Traumatic Brain Injury
The Impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury is not easily visible, but can be life changing.
Many brain injuries initially go undiagnosed and untreated. The human brain is complex such that sometimes a neurologist cannot easily assess the extent of brain harm and loss. The resulting limitations often take time to be seen or understood. Often it is a spouse or co-worker that notices the change in a traumatic brain injury, even before the injured person understands what has happened to him. Brain Injuries usually are irreversible and life altering for both the injured and the family.
If your loved one suffered head trauma in an accident and you suspect brain injury, it is critical to get an accurate diagnosis and early treatment. It is also important to contact an attorney to preserve your rights.
We have extensive experience advocating for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). We help clients maximize compensation for the substantial care requirements, the financial hardships and the profound impact on their life. Brain damage is not always readily apparent or even considered. The treating physicians who examine accident victims may not assess the patient for brain injury, especially when there are broken bones, lacerations and other acute injuries. Doctors may attribute the symptoms of brain trauma to something more benign such as post-traumatic shock or depression.
The result is that mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI) and post-concussion syndrome can go undiagnosed for months. On the surface, the person can appear normal and pass many tests, but underneath the injury the harm can have a profound effect on the person's concentration, decision making, motivation and emotions. Often the victims experience headaches and vision problems, chronic fatigue, mood swings, sometimes a hearing loss and emotional outbursts, loss of memory, personality change or a fuzzy, foggy existence that is mistaken for depression or apathy.
We work with national medical experts to confirm traumatic brain injury, and we work with many professionals such as vocational experts, economists and life care planners to illustrate the impact. We put in a lot of work to make sure that compensation covers lost earnings, nursing or assisted living care, medical treatment, medications, counseling, job training and other needs, plus damages for pain and suffering and reduced quality of life.
Brain injuries do not always involve a direct trauma to the head:
— In 2009, our client was brain damaged because of a chain link that held up a Big Box display came loose, swung down, hit our client in the back , but not the head, he had substantial back and neck injuries because the hardware store's sign swung loose. A PET scan revealed the brain injury.
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