Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Most brain injuries are caused by some type of trauma to the head. This leads to concussions, a brain bleed or other injuries, all of which can vary in severity from minor to very serious. Believe it or not, some of the most common incidents that lead to brain injuries include hitting your head after tripping and falling or slipping and falling.
Life-changing Effects of These Injuries
A brain injury can affect the sufferer’s life in many ways, from a loss of memory or loss of fine motor skills to losing the ability to work. Depending on the part of the brain that is affected and the severity of the injury, this type of injury can range from temporarily frustrating to severe permanent disability.
Some who suffer from traumatic brain injuries may spend only a few nights in the hospital. Others, however, require extensive rehabilitation. They undergo months of therapy, some even learning to talk, walk or feed themselves again. Some suffer irreparable damages, and require ongoing nursing care for the remainder of their lives.
Brain injuries often lead to pain and suffering, and not just because of the physical injuries. Losing skills you used to have and struggling to relearn simple tasks can be extremely frustrating. Depression is common, and stress levels run high. The emotional impacts can be as devastating as the physical injuries for some accident victims.
Additionally, brain injuries sometimes result in drastic and unpredictable changes in personality. This often makes loved ones and family members feel that they no longer know their injured loved one. Divorces and other family upheavals are common after this type of injury.
Delayed Appearance of Symptoms
Brain injuries are sometimes obvious, especially with an open head injury or when there is a loss of consciousness. In other cases, however, symptoms may take up to 18 months after the accident to appear. This is especially true when the only symptoms are things such as memory loss or a personality change.
That is why it is important to get diagnosed and treated by the right medical professionals, and also why it is important not to settle a case too early.
If you settle a claim and receive compensation based on a back injury or a break that leads to little more than a few weeks missed at work and then learn you have permanent brain damage at a later date, you do not have any recourse to recover more compensation even if you cannot return to work or require extensive rehabilitation. If you settle early, you may be selling yourself short.
Our firm helps people recognize if there might be a brain injury, and connects accident victims to the right medical care providers to confirm an injury. This allows us to include this injury in the claim, helping clients get all of the compensation they deserve.
Firm Experience Matters When Pursuing Brain Injury Claims
Triebsch & Frampton, APC is experienced in monitoring clients for symptoms of closed head injuries, thanks to working with many brain injury claims in the past. Since we have seen that it is not unusual for symptoms to appear weeks or months after the trauma occurs, we ensure all clients who may have a head injury are checked for potential concussions or brain bleeds.
You haven’t cracked your head open, or there hasn’t been any blood or stitches, but you still might have a brain injury. If you report any possible symptoms or we believe you may have a traumatic brain injury, we can refer you for diagnosis, and take this into account with all of the other factors when it comes time to settle your case.
Our experience not only allows us to build a network of medical professionals to refer you for care, but we also have a team of expert witnesses at our disposal. These experts can be used to prove your claims, including testifying about how your injuries have affected your life physically, mentally and emotionally.
The Triebsch & Frampton, APC Difference
Triebsch & Frampton, APC takes a different approach to head injury claims that most other firms in our area. We closely monitor the recovery process and refer to specialists, if necessary, to ensure the proper diagnosis, treatment, and settlement. Ensuring your medical and emotional health is our top priority, and we can do that while also helping you get the most compensation possible from your claim.
Most claims reach a settlement by negotiating a fair amount with the insurance company. Sometimes, however, it requires filing a personal injury lawsuit to get fair compensation. In many cases, this gives the defendant or their insurance company an incentive to reach a fair settlement. Only rarely do these cases go to court, but we will manage all aspects of the suit if this becomes necessary.
Contacting Triebsch & Frampton, APC
Triebsch & Frampton, APC works with accident and trauma victims who have suffered head injuries. If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. To reach an attorney in Central Valley, call (209) 667-2300.