A traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating diagnoses you or a loved one can receive. Worse, some cases do not start manifesting the symptoms until months or years after the injury-causing incident, making it even more difficult to pursue compensation.
TBI starts with minor signs like headaches, fatigue, or muscle stiffness, but if left untreated, it can have lifelong cognitive, emotional, and even social effects. If you suspect the brain injury was a result of an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation equal to the caliber of your injury, loss, and hardship endured.
After the diagnosis, the best way to find out whether you qualify for compensation is by evaluating the case with the help of a certified brain injury lawyer.
Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A brain injury occurs when a person’s head is jolted violently, suffers a severe blow, or when an object penetrates the skull and injures the brain tissue. There are several types of accidents that can cause a TBI, including:
- Car and other traffic accidents
- Bicycle accident
- Violence and assault cases
- Child or elder abuse
- Sports injuries
- Boating accident
What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Brain Injury?
The signs of a brain injury can start showing immediately after an accident, days, weeks, or even years later. Most people who seek medical evaluation as early as possible eventually recover from the condition. Unfortunately, others do not and have to live with the long-term effects of TBI, such as
- Chronic fatigue, headaches, or seizures.
- Sensitivity to sound
- Impaired vision
- Emotional and cognitive decline, including memory loss, problem concentrating, anxiety, impaired reasoning
- Difficulty sleeping
- Change in personality, including irritability and impulsiveness
- Speech and communication problems
- Difficulties socializing
- Executive dysfunction affecting motivation and decision-making
When Can You Sue for a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The outcome of a TBI on you or your loved one can become overwhelming to manage on your own. You’ll need support from other people and finances to fund your recovery process.
You can sue for a traumatic brain injury if the incident that caused it involved some form of negligence by another party. Your attorney can guide you through the entire process by gathering evidence to support your claim, identifying the liable parties, presenting your case, and negotiating your settlement.
Review Your Case with a Brain Injury Lawyer
TBI can change your life and those of your loved ones drastically, including your financial and mental wellbeing. When you’re unable to work and provide for yourself or your family due to another party’s negligence, seek legal advice as soon as possible to pursue your justice. A brain injury attorney can assess the case to determine if there was negligence and help you quantify the value of your claim.
Call Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law, at 800-488-7840 to get started with a free case evaluation. You can also fill out the contact form below to get in touch.