Perhaps no injury is as serious as a brain injury. Injury to the brain can lead to significant lifelong medical issues with months and even years of therapy and rehabilitation just to regain some semblance of normal functioning. Brain injury usually results from trauma to the head area but may also occur due to disturbances in the flow of blood to the brain. The seasoned and compassionate brain injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are vigilant advocates for accident victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, helping them get the compensation they deserve to make them financially whole again.
Seriousness of Brain Injuries
The brain is the body’s control center; once it’s injured, the repercussions can be quite serious and far-reaching. Depending on the injury’s severity, victims of brain injuries can experience problems with their short- and long-term memory, control of muscles, coordination, or even difficulty to primary body functions, control of emotions and hormones, and neurological impairments. The most common brain injuries are:
- Concussion, caused by direct impact of the head. This type of brain injury may occur with whiplash, violent shaking, gunshot wounds, and other direct impacts.
- Penetrating brain injury, resulting when a sharp object enters the brain region. This injury may occur during a violent auto or bicycle accident or explosion.
- Diffuse axonal injury, caused by a shearing force on the brain that shifts the balance between white and grey brain matter.
- Coup-contrecoup injury, occurring when an impact to the head is great enough to move the brain to the opposite side of the skull.
- Anoxic injury, due to the brain tissue dying when it gets no oxygen.
- Hypoxic injury, caused by reduction in flow of blood to the brain or from low blood pressure.
Top causes of traumatic injuries to the brain include auto accidents, workplace accidents, assaults, sports-related injuries, and slips, trips and falls. Notably, both anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries are non-traumatic injuries that are most commonly traced to viral infections, medical errors or exposure to toxic substances.
Brain Injury Compensation
All brain injuries, even less serious ones, are significant and pose a risk of future problems for the victim. Serious brain injuries can result in cognitive impairment, lessened mobility and difficulty in undertaking basic daily activities. Holding down a job can become next to impossible. Both general and special damages may be sought in a brain injury claim, including reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Shock, mental anguish and other non-economic losses may also be assessed.
Timely Brain Injury Claims
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations governs the length of time an accident victim has to file a claim against the at-fault party or the at-fault party’s insurer. This is a limited time frame of two years from the date of injury (or in some cases, from the discovery of the injury). Claims filed outside that window may be barred forever. Contact our Bensalem brain injury attorney at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin to review the particulars of your case and determine the best course in proceeding with your claim. Schedule your free case consultation and review today.