Brain injury victims who file a personal injury claim are often awarded a substantial amount in damages. Pennsylvania residents should know that brain injuries are roughly categorized as either traumatic brain injuries, which are sustained from an external force, or acquired brain injuries, which result internally from conditions like stroke, tumors and oxygen deprivation.

TBIs can be the result of slip and falls, auto accidents, workplace violence or even a sports incident. There are four types of TBIs: concussions; contusions, or bleeding in the brain; diffuse axonal injuries, or the tearing of the brain by the skull when the head is violently shaken or rotated; and penetration injuries. Two common forms of acquired brain injuries are anoxia, when the brain receives no oxygen, and hypoxic brain injuries, when the brain receives an inadequate supply of oxygen.

Some may incur a brain injury unknowingly. Concussions, for example, do not always result in unconsciousness. Those who suspect that they have incurred a brain injury should seek immediate medical help. This decision can positively impact not only their health but also their chances of filing a successful claim.

Besides personal injury claims, brain injuries can be linked to criminal cases and medical malpractice cases. Medical providers, for instance, may fail to diagnose a brain injury, indirectly causing it to worsen.

Those who incur a brain injury and who are thinking about filing a claim might want to speak with a lawyer. There may be complications, too, regarding the filing and especially regarding the statute of limitations. This may or may not be from the time victims discovered their brain injury. With a lawyer, victims might have access to a network of investigators and other third parties who can build up the case with the necessary evidence of the defendant’s negligence.