Injury to the brain, whether sustained as a result of sudden trauma or medical malpractice, can be devastating for the victim and their family. It may leave a loved one with permanent brain damage or other chronic health issues that require around the clock care. It may cause a loss of income for the victim, or for family members who have to become caregivers. The devastating effects of brain injuries can last days, months, years, or a lifetime. It may even cause families to lose their loved one forever.
More than 2.5 million Americans are treated for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, each year, with 85,000 suffering long-term disabilities, and about 50,000 being serious enough that they result in death. The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is falling, followed by blunt trauma and car accidents. Brain injuries may also be caused by errors made by doctors or other medical professionals during surgery or other medical procedures. If the injury is the result of a fall due to improperly maintained property, the use of some type of defective product, a car accident, or an error during medical treatment, it may be the result of negligence on someone’s part. If something like this has happened to your loved one, it is important for you to have knowledgeable legal representation to support you through your case.
Philadelphia’s Ross Feller Casey has a proven track record of winning seven- and eight-figure traumatic brain injury cases.
With experienced brain injury attorneys, and a team of leading doctor-lawyers on staff, the firm has successfully litigated many TBI cases. For example, founding partner Matt Casey recently recovered $29 million and $26.3 million in separate cases involving men who suffered brain injury.
Some of the other victories by Ross Feller Casey attorneys include:
- $22 million verdict for a woman who suffered a brain injury during child birth.
- $20 million recovery for a man who suffered a brain injury due to a delay in diagnosing a stroke.
- $14 million recovery for a baby who suffered neurologic injuries.
- $13 million recovery for a man who suffered brain damage in a truck crash.
- $12 million recovery for a boy who was left brain damaged after an error during heart surgery.
- $10 million verdict for a boy who went into anaphylactic shock, resulting in brain injury caused by an allergic reaction to peanuts. Because the boy’s pediatrician and allergist failed to warn about the life-threatening nature of the allergy and because they didn't order an EpiPen, they were found negligent. This case drew national attention as the first successfully litigated case in the U.S. in which the plaintiff knowingly ate a known allergen.
- $9.75 million recovery in a Philadelphia brain injury lawsuit for a high school student who suffered catastrophic injuries in a vehicle accident while being transported to an event in a school van.
Keep in mind that there doesn’t have to be a blow to the head for someone to have a TBI. Injuries sustained in car accidents are an excellent example. Even without a direct strike to the head, the force of the impact in an accident can be strong enough to cause the brain to smash against the skull resulting in bruising, tearing, or bleeding, leading to a build-up of pressure that can cause TBI. Any type of jarring or shaking, even that which is found in contact sports, can cause traumatic brain injury. Also, any accident or medical procedure that results in a lack of oxygen carried to the brain can cause a TBI. If you hear terms like hypoxia or anoxic brain injury from a medical professional, there is cause for concern. There may be a traumatic brain injury. Hypoxia occurs when there is not enough oxygen reaching the brain. It can result in anoxic brain injury, which is actual damage caused to the brain due to that lack of oxygen.
Some traumatic brain injuries have symptoms that make it easy to diagnose – stroke, cardiac arrest, being unable to breathe, or an arrhythmia. However, some symptoms are more subtle and may require further testing. Such symptoms include: paralysis or poor coordination, seizures or an epilepsy diagnosis, difficulty speaking or understanding, confusion, mood swings or a personality change, and headaches. If your loved one has exhibited any of these symptoms following some type of fall, accident, or medical procedure, they could be suffering from a traumatic brain injury, and you should have your case evaluated.
Ross Feller Casey can help you with that. The nationally recognized team of doctor-lawyers at Ross Feller Casey can answer your questions, address your concerns, and support you through your case. They are experienced dealing with serious traumatic brain injury cases, and have the expertise to litigate those cases successfully and win. If your loved one has suffered a brain injury, or you suspect they have, a brain injury attorney can determine if you have a lawsuit. If the brain injury occurred sometime in the past, you may still have a case, but time may be running out.
Ross Feller Casey has also successfully litigated numerous cases throughout Pennsylvania in which adults and young children have been the victims of a delay in diagnosing meningitis, a potentially life-altering inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The delay left these victims with catastrophic brain injuries.
All brain injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so there will not be a cost to you unless there is a financial recovery made on your case.
Please contact our office for a free consultation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Philadelphia.