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It goes without saying that brain injuries are among the most serious types of injuries. Every year, approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and brain injuries remain a leading cause of permanent disability and death for children and young adults.
Our legal team at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George has decades of personal injury experience handling TBI cases on behalf of individuals and families who have been directly affected by a brain injury. Our New Castle brain injury attorneys are known for trying traumatic brain injury cases—and winning the results their clients need. Since 1933, our law firm has recovered more than $200 million in compensation for our clients, and our lawyers are prepared to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
What is the Difference Between Traumatic & Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries?
There are several different types of brain injuries, but these are generally categorized as either traumatic or non-traumatic:
- A non-traumatic brain injury is one that occurs as a result of congenital, degenerative, or hereditary factors, as well as those resulting from birth injuries and internal factors, such as oxygen deprivation or pressure from a tumor.
- A traumatic brain injury (TBI), on the other hand, is a type of acquired brain injury, meaning it happened after birth due to outside factors.
TBIs are further classified as either “open-head” or “closed-head” injuries. An open-head brain injury is one in which there is physical damage to the skull, whereas a closed-head brain injury involves internal damage to the brain without the presence of physical damage to the head or skull.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Some examples of open-head and closed-head TBIs include:
- Brain bleeds
- Contusions (bruises)
- Coup-contrecoup injuries
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Hematomas (epidural, subdural)
- Lacerations on the brain
- Skull fractures
- Penetrating injuries
Even a seemingly “minor” brain injury, such as a concussion, can have significant, long-lasting effects.
What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
While some brain injuries are immediately obvious, such as penetrating injuries, others are more difficult to spot. This is especially true of closed-head TBIs where there is no visible damage to the head, face, skull, or scalp. It is important that you know the signs of a brain injury so that you can seek immediate medical attention for yourself or someone else who has sustained a suspected TBI.
Some of the most common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Nausea, with or without vomiting
- Loss of coordination, motor control, and balance
- Short- and long-term memory loss
- Inability to remember the event that led to injury
- Difficulty speaking/slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Mood swings
- Irritability, anxiety, and new or worsened depression
- Difficulty concentrating
If you notice any of these or other TBI symptoms in yourself or someone else after a known or suspected head injury, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. It is absolutely critical that anyone who may have suffered a brain injury receives prompt medical treatment.
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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain is a very delicate organ; even a seemingly minor car accident can lead to a serious brain injury. More severe incidents have an even greater likelihood of resulting in TBIs, as well as related injuries and complications.
Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:
- Car, truck, motorcycle, and other motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents between vehicles and bicyclists/pedestrians
- Workplace accidents, including construction accidents
- Sports and recreation accidents, such as ATV and boating accidents
- Medical malpractice and negligence
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Falls, including slip and falls and falls from heights
- Airplane crashes and other aviation accidents
- Assault, battery, and other forms of violence/criminal activity
Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
One thing most brain injury causes have in common is that they are frequently the result of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or wrongful conduct. When this is the case, victims have the right to pursue legal action and may be entitled to financial compensation for their:
- medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- pain, suffering,
- and other damages.
How a Brain Injury Attorney in New Castle Can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, you are likely facing significant physical, emotional, and financial difficulties. Nearly all TBIs require extensive medical treatment, and many leave victims unable to return to work or even perform once-routine daily tasks. When you are dealing with the immense consequences of a brain injury, you shouldn’t have to also worry about fighting with the insurance company for the fair compensation you are owed.
When you hire the New Castle traumatic brain injury attorneys at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, you get a team that will fight tirelessly for you and your family. We have built a solid reputation for our aggressive approach to litigation, and insurance companies know that we do not shy away from taking cases to trial. Our goal is to do everything possible to maximize your recovery so that you can secure the financial resources you need to heal and move forward with your life.
Most of all, we genuinely care about our clients. Our personal injury attorneys develop meaningful, lasting relationships with the individuals and families they serve, and we are always available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the information you need to feel confident in your brain injury case in New Castle, PA.
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