Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Erie, PA
Your Erie Brain Injury Attorney
What Is a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are brain dysfunctions caused by a significant force to the head. These types of injuries can have both short-term and long-term effects on the brain. Some short term effects are confusion, headaches, or pain. Some long-term effects can be blurry vision, difficulty concentrating, and more. While there are many causes of brain injuries, these are often times caused by severe sports injuries, car accidents, or forceful collisions. There are treatment options available for TBI that can involve rest, medication, and surgery.
TBI Case BackgroundMedical science, even with modern technology and tools, are not able to reveal all brain injuries that might exist. There have been many undiscovered life-long injuries that exist at the cellular level, making them unable to be detected when an MRI or CT scan is conducted. The goal at Baratta, Russell & Baratta, is to help reveal these injuries and make these “invisible injuries” a reality to a jury.
Many individuals do not realize how devastating and life-altering these injuries can be, even with a clear MRI. When we take on a case, we evaluate the mechanism of injury to help determine what underlying damages may be present. We ask questions like; has the skull made impact with some object, causing bruising to the brain at the impact point and opposite the impact point? Or is the mechanism caused by a rotational, twisting force that disturbs the cellular connections between the white and gray matter? Along with these questions, we help to determine what additional testing should be required to best reveal the injury. We utilize all resources to help understand the accident in its entirety and the effects it has had. Lastly, we hire experts to explain your injury, how it was caused and the injury’s effect on your life.
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.
Andrew E. DiPiero Jr. has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 16 years since 2005. He has received the highest possible rating amongst his peers by Martindale-Hubbel (AV Preeminate), and he is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
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