Doylestown Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injuries are often among the most devastating injuries because they can impair every type of physical and cognitive function, including personality. If you or your loved one has experienced a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, a Doylestown brain injury lawyer at Cordisco & Saile can help.
Traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries often occur as a result of preventable circumstances brought on by the negligence of others. The Doylestown brain injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile fight for justice for brain injury victims through compassionate advocacy and the aggressive pursuit of substantial compensation.
Why choose the brain injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile?
The award-winning personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile never stop fighting for people who have been unjustly injured because of someone’s careless conduct. We have won acclamations from our peers and clients, such as:
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- Top 1 percent of lawyers by Litigator Awards
- Google Reviews 5-star rating
We know what it takes to get our clients results. Recently, our attorneys negotiated extensively to achieve settlements totaling $865,000 on behalf of a Bucks County driver and passenger who experienced multiple injuries, including spinal cord trauma, when a careless driver failed to yield and violently struck their vehicle.
Our philosophy at Cordisco & Saile puts people first. We pursue every available avenue for compensation. As a result of our client-centered approach, we regularly receive feedback such as the following:
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury is caused by an external force that damages the brain. Most traumatic brain injuries occur from a jolt or blow to the head. A penetrating traumatic brain injury takes place if an object penetrates the skull and impacts the brain directly. Nonpenetrating injuries are known as closed injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries are classified according to their severity as mild, moderate, or severe.
Is a concussion a brain injury?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, and these terms may be used interchangeably. However, categorizing a traumatic brain injury as mild does not mean it is not serious. If a second injury occurs before recovery is complete, the results can be more severe, even deadly.
A single concussion may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life and can lead to postconcussive syndrome, wherein symptoms linger for a year or more. Multiple concussions can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A mild traumatic brain injury may present the following symptoms:
- Brief loss of consciousness (does not always occur)
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Mood changes
- Memory, concentration, attention, or thinking problems
- Changes in sleep patterns
Moderate and severe traumatic brain injury may present the same symptoms as mild injuries, but they may be more severe or persistent. The following additional symptoms may occur:
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness
- Impaired coordination
How is traumatic brain injury diagnosed?
A physician can often diagnose a mild traumatic brain injury by asking questions about symptoms and performing a basic physical examination. Moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries may require additional assessments, including:
- Neurological examination
- Imaging tests, such as an MRI or a CT scan
- Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures a patient’s ability to speak, move, and open the eyes
- Neuropsychological testing
Are all brain injuries considered traumatic?
By definition, traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of an external force. Brain injuries that occur as a result of internal processes are known as nontraumatic brain injuries. A nontraumatic brain injury may occur as a result of deprivation of oxygen or exposure to toxins.
A brain injury caused by deprivation of oxygen is known as a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. Hypoxic brain injury occurs when the oxygen level becomes too low, and anoxic brain injury occurs in the complete absence of oxygen. Both types can have serious consequences and may occur as a result of the following:
Electrocution is a common mechanism of construction accidents in Bucks County.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 223,135 people in the United States were hospitalized for traumatic brain injury in 2019, and in 2020, 64,362 people died from traumatic brain injury.
These figures do not include untreated traumatic brain injuries or those treated in urgent care clinics and emergency departments.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injury in Doylestown and Buck County are:
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Are brain injuries permanent?
According to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, brain tissue generally does not regenerate, but some patients may regain full functions. This can happen through a rewiring process known as neuroplasticity, whereby the brain adapts to the loss of tissue by rerouting information through undamaged channels.
However, doctors are generally unable to predict which patients may regain function or to what extent any patient may recover. Neuroplasticity is generally stronger in younger patients, but younger patients do not always recover. For patients who do regain function, the rewiring process may take years or a lifetime.
According to the CDC’s analysis of people aged 16 and older who received inpatient rehabilitation services for a primary diagnosis of TBI, as listed in the Traumatic Brain Injury Modeling Systems National Database, the five-year outcome of traumatic brain injury was as follows:
- 22 percent died
- 30 percent worsened
- 22 percent stayed the same
- 26 percent improved
Long-Term Impact of Brain Injuries
According to the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, people with brain injuries may experience multiple challenges that interfere with daily functioning.
Cognitive difficulties after a brain injury may interfere with a person’s executive functions and prevent them from living independently. Cognitive difficulties may include:
- Compromised problem-solving
- Impaired complex thinking abilities
- Becoming confused easily
- Attention and concentration deficits
- Memory problems
- Speech and language impairments
Behavior and Mood Problems
Brain injury can impact the neurotransmitters in the brain, especially dopamine, resulting in an increased risk of mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Neurotransmitters may recover over time. However, even if the brain chemistry recovers, cognitive problems, physical disabilities, and loss of previous lifestyle could also cause or contribute to emotional and behavioral changes. Additional emotional and behavioral changes include:
- Irritability or aggression
- Increased dependency on others
- Mood swings
- Loss of motivation
- Lack of awareness of changes
Damage to the parts of the brain that control physical functions may result in the following:
- Reduced coordination
- Impaired balance
- Numbness, loss of sensation, or paralysis
- Impaired motor skills
- Problems with or loss of vision, hearing, taste, or smell
How can a Doylestown brain injury lawyer help?
If you or your loved one has experienced a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, a Cordisco & Saile Doylestown brain injury lawyer can:
- Investigate the cause of your injuries
- Determine who is liable
- Negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement
- File a civil lawsuit
- Take your case to trial
How much is my Doylestown brain injury case worth?
The value of your brain injury case will depend on factors such as:
- The extent and severity of your injuries
- The cause of your injuries
- The available insurance
- The financial impact of your injuries
We work with some of the nation’s leading medical experts, accident investigation professionals, and life care planners to maximize your case value.
Types of Damages
You may be able to recover economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages for your brain injury case.
Economic damages compensate you for verifiable monetary losses, including:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages, including future wages
- Property damages
In wrongful death cases, funeral expenses, medical expenses of the deceased, and lost income of the deceased are also pursuable.
Non-economic damages are compensation for the subjective damages that relate to your quality of life, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of society
- Loss of bodily functions
- Loss of joy in life
- Loss of consortium
In wrongful death cases, these damages may also include:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance and support
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
Punitive damages are awarded as a punishment against the deceased and are only available in cases of intentional misconduct or extreme negligence.
How much does a Doylestown head injury lawyer cost?
Cordisco & Saile offers a contingency fee arrangement to ensure that finances do not stand in the way of justice. Under a contingency fee agreement, you pay nothing until we successfully recover compensation for you. At that point, you pay a percentage of your recovery as initially agreed upon.
When should I contact a Doylestown attorney?
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Although the Pennsylvania statute of limitations is two years in most cases, some exceptions apply, and preparing a case that will result in fair and reasonable compensation requires significant preparation before you can file.
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