Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA
Allegheny County Personal Injury Lawyers Committed to Protecting the Rights of Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
The brain is a complex organ, and essentially controls the functioning of most of the body and, obviously, mind. Because of this, traumatic brain injuries can cause devastating consequences to an accident victim, and can even result in death. Even once a traumatic brain injury patient has recovered physically to the extent possible, ongoing cognitive and behavioral changes can continue to impact every aspect of that person’s daily life. The treatment necessary in traumatic brain injury cases will likely be extensive and also expensive—and may not be fully covered by health insurance.
When the accident that caused the traumatic brain injury was entirely preventable, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. will fight tirelessly to make sure you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation possible in your case. We can help you understand all of the legal options available in your case so that you are financially protected going forward. Our lawyers have been fighting to get justice for traumatic brain injury victims and their families for over 50 years, and are ready to go to work in protecting your rights today.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Frequently Carry Long-Term Consequences
The brain is an organ that even the most highly trained medical professionals do not completely and fully understand, meaning that the consequences and long-term impact of traumatic brain injuries can also be unpredictable. Traumatic brain injuries are caused by some type of trauma to the head, and the injury may be either open (penetrating) or closed—the severity of which can run the gamut between minor concussions to a life-altering, permanent memory loss and even death. Signs that you may have experienced a traumatic brain injury that requires immediate medical treatment include:
- Loss of consciousness,
- Fatigue or ongoing drowsiness,
- Depression or anxiety,
- Sensitivities to light and sound,
- Sensory impairment, including taste, smell, vision or hearing,
- Unusual mood swings,
- Vomiting or nausea,
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs or fingers/toes,
- Dilated pupils,
- Slurred speech,
- Personality changes, including any unusual aggressive behavior.
Common types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Concussions. A concussion can be minor and resolve quickly, but must always be taken seriously. Not all concussions cause a loss of consciousness, but the consequences can still be severe, and repeated concussions over time can cause permanent brain damage.
- Contusions. A contusion is bleeding on the brain, and while some cases resolve on their own, can require surgery to correct.
- Penetration. A penetrating traumatic brain injury means that the skull and brain have actually been penetrated by some type of sharp object, usually resulting in the need for surgery.
- Coup and contrecoup. Coup injuries occur to the brain directly where the impact occurred, while contrecoup injuries occur on the opposite side of the brain—typically, where some sort of force caused the brain to shift and strike the side of the skull. These injuries are types of brain bruising, and can also lead to brain bleeds, swelling or hemorrhaging.
- Diffuse axonal. This is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by repeated and strong shaking or some other type of rotating force that causes damage to the brain tissues and can result in serious brain damage or death.
Knowledgeable Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Help Victims of All Types of Accidents
Any serious accident can cause traumatic brain injury to the accident victim. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our traumatic brain injury lawyers are dedicated to helping TBI patients recover financial compensation for injuries that were caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of a third party, including injuries that occurred in:
- Slip and fall accidents,
- Car accidents,
- Construction vehicle accidents,
- Commercial vehicle accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Medical malpractice,
- Birth injuries,
- Workplace or construction site injuries,
- And more.
Our lawyers will fight to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries and will work tirelessly to obtain a compensation package that covers all medical expenses, the cost of in-home health care and modifications, physical therapy and rehabilitation, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of the victim’s support or company in wrongful death cases.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With Our Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Today
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can take an extensive period of time, and, in some cases, you or your loved one may never fully recover. Because of this, you need an experienced lawyer on your side to make sure you are financially protected during a potentially prolonged and difficult recovery. Call our offices or fill out this online form, to set up a free consultation with our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers today. Our office is conveniently located at 3634 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
FAQ: What steps should an individual take after a traumatic brain injury that is characterized as a concussion?
It is important to contact emergency services immediately after a blow to the head results in a loss of consciousness. Only a trained medical professional can assess the true extent of the injury and determine a proper course of treatment, but for a mild concussion where surgery or a hospital stay is not required, it will be important for the accident victim to rest for a period of time in order to increase the odds of a full recovery. A doctor may also recommend refraining from any alcohol or drug use, as well as refraining from excessive “screen time” and video games.
FAQ: How do I know if I have recovered sufficiently from a concussion so can resume normal activity?
Your doctor will likely require follow-up visits to determine whether your concussion has healed. Some signs that the concussion has not properly healed so that you continue to suffer from post-concussion syndrome, include headaches, dizziness, inability to focus and other cognitive symptoms. The bottom line is that you should generally not resume normal activity after any type of traumatic brain injury until your doctor has confirmed that it is safe to do so.