How a Head Injury Can Affect You for the Rest of Your Life
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or any other accident caused by the carelessness of another individual, you need to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Why? Because serious brain injuries can have life-altering effects that will remain with you for the rest of your time on this Earth. Nearly two million people suffer a TBI each year in serious accidents and the cost for treatment exceeds $56 billion per year.
What Exactly is a TBI?
There are different levels of trauma associated with head injuries. A TBI is trauma that damages the normal function of your brain. You may have a “mild” TBI that results in relatively minor harm. Or, you may have suffered a “severe” TBI that causes you to lose memories, the ability to speak, and other motor functions.
TBI from an Auto Collision
If you or a loved one hit your head during a car accident, you need to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Many people hit their heads in a wreck and neglect to see a doctor, brushing it off as just a bruise or a mild headache. This is a mistake. You need to get treatment so any further damage can be addressed by doctors.
Understand the Signs
In addition to noticing a bump or welt on your head, signs of a brain injury can include the following:
- Persistent, severe headaches or migraines
- Sudden inability to pay attention or focus
- Difficulty remembering basic facts or routines from before the accident
- Sudden dizziness
- Sudden outbursts of anger
Dispelling TBI Fallacy
Some people mistakenly believe that if you are not struck on the head during an accident, then you did not suffer a TBI. This is wrong, plain and simple. A sudden jolt to your head, even without direct impact on an object, can cause trauma to the brain, like a concussion.
Some auto insurance claims adjusters may rely on this fallacy to try and reduce or deny your personal injury claim. Do not let this happen. Hire an experienced Miami personal injury attorney to advocate on your behalf.
Pursuing Damages for Long-Term Harm
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident, you need to be prepared to take legal action against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Many insurance companies fight these claims because they do not want to be responsible for a major pay out. This is why you need to retain a law firm that works with medical experts who assist with demonstrating causation (i.e. whether the accident proximately caused your brain injury) and with demonstrating the long-term impact of the injury. For example, we can retain an economist who can project your lost future earnings due to the harm to your brain. This is compelling evidence that can help persuade a jury to find in your favor, or convince the insurance company to offer a reasonable settlement.
Miami Brain Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help You
As you can see, the consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating to you and your loved ones, both financially and emotionally. Some TBI victims require 24/7 care. This is why you need advocates on your side who will do everything in their power to obtain the largest damage award or settlement possible. Contact the Miami office of Alan Goldfarb, P.A. to learn more.