After you sustain a traumatic brain injury, your life may never be the same. Beyond simply damaging an individual’s ability to communicate, exert emotional regulation, or maintain concentration, head and brain injuries can also impact how the body functions. Since this can have such a dramatic effect on victims’ lives and their family members’ lives, it is crucial that they get the compensation they deserve from the liable parties.
In the midst of seeking medical care and trying to understand the injuries you’ve sustained in an accident, contacting a lawyer may seem like an unnecessary step. However, you have to think about the myriad ways in which a traumatic brain injury can impact your life. Between medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitative care, a TBI can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Now, think about what would happen if you accept a settlement from the insurance company. It is extremely likely that the offer will not be enough to cover your actual losses from an accident, especially since the effects of many TBIs cannot be fully known until a patient has been in treatment for several months. When you accept a settlement, you waive your right to sue. If you run out of settlement money and want to ask for more, you have no more leverage.
Before you accept a settlement, you have plenty of leverage. Without an attorney, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to use that leverage effectively. Your personal injury attorney will know what evidence is needed to prove your case, what negotiation tactics work with insurance companies, and how much you’ll likely need to cover your medical bills and other expenses.
Hiring an attorney isn’t an attempt to game the system or get more than you’re entitled to, despite how the media treats accident victims. It’s simply a way to ensure that profit-centered insurance companies treat victims fairly.
Brain injuries are often categorized into different types and levels. TBIs fit into one of these three levels:
Types of brain injuries include contusions, those caused by the brain hitting the side of the skull, concussions, and penetrating injuries.
Many types of accidents can lead to brain injuries. In fact, the brain injury itself can cause further brain injuries. Consider, for example, a shaking injury that causes immediate damage. As the injury continue to limit blood flow to the brain, the patient may subsequently suffer hypoxia or anoxia, causing even more damage.
Causes of initial brain injuries include:
After you sustain a head or brain injury, the process of seeking compensation begins. In general, the process goes like this:
TBIs can place enormous strain on your mental and physical health, and trying to communicate with insurance adjusters adds even more stress. Instead of trying to take this on alone, let Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. help. Schedule your consultation now by filling out our contact form or calling us at (312) 236-2900.
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