Traumatic brain injuries are life-changing events that can cause depression and distress among the victim and his or her family members. The impact of the brain injury, head injury, and brain damage affects cognitive abilities and emotion. This type of severe head injury will require long-term or possibly life-long care. Worldwide, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death, especially among children and young adults.
Traumatic Brain Injury Overview
About 1.7 million brain injury deaths occur every year in the United States. As a result of a traumatic brain injury, it is estimated that over five million people in the U.S require help performing daily activities.
Many severe head injuries are a result of accidents, such as motor vehicle collisions. Even mild brain injuries can result in disorders that involve seizures and epilepsy. Traumatic brain injury due to a car crash happens due to the rapid movement back and forth. When the brain shakes inside the skull, severe damage can happen. It’s important to receive medical attention as soon as possible. Going undiagnosed can lead to serious problems in the future and even death. It’s also important to consult with a Philadelphia brain and head injury lawyer due to the extent of head injuries.
Head Injury Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of the head injury are dependent on the affected area. When the injury is on the left side of the brain, unconsciousness tends to last longer. When the TBI is classified as mild, the victim may remain conscious or lose consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes. Symptoms are subject to change depending on the severity as well.
Other symptoms include:
- Lack of motor coordination
- Balance issues
- Blurred vision
- Mood changes
- Dilated pupil in one eye
Pennsylvania Brain & Head Injury Law
P.A. Laws, Act. 101 (2011 SB 200)
This law establishes standards for managing severe head injuries and traumatic brain injuries for student-athletes. The Department of Health and Education has developed guidelines to educate students who are participating in or are thinking about participating in athletic activity, along with parents and coaches, about the risk of concussions and brain injury. A student who is showing signs of a head injury must be removed from the athletic activity until they are evaluated and cleared for participation by a medical professional.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Case
If you were involved in an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another person, call The Heslin Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with an experienced head injury attorney. There is no obligation to hire a lawyer. We have the experience and skills to make sure your financial compensation is fair and just. Call 215-332-0300.