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Those who suffer catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), need an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer on their side to be sure they get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Our Pennsylvania injury attorneys understand that victims of catastrophic injuries may not only have to suffer from years of painful surgeries and rehabilitation, but they also have to deal with getting medical bills covered, making sure no financial loss occurs, and making sure that they have an insurance company they can trust to help.
Most catastrophic injuries refer to serious injuries that require extensive medical care and recovery. Some victims injured in a catastrophic event may experience long-term or permanent disability. This is why you need an experienced injury attorney on your side to fight for your rights. Our firm is also very well versed in disability claims in Pennsylvania.
Some catastrophic injuries may include, but are not limited to: traumatic brain injury, amputation, burns, spinal cord injuries, etc. Our catastrophic injury attorneys never stop working for you. We will make sure to review your case with you as well as discuss your options.
About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most serious of all personal injuries, in that they are most likely to result in permanent disability or even death.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of such an injury may range from "mild," i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to "severe," i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. A TBI can result in short or long-term problems with independent function.
TBI Statistics from the CDC
How many people have TBI?
Of the 1.4 million who sustain a TBI each year in the United States:
- 50,000 die;
- 235,000 are hospitalized; and
- 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department.
The number of people with TBI who are not seen in an emergency department or who
receive no care is unknown.
What causes TBI?
The leading causes of TBI are:
- Falls (28%);
- Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (20%);
- Struck by/against events (19%); and
- Assaults (11%)
* Blasts are a leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones.
Contact an experienced injury attorney at our firm today if you suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of:
- Slip and Fall (Premises Liability)
- Work Related Fall (Workers’ Compensation)
- Car Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Truck Accident
- All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Accident
- Defective Products (Product Liability)
Who is at highest risk for TBI?
- Males are about 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a TBI.
- The two age groups at highest risk for TBI are 0 to 4 year olds and 15 to 19 year olds.
- Certain military duties (e.g., paratrooper) increase the risk of sustaining a TBI.
- African Americans have the highest death rate from TBI.
What are the costs of TBI?
Direct medical costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity of TBI totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.
What are the long-term consequences of TBI?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI.
According to one study, about 40% of those hospitalized with a TBI had at least one unmet need for services one year after their injury. The most frequent unmet needs were:
- Improving memory and problem solving;
- Managing stress and emotional upsets;
- Controlling one’s temper; and
- Improving one’s job skills.
TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and/or sensation. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury or other catastrophic injury, speak directly to a traumatic brain injury attorney at Handler Henning & Rosenberg today for a FREE consultation about your case.