Of all the personal injuries that can result from accidents, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be the scariest and most profound because they have the potential to change how we live and even who we are. TBIs can result from many types of accidents, including car crashes, workplace accidents, and slips and falls, for example. In many cases, brain injury victims deal with complications for the rest of their lives.
Every brain injury is different, but many doctors say that it can take two years for the brain to finish healing after a TBI. Once the two-year mark arrives, the condition of the patient at that time may be permanent because he or she has reached what doctors call “maximum medical improvement” or “MMI.” The long-term medical treatment for brain injuries can cost hundreds of thousands – or even millions – of dollars, depending on how severe the TBI is. Expenses may include hospitalization, physical therapy, rehabilitation, daily assistance, medication, and more.
Medical treatment for brain injuries isn’t cheap. People with severe TBIs often need treatment soon after the accident that caused the brain injury, and for years into the future. You should not be left with the bill if the accident that caused your TBI was someone else’s fault. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at the Butler Law Firm help TBI victims secure the compensation they need for now and into the future.
Our law firm takes a limited number of cases each year so that we can focus intensely on the details of complex legal matters like those involving brain injuries. When you’ve suffered a serious brain injury in an accident that was not your fault, you only get one shot at justice. Make it count.
If you believe the Butler Law Firm might be able to help you, contact our Atlanta TBI lawyers whenever you are ready to discuss your case. We have taken brain injury cases to trial and won in court, and we have obtained settlements in many more. Talking to us is free and confidential. We will review your situation and give you an honest assessment of your options.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you have suffered a TBI as the result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages. A personal injury claim seeks to hold a defendant liable for the harm they have caused.
If you have sustained a TBI, you may face challenges in getting the full and fair compensation you deserve. Insurance adjusters may view your injuries with suspicion, especially if you are not exhibiting visible symptoms. But this does not mean you have not suffered a brain injury, and it does not mean that your injuries cannot be proven in court.
At the Butler Law Firm, our committed Atlanta brain injury lawyers will take the time to fully understand your brain injury. We can demonstrate the full extent of the TBI’s impact on your life and calculate the expenses and losses resulting from the brain injury.
How a Lawyer Can Help With a Brain Injury Claim
TBIs are typically very costly injuries. Our Atlanta brain injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation you deserve for all your losses. Without the help of an attorney, you will be left to navigate the complex insurance claims process by yourself. Ultimately, of course, the choice of whether to hire a lawyer is up to you.
On the question of whether you should hire a lawyer, brain injuries present special circumstances. If you are having trouble remembering facts or thinking clearly, you’re probably not in any condition to handle your own case against an insurance adjuster. The adjuster has been trained to settle cases for as little as possible, and has amassed experience from handling insurance claims day in, day out for years.
A brain injury attorney will work hard to help you pursue the compensation you need to pay all of your expenses. You can also seek compensation for your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries take many forms. Some of the most common types include:
- Coup-contrecoup injuries
- Penetrating or “open head” injuries
- Anoxic and hypoxic injuries caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
A TBI can be caused by any blow to the head that causes the brain to move inside the skull. Any blow or jolt to the body can also cause a TBI as the head whips back and forth. A brain injury can be caused by incidents such as:
Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident and the extent of your injury, you may be eligible for several types of compensation, including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
TBIs typically fall into three categories: mild, moderate or severe. Even brain injuries that are considered “mild” can result in serious challenges.
Symptoms of TBIs may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Coordination issues
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Blurred vision or seeing double
- Cognitive difficulties
- Ringing in the ears
- Hearing damage
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty swallowing
- Numbness or tingling
- Droopy eyelids
- Loss of bowel control
Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have suffered a TBI, you may need treatment and rehabilitation. This may include:
- Emergency care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- In-home assistance
- Support groups
Talk to an Atlanta Brain Injury Attorney
If you’d like to learn more about how you can maximize your financial recovery, please consider contacting the Butler Law Firm. Our compassionate Atlanta brain injury attorneys will be ready to discuss the details of your brain injury case, answer all your questions, and explain your legal options. Talking with us is free.