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Can I file a lawsuit after suffering from a brain injury?

Individuals who have suffered from a brain injury in Pennsylvania may be able to file a lawsuit against another party who was directly responsible for their injury. The person who suffered the injury would need to have proof that another party's negligent or intentional action caused them to suffer from the brain injury. If the victim is a minor, their parents may bring the lawsuit against the liable party.

In some cases, a lawsuit involving a traumatic brain injury may be considered a personal injury complaint. These cases include brain injuries that were caused by slip-and-fall accidents, car accidents or intentional harm. If a brain injury resulted from negligent medical care, the plaintiff could file a medical malpractice claim. In these cases, the brain injury may have been a birth injury or caused by a disease.

Victims of a brain injury may be entitled to receive reimbursement for their financial losses from the liable parties. Often, the financial impact of a brain injury is substantial and life changing. Brain injuries may significantly limit the type of work that a person is able to do over their lifetime, and they could result in the need for long term psychological and physical therapy.

A family may wish to file a lawsuit over a brain injury after a baby has been injured during birth. Once the injury has been identified, an investigation into the circumstances of the birth may indicate that a physician was directly responsible for the injury. An attorney may be able to help a family in this situation to gather all of the appropriate evidence to build their case. Each brain injury involves unique factors, and this blog should not be taken as legal advice.

Source: Findlaw, "Brain injury", November 18, 2014

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