If you were injured in a car crash, or a slip-and-fall or other similar incident, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A minor TBI may go undiagnosed initially and often will be vigorously contested by insurance companies and their lawyers. Our Waldorf accident lawyers can help you prove the nature and severity of your injury and obtain the compensation you deserve.
What is TBI?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by a physical trauma. A TBI can result in an impairment of your cognitive (mental) and/or your physical functioning. It can also result in impaired behavioral and/or emotional functioning. A TBI can be the result of a blow to the head (e.g., if you slip and fall, striking your head on the floor; or if your head slams into the steering wheel or a window in a motor vehicle accident). However, it is a common myth that one must take a blow to the head or be knocked unconscious in order to suffer a brain injury. TBI is commonly associated with the whiplash effect that occurs in rear-end collisions. The excessive and violent back-and-forth or side-to side movement of the head and neck causes the brain to come into contact with the interior of the skull, damaging the tissues and cells of the brain. This damage occurs in the absence of any blow to the head.
Symptoms of TBI
Every brain injury, even a minor one, can significantly and permanently impact your day-to-day life. Symptoms commonly associated with TBI include:
- Vision problems, including double vision or blurred vision;
- Diminished senses, such as smell or taste;
- Speech impairments, such as slurred speech;
- Headaches or migraines;
- Fatigue; and
- Balance issues.
In addition to, or independent of, the physical symptoms, you may also be suffering cognitive or emotional symptoms, such as:
- Memory loss or forgetfulness;
- Trouble concentrating or paying attention;
- Trouble following conversations;
- Difficulty finding the correct word or phrase;
- An inability to do more than one thing at a time;
- Difficulty in completing tasks;
- Depression or mood swings;
- Personality changes;
- Changes in appetite; and
- Becoming easily upset or agitated.
These symptoms may manifest immediately or may develop slowly, over a period of days or weeks. It is not uncommon for an injury victim with a TBI to feel just fine immediately following the traumatic event. If you experience any of these symptoms at any time after a whiplash injury; a trip, slip and fall; or an automobile or motorcycle accident, you should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible to determine if you have a brain injury.
Proving TBI with the Help of our Waldorf Accident Lawyers
Insurance adjusters, defense attorneys and (often) jurors are generally skeptical of all but the most severe TBI cases. You may be accused of malingering (faking your symptoms in order to enhance the value of your case). The adjuster might suggest that you had similar symptoms or psychological problems before the accident. The adjuster also might downplay your claims by relying on the often-used defense arguments that a person must lose consciousness to sustain a TBI, and that no objective test proves TBI. As experienced Waldorf accident lawyers, we can demonstrate that the first of these arguments is a myth, and the second is irrelevant. We will gather evidence to demonstrate the severity of your symptoms and how those symptoms have changed your daily life, as compared to your pre-accident condition. We will review and analyze your medical records, paying particular attention to the frequency and duration of your symptoms, any expenses you have incurred that relate to your medical treatment, any time you lost from work and all lost wages or benefits. If necessary, we will enlist the help of an expert neurologist or neuropsychologist to evaluate and explain to the adjuster (and, if necessary, a jury) your before-and-after level of physical, mental and emotional functioning.
We are experienced Waldorf TBI attorneys who know how to play hard-ball with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. If you were injured in a car accident, or slip and fall accident, or other incident that caused you to suffer a TBI, send us an email using the form on this page or call 301-638-1280 to schedule a free initial consultation.