Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Allentown, PA
Your Allentown Brain Injury Attorney
What Is a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)Brain injuries are often times caused by a substantial force to the head. This results in blunt force trauma to the brain, causing some sort of dysfunction. While there are many ways that a traumatic brain injury can occur, some common examples can be from car accidents or contact sports collisions. When TBI happens, not all symptoms appear immediately. Confusion, blurry vision, and trouble concentrating are all examples of delayed symptoms that may show up after accidents. Some treatment options such as rest and medication can help to mitigate the symptoms listed above, but in some cases additional treatment is required such as surgery.
TBI Case BackgroundTraumatic brain injuries do not always show on medical scans. Although our current medical technology continues to advance, we still are unable to pick up on all the brain injuries that could exist. Many of these life-long injuries exist on a cellular level, meaning they cannot be detected by CT and MRI scans. We refer to these brain dysfunctions as “invisible injuries”.
When the attorneys at Baratta, Russell & Baratta take on traumatic brain injury cases, our goal is to make these “invisible injuries”, visible to all parties involved. These injuries cause substantial damage both immediately and over time, causing them to be devastating and life-altering to the injured. Even when an MRI or CT scan appears to show no injuries, there are often times underlying issues that will expel over a long period of time. This should not leave the injured as the responsible party for recovery from an accident. When we review a case, we work with top-rated medical professionals to evaluate the exact cause of the injury to help identify which underlying brain injuries might exist. Was there signs of bruising to the brain at the impact point and opposite the impact point? Was there an instance of disturbance between the cellular connections of the white and gray matter? We determine what type of testing will best reveal the injury and which treatment options should be considered.
The trial team of Baratta, Russell and Baratta has won justice for brain injury survivors for more than 20 years. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, please consider our team to fight for you.
1. Closed head injury in which the brain is injured by the soft brain being rocked back and forth inside the hard bony skull. The injury can be caused by the brain making direct contact with the inside of the skull or by rotational forces.
2. A penetrating injury in which the skull is fractured and the brain injury to the brain is direct as in a gunshot wound.
3. A blast injury, most commonly seen in soldiers, in which the cells of the brain are disrupted by the shock waves of the blast.
Such labelling implies that the injury is not serious when many times the injury labelled as mild can have life lasting effects. The GCS is merely a method to allow appropriate triage at an emergency department.
At the emergency department a CT is often taken to rule out a brain bleed or brain swelling. Brain bleeds or swelling may be a surgical emergency requiring removing a portion of the skull called a craniectomy to allow the brain to swell without the crushing force of the skull pushing the brain into the brain stem which would cause death.
Once the surgical emergency is ruled out, the injury is diagnosed based upon symptoms. Many closed head injuries cannot be seen on an MRI film. The damage to a brain occurs at the cellular level which is too small to be seen by most modern diagnostic studies.
Most medical insurance carriers will not pay for more sensitive brain scans such as Diffusor Tensor Imaging (“DTI”) or functional MRI (“fMRI”) as such tests are deemed unnecessary for treatment purposes. But, such tests can be paid for by your lawyer as part of the work-up of your case.
You have every right to seek money damages for personal injuries caused you by another’s negligent conduct. We only take cases in which our investigation shows the defendant acted negligently or to cause your harm. Your decision to seek justice, to hold the careless person accountable, makes the world safer for everyone else. It also places the responsibility for payment of damages on the bad actor, not society, not other people and not your family.
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