Each year, about 2.5 million people visit emergency rooms across America as a result of a traumatic brain injury or TBI, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And those injuries contribute to the death of about 50,000 people annually.
Often, the injuries occur as a result of negligence on the part of others, whether it's a defective product or a fall at a carelessly maintained or dangerous property or a car accident.
Founding partner Joel J. Feller successfully litigated a brain injury lawsuit in Philadelphia that resulted in a recovery of $13 million for a man who suffered a brain injury in a two-vehicle collision. The client was severely brain injured in the crash and was not able to assist in his own case. But through the use of experts and accident reconstruction specialists, Feller demonstrated that the accident was caused by the other driver (read about this case).
Feller also recovered $9.75 million in a Philadelphia brain injury lawsuit for a high school student who suffered catastrophic injuries in a vehicle accident. The 18-year-old student was being transported to an event in a school van when the driver lost control of the vehicle and flipped it (read about this case).
Founding partner Robert Ross, a leading Philadelphia brain injury lawyer, won $10 million for a boy who went into anaphylactic shock, resulting in brain injury caused by an allergic reaction to peanuts. Ross argued at trial that the 8-year-old boy's pediatrician and allergist were negligent for failing to warn about the life-threatening nature of the allergy and because they didn't order an EpiPen, which could have prevented the incident. The case drew national attention as the first successfully litigated case in the U.S. in which the plaintiff knowingly ate a known allergen (read about this case).
Other notable victories by Ross Feller Casey brain injury attorneys include:
- $12 million settlement for a boy who was left brain damaged after error during heart surgery
- $6 million settlement for a boy who suffered a brain injury at a Pennsylvania hospital due to a delay in his delivery (read about this case)
- $5.2 million settlement for a young girl who suffered a brain injury as a result of improper monitoring for treatment of diabetes
- $4.2 million settlement for a man injured from delay in treatment for head injuries suffered in a boxing match
Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, accounting for more than 40 percent, followed by unintentional blunt trauma (being hit by an object), 15 percent, and motor vehicle accidents, 14 percent.
But a common misconception is that there must be a blow to the head to cause TBI. The mere thrust of the brain crushing against the skull often results in enough force to bruise, tear or cause bleeding that builds up pressure and results in traumatic brain injury. In many instances, a high impact involving jerking or shaking, such as on an amusement park ride or in a car accident, causes traumatic brain injury.
Those who survive a TBI can face effects lasting only a few days to disabilities that may remain for the rest of their lives. Effects can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation, or emotional functioning, such as personality changes and depression. These issues not only affect individuals but can have lasting effects on families and others around them.
Ross Feller Casey has a nationally recognized team of doctor-lawyers right on staff -- an invaluable resource that uniquely positions the firm to handle all traumatic brain injury lawsuits and to help guide injured clients and their families through the legal process.
Ross Feller Casey is currently representing several clients throughout Pennsylvania, both adults and young children, who were 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. Learn More
The firm handles all brain injury cases on a contingency basis. There will never be a cost to you unless a financial recovery is made in your traumatic brain injury case.
If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury, a Philadelphia brain injury lawyer can assist you in determining if you have lawsuit. Even if the brain injury occurred some time ago, you may still be able to investigate a potential lawsuit. But your time may be running out.
Please contact our office for a free consultation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Philadelphia.