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A traumatic brain injury can occur at any age: to a baby who doesn’t receive enough oxygen during delivery, to a teenager who sustains a head blow in athletic competition; to a motorist or pedestrian who is struck by another driver in a collision; to a patient who is not intubated due to a medical misdiagnosis; to a shopper who slips and falls on a wet floor or is struck by falling merchandise. The survivor may face significant challenges to recovery from the injury. It is important to seek the guidance of a trusted law firm that has helped numerous families dealing with brain injuries and other severe injuries.

The attorneys of The Colleran Firm recognize how a traumatic brain injury can alter your life and future. We have the passion and experience to fight for full compensation if you or your loved one has sustained a head injury due to another’s negligence. Whether a car accident, slip and fall accident, a preventable medical error or birth injury caused your injury, we may be able to assist. Contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at The Colleran Firm to review your legal options.

Put Experience On Your Side

Our attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers. Led by founding attorney James E. Colleran, Sr., who has more than 40 years of personal injury experience, our legal team has helped many clients secure just compensation for personal injuries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We have obtained many multimillion dollar brain injury lawsuit verdicts and settlements for victims. Have a look at our record of verdicts and settlements and permit us to review the specific facts of your accident free of charge and answer your questions. We will provide an honest opinion about your legal options so that you can make a decision about how to move forward.

Types of Brain Injuries

What causes brain damage? We discuss the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries.Traumatic brain injury is a general term that includes many types of injuries that happen to the brain. The injury may be localized in one part of the brain or spread through the brain. The injury may be a closed head injury or an open head injury, in which the skull is penetrated.

Concussion

A concussion describes a mild traumatic brain injury.  A person who receives a blow to the head or hits their head against a hard surface may have a concussion. The person may be dazed, but remain conscious or lose consciousness briefly. The symptoms that a patient presents determine whether the concussion is categorized as mild, moderate or severe. The symptoms may include slurred speech, blurry vision, loss of balance, confusion and loss of consciousness. In some rare cases, a blood clot may form.

Contusion

A hard knock or blow to the head may cause bruising of brain tissue, which is known as a cerebral contusion. Contusions involve bleeding and welling in the area of the brain that was struck. Some larger cerebral contusions require surgery.

Coup-Contrecoup Injury

In accidents involving higher speeds or blunt force, the brain may slam against the inside of the skull, then strike the opposite side of the skull as the head recoils. A person may suffer bruising on two sides of the brain. Coup-contrecoup describes this type of injury.

Diffuse Axonal Injury

A diffuse axonal injury involves tearing or stretching of the brain’s long nerve fibers as the brain moves or rotates inside the skull in response to sudden acceleration and deceleration. Diffuse axonal injury disrupts the brain’s communication processes and usually causes widespread injury to many parts of the brain. People who have diffuse axonal injury usually lapse into a coma. A victim of shaken baby syndrome may sustain a diffuse axonal injury from violent shaking of the head.

Penetrating Head Injury

A person who suffers a shattered skull may have severe brain damage or a fatal injury. A bullet, knife blade, falling object or other sharp object may cause a penetrating injury. Firearms cause the largest share of deaths from penetrating brain injuries.

Birth Injury

A baby may suffer a traumatic brain injury during a difficult delivery, as a result of the use of forceps, vacuum extractors or other tools to expedite the birthing process. If a doctor exerts too much force on a baby’s head during delivery, it can cause skull fractures or a traumatic brain injury with long-lasting effects. Trauma or lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor can lead to cerebral palsy, a disorder that may affect muscle control, coordination, speech and learning abilities. A brain injury during the birthing process may be a result of medical negligence if a doctor fails to recognize signs of a difficult delivery and respond appropriately.

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Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

How many people have a TBI? Contact a Philadelphia brain injury lawyer if you have been injured due to negligence.The effects of a brain injury can be profound. A person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury may require intensive care treatment, acute care rehabilitation, mental health counseling, outpatient therapy and living assistance.

The costs of intensive medical treatment can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars within a matter of weeks. The location of the head injury, its severity and the health of the patient will determine the recovery.

Many brain damage survivors have lasting disabilities. You may not be able to return to work.

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Compensation Available Brain Damage Victims

Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that often require many weeks of intensive medical care and may cause permanent disability or leave the victim unable to return to work. A head injury victim whose injury was caused by another’s negligence may be eligible to claim compensation through a brain injury lawsuit for:

  • Medical bills and rehabilitation expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost income as a result of injuries
  • Loss of future earning capacity if your injuries limit your ability to work
  • Pain and suffering.

Assessing the value of a brain injury case is challenging. The severity of the injury, the details of how an accident occurred, and the insurance coverage available to provide compensation are among the variables that affect the value.

Each case has unique factors and other cases are not predictive of the value of your case. But The Colleran Firm does have a track record of securing significant settlements for brain injury victims. We obtained a $10 million settlement for a woman who suffered serious brain damage after her health care providers failed to diagnose her medical condition, and then failed to intubate her once she went into cardiopulmonary arrest. We secured a $10 million settlement on behalf of a child that suffered brain damage during delivery. We obtained a $9 million settlement on behalf of another child who suffered severe brain damage due to negligence during the birthing process. You lose nothing by contacting our firm for a free case evaluation, if we take your case, there are no attorney fees unless we win your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Could I have a brain injury even though I felt fine after my accident?
Yes, it is possible to suffer a traumatic brain injury without being immediately aware of it. Your accident may have left you momentarily stunned, but with no visible signs of injury. Your head may show no obvious signs of injury after a traumatic event, but your brain may be swelling or bleeding inside your skull.  Some signs of a brain damage may only appear days or weeks later.

If you have been in an accident such as a car accident or a fall, it is important to have a medical evaluation by a doctor.

What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
The symptoms of a brain injury vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury. For a mild brain injury, the symptoms include confusion, the loss of consciousness for a few seconds up to a few minutes, blurred vision, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, difficulty sleeping, and mood swings. People who suffer moderate to severe brain injuries may experience dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, profound confusion, agitation, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and inability to awaken from sleep.
How soon should I contact a lawyer after a brain injury?
It is important to seek a medical evaluation of your injury first. Once you or your loved one has received medical treatment and the victim has been stabilized, then it is time to contact a knowledgeable lawyer to assess your legal options. Getting a lawyer involved as soon as possible improves your chances of building a strong case for compensation if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. A lawyer can advocate for you during the claims process to obtain compensation. You should choose a lawyer who has a strong record of proven results. The attorneys at The Colleran Firm have obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of brain injury victims.
How much compensation can be awarded for a brain injury?
You should steer clear of an attorney who guarantees that your brain injury case is worth a certain amount. It is difficult to determine the value of a case or how much compensation may be awarded. Based on our years of experience handling brain injury cases, we may be able to estimate an approximate value of your case after we have studied your medical records, reviewed the insurance policies available to provide compensation and analyzed the other specific factors in your accident.

The attorneys at The Colleran Firm handle serious injury cases caused by health care provider negligence and medical malpractice in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

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The Colleran Firm

2005 Market Street | Suite 1940
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-972-8000