For over three decades as a brain injury lawyer in PA, I have been investigating and litigating traumatic brain injury cases and am intimately familiar with the devastating consequences of this often misdiagnosed and non-diagnosed condition and how it can impact the victim and their family.
According to medical statistics and research, a brain injury is the biggest cause of death and disability for children and teens. Yet, it is so difficult to have third parties or insurance companies accept responsibility and fund treatment for the same. Often a traumatic brain injury goes undiagnosed and there appears to be a non-uniform or arbitrary methodology in the health industry recognizing and dealing with these problems. Unfortunately, many victims who sustain a brain injury do not even know they have sustained it, and many insurance companies and defense advocates in a litigation case tend to brush the injury under the carpet claiming on another front that they are well aware that there is a silent and often subjective standard with arbitrary guidelines and measurements. The effects of a brain injury are often predictable and can range from minimal impact on cognitive functioning to a massive concussion, subdural hematoma, and aneurysm, which can lead to death.
Recently, traumatic brain injuries have been receiving a lot of attention in the sports arena, particularly with high impact sports such as football and hockey. While a victim of traumatic brain injury or concussion may look normal, many times under the surface, there is a cauldron bubbling with behavioral issues, cognitive functioning, memory issues, sight issues, hearing issues, and a diminishment of brain functioning. Many of our traumatic brain injury clients have developed abnormal behavioral patterns or depression and have gone undiagnosed until a proper evaluation was performed by skilled professionals.
The most common cause of a traumatic brain injury is from a blow to the head. Motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, as well as amusement and water park accidents are the predominant causes of a traumatic brain injury followed by sporting accidents and violent crime. When a person sustains a traumatic brain injury, the extent of the injury will be determined by the portion of the brain that was damaged. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to be on the alert for include, but are not limited to, memory loss, paralysis, sensory loss, cognitive function, and communication problems. A traumatic brain injury often seriously alters the lives of victims. In addition, medical recovery and the cost of living with a traumatic brain injury can be very high.
If you or a loved one has sustained impact or injury to the head as a result of the negligence of another or from the use of a defective product, it pays to consider contacting an experienced traumatic brain injury and closed head trauma lawyer for a free, no obligation consultation. For more information, contact Reiff and Bily toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.