When was the last time you heard someone plan in advance to hire a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) attorney? Never? We understand. Planning for unexpected and traumatic events is never fun, and often is pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Unfortunately, TBI is not is as uncommon as you may think, so it is wise to plan for the possibility of such an injury and the steps you take afterward.
What exactly is a traumatic brain injury? A TBI is any brain dysfunction caused by an outside force to the body. The terms “mild,” “moderate” and “severe” are descriptors for the brain function effects and injury severity. It should be noted that even mild injury to the brain is still serious. Such injuries require prompt medical attention and a highly accurate diagnosis.
When an accident happens that results in blows to the head, or rapid movement of the brain within the skull, serious consequences can occur. Particularly following a head injury, it can be difficult to know if you need a TBI attorney. There are a few key indicators that should prompt you to talk to an experienced TBI attorney, such as:
- You have a TBI that was caused in an accident due to the negligence of another party
- You’re experiencing TBI symptoms
- The insurance companies are denying the reality of your TBI and your pain
- You suffered a TBI in a complicated accident
- Your injury has significant financial impact
Five Signs You Need A Brain Injury Lawyer
While by no means a comprehensive list, these are five critical indicators that you should speak to a personal injury attorney for advice and your legal options following a known or suspected head injury. No single article can ever replace the advice of a legal professional, especially in cases as complex as those of TBI. Your first concern should absolutely be your health, so seek medical help if you have any concerns about head injury or brain injury.
If you aren’t sure where to turn, Thompson Law is just one phone call away. We can get you connected with an expert medical provider to assess your injury and get you on a treatment plan as quickly and conveniently as possible. Act right away to preserve your health and recovery, and to ensure that you have an expert legal professional on your team to represent your best interests.
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1.) You have a TBI that was caused in an accident.
If you have sustained a TBI following an accident, that is absolutely grounds to speak with an attorney. Sustaining a serious injury through the fault of another is an injustice. You should not suffer pain and be left with expensive medical and repair bills due to someone else’s negligence. If your injury was caused by circumstances outside of your control, those who are in control of that hazardous or reckless environment should be held accountable.
Traumatic Brain Injuries can have severe short, mid, and long-term consequences. The most common types of TBIs that we see include the following:
- Skull fracture: Bone shattering impacts can have devastating effects on the delicate tissue and systems within the skull. Sensory loss, loss of cognitive function, and even death can result.
- Hypoxia and anoxia: Hypoxia, sometimes referred to as hypoxic ischemia and anoxia can result from lack of oxygen to the cells in the brain.
- Lacerations: Tears or ruptures of the brain’s blood vessels or tissue.
- Brain bleeding/brain hemorrhage: Seizure disorders such as traumatically induced epilepsy may stem from hemorrhage or bleeds inside the skull.
- Focal contusions: The TBI most likely to cause cognitive problems such as memory loss and inability to concentrate, as well as challenges with emotional control.
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI): Stretched or torn nerve cells caused by rapid acceleration-deceleration movements of the brain within the skull (think whiplash movement).
- Concussion: Its classification as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI is contested by some members of the medical community as the name downplays the potential seriousness of side effects and long-term effects.
If this is not your first TBI, then it is even more critical to seek both medical care and legal aid after an accident. Compound head injuries can worsen symptoms or long-term effects.
The most common causes of TBIs include falls, vehicle-related collisions, violence, sports injuries, and explosions or blasts. The most susceptible groups are babies and young toddlers, teens and young adults age 15-24, and adults over 60. Additionally, men are more likely than women to experience TBI.
No matter the circumstance that caused your head injury, you deserve medical help. If your accident was caused by the reckless, dangerous, or negligent actions of another party, you also deserve legal help.
2.) You’re experiencing TBI symptoms.
Next, if you have recently experienced an accident or physical trauma and are not certain that you have a TBI, but you are experiencing any of the below list of symptoms, get checked out by a medical professional right away. TBIs can present with symptoms other than what is on this list, but some of the most common are:
- Vision problems
- Fatigue or problems sleeping
- Cognitive issues with memory or concentration
- Mood swings or personality changes
- Anxiety or depression
- Sensitivity to light or sound or ringing in the ears
- Vertigo or trouble balancing
Whether you have recently experienced an injury on the football field or been in a car accident, the possibility of brain injury should not be taken lightly. TBIs can present symptoms in a delayed manner, so their effects can occur or intensify after the injury. For your most effective diagnosis and healing, seek the advice of a medical professional as soon as possible. For resources to connect you with an experienced and trusted medical professional, an experienced brain injury attorney is a great resource to turn to. Thompson Law is always here to help.
3.) The insurance companies are denying the reality of your TBI and your pain.
Insurance providers are famous for these types of exploitative practices. They demand that you make regular and consistent payments for coverage, and then at the time that you need them, they fail to pay fairly on your claim. It is how they protect their record-breaking profits each year.
However, a corporation’s bottom line should never come before health and safety of human beings. There are extremely serious medical intervention steps that must be taken in cases of severe TBIs. After an accident, the emergency room doctor may take steps including monitoring oxygen, blood pressure, blood loss, or stabilizing measures to avoid exacerbating the injury. Medications such as anti-inflammatories, anti-seizure drugs, or coma-inducing drugs may be administered. Arguing to refuse coverage for such care is unacceptable.
In addition to the immediate steps that must be taken for care, there can be long-term health effects from TBI that must be accounted for as well. Persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome is when physical, mental, or emotional effects continue to present for weeks or months after the injury. Also, recurring TBIs have been linked to early onset of Degenerative Brain Diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia.
Whether they are arguing with you over one trip to the ER or debating your need for long-term care, the insurance companies DO NOT know better than your doctors or your experienced brain injury attorney. Emergency intervention in cases of TBI is non-negotiable, and the mid to long-term effects of such injuries can be life-changing. If you have been injured through the error or negligence of another party, and the insurance company is not respecting your TBI diagnosis and its impacts, you deserve help. Reach out to Texas’ brain injury attorney.
4.) You suffered a TBI in a complicated accident.
Another situation that many TBI victims and their families may not consider in the immediate aftermath of an accident is the complexity of the event itself. Unfortunately, many of us are familiar with auto accidents, or even workplace accidents, and we may feel we are equipped to pursue a claim on our own. It’s true, an accident attorney is not necessary for every collision or negligent event. Standard fender benders, straightforward slip and falls at work with slight injuries, or other more minor and common injuries may well be handled directly by the parties involved.
If you have suffered a TBI resulting from a more complicated accident, you stand to benefit greatly by seeking the advice of an experienced professional brain accident attorney. These legal experts have seen all types of accident scenarios and the resulting brain trauma. They are skilled at reviewing evidence and researching the events to ensure that the full scope of the events is captured, and that fault is assigned correctly – some of the most complex aspects of negotiations in such cases.
When insurance adjusters are complicating the facts, denying the scope of the accident, refusing liability or being plain unhelpful, a personal injury attorney by your side can be a tremendous resource. Having such an expert on your team means you have an excellent negotiator in your corner who is unafraid to examine every detail and fight for the justice you deserve.
5.) Your injury has significant financial impact.
It is unsurprising at this point to consider that when larger amounts of money are at stake, insurance companies attempt to deny and discredit claims even more aggressively. In these high-dollar, high-stakes cases, it is especially important to have a TBI accident attorney by your side. When significant amounts of money are involved, you should not take any chances. Whether you have major medical bills and property damage costs from the event, or whether you have an injury that will impact your future quality of life and earning potential, you want to be sure that you receive every penny of fair compensation to cover these costs.
Aside from these compensatory damages, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering due to the recklessness of others. Your deserved punitive damages can be substantially higher when you work with a professional – particularly an experienced brain injury attorney who is capable and prepared to take your case as far as necessary, even all the way to court, to win you what you deserve.
Some types of costs your attorney can capture in their demands and in their pursuit of winning your case include:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Psychiatric therapy, occupational therapy or other rehabilitation services
- Lost income and earning potential
- Punitive damages for severe negligence or intentional risk-taking behavior
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship or loss of consortium
Thompson Law is Your TBI Accident Attorney
TBI is an extremely serious injury and should never be underestimated or ignored. Do not feel that you need to be alone in the face of such an injury, whether it has happened to you or has happened to someone you love. In the aftermath of a TBI, you may be dealing with symptoms like brain fog and lack of concentration. With your injury impacting your ability to represent yourself to your full potential, hiring a lawyer to advocate on your behalf becomes even more important. You should not be handling situations as complex as insurance negotiations, as contentious as settlement demands and as emotional as a financial hardship while you are not able to function at your best. Leave this challenging work to the experts and call Thompson Law.
Our team of expert and compassionate attorneys are highly skilled in litigation, mediation, and trial law. Thus, our firm will take your case exactly as far as it needs to go to get you the best possible outcome and results. When you hire Thompson Law to handle your case, you are assigned an entire legal team to work for your best possible outcome and provide you with exceptional care and service through every step of the process. Our firm employs some of the most talented individuals in the field, with a wide breadth of experience: from EMT’s, to former insurance company adjusters, to our expert attorneys, we equip your team with a wealth of knowledgeable experts who can go head-to-head with the insurance companies and force them to back down.
When finding the Texas brain injury attorney who is right for you after an injurious TBI incident, don’t just take our word for it. Check out our results and our outstanding client reviews to see what we have done to help our past and current clients. While past results may not guarantee future success, what we do guarantee is that we have the passion and the drive to fight hard for your deserved justice, your deserved outcome, and your deserved payment. With trained legal experts standing by 24/7, free consultations, and no fee unless we win your case, what have you got to lose? Call today and see what Thompson Law can do for you.
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The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have experienced any TBI or head injury as a result of an accident, consult with an experienced Dallas brain injury lawyer. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on a smooth path to recovery and your deserved compensation. If you’ve been hesitating to reach out, don’t delay any further. Call Thompson Law right away for assistance with your injury and claim.