A head injury can occur many different ways. When a brain injury happens due to an accident or injury, there may be compensation for the victim. Additionally, brain injury victims of medical negligence may seek compensation.
Brain Injury Categories
Brain injuries fall into two categories: traumatic and acquired.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – This type of injury happens in several ways. Penetration, contusions, diffuse axonal, and concussion are common traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries occur in car accidents, slip and falls, and construction accidents.
Acquired Brain Injuries – This type of injury is caused by lack of oxygen. Anoxia and hypoxia are both acquired brain injuries. Acquired brain injuries happen in medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, and more.
When to File a Lawsuit
A brain injury victim may seek compensation, it depends on how the injury happened. Vehicle accidents, slip and fall, intentional harm usually fall under personal injury law. If your injury is the result of someone’s negligence, you could have a case.
Toxin exposure, disease, or birth/labor-related causes are usually medical malpractice. When the fault is placed on doctors, nurses, technicians, or the hospital, you may have a case.
Additionally, treatment for this type of injury can be expensive and span a lifetime. We suggest contacting a lawyer before signing any paperwork from insurance. Don’t accept any offer or compensation until you fully understand the total lifetime treatment cost of the injury.
Statute of Limitations
It’s important to bring your claim as soon as possible after the injury. When you discover you have an injury, the state gives you only so much time to seek compensation. This is the statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is 2 years for this kind of injury.
When to Contact a Brain Injury Attorney
Any injury is likely to bring a lot of questions. We understand an injury can leave you feeling powerless. You’re not sure where to turn. You have questions about your legal options. That’s why we offer free and confidential consultations. We listen to your situation and offer our free legal advice with no pressure. If you decide you want to pursue legal action, our legal team can help. Contact our Lancaster area brain injury law firm today. Call or text us at 717-397-3200. Or, fill out our online contact form and a member of our legal team will contact you.