Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious diagnosis that can impact the injury victim for the rest of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries are so unique to each individual that it is nearly impossible to determine the full effects of the injury, even after months of medical care.
A TBI can impact your memory, your motor skills, or your bodily functions. In addition, a brain injury can change your personality, make it harder for you to control your emotions, or cause depression or similar mental disorders.
The accident does not have to be serious to cause a serious TBI. Every one of these injuries must be treated uniquely because symptoms and injuries will differ in each person. because these injuries are so complex, it is important that you work with a traumatic brain injury lawyer when you are seeking compensation for your injuries.
Why Hire A Brain Injury Lawyer?
Every year almost 2 million people are diagnosed with a brain injury. Of those diagnosed, around 70,000 people have long-term medical issues as a result of the injury. The CDC has further stated that the number of overall head injuries may even be higher because many people do not seek medical care for what is potentially a minor concussion.
It is very important to remember that you did not have to suffer a physical blow or knock to the head to get a traumatic brain injury. The Center for Disease Control has stated that 20-30 percent of brain injuries occur each year from the head being jolted back and forth in a whiplash scenario. When this happens, the brain bounces back and forth inside the skull, and injuries occur.
Regardless of how the injuries occurred in an accident, it is essential for brain injuries to be treated immediately and often with specialized medical care to get the best recovery results.
Insurance companies are often difficult to deal with when a person has been diagnosed with a TBI. Since these are such unique injuries, there are not many “standard practices” when treating the injured party. For this reason, many insurers deny claims or treatments. However, getting immediate care is crucial to recovery success. This is why it is critical to have a traumatic brain injury attorney managing your case as soon as possible so that your care is never interrupted by the insurer.
Signs of A Traumatic Brain Injury
Since all TBIs do not require physical contact or blunt force trauma to cause the injury, many people overlook the brain injury, at least at first. Concussions, the most common brain injury, often receive delayed treatment because the injury victim thought their symptoms were not an injury but rather stress from the accident.
A partial list of symptoms associated with a brain injury
- Bad headache
- Blurred or loss of vision
- Confusion or Disorientation
- Short term memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Changes in personality
- Quick to anger or get frustrated
- Overall agitation with everything
- Changes in appetite
These are just some of the more common symptoms that injury victims experience when they have had a TBI. Sadly, some of these symptoms are not noticed by the injured person but by their loved ones. The injury can make the injury victim think that the new emotions they feel, such as quick temper or anxiety, are just “normal.”
If your loved one has been in an accident recently and is exhibiting any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical care and contact a brain damage lawyer to protect their rights as an injury victim.
What Will A Brain Injury Attorney Do For Me or My Loved One?
Brain injuries are never simple personal injury claims. It is necessary for the injured party to have aggressive legal representation from a TBI lawyer to receive the care they need for their injury.
A head injury lawyer will manage all of the interactions between you and the insurance company covering the accident. They will make sure that the insurer is authorizing all the necessary care for your condition and providing you with all of the benefits you are entitled to under the terms of the insurance policy.
Your head injury attorney will also conduct the necessary research to help prepare your compensation claim. This claim will include all of your losses and any future losses you may suffer due to your injury. Your attorney will negotiate with the insurer until a positive settlement can be achieved.
If a settlement cannot be reached, your TBI attorney will prepare your case for trial. They will represent you until the case is closed.
A traumatic brain injury is something that can change your life in so many ways. It is important that you receive the medical care you need now and in the future to help with your recovery. Protect your rights and speak with a traumatic brain injury attorney at Landau Law today.