Every day someone is injured due to the carelessness of others and in many cases it results in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Trauma to the brain doesn’t only occur in a head-on collision. It can happen with side- and rear-impact accidents as well. Even a fall or bump on the head may possibly cause a brain injury.
The brain is delicate and may be injured in a number of ways. If your brain is shaken or rolled forcefully within your skull, it can result in serious damage. There doesn’t have to be a crack in the skull for brain damage to occur. It’s the force—and movement of that force—that causes damage to the brain tissue, affecting physical, emotional, and cognitive functions.
Suffering from a traumatic brain injury can result in disabilities that can have a huge impact on your life or the life of someone you love. A medical professional can detect whether or not there has been a brain injury, but many people don’t go to the doctor right away. In some cases, a person may feel fine in the beginning after an accident and it’s only hours or even days later that the effects of a brain injury begin to surface.
Some signs that you may have a brain injury include:
- Trouble with vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Trouble with balance
- Memory issues
- Mood swings
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with any type of injury, you may want to consult an attorney to discuss your situation and all its implications. With any accident, especially a vehicle accident, there are going to be damages. It’s important to determine who is responsible for those damages. If you are the victim of someone else’s carelessness, you need to understand your rights. Having an attorney by your side will not only ensure you are compensated but also advocate for you in the case of other consequences of the accident you might not initially consider.
For example, if you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you need to figure out who is going to pay for the medical bills, the cost of therapy and the value of lost wages. Medical expenses alone can quickly add up to thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars. And if you are unable to work, there are no means to pay all the bills that accumulate from doctor visits, tests, medications, etc.
Having an attorney by your side during a time like this is essential. No one looks forward to lawsuits, but it may be your best option for fair compensation. An attorney will be your voice. If your case has to go to court, they will be there to speak for you and make sure that your rights are being protected so that you can get the settlement that you deserve and need in order to take care of yourself and your family until you are thoroughly back on your feet.
Not all brain injuries are going to be recoverable. Some brain injuries can leave lasting effects. If you’re faced with a lifetime disability, it means a lifetime of medical expenses, and taking legal action may be your best option. Realize, however, that a lawsuit against an insurance company can quickly get confusing and if you don’t have an attorney by your side you may settle for less than you truly deserve.
Don’t let the carelessness of another get in the way of you living a full and productive life. The first step is to have a consultation with an attorney to determine what your options are and which course of action you need to take where your case is concerned. Getting your questions answered is the first step.