Learn the Steps to Take If You Have Suffered a Head or Brain Injury

Posted at October 20th, 2013 in Accident Attorney, AccidentAttorneyUSA.com, Attorney Michael Terani, Brain Injury, Brain Injury Attorney, Head Injury Lawyer, Personal Injury Law, Personal Injury Lawyer | Tags: , , , , , ,

In recent years, a lot of light has been shed on head and brain injuries, and most recently, there has been attention on the subject as the result of the NFL, and lawsuits pertaining to head injuries suffered by players through the years. While this is at the forefront of media attention right now, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer from a head or brain injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), estimates that each year as many as 1.4 million Americans suffer from a brain injury. Brain and head injuries can occur as the result of any number of situations, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, sports or violence.

If a brain injury is found to be the result of negligence on behalf of another party, it is possible for victims to receive compensation. If you, or a loved one has a brain injury that occurred because of negligence, there may be eligibility for compensation for a variety of costs, including medical bills, loss of income and pain and suffering. Despite the legal rights of people who suffer from this type of injury, they often go uncompensated because of the complexity of brain injuries. Brain injuries tend to be invisible, and may not be diagnosed for many years. If you were involved in an accident that you believe could have resulted in a brain injury, it’s important to follow certain steps to help you if you seek future compensation for damages.

  1. At the time of your accident, if you’re able, make notes of everything that occurred. This is something your personal injury lawyer will likely need to prepare your case. Note when and where the accident occurred, how it occurred, etc. The more details you can remember and write down, the better prepared you’ll be when you proceed with your case. If you’re a family member of someone who has a brain injury, it’s important you make notes throughout the process if the injured person isn’t able to.
  2. Immediately after an accident, you should seek medical attention. This is the best way to know whether or not you actually have an injury, and you’ll need this documentation if you’re planning to pursue compensation. Keep records of everything, from your doctor’s diagnosis, to receipts for any medicines you may need. Even though brain injuries are often invisible, it’s still a good idea to take photographs of anything that could be used as evidence, including the scene of the accident and your injuries.
  3. Contact a qualified personal injury lawyer such as Terani Law Firm who’s trained to handle brain injuries. Brain injuries are unique cases, and it’s important to find a personal injury lawyer who has specific experience dealing with these issues. Your lawyer can guide you through the process, and help you make the right decisions. Often insurance companies will try to downplay the severity of brain injuries, or make claims that they’re “mild,” but even mild brain injuries can significantly impact a victim’s life. This is why it’s important to contact an injury lawyer immediately—they can help you avoid the pitfalls of dealing with insurance companies if you’re entitled to compensation.

Brain injuries are not something to be taken lightly. They can lead to problems ranging from lost time at work, to personality changes and even lifelong disabilities. If you believe you or a loved one has incurred a brain injury as the result of negligence, the best course of action is to keep all necessary documentation and contact a highly skilled personal injury attorney. There are statutes of limitations on cases like these, so it’s imperative to do so as soon as possible, otherwise you may jeopardize your ability to receive the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney, contact Terani Law Firm at (888) 804-7858 or submit a consultation request to discuss your brain or head injury.  Get paid for your pain and remember, we only get paid if you get paid first. 

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