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Traumatic brain injuries from car accidents and other accidents are one of the most difficult kinds of severe injuries for the patient and his or her family to deal with. Unlike injuries that can be seen and will heal over time, a brain injury is invisible. Sometimes the brain injury is obvious. However, often the person may look fine and look the same as before, but they are not the same . . . and this is confusing, upsetting, and life-altering for the brain injury patient and his or her family and friends. That is why you should choose one of the smartest and most compassionate lawyers to handle your brain injury case.
A highly sought-after and nationally recognized trial lawyer, Edith Pearce is the founder of The Pearce Law Firm. The Pearce Law Firm has achieved multi-million dollar settlements for victims of brain and head injuries. A member of MENSA, the high IQ Society, Edith Pearce is not afraid to take on the most difficult and complex brain injury cases.
Most importantly, we provide compassionate and personal attention to you and your family. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Philadelphia Brain Injury Lawyer Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Severe Injury Cases
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a severe blow to the head during an accident and can affect cognitive, motor, sensory, and emotional functions. It can encompass some of the symptoms listed above, as well as changes to movement, memory, and personality.
These effects can be long-term, and this type of trauma can increase your chance of developing degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. TBI can affect your ability to live a normal life, compromising your ability to do routine daily tasks or maintain relationships.
What Are the Effects of a Brain Injury?
When the brain is injured, the mental and emotional functioning of the person is affected and so are the personality, memory, language ability, and other less tangible qualities that make each person who they are. The effects of a brain injury are often devastating to the victim’s relationships, occupation, income, school performance, and overall quality of life. Even so-called “mild” brain injuries can affect functioning, and create terrible hardships in a variety of ways.
As traumatic as this is for family, friends, co-workers and others, the victim of a brain injury is often frightened and depressed at the changes taking place, the loss of functioning or memory, the inability to control thoughts and emotions, and the disturbing feeling that things are not the same as they were. Head and brain injuries are, indeed, one of the most devastating of traumatic injuries
What Are the Different Types of Brain Injuries?
Philadelphia brain injury lawyers at The Pearce Law Firm have represented a number of different types of cases with various forms of brain injuries. Brain injuries come in many forms – all of which are serious.
- An open head injury is a visible assault to the head. This type of injury is more likely to damage a specific area of the brain.
- A closed head injury means the damage has not punctured the skull. In this type of injury, the patient usually receives damage or bruising to many parts of the brain. This is called diffuse damage. There may be a period of unconsciousness immediately following the trauma.
- Coma is a brain injury that results in prolonged unconsciousness.
- Mild brain injury may occur with no loss of consciousness and possibly only a dazed feeling or confused state. People with so-called mild brain injury may experience symptoms and impairments similar to those suffered by the survivor of a coma brain injury. Other symptoms can include chronic headaches, significant forgetfulness or inability to perform simple tasks.
What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Do not ignore any of these warning signs, which can indicate a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Contact a doctor or go to an emergency room immediately if you or your loved one has any of these symptoms following a motorcycle crash:
- Headaches and migraines
- Dilated pupils
- Amnesia or confusion
- Slurred speech
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Changes in mood or unusual behavior
- Weakness in extremities
- Loss of coordination or dizziness
- Convulsions or seizures
Potential Complications From Concussion Injuries
For those who think they may have only suffered a slight concussion, it’s vital to get checked out by a doctor and not make assumptions about the severity of your head injury. Not only should you ensure you have no other undetected symptoms, but brain injuries can also worsen over time.
A disorder called post-concussion syndrome can cause you to feel symptoms for months after the trauma. This can compromise your livelihood, personal life, and more. There may also be a dangerous subdural hematoma, which is bleeding in the brain. This is a serious brain injury with life-threatening consequences, but it can go undetected as the victim may not feel what is happening.
Financial Compensation for Brain Injuries
The medical care required to treat a brain injury is certain to be accompanied by expensive medical bills. You may require home medical equipment, medication, therapy, and have to hire help. It’s possible your brain injury may leave you permanently disabled and unable to work.
The pain and suffering a brain injury inflicts can be unbearable, made all the worse when someone else’s poor decision was responsible for what happened.
A head injury or brain injury is a crisis that requires expert legal advice. It’s important to seek out a brain injury attorney who understands the nature of brain injuries and can be not only sensitive to the victim and the victim’s family but can work aggressively to protect your legal rights and obtain maximum compensation for this devastating trauma.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a claim on my brain injury?
Victims have two years to file a claim for damages.
This is the statute of limitations established by Pennsylvania law. If you file after the two years are up, your case will likely be thrown out unless there are special circumstances. Filing as soon as you can is the best option. Your memory of the event will be clearer and it’ll be easier for you and your lawyer to gather evidence and documents needed to prove your case.
How much is my brain injury case worth?
There is no set award for personal injury compensation because the total depends on the severity of the injury and the limits set by the insurance company involved.
Your compensation should start with the medical bills you receive and the costs of care expected in the future. These expenses will hopefully be covered in full. With severe injuries, medical equipment and home care may need to be factored in to allow the victim their freedom and mobility. The longer recovery will take the more your attorney will ask for in a claim for damages.
Do brain injury cases usually settle?
Most personal injury cases settle before the case reaches a courtroom. An insurance company will agree to compensation and make you an offer. You and your attorney can decide if the offer is fair for your head injury and the hardships you’ve experienced.
Sometimes an insurance company will deny a rightful claim hoping the victim won’t want to go through a civil trial. A good attorney will always hope for a settlement but constantly prepare your case as if it’s going to trial. By the time a court date arrives, your attorney will have built a strong case and lined up evidence and witnesses to prove your injury was not your fault.
Why Seek a Brain Injury Lawyer Near You
It is important that your Philadelphia brain injury lawyer has the experience and expertise to handle a brain injury case. The Pearce Law Firm has achieved multi-million dollar settlements for victims and their families who have suffered brain injuries in some of the most complex personal injury cases. Unlike other lawyers and law firms, The Pearce Law Firm has a competitive edge in obtaining large settlements before trial due to decades of experience working for insurance companies and defense firms, before representing personal injury victims in Philadelphia. We have inside knowledge of how the other side works, and we know the “tricks of the trade” to get you and your family the maximum settlement. However, we also are not afraid to go to trial if we cannot achieve a good settlement. If your case goes to trial, you will know you have one of the smartest Philadelphia brain injury lawyers in the courtroom, with Edith Pearce (a member of MENSA) personally trying all brain injury cases. We offer our clients the personal attention and individualized representation needed to achieve the highest results possible.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic head injury in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you may be in need of a Philadelphia brain injury lawyer. The Pearce Law Firm will work diligently on your behalf to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you deserve. We will do everything within our power to help you through this traumatic time and create as much ease as possible for the rest of your life.
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“Working with Edith was a pleasure and would recommend her services to anyone. She was my advocate throughout this lengthy process. I felt heard and supported during the stressful situation. She is a great negotiator and secured a fair settlement.”
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