Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can lead to significant and long-term issues—and they could happen to anyone. In more severe cases, people who have sustained TBIs could permanently lose cognitive function and memory. In addition, they could develop mood swings and behavioral problems that weren’t present before the accident occurred.
TBIs are especially concerning because there is a chance that the victim will never fully recover. Sustaining an injury of this magnitude could happen just as easily during a slip and fall scenario as it could during an injury sustained at work or in a car accident. When people have suffered to this extent, their attorneys will explain that they reached the Maximum Medical Improvement, which will be factored into their claim or lawsuit.
TBIs Can Be Missed
After an accident, regardless of where or how it occurred, seek professional medical help. What is potentially very frightening about a TBI is how easily it can be overlooked by you and others.
Another factor to consider is that you may not present any symptoms of a TBI immediately. For instance, if you were in a car accident where nothing struck your head, you may not seek medical assistance. But your brain can hit your skull even if nothing strikes you externally.
Symptoms may start to develop over time. This is why you need to meet with a doctor after your accident. If the injury occurred at work, you would likely need to see a worker’s compensation physician as well. As additional issues arise, return to the doctor. There are diagnostic tests, MRIs, and other means available to check and treat your injury. What to look for:
- Feeling confused
- Headaches (especially those that cause nausea or vomiting)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood swings
- Having trouble with memory
The above is associated with a mild TBI, but “mild” is relative. No brain injury should be treated lightly. Severe symptoms include cerebral spinal fluid (clear liquid) coming out of your ears and nose, dilated (large) pupils, and even seizures.
What Factors Are Considered For A Settlement
TBIs can alter who you are, and they can have a permanent impact on your future. When you meet with a personal injury attorney, he will consider your current and future costs for medical treatment.
Do you still have the ability to work and provide for your family? How much money have you lost in terms of lost wages—and how much can you anticipate losing in the future? Your attorney can determine this and fight for your compensation. There are intangibles to think about. This comes in the form of pain and suffering and the degree to which your life has been altered.
Feldman Legal Group
If you have suffered a TBI or another form of serious injury due to the negligence of others, contact The Feldman Legal Group to request your assessment. Regardless of the scope of the injury, you deserve FULL compensation. We look forward to fighting for you.