WHAT TO DO AFTER SUFFERING A BRAIN INJURY IN AN ACCIDENTLast updated on: October 21, 2022
There are many ways in which a traumatic brain injury (TBI) could occur. For instance, if you hit your head during a serious car accident, you may be suffering from a mild or severe brain injury. These injuries need immediate medical attention and may require long-term care. To receive compensation for your injuries, you must file a legal claim.
If you have been injured and wish to file a claim against the at-fault party, Zinda Law Group may be able to help. Call our experienced team at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You will not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.
WHAT IS A TBI?
TBIs typically occur when there is a violent blow or jolt to the victim’s head or body, although they may also occur when an object goes through the brain tissue, such as a bullet. While a mild TBI may affect the brain cells temporarily, more serious injuries can result in long-term complications, or even death.
You should always seek medical attention if you have received a blow to the head or body, especially when experiencing subsequent behavioral changes. After seeking medical treatment, contact Zinda Law Group today to discuss your potential legal claim.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK SOMEONE RECEIVED A TBI?
In any brain injury case, one important step is to be evaluated immediately by medical personnel. You will want to be evaluated quickly so that doctors can potentially explain what’s been going on to a jury throughout the course of your brain injury.
Next, you should contact an attorney with experience in brain injury lawsuits. Brain injury lawsuits are often extremely complex, both medically and legally, so hiring a qualified attorney at Zinda Law Group is extremely important. Our attorneys can help investigate your case, determine fault, and guide you through the entire legal process.
TYPES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES FROM ACCIDENTS
There are several different types of traumatic brain injuries that may develop as a result of an accident, including:
- Mild Concussions. Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injury and may cause the victim to experience confusion for approximately one day.
- Moderate. Victims suffering from moderate TBIs experience a loss of consciousness for over 30 minutes and may experience confusion for up to one week.
- Severe. Victims suffering from a severe TBI experience a loss of consciousness for over one full day.
- Uncomplicated. With an uncomplicated TBI, victims show normal head CTs and brain MRIs.
- Complicated. With a complicated TBI, victims will show changes in their head CTs or brain MRIs, such as bleeding.
- Closed. A closed TBI means that the outside force that caused the blow or jolt to the head did not penetrate the skull.
- Open. An open TBI means that the object that damaged brain tissue did penetrate the skull.
- Nontraumatic. Nontraumatic TBIs are injuries not caused by outside forces or objects penetrating the skull. Instead, these injuries are typically caused by incidents which deprive the brain of oxygen.
It is important to contact a medical professional right away if you have experienced a brain or head injury. Contact Zinda Law Group today for more information.
CAN THE BRAIN RECOVER FROM BRAIN INJURY?
The recovery time from a TBI will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity, type, and cause of the injury. For instance, those suffering from a mild TBI may make a full recovery, whereas individuals with severe TBIs may experience lifelong changes. Other factors that influence the victim’s recovery include:
- Additional Injuries. If the victim has additional injuries in conjunction with their traumatic brain injury, he or she may require different treatment plans or an increase in pain, both of which may affect the recovery time of their head injury.
- Age. Age of the victim may also affect TBI recovery time. For instance, older individuals may have a slower recovery time when compared to younger adults.
- Past TBIs. It is also possible for individuals to have a slower recovery time if they have had multiple head injuries within a short period of time.
There are a variety of factors which may affect the recovery time of a TBI. To get the proper treatment, it is important to see your doctor after any type of head or brain injury. After you have sought medical treatment, contact Zinda Law Group to discuss your potential case.
HOW IS A DIAGNOSIS MADE?
There are various ways to diagnose a TBI. Your healthcare provider will generally first examine you and ask you to explain your symptoms and how the injury occurred. In some cases, the medical professional may perform a neurological evaluation, CT (Computed Tomography) scan, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, or blood test.
After seeking medical attention to diagnose and treat your traumatic brain injury, contact a personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group. We can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, emotional distress, and more.
HOW DOES SOMEONE WITH A BRAIN INJURY ACT?
Understanding how someone with a brain injury may act is important to get them the treatment they need. Although many individuals with a mild TBI will show symptoms immediately following the accident, some may not feel the severity of the symptoms for multiple days. Someone with a brain injury may present with:
- Behavior or mood changes
- Restlessness or agitation
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or memory problems.
Further, children or infants with TBIs may refuse to eat, drink, or breastfeed, or cry nonstop. If you believe your child has suffered from a brain injury, seek emergency treatment. Further, if another individual has been injured and is showing any of the symptoms above, call a medical professional or encourage them to seek medical care.
HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP WITH BRAIN INJURY CASES
After suffering from a brain injury, you may be facing substantial physical pain, emotional distress, and hefty medical bills.
An experienced attorney can help you pursue compensation for all your damages by filing a legal claim and negotiating with insurance companies. Insurance companies don’t have your best interests at heart, as they are focused on their own bottom line. Insurance companies also deploy various tactics to reduce your settlement amount, such as claiming you were at fault for your injuries. Personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group understand these tactics and know how to handle insurance companies.
If you have suffered from a brain injury, a Zinda Law Group attorney can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available. Our attorneys can walk you through each step of the legal process and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU SUE FOR A BRAIN INJURY?
How much your brain injury case is worth will depend on a variety of factors, including how severe the injury is, if the injury is permanent, the costs of treatment, and more. You are more likely to get a higher settlement amount for a severe TBI when compared to a mild concussion, for example.
Each situation is different and must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Your attorney at Zinda Law Group can help investigate your case and help determine how much you may be able to sue for a brain injury.
Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. You do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”
This content is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.