If you or a loved one has recently suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be eligible for financial compensation. However, before consulting with an experienced brain injury attorney, it’s important that you completely understand your medical condition and what constitutes a traumatic brain injury.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury is caused when a strong external force causes brain damage. Depending on the severity of the impact, you or your loved one may have mild or serious traumatic brain injury. Brain trauma can happen whenever the head or body is met with extreme force, causing brain dysfunction.
Below are some of the most common causes of brain injury:
- Car accidents
- Contact sports
- Occupational accidents
Once a traumatic brain injury has occurred, it’s important that you consult with a brain injury lawyer as soon as possible to determine your next legal steps. If you or your loved one’s injury or death was caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important that you understand your legal rights as a victim.
What are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?
As soon as you receive a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, it’s important that you contact a lawyer if you haven’t already. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will be able to understand your medical records and use them as evidence for your personal injury claim.
Brain injury symptoms vary depending on the severity of the neck or head trauma and may even lead to death. The more serious brain injuries usually involve bruising, bleeding, or tears to the brain tissue.
Go to the ER if you notice the following in you or a loved one after an accident:
- Numbness or weakness on one side of body
- Difficulty remembering recent events
- Blurred vision
- Sleeping more than usual
Please keep in mind that immediately after the accident, the victim may not show symptoms of brain trauma. In fact, there have even been cases of car accident victims being able to get out of their cars and function normally during the beginning stages of a traumatic brain injury.
How Do I Get Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury?
To receive compensation for traumatic brain injury, you or your loved one will need a medical evaluation. In a medical evaluation, the doctor will determine whether or not the injury will cause the patient to no longer be able to hold down a job or live independently. A doctor will also be able to diagnose the severity of your condition to see if physical therapy might help.
To receive full compensation for traumatic brain injury, you’ll need to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. The damages you receive will cover your traumatic brain injury treatment and compensate you for loss of wages and emotional trauma.
The East Lansing personal injury attorneys at Foster & Harmon work hard to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one has a personal injury that involves a brain or head injury, call our office for your free initial phone consult at (517) 337-4600.