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Brain injuries are some of the most severe and devastating injuries a person can sustain. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can impact every aspect of a victim’s life, from his or her employment to cognitive function to carrying out normal, daily routines. When someone else is at fault for an accident that led to your or your loved one’s brain injury, you do not have to simply suffer the consequences on your own.
The Philadelphia brain injury lawyer at The Villari Firm, PLLC has a proven track record of success in representing catastrophically injured victims and their families. Our firm has recovered more than $125 million for our clients, including those affected by TBIs and hypoxic brain injuries. We offer a client-focused, results-driven approach and are fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Most TBIs occur after the head experiences sudden acceleration or deceleration, like in a car accident, and the brain is slow to catch up. When the brain ultimately does catch up to this sudden movement, it often bounces against the inside of the skull—resulting in an injury.
The most common causes of TBIs include:
- Motor vehicle accidents involving cars, semi-trucks, and motorcycles.
- Slip and falls & falls from heights.
- Concussions and other sports injuries.
- Violent attacks and assaults.
While some traumatic brain injuries are accidential, many are caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of individuals or corporations. If you’ve suffered a TBI, contact The Villari Law Firm as soon as possible so that we can investigate the cause of your injury.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The type of TBI you experience depends on the nature of your accident and the severity of your injury. There are three classifications of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): mild, moderate, and severe. The type of TBI you receive may affect your recovery prognosis.
The following are types of TBIs that you may be experiencing:
Mild TBI: A loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes, headache, nausea, vomiting, difficulty sleeping, and more.
Moderate to severe TBI: A loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours, persistent headache, repeated nausea and vomiting, seizures, and more.
- Concussion: Probably the most common — and most well-known — type of brain injury, concussions occur when a blow to the head causes the brain to move within the skull in response to the force of impact. Though concussions are relatively less serious than other types of brain injuries, they are still serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital or doctor’s office.
- Contusions: Similar to (and often co-current with) concussions, brain contusions occur when an impact to the head results in mild bleeding beneath the skin or, in other words, bruising. Brain contusions can become a serious matter when bleeding does not stop on its own or when a large area is affected.
- Coup-Contrecoup Injury: When a blow to the head causes the brain to slam against the opposing side of the skull, it is known as a coup-contrecoup brain injury. Technically speaking, there are actually two injuries: one at the site of impact and one where the brain hit the inside of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: This is a serious brain injury that, much like a concussion, occurs as a result of a sudden blow to the head. However, unlike concussions, diffuse axonal injuries involve the tearing of connections in the brain as a result of violent movement of the brain within the skull. These tears are often microscopic; yet the impact cannot be overstated. Severe diffuse axonal injuries are often fatal.
Penetrating Brain Injuries: As the name suggests, penetrating brain injuries occur when a foreign object pierces the skull and makes impact with or penetrates the brain. These types of injuries require immediate emergency medical treatment and are often fatal.
While mild TBI victims often see their symptoms resolve in days to weeks with proper treatment, moderate to severe TBI victims often require long-term treatment. This can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages.
Other Types of Brain Injury
Not all brain injuries are traumatic or caused by a blow to the head. Some types of brain injuries are caused by oxygen deprivation or exposure to a toxic substance.
- Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injuries: Brain injuries can also be caused by hypoxia (partial loss of oxygen) and anoxia (complete loss of oxygen) to the brain. Oxygen deprivation brain injuries are the most common type of brain injury associated with birth injuries and medical malpractice. However, they can also occur as a result of drowning or any other incident in which a person’s oxygen supply is limited or cut off.
- Toxic & Metabolic Injuries: Coming into contact with a toxic substance or the accumulation of harmful chemicals in the body can cause brain damage.
- Encephalitis: Some infections can travel to the brain, causing serious damage.
A non-traumatic brain injury can be just as detrimental as a TBI; brain damage is brain damage, regardless of the cause. If you’ve suffered a brain injury because of the negligence another person or because of a dangerous product, our Philadelphia brain injury attorney can fight for the just compensation you deserve!
Working to Recover Maximum Compensation for Our Clients
Regardless of the type of brain injury you or your loved one has suffered, we at The Villari Firm, PLLC understand that you face a challenging and uncertain future. As your legal team, our goal is to secure the maximum recovery you are owed for both present damages and future losses.
Our Philadelphia brain injury attorney works with a team of legal professionals and medical experts in order to thoroughly prepare your case for trial. While we strive for swift, favorable settlements for our clients, we are always ready to take a case to court whenever necessary.