Brain Injury Attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
When It Comes to Major Injuries, Experience Counts
A brain injury can drastically change your life and have a deep impact on the lives of others in your family. Sometimes called traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, brain injuries occur when a force strikes the head, causing direct physical damage to the brain. Another type of brain injury can be a result of toxins like lead paint, or a chemical reaction to a dangerous drug. A severe brain injury, or neurological injury, can have a devastating effect on a victim’s life.
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Brain injury victims may lose their ability to remember, think clearly or control their emotions. Victims can slip into comas and suffer permanent mental and physical impairment. A brain injury may adversely affect a victim’s relationship with a spouse.
The leading causes of brain injuries include falls and auto accidents, but many other types of accidents can cause brain injuries. The skull does not necessarily have to fracture or break open for the brain to sustain a traumatic injury – a concussion caused by a fall can cause permanent injury. When the integrity of the skull is compromised, the victim has suffered an “open head injury.” This type of injury is usually the result of significant force such as a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, our firm can help you seek justice. Attorneys at Flager & Associates, PC often work with medical experts like neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuropsychologists to determine the extent of a client’s impairment. We work relentlessly to help our clients secure the maximum compensation to which they are entitled.
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/ CRPS
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and a related condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) often are chronic nerve disorders that affect areas of the body that have sustained injury. RSD and CRPS share some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including chronic pain. RSD and CRPS commonly is found in the arms and legs and may be connected to injuries sustained in an automobile accident or other high-speed impacts.
Sometimes RSD and CRPS injuries go unnoticed, but become severe upon a subsequent injury. People who previously developed RSD and CRPS but were able to cope with the discomfort may later suffer a relatively minor injury, such as a fall down. Suddenly, RSD and CRPS victims may find they are unable to cope with increasing pain levels.
CRPS Symptoms Include Skin Sensitivity
RSD and CRPS symptoms include significant changes in the color and temperature of the skin over the affected body part or limb. Victims may experience burning pain, excessive sweating and skin sensitivity. Some victims may be unable to work. Frequently, tissue injury triggers CRPS I, which describes all patients with CRPS symptoms but with no underlying nerve injury. People with CRPS II experience the same symptoms. Their cases, however, clearly are associated with a nerve injury.
Dr. Robert J. Schwartzman, professor and chairman of neurology at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, has researched CRPS for more than 30 years. He has identified the four major components of CRPS:
- Pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, hyperpathia
- Autonomic dysregulation (malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system)
- Motor dysfunction
Diagnosing CRPS and RSD can be complicated. Don’t expect insurance companies to help determine responsibility. Our firm can help you by using our resources and experience.
Fibromyalgia severely affects the daily lives of people suffering from this condition. Fibromyalgia victims may be unable to work or to conduct everyday tasks without enduring significant pain and fatigue.
This debilitating disorder is widely accepted in the medical community, but does not reveal itself clearly through medical and scientific evidence alone. The cause of the syndrome is unknown. The symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor sleep
- Anxiety and depression
- Balance problems
- General body pain
- Tender points
- Digestive problems
Remember, victims of chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia have rights. In addition to medical bills and other expenses, you may be entitled to significant compensation for pain and suffering.
At Flager & Associates, PC, we understand the how difficult it is for sufferers of chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia and other conditions, such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Our experienced staff of personal injury attorneys in Pennsylvania and New Jersey can help victims obtain justice. We can help fibromyalgia sufferers obtain SSD or SSI benefits. Don’t delay taking action. Contact us today.
Mental Anguish and Emotional Distress
Mental anguish and emotional distress are similar to “pain and suffering” damages, but there are distinctions. This type refers to mental and emotional responses to the trauma of a physical event. Common symptoms of mental anguish often include:
Pursuing a legal case based on mental anguish and emotional distress can be tricky because this type of suffering is difficult to measure. At Flager & Associates, we know that emotional pain is just as real and debilitating as physical pain. Our attorneys will fight for the compensation you need to move forward.
A neurological injury, considered a severe brain injury, can have devastating and life-altering effects. Often, these types of injuries are caused by auto accidents, work-related accidents or falls. A victim of a neurological injury may experience temporary or permanent disability, pain, impaired motor, sensory and cognitive functioning, paralysis, and sometimes death. This type of injury may result in a personality change.
Some of the symptoms people who develop neurological injuries may include:
- Digestive system problems
- Respiratory system problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Numbness in limbs
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Chronic headaches
Advances in medical technology have greatly improved diagnosis of neurological injuries. Tests available to diagnose neurological injury include, but are not limited to: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), spinal tap, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), position emission tomography (PET), among others.
If you or a loved one has sustained a neurological injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. An experienced neurological injury lawyer at Flager & Associates, PC can fight for the justice you deserve.
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Located in Bensalem (across from the Neshaminy Mall), with offices in Philadelphia and New Hope, our law firm proudly serves injury victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
One Northbrook Corporate Center
1210 Northbrook Drive
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
Phone: (215) 953-5200
Fax: (215) 953-5214
1500 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19102