If you or someone you know experienced a head injury, take our concussion quiz to understand the symptoms.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision problems
  • Memory impairment
  • Mood disorders 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness
  • Neurological deficits

Complications of Traumatic Brain Injury

According to Medscape, a traumatic brain injury may result in the following serious long-term effects:

  • Seizures 
  • Blood clots
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Abnormal gait
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive decline
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Substance abuse
  • Aggression
  • Coma 

What is the prognosis for traumatic brain injury?

Patients with mild traumatic brain injury tend to make a full recovery. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has found that moderate brain injury survivors with closed injuries have the following outcomes:

  • Positive recovery: 60 percent
  • Permanent moderate disability: 25 percent 
  • Death or persistent vegetative state: 7 to 10 percent
  • Severe disability: 5 to 8 percent

Severe traumatic brain injury survivors with closed injuries experience positive recovery 25 to 33 percent of the time, with approximately a sixth of patients being left with moderate and severe disabilities. Approximately a third do not survive or remain in a persistent vegetative state. 

These outcomes do not include subtle emotional or cognitive changes that may result in significant neuropsychological deficits. 

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The most common causes of traumatic brain injury are:

  • Falls 
  • Being struck by an object 
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Violence
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Forceps and vacuum extraction errors during childbirth
  • Construction accidents

What types of brain injury cases do we handle?

Our Bristol head injury lawyers accept most brain injury cases that stem from the negligence of others. We have successfully handled the following types of cases:

How do I know if I have a brain injury case?

Negligence occurs when you can prove that an injury resulted from another party failing to exercise a legal duty of care. The at-fault party must have insurance or collectible assets. In many cases, more than one party is liable. 

Cordisco & Saile offers a free consultation to anyone in Bristol and throughout Bucks County who has been injured. This is the most accurate means to determine whether your case meets these criteria.

Who is liable for my injuries in Bristol?

The following parties may be liable for injuries sustained in traffic accidents:

  • A negligent driver
  • The owner of a motor vehicle
  • A trucking company
  • A negligent mechanic
  • A government entity
  • A tire manufacturer
  • An airbag manufacturer

If you fall on someone else’s property, a negligent property owner may be liable, including a government agency if the fall occurs on public property.

In medical malpractice cases, any licensed health-care provider may be liable, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and hospitals.

If you are injured at work, liability depends on your employment status. Employers may be liable for injuries sustained by independent contractors, while workers’ compensation covers injuries to most employees, regardless of fault. 

Third parties such as property owners, vehicle drivers, and product manufacturers can also be liable for occupational injuries.

When should I contact a Bristol head injury lawyer?

You should contact a head injury lawyer promptly after sustaining the injury. Cordisco & Saile performs thorough accident investigations, which require early access to evidence. This includes retrieval and review of medical records, witness interviews, accident reconstruction, and consultations with experts.

This investigation must be completed before your case is filed. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations is two years after the accident, and shorter in some cases. Immediately contacting an attorney will ensure your case is ready to file ahead of the deadline.

How much does a brain injury lawyer cost in Bristol?

Retaining a Bristol brain injury lawyer requires no upfront cost. At Cordisco & Saile, we will collect a percentage of your recovery after we win your case. 

Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC for a Free Consultation

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We are proud to announce the selection of one of our attorneys, Michael Saile, to the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) Preferred Attorneys Program. This is an exclusive database comprised of expert brain injury lawyers practicing in personal injury. Cordisco & Saile LLC has been selected as a personal injury expert in Pennsylvania.

If you or your loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to substantial compensation, but time is limited. Contact us today for a free consultation.

A case that settled for
$2.9 million
which involved a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident
A case that settled for
$10 million
after the client sustained multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions we frequently receive.

Who pays my medical bills?

After a motor vehicle accident, your no-fault insurance covers your medical bills. If your bills exceed your policy limits or if no-fault insurance does not apply, the at-fault driver’s insurance covers your medical costs up to the liability limits. Coverage may also be available through liable third parties.

What are Pennsylvania’s laws about partial fault for an accident?

If you are partly to blame for the accident, you can still collect compensation as long as your share of the fault does not exceed 50 percent. Your compensation will be adjusted proportionately. If any party is 60 percent or more at fault, Pennsylvania law imputes total liability to that party.

Do not admit fault to anyone. Our brain injury lawyers will conduct an accident reconstruction investigation and determine who is at fault.

How long does it take to receive a settlement?

It can take several months or longer to receive a personal injury settlement. If the case goes to trial, it could take a year or more. Our attorneys work hard to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement as quickly as possible.

What should I do if the at-fault party’s insurance company contacts me?

Do not speak to the insurance company without your attorney present, and do not admit fault under any circumstances. Instead, advise the insurance company that you have retained counsel, and direct the representative to contact your attorney.

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