Philadelphia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Helping You and Your Loved Ones Move Forward After Tragedy
Once the initial shock from the words “brain injury” has worn off, most accident victims and their families are overwhelmed by the new challenges facing them. Aside from the issue of medical care, you may find yourself wondering how you will be able to cope with the changes your future will hold. Taking legal action can help you make a roadmap for your next steps.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, you likely have the right to pursue recourse. Especially for injuries that can have permanent effects, recovering compensation can be an essential lifeline. As you start the claims filing process, make sure you have a knowledgeable team on your side. We are here to answer your questions and provide support as you consider how to move forward.
Call us at (215) 866-2424 to learn what we can do for you after a traumatic brain injury. The Beasley Firm has been serving Philadelphia for over 60 years.
How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Change Your Life
Traumatic brain injury is especially tragic because the brain doesn’t heal like other parts of the body. If you break your leg, a doctor can set the fractured bones back in place and your body will slowly create new tissue to replace the parts that were damaged. Brain cells do not have this capability. When a traumatic impact kills brain cells, they cannot be replaced or remade. Brain injury patients may be able to regain some capabilities through rehabilitative care by teaching the brain to rewire itself. However, the more serious the injury, the more likely a patient will face permanent disability.
What’s the Prognosis for TBI Victims?
Brain injuries can also impact almost any facet of a patient’s life. The only way to know how someone has been affected is by testing their abilities. Likewise, though doctors can make generalizations about recovery (people with moderate TBI are more likely to have success in rehabilitation therapy than those with severe injuries), there’s no way to say for sure whether a patient will be able to regain some of their lost abilities. The patient and their loved ones may have to live with the stress of uncertainty on top of the healthcare obligations caused by a TBI.
Though it may be difficult to sit down and think about your future right after a catastrophic injury, it’s important to do so precisely because your plans and goals will likely have to change. Only by taking stock of the new challenges you and your family are likely to face can you put together a plan to address them.
If you are financially stressed, getting a fair settlement matters. An insurance adjuster is almost guaranteed to quote a number much lower than the actual costs facing you at this time. Our attorneys can sit down with you to forecast what your future might involve so we can calculate damages like:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Hospital bills, current and future
- Treatment costs
- Costs of finding accessible housing or renovating your own home
- Pain and suffering
We advise our clients to wait on signing a settlement offer until they have met with our team. In fact, the less contact you can have with an insurance adjuster before speaking with an attorney, the better.
Diagnosing Brain Injury
Brain injury is an event that always merits an emergency response. Even if you think you only suffered a minor concussion, you could still experience disruptive symptoms including:
- Blurry vision or other vision problems
- Memory loss
- Difficulties with balance and coordination
- Mood disorders like depression and anxiety
- Mood swings and irritability
While the symptoms of a concussion do tend to improve over time, around 50% of patients are still experiencing major difficulties a month after the initial injury. This is referred to as post-concussion syndrome (PCS), and patients often need treatment for months or years before they fully recover.
Classifying Brain Injury
Concussions are the mildest form of TBI and are typically easy to spot because unconsciousness may be brief. Other times, a concussion may appear to be a more serious injury. To diagnose TBI, doctors look at a patient’s mental state after the injury:
- If a patient is unconscious for less than 30 minutes, they have only sustained a mild TBI (a concussion).
- Unconsciousness that lasts between 30 minutes and 6 hours signifies a moderate brain injury. Patients at this level often respond to stimuli while unconscious.
- Those who enter a coma for 6 or more hours will be diagnosed with a severe TBI.
There is no difference in the type of symptoms patients face depending on the classification of their brain injury. It is only the impact that varies.
We Stand Strong for Brain Injury Patients
A TBI diagnosis brings with it pain and intense emotions along with new medical and logistical needs. During this time, you need someone to make sure your insurance claim is properly handled. We can help you pursue compensation if you’re in this position.
After helping with tens of thousands of insurance claims, our attorneys know the ins and outs of the system. We are strong negotiators—in fact, many insurers remember our name because we’ve helped so many clients maximize their claims. We provide the kind of tough, no-nonsense support your need on your side.
After a traumatic brain injury, your future may seem up in the air, but contacting an attorney can help you start to find control again. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI in an accident of any sort, reach out to The Beasley Firm today to start your claim.
We’ve recovered over $2 billion for our clients. See how we can help you by calling (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation.
Attorneys Jim Beasley Jr. and Scott Bennett quickly worked up the case, including obtaining medical support from our client’s treating surgeons, producing a “day in the life” video, and other lifecare plans to force the insurance companies to resolve it for all of the insurance funds available. Jim and Scott got this settlement completed in less than six months, a record time period and amount.
Achieving record setting verdicts & settlements for over 60 years.
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