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Victims of traumatic brain injuries know how devastating these injuries can be. TBIs can leave their victims with months and even years of treatments and rehabilitation, often with intense pain. Plus, they might be stressed trying to pay bills that keep piling up. While it might seem easier to deal with this yourself rather than find a Colorado traumatic brain injury attorney, an attorney who has handled cases like yours may be able to help you and your family fight for fair compensation.
WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?
First and foremost, it is important to understand what a traumatic brain injury is. The CDC defines a TBI as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” Clearly, this is a very broad definition that can apply to many different kinds of injuries, and TBIs can range from mild to severe. TBIs can be difficult to accurately diagnose on your own and may not immediately present any symptoms at all, which makes it critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after your accident to help ensure that your injury does not get any worse than it already is.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
With something like a broken bone, the symptoms and diagnosis can be relatively clear and easy to discern. However, TBIs can be a bit more difficult. Some of the signs that a victim is suffering from a TBI— like headaches—can be confused for harmless maladies. This being the case, it is important to understand some of the symptoms of TBIs that can present themselves after an accident to ensure that you don’t dismiss what could potentially be a very serious injury.
Physical symptoms are some of the first symptoms you might imagine would accompany a TBI. For a mild TBI, they can include things like:
- nausea and vomiting
- problems with speech
- dizziness or loss of balance
For more moderate to severe TBIs, physical symptoms can include:
- loss of consciousness ranging from several minutes to hours
- convulsions or seizures
- inability to awaken from sleep
- constant headache
- a headache that worsens over time
While most physical injuries like broken bones or sprained muscles will typically only result in physical symptoms, TBIs may result in other categories of symptoms, such as sensory symptoms. Sensory symptoms for a mild TBI can include blurred vision, a ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, or a change in the ability to smell. Sensory symptoms such as these are typically associated with milder TBIs and will not be as present in the case of a more severe TBI.
Cognitive, Behavioral, or Mental Symptoms
Cognitive, behavioral, and mental symptoms can be particularly difficult to pinpoint in the case of a TBI because they may be present due to other causes. For a mild TBI, some common examples of these sorts of symptoms include a state of being confused or disoriented, memory and concentration problems, feeling depressed or anxious, or difficulty sleeping. More serious TBIs might lead to profound confusion, combative or aggressive behavior, or slurred speech.
Regardless of how minor you feel your accident was, it is important to seek the appropriate medical attention if you begin to experience any of these symptoms. Failing to do so could result in a worsening of your injuries and cause problems that are even more difficult to solve further down the road.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Because TBIs can result from any situation in which an excessive amount of force is applied to the head or neck area, there really is no end to what can end up causing one. Some of the more common causes, however, include:
Falling after slipping or tripping is particularly dangerous because it can happen to any person at any time. Because of this, they are the most common causes of TBIs overall. Falls can happen from a bed or a ladder, while walking down the stairs, or while getting in and out of a shower. Older adults and young children may be at a particularly high risk of suffering from a TBI after a fall.
Car accidents are a large source of TBIs because of how common they are and how much force is involved. In Colorado, thousands of people are involved in car accidents yearly. These accidents can cause serious TBIs because of the size of a typical automobile and the speeds at which it can travel. It is also important to note that a direct blow to the head is not required to cause a TBI—a sharp movement of the head, such as when whiplash occurs, is enough to result in a TBI.
Though a TBI can occur in any workplace, workers who work in certain kinds of environments might be at an especially high risk. For example, workers in factory settings or on construction sites are at high risk for accident-caused traumatic brain injuries. This is due to the presence of heavy machinery with moving parts and construction equipment that can be very dangerous if used incorrectly.
How a traumatic brain injury attorney in Colorado can help
When most people think of attorneys, they probably think about expensive hourly rates and stuffy offices. This image can make it tempting to try to go it alone and fight for fair compensation for your injuries on your own. However, a traumatic brain injury attorney may be able to help you and your family in many valuable ways, making it well worth your while to seriously consider hiring one.
First, an attorney may be able to give you an accurate idea of what your case could be worth and what will be required to go after compensation for your injuries. If you do not have experience in the field of personal injury law, it can be easy to undervalue your own injuries and accept a settlement offer that does not reflect the true cost of what you endured. A Colorado traumatic brain injury attorney might be able to use their experience and knowledge of the local statutes and regulations to ensure that you aren’t taken advantage of by an unscrupulous insurance company.
Aside from simply giving you an idea of where your case might stand, your attorney may be able to take the next step of helping you fight for maximum compensation or your injuries. This process can be lengthy, but put simply, an experienced attorney may be able to assist you by presenting your case to the other parties in a persuasive way—highlighting the strengths of your claim while minimizing any potential weaknesses that it might have.
Filing a traumatic brain injury claim
There are no two TBI claims that are exactly the same. How your claim proceeds forward will be based upon the severity, the other parties involved, the details of the accident that led to the TBI, and a host of other factors. TBI claims, like most other personal injury claims, will follow the same basic steps.
1. Contact a Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
The first in the process of seeking compensation for your injuries should be to talk with an experienced attorney in your area. If you live in the Denver area, Zinda Law Group attorneys are available to make appointments to speak with you about your injury and situation at a time that is most convenient for you. As mentioned above, they may be able to discuss the details of your case with you and take the burden of going through the legal process off of your shoulders. In addition, Zinda Law Group doesn’t charge you anything unless we win your case for you, so reaching out is a no-risk proposition.
2. Research and Investigation
Once you have hired an attorney, they can start the process of doing the necessary research and investigation into the facts of your case and the controlling law. In a TBI case, this can include analyzing any photo or video evidence that might be available, speaking with employers in the case of a workplace accident, and handling the initial communications with any of the insurance companies who might be involved.
3. Negotiation and Settlement
This step becomes very important in personal injury cases because the majority of the time, things will end outside of the courtroom in the form of a settlement offer. Going to trial is time-consuming and costly, so it often makes sense for both sides to resolve things through the potentially quicker process of settlement. At this stage, it is critical that your attorney has experience in this area to be able to properly analyze the details of your case and determine what a fair offer might look like. In addition, an experienced attorney may be able to use their skills and training to argue persuasively for maximum compensation for your injuries.
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TBIs are not something that victims need to go through on their own. Zinda Law Group stands at the ready to assist you and your family through what can be a devastating time. Our Colorado attorneys may be able to relieve you from the fear of the unknown while fighting on your behalf for maximum compensation. If we are hired to help you with your case and we don’t win, you won’t have to pay. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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