No matter how it’s caused, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have long-lasting consequences. Often an injury of this nature requires expensive ongoing management and may limit your ability to provide for yourself and your family.
The brain injury attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have over 40 years of combined experience representing the rights of those in Pennsylvania who’ve been the victim of an accident or neglect by a person or organization. We will provide compassionate, informed counsel in all legal matters pertaining to your accident. Call our Harrisburg office for a free consultation.
TBI Facts and Statistics
- TBI can range in severity from a mild incident that goes undiagnosed to a fatal injury. Leading causes of TBI include falls (40%), blunt object trauma (15%) and motor vehicle accidents (14%).
- Though accurate rates are difficult to determine, figures from 2010 indicate that, over the course of the year, 2.5 million hospitalizations, emergency department visits and deaths were associated with TBI.
- Symptoms of TBI can include memory and cognition problems, depression, personality changes, and vision and hearing issues. Depending on the severity of the injury, symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to the rest of the victim’s life.
The Cost of Quality Care
The true cost of treating a case of TBI can vary. In addition to the initial hospitalization expenses, extended aftercare may be required to manage the long-term effects of the condition. This may include rehabilitation, surgery and prescription medicine.
For this reason, it is important to speak with your doctor, as well as a qualified brain injury lawyer, before accepting any settlement from your insurance company. Often, insurers will try to push you into waiving your rights to compensation before you get a full picture of what’s involved in getting back to health.
Many plans also cap the amount they’ll pay out in damages. Once this limit is reached, further negotiations or legal action may be necessary.
TBI and Disability
Severe cases of TBI may qualify for disability benefits from one of two Social Security Administration programs. While TBI is listed in the Blue Book of disorders eligible for benefits, a positive diagnosis alone is not enough to secure your case.
It needs to be demonstrated that the condition is expected to last a year or more, and it has caused you to suffer from seizures, aphasia, disorganized motor function or one of several other associated conditions. A brain injury attorney can help you assess your chances for success and review your application to reduce the likelihood of a rejection.
If you’ve had your claim rejected previously, it may be possible to appeal that decision. Contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. for more information about the process.
A Brain Injury Lawyer for Harrisburg and Across the State
Whether the path to fair compensation involves insurance claims, civil lawsuits, disability benefits or any combination of the three, the brain injury attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. are available to help. We serve brain injury victims throughout Pennsylvania, often on a contingency basis in which there’s no fee unless we are able to obtain a recovery on your behalf. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.