If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury and someone else is at fault, you should file a claim to recover medical damages. That can be difficult, however—some victims think they have experienced and healed from the brunt of the damage, only to experience worsening symptoms over time. Certain traumatic brain injuries can deteriorate, which makes asking for compensation tricky. Talking to a personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your rights and get the damages you deserve.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect Victims
The human body is remarkably resilient, but our brains are fragile. When you experience a traumatic brain injury, the full effects might not show up for days, months or even years after the accident. In most cases, the brain will eventually heal—but some patients experience a decline over time. Doctors suspect this is due to either secondary brain injuries (complications that arise as a result of the injury, like hematomas or infections) or chemical changes (for example, overstimulated brain cells dying en masse). Sometimes the decline is caused if the patient doesn’t receive sufficient medical care.
People who suffer traumatic brain injuries often experience a number of symptoms. Their cognitive abilities may decline, so it takes longer for them to think through a task, remember where they put their keys or recall things like names, places, personal memories and more. They might have difficulty identifying familiar objects through other senses, like touch, or doing what were once their everyday work tasks.
Brain injuries can also affect how the body functions. They might result in partial or full paralysis, difficulty walking, vision problems and uncontrolled body movements, among other symptoms. This makes it extremely hard for victims to function in their daily life, and may affect their ability to maintain employment. For most people, that is a devastating change in circumstances.
Finally, traumatic brain injuries can affect the patient’s social and emotional responses. They may find it hard to engage in social activities, or have difficulty controlling their emotions. The very people who should be their support network may be a source of stress, particularly if they’re having trouble recalling names and personal memories. Many traumatic brain injury patients report a decline in their relationships after the injury.
When you suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, it’s crucial that your attorney fights for the insurance company or jury to take the very real possibility of future decline into account.
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If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, I can help you seek financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Together, we’ll work to make sure that you get the help you need to make the best recovery possible. I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877.944.4373 to learn more.