Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
A car accident, a fall on ice, a trip-and-fall accident or a workplace injury may have left you with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). You are now beginning a new stage of life as a survivor of a head injury. Whether through a fall or in a collision, a blunt force injury to the head can leave you with long-term effects that will require courage and patience to overcome.
Naturally, there is a wide spectrum of brain injury severity. Your head injury (or your close family member’s head injury) may fit one of these descriptions:
- A severe TBI leaving you (or your loved one) in a coma or in a vegetative state
- A blow resulting in a coma from which you may regain consciousness
- An injury that leaves you with bodily function impairments such as seizures
- An injury that results in headaches and perhaps dizziness but no bodily function impairments
- A concussion or contusion that requires lengthy rest and relaxation
Every head injury patient’s situation is unique, yet there are commonalities, often including:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty holding down a job afterward
- Difficulty functioning in one’s family and community as vibrantly as before
- A need for occupational therapy to recover a manageable lifestyle
When Other People Question Your Condition After A Closed Head Injury
It is also common for recovering head injury patients to discover that other people believe they are “all well now,” when in fact, they continue to cope with negative repercussions for months or years afterward – and sometimes permanently.
As with any serious injury, you need and deserve quality legal advice to discover how to pursue the compensation you will need to pay medical bills, replace lost income and acknowledge your pain and suffering. Glenda Mitchell Law Firm is here for you.
Get Answers To Your TBI Or Injury Questions
Personal injury lawyer Glenda Mitchell has devoted her career to helping injured people maximize recovery of compensation after suffering injuries and losses. Call 678-721-0417 to arrange to talk to Glenda in a free case assessment. If you have a question in addition to the common questions listed below, send it to Glenda using this website contact form.
Is a concussion a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Yes. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. TBIs can range in severity from mild to severe. Any hit, bump or jolt to the head, either by colliding with something, falling or being jerked back and forth can cause a concussion.
What if my TBI symptoms showed up after the accident and I didn’t go to the hospital right away?
Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. In some cases, people are in a state of shock after a car accident or injury and do not have the capacity to do a critical self-assessment. TBI symptoms occur within the first seven to 10 days after the incident. See a medical provider right away when you become aware of any symptoms.
Do I have to pay my medical bills if someone else caused my TBI?
In personal injury cases, two things must be proved: negligence and liability. If both of these can be shown, it is likely that you have a personal injury case that is worth pursuing. Your attorney will assess your injuries and damages and then estimate what your case is worth. This amount will take into consideration all of your medical expenses and lost property. Your attorney will then attempt to negotiate a settlement outside of court. If the other party is not willing to pay what you and your attorney feel your case is worth, the case will go to trial.
It should be noted that both Georgia and South Carolina are “at-fault” states and use comparative negligence to determine who will pay which costs after a motor vehicle accident. Rules vary by state. For example, after a car crash in South Carolina, you must file an FM -10 form that details your liability insurance with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Additionally, because the police report cannot be used as evidence in a case, having your own investigation of the crash can be beneficial. To better understand your rights and options, speak with a qualified personal injury attorney in the state where the accident occurred as soon as possible after any injury or accident.
How do I know I’m getting the most up-to-date TBI treatment?
After an injury that causes a TBI, you need to get evaluated by a medical professional. Do not rely on self-assessment. An emergency room can perform a CT scan or an MRI to confirm the severity of your head injury. If your results show a TBI, get the medical care you need and contact a personal injury attorney so that you understand your rights to pursue compensation. TBI consults with Glenda Mitchell are free.
Offering Free Consultations To People Who Have Suffered Head Injuries
If you were injured in Georgia, we welcome your phone inquiry at our Cartersville office at 864-326-3073. If you were injured in South Carolina, we recommend you call our Greenville office at 706-408-8448 . We also have a contact form on this website that you can use to request a meeting with a lawyer.
We can meet you at your home, in a hospital or at either of our offices.