Types of Head Injuries
A victim can suffer a head injury in accidents in almost any location around Philadelphia. Victims can suffer head trauma in car collisions, motorcycle and bicycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, workplace and especially construction accidents, and even during a slip-and-fall at a grocery store.
There are two major types of head injuries:
- Open head injuries are those where there is visible trauma. These injuries are more likely to affect a specific area of the brain.
- Closed head injuries are more difficult to diagnose because the damage usually occurs within the skull. Internal bruising could cause temporary or long term symptoms such as unconsciousness, memory loss, and even vision loss.
The brain is the most complex organ in the body. When you are looking for legal support to make a claim, it is important to find a lawyer that understands the nature of these types of injuries to best convey your specific needs in court. Our team of lawyers is highly experienced working with clients who have suffered severe injuries. We understand the nuances of the law as well as the details of the science and medical care for your injuries. We will make sure to advocate for both your immediate needs and any necessary ongoing care.
Head Injury Symptoms
A blow to the head can leave you with immediate symptoms that are unmistakable. But the symptoms can also be masked at first and the symptoms can intensify over time and get worse in the days and weeks after an accident. Their effects can be hard to notice, especially for victims who may have had their sense of reality altered by their injury.
The Mayo Clinic lists these symptoms as some of the most common that victims will see in varying intensities:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours.
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens.
- Repeated vomiting or nausea.
- Convulsions or seizures.
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes.
- Loss of coordination.
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes.
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Memory or concentration problems.
- Mood changes.
- Inability to awaken from sleep.
- Blurred vision.
- Ringing in the ears.
These are just some of the possible signs of a head and brain injury. The Mayo Clinic recommends that anyone experiencing behavioral changes after head trauma should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a claim on my head 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 is 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 head 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 head 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.
Choosing the Right Philadelphia Head Injury Lawyer
Edith Pearce of the Pearce Law Firm P.C. is an extremely effective head injury lawyer and she will protect you and your family as you cope with the traumatic effects of a brain injury. With experience on the side of the defense and insurance industry for ten years, Edith Pearce knows the “ins and outs” from the other side of the courtroom and can build a strategy that successfully advocates for your needs. She knows the “tricks of the trade” from the insurance company side, which has allowed her to successfully represent clients to help them recover maximum compensation for medical bills, lost work, rehabilitation, and physical and emotional suffering.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic head or brain injury in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you may be in need of a Philadelphia head 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.
Contact us today for a free consultation.
We are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.