The lawyers at Stern & Cohen are very experienced at handling traumatic brain injury claims. An accident to the brain while working can be a very serious and complicated claim. You want to have representation from a firm that has handled many of these on behalf of injured workers. A brain injury will often result in medical bills and lost wages. We have been successful on numerous occasions in recovering this compensation for our clients.
Brain injuries come in a couple forms. A serious blow to the head can cause bleeding and other visible damage on brain MRI or other scans. A brain hematoma will often require surgery. An injury of that magnitude is often not contested by insurance companies. However, the recovery time can often be lengthy and a series of complications may arise. Cognitive and psychological issues often go hand-in-hand with these types of brain injuries and we often see insurance companies fight these medical bills. The experienced lawyers at Stern & Cohen are adept at going to court to make sure all aspects of the brain injury claim are compensated. As the recovery time can be long for significant brain injuries, insurance companies will often eventually make efforts to stop the payment of lost wages and medical expenses. Stern & Cohen defends cases like this on a daily basis. We know what it takes to prevent injured workers from losing their compensation. Additionally, we have helped Pennsylvanians with brain injuries achieve significant lump sum settlements when the timing has been appropriate to resolve the case. Do not choose an attorney looking to make a quick buck. We will patiently see you through the process and make sure you have adequate recovery time and all your medical bills and lost wages are covered before it is time to settle. When it is the right time, we will recover a top-dollar settlement. Our track record proves this.
Other traumatic brain injuries do not result in any structural damage to the brain that can be seen on a film. These brain injuries are typically closed head trauma diagnosed as a “concussion.” Although a concussion often does not cause visible damage that can be seen by a radiologist on a film study, we know these injuries can be very serious and life-altering. As we know from the publicized coverage of concussions to athletes, particularly National Football League players, the damage caused to the brain by a concussion, even if not seen on a MRI, can be internal and have lasting impact. Our clients with concussions will complain of headaches, nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity, dizziness, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and general tiredness. The medical community continues to research this form of traumatic brain injury, but we know there is no specific cure. We also know that everyone recovers differently depending on a variety of risk factors (including whether you have had past concussions). Some people recover in days or weeks, others take months or years. The treatment for concussions is also wide reaching. Some clients need extensive rest and possibly medications. Others also need aggressive physical and vestibular therapies.
The lawyers at Stern & Cohen have encountered insurance companies fighting traumatic brain injuries causing concussions time, and time again. We suspect that the reason for this is that the symptoms of a concussion are subjective and cannot be “proven.” If you tear your knee, you can see this on an MRI and the “proof” is there. However, if you have a concussion, you have symptoms that you cannot show on a MRI or X-ray. As a result, insurance companies will often try to fight these claims. However, we have handled so many workers’ compensation claims involving concussions, that we know exactly what is required to prove this type of case and recover medical bills and lost wages for our clients. Going to court and litigating concussion claims requires tremendous experience and resources. Presenting the Judge with the right evidence is a necessity. Furthermore, we have also negotiated substantial lump sum settlements for our clients that have endured these types of traumatic brain injuries at work.
Brain injuries at work often occur from slips and falls, falling objects or vehicular accidents where another party is at fault. If that is the case, you may also have what is called a “third party claim.” A traumatic brain injury that is caused by the negligence of a third party will give rise to a personal injury claim, in addition to your workers’ compensation claim
. However, recognizing the existence of this type of action is not always so obvious. The lawyers at Stern & Cohen know exactly how to spot this third party case and guide you on how to handle this situation. These negligence actions can result in significant financial recoveries on top of your workers’ compensation claim. Let us provide sound legal advice on pursuing this.