Legal Help After a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are on the rise all across our region. As more and more research and treatment occurs in this area, the more doctors are better identifying the injuries and assisting their patients in their recovery. For years, it was very difficult to fully determine the damage to the brain that occurs during certain accidents. In fact brain injuries contribute to a larger number of deaths and permanent disability diagnosis each year that any other type of injury.
A head injury can occur due to any type of auto accident or even a slip and fall. We have seen time and again the dangers that result from motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and tractor trailer wrecks. The affect that these types of accidents have on the brain can be more than initially thought. TBI can sometimes be difficult to identify and so symptoms can sometimes be overlooked. It is up to you to relay all of your symptoms that began after an accident to your doctor. Do not hold back as there are a number of possible symptoms that may seem insignificant but can lead to disastrous results.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries Resulting from an Accident
Although these symptoms may not necessarily mean that you have TBI, but it is important to make sure you relay them to your doctor to ensure that it is ruled out. Brain injury symptoms can occur whenever there is a blow to the head.
Symptoms of the brain injury depend also on the location and the severity of the trauma. Mild injury can be shown through symptoms of:
- Memory Loss/Concentration Issues: TBI can cause you to lose your memory and have difficulty concentrating or even thinking clearly. This may be noticed more by family and friends than you yourself. Do not let the embarrassment that could be associated with forgetfulness after an accident keep you from speaking with your medical professionals.
- Physical Changes: TBI can also cause a number of issues that are more physical. These could include headaches, dizziness, nausea or even added sensitivity to your senses (noise, light, smells, etc…)
- Mental Changes: TBI commonly creates additional emotional issues that you may not have had before the injury. This can include, but is not limited to anger, depression and anxiety.
- Sleep Changes: TBI also commonly creates issues with your sleep patterns. If for some reason you can no longer fall asleep, or are sleepier after your injury, you might consider bringing this to the attention of your doctor.
Symptom Timeline after Brain Injury
Many symptoms do not show up all at once, or even immediately after your injury. It is important to work with your doctor to review your symptoms as they become apparent during your treatment. Some symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months after an accident.
Working with your doctor and any referred specialist is key. There are over 5 million Americans currently living with TBI related disabilities. There have been a number of advancements in the treatment of TBI that will further allow individuals to better function with both short and long term issues.
Brain Injury and Your Accident Claim
A traumatic brain injury caused by an accident sometimes never gets addressed. TBI resulting from an accident can be very extensive. You will need to prove the cause of the injury along with diagnosis and expected treatment. Attorneys at The Miley Legal Group have extensive experience with dealing with TBI and forcing insurance companies to better assess and in the end better compensate clients who experience this life altering injury. TBI has lasting effects and it can lead to life long changes including job loss, physical changes and even long term care by expensive medical providers.
As more developments take place in the field of traumatic brain injury, it is important that this information is brought to the table during your recovery and any claim files with an insurance company. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and you think TBI has resulted, please contact your doctor for further examination and then contact the lawyers at The Miley Legal Group to make sure the cost of the medical treatment and any long terms financial strains are covered through your case.