Traumatic Brain Injury Overview
Due to the limited medical advances in diagnosing and treating a traumatic brain injury, there is much unknown about how a significant blow to the head can affect you. Only certain types of injuries, such as bleeding or fracture will show on imaging. Often the only way to determine the extent of the injury and symptoms is due to verbal, written or vision testing. Signs of head injuries can include loss of memory, difficulty word finding, clouded thought, depression, irritability, nervousness, anxiety, paranoia, and disturbed sleep. As brain injuries are unique, there can be a wide range of symptoms. After suffering a head injury, it may be challenging to complete tasks that you had accomplished without difficulty prior to the injury, such as regular activities at work and home. Often, admitting to others or even yourself that you are suffering the effects of a head injury can be disappointing and embarrassing. If you have been the victim of a head injury due to the negligence of another, contact McNeese & Trotsky to discuss your case today.
Traumatic Brain Injury Questions
How do I know if I am suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Sometimes the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be difficult to distinguish or subtle. The symptoms can also take time to show up meaning that it could take a couple days or even weeks after your injury to present itself. Some common symptoms of a TBI include persistent headache and neck pain, mood changes including increased irritability, dizziness, blurred vision, increased light sensitivity, confusion, foggy brain, delayed speech or thought, difficulty remembering or concentrating, ringing in the ears, and a loss of sense of smell or taste. If you experience any of these symptoms or you suspect that your head was hit during an impact, including any loss of consciousness, it is strongly advised that you seek medical attention to have your injuries evaluated.
What is the amount of time I can seek compensation for an injury?
This depends on the jurisdiction you are in and potentially the terms of your insurance contract. Review your policy and consult your local court rules for the relevant statute of limitations or seek the guidance of an attorney.
If I signed a paper saying that I was OK, can I file a claim?
As stated earlier, it’s not uncommon to experience delayed onset of pain and soreness. It’s always best to hold off on signing anything until you’ve had time to process the experience and allow any injuries to expose themselves. However, if you did sign something, you may still have options available to you in order to bring a claim. An attorney would be able to look at your case and offer any potential alternative routes for recovery.