Head Trauma & Brain Injury: Personal Injury Claims & Lawsuits
Hitting your head during an accident can have serious consequences due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Head trauma that results in a brain injury can be complicated, especially since the long-term effects of the injury can be difficult to identify. Understanding when you should contact a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim can be the differentiating factor in whether or not you are fairly compensated for your traumatic brain injury.
Should I Contact a Lawyer for a Head Trauma/Brain Injury?
To help assess the need for a personal injury lawyer after an accident that caused head trauma and brain injury, see if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
- Did you lose consciousness for longer than a few minutes?
- Did you suffer from prolonged bouts of vomiting, dry heaving or nausea?
- Did you have difficulty speaking (e.g., slurred speech) or walking, or a general loss of coordination?
- Did you suffer from extreme confusion or memory loss, or did those symptoms occur sometime after the accident?
- Did you have a persistent headache, or did you have a headache that got worse over time?
- Did you experience numbness in your fingers and toes?
- Did you notice clear fluids draining from your ears or nose?
- Were you unable to wake up from sleep after head trauma occurred?
- Did you exhibit unusual behavior, such as combativeness or irritability, after the head trauma?
- Did the head trauma result in convulsions, seizures or coma?
Steps to Take After Head Trauma and Brain Injury
Seek immediate medical attention — If you suffered any kind of head trauma that you suspect may have caused a brain injury, promptly get medical attention. If you are exhibiting any symptoms that may impede your ability to function, such as confusion, coordination problems, severe headache, etc., then it is advised to have a friend, relative or emergency services take you to a healthcare provider. Visiting a healthcare provider may also play an important role in connecting your potential traumatic brain injury to the accident.
Request medical records — Medical records provide a significant amount of information that may be important for a head trauma and brain injury lawsuit. Obtain copies for reference, or have a lawyer help you.
Document medical expenses — Make sure and document all of the medical expenses associated with the treatment and management of any injuries for reimbursement/compensation purposes. Expenses to document include medical bills, prescription costs and insurance co-pays. Out-of-pocket expenses related to the treatment and management of traumatic brain injuries may also be reimbursed, so it is always advised to keep track of all medical-related expenses.
Contact a local personal injury lawyer — Head trauma and brain injury claims can be complicated cases due to complex medical and legal issues involved. Discussing your case with a local personal injury attorney, even if you are simply in talks with an insurance company or making a workers’ compensation claim, can make a big difference in the outcome.
Keep records of all accident-related items — After a traumatic brain injury, it is important to document the accident, injuries and other related conversations, paperwork and expenses. Maintaining records and keeping everything organized is useful for any claims or lawsuits that result.
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