Benefits of Working with a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Sometimes a bump on the head is way more than just a bump. Many times, seemingly minor head bumps are actually traumatic brain injury (TBI), head trauma caused when external forces impact the brain. TBI can happen during a fall or even in what appears to be a minor fender-bender car accident. TBI injuries vary widely; patients can have a mild concussion or could end up with temporary amnesia—even lapse into a coma, symptoms vary widely among individuals.
Many TBI victims fail to realize they may have suffered a TBI. Symptoms don’t always manifest right away, and many victims don’t even show obvious signs of head trauma. At first, many patients just feel as if they have a minor bump to the head, and feel they can walk away from the accident without seeking medical treatment, only to quickly find that the injury is much more severe than initially realized.
In this article, we discuss traumatic brain injuries and their causes and talk about the legal options available for people that suffer TBIs due to an automobile or another type of accident.
After a blow to the head or violent shaking of the brain as in a car accident or bicycle accident, a person can suffer a concussion. People rarely lose consciousness during a concussion, but symptoms can include the following:
Temporary memory loss about the accident, or amnesia
Ringing in the ears
Sometimes, these more serious symptoms may not appear for several hours or even days. Personality changes and irritability, or someone who becomes very argumentative, are all big clues that something may be wrong. Also, if a victim of an accident begins having sensitivities to noise or light, changes in taste and smell, and sleep problems have them seek medical help immediately. Many victims can also develop potentially life-threatening dangerous blood clots in the brain. All of these symptoms comprise post-concussion syndrome, marked by ever-increasing concussion symptoms that can last for weeks or months, or even longer.
If you have a concussion, immediate medical attention and monitoring are definitely required. You need rest and time to recover from the traumatic brain injury. While most people do recover, it can sometimes be a long road getting there.
Long roads are costly—what may appear as a simple, treatable bump on the head can quickly turn into a very costly injury. It is important to know that most people who have suffered TBI have physical and cognitive impairments; some may have a temporary or permanent motor movement or speech impairments and may develop an inability to concentrate on tasks.
Most people do recover, but some of these impairments require quite a bit of time to either heal naturally or heal with the help of physical or cognitive rehabilitation and therapy. Unfortunately for some people, their TBI may worsen over time and may never improve. Extensive treatments take a lot of time and cost a lot of money, so it is important to have an attorney help you recoup that cost if someone else was to blame for your auto accident.
You may not think you need to hire a traumatic brain injury attorney but think again. Head injury cases can be deceptively costly, evolving into months of therapies that hit your wallet hard. Injuries like this can also cause not only lasting physical pain but also lasting emotional pain as well. One day your life is normal, and the next you’re in an auto accident that changes your life forever.
Many people who suffer from concussions and post-concussion syndrome must be away from work for an extended period of time. Many people find it difficult to even function outside of their homes, and become depressed because they cannot work or participate in their usual social activities. A traumatic brain injury attorney can help you get the disability benefits you deserve and can also pursue compensation from the person or persons who caused the auto accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) does offer disability insurance called SSDI, but many people are initially refused benefits for not filing complete paperwork the first time around. This is an area where a traumatic brain injury attorney can really help, they can ensure you get the benefits the first time you file.
Just remember that brain injuries often result in temporary or permanent disabilities; TBI can significantly affect the rest of your future. You definitely have legal rights if you’ve suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of others. It is very important in these cases to consult with an attorney with experience on these types of injury cases.
We will help you understand your rights under the law and pursue all types of compensation you have a right to, whether that be lost wages, medical bills or disability insurance. Many insurance policies have limitations for these types of injuries, and an attorney can help navigate that for you. Unfortunately, with many TBI cases, the road to recovery is long and arduous. You should focus on your recovery and let an attorney work the case.
Select an attorney who will review your case and inform you about how best to proceed. We work on a contingency basis, and won’t ask you to spend any out-of-pocket money until your case is settled. Hiring the right traumatic brain injury attorney is a very important decision, and you have to find the right person. We will handle your case strategically and will help you obtain the monetary compensation you are owed due to another person’s negligence in the accident. Give us a call today, we are sure you’ll find the right attorney in our firm.