Brain injuries can occur in a variety of accidents; however, there is a long history of individuals faking these and other types of injuries to get a larger settlement. This is why it’s more difficult to litigate these types of cases than any other type. Hiring an experience lawyer has become important to help you prove your case and show the court you have truly suffered from a traumatic injury that will have a negative impact on your quality of life moving forward so you can get the compensation to which you are entitled.
New Technology Makes Detection Easy
There is new medical technology that helps doctors identify traumatic brain injuries. A number of MRIs have been created to provide greater insight. Diffusion Tensor Imaging can better detect damage to white matter, while susceptibility weighted imaging can detect even the smallest bleeds in the brain. A spectroscopy can evaluate the balance ration of specific molecules.
Recovery Is Slow
Unlike many other types of injuries, recovery from traumatic brain injuries can be quite slow. Even a brain injury classified as minor, such as a concussion, can take up to six months for a full recovery. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the symptoms and often a lack of awareness as a result of the injury, many people overdo it while they are in the recovery period. This can slow down recovery or even stop it altogether, making the injury worse or causing the symptoms to last much longer, even permanently.
Loss of Cognitive Reserve
The cognitive reserve is the amount of brain matter individuals have as they go through life, which can serve to protect Alzheimer’s and dementia. Traumatic brain injuries can also cause you to lose a portion of the reserves you have, which can have devastating long-term effects that won’t be noticeable until you have aged. A good attorney will be able to evaluate this and provide insight into the chances of developing these devastating illnesses in the later years.
Insurance Companies Will Try to Confuse You
It’s an unfortunate fact insurance companies are out to protect their own bottom line. They don’t want to make payouts any more than necessary and will do what it takes to ruin a victim’s chances of getting a settlement. While you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury and aren’t capable of thinking clearly, they will attempt to contact you and either get you to settle for a lower amount or trick you into saying something that will ultimately hurt your case. This is why it’s important to ignore any calls from the insurance company and only communicate through your lawyer.
Get the Right Medical Help
It’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible after your traumatic brain injury. However, make sure you choose a doctor with the right experience who will conduct the appropriate tests. Waiting to have these tests done can harm your case. Be sure the medical professional you use is trained and experienced in using the latest types of MRIs to ensure a proper diagnosis.
Return to Work as Soon as Possible
It may be tempting to stay out of work as long as possible to ensure you get the maximum compensation, but this isn’t advised. It’s better to return to work as soon as you are medically cleared to show you only want to return to your normal life and aren’t after more money than you are entitled to.
If you’ve suffered from a traumatic brain injury, contact us right away. We are ready to help you build your case and get the compensation to which you are entitled.