Any brain injury can have long-lasting and life-changing repercussions. Even with immediate medical intervention, some traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”) invariably result in permanent loss of motor, sensory, and/or cognitive function. The unfortunate truth is that many TBI injuries could have been avoided completely if not for another person’s misconduct.
If someone else’s reckless or careless behavior led to you suffering serious brain trauma, do not hesitate to contact a Norristown traumatic brain injury lawyer. While financial compensation cannot necessarily restore you to your pre-accident condition, it could be essential to covering necessary expenses and making up for financial, physical, and personal losses caused by your injury. The catastrophic injury attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers have helped many clients get fair and prompt payments for their brain injuries, including a $5.7 million award on behalf of a client who broadsided a tractor-trailer at full speed and had no memory of the accident. To learn more about how we can help you recover financially after your TBI, give us a call today.
Understanding TBI Cases in Norristown
The brain is a complicated and powerful organ, which controls motion, emotion, and cognition. Unfortunately, this means that traumatic physical damage to the brain is much more likely to cause permanent and debilitating harm than injuries to other body parts since effective surgical intervention is much more complex or won’t help.
Importantly, though, a TBI does not have to be catastrophic in nature to justify a lawsuit. So long as a brain injury stems directly from someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentional violation of a duty of care, you can pursue compensation from the irresponsible party or parties for all ensuing losses. This would include cases involving concussion, amnesia, post-concussion syndrome (“PCS”) or skull fractures.
It is crucial for anyone who sustains head trauma in an accident to seek immediate medical attention, especially if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of consciousness for more than a minute
- Drainage of clear fluid from the ears or nose
- Uneven pupil dilation
- Persistent or worsening headache, nausea, and/or vomiting
- Significant confusion and/or difficulty speaking
- Profound changes in personality or mood
Seeking medical attention right away ensures that you get the treatment you need and the documents necessary for your potential future claim. A Norristown traumatic brain injury attorney can help incorporate all costs of necessary care into an ensuing claim using evidence like medical records and hospital bills.
Do Not Wait to Take Legal Action After a Traumatic Brain Injury
In addition to past and future medical expenses, a comprehensive TBI settlement or verdict can and should account for various other economic and non-economic consequences of your injury. On the economic side of things, compensable losses may include lost short-term income, lost future earning capacity, and personal property damage, while non-economic recovery typically centers around physical pain, psychological suffering, and loss of life’s pleasures.
However, virtually all personal injury claims in Pennsylvania—including those based around TBIs—are subject to a two-year statutory filing period under 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §5524. This two-year period begins on the date an incident occurred or, in some rare cases, when neglect that led to harm is discovered, such as ion a medical malpractice claim where a subsequent surgery unearthed that a prior procedure was negligently performed. Support from a TBI lawyer in Norristown is critical to building a thorough and effective claim within this deadline.
Discuss Legal Options with a Norristown Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
A TBI is uniquely serious and often causes lifelong injuries. Recovering physically and emotionally can be difficult enough without dealing with the legal challenges of recovering financially as well. Fortunately, help is available from a dedicated legal professional. Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and the rest of our winning team have years of experience helping people with similar issues recover every cent they deserve.
After obtaining necessary medical care for any kind of brain injury, contacting a Norristown traumatic brain injury lawyer should be your top priority. Schedule your free initial consultation by calling today.