Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a debilitating and deadly injury that is caused by trauma to the head after a vehicle accident, slips, trips, falls, etc. Unfortunately, TBIs aren’t always easy to diagnose. Unless an individual has become comatose, experienced bleeding in the brain or has a fractured skull, physicians might assume that the patient’s head and brain must be fine.
Mild brain injuries should be taken just as seriously as TBI. Many brain injuries occur as a result of a vehicle accident. These injuries may not be life-threatening but they may impact your emotional, cognitive and physical abilities. Such injuries require medical attention because if left untreated their symptoms can worsen and cause further complications.
Every year, 1.7 million people in the USA experience traumatic brain injury; around 70,000 of these individuals will have a long-term disability due to their trauma.
In many minor brain injuries, the brain heals itself and the individual doesn’t experience any serious problems, but this isn’t always the case. Depending on the type of the injury the individual experienced, the condition may become worse over time, eventually leaving them disabled.
Signs of TBI can include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of vision
- Personality changes in general
- Poor Concentration
- Short term memory loss
Contacting an Accident Lawyer for Personal Injury Cases
If someone has experienced head trauma, the accident victim is taken to the emergency room where physicians will run standard tests to diagnose head injuries. Even after carrying out CT scans and MRIs, doctors can’t conclusively state whether or not the patient has a permanent brain injury.
An accident lawyer with a background in medicine can ask the doctor to carry out all the tests needed to identify a possible permanent brain injury. Physicians tend to avoid running CT scans and MRIs unless the patient encountered a direct blow to the head, but brain injuries can also happen without direct contact.
Accident lawyers like Lisa Douglas are familiar with the tactics used by insurance providers and defense lawyers to fight brain injury claims. Insurance providers do what they can to avoid paying up and discrediting the policyholder’s claim.
Lisa Douglas has years of experience in going head-to-head with insurance companies and getting her defendants the rightful compensation. She is a personal injury lawyer based in N. Little Rock, Arkansas. With the combination of her strong background in medicine and legal experience, Douglas helps her clients win the most complex cases against leading insurance carriers.
Contact the Law Offices of Lisa Douglas, Inc in Little Rock, Arkansas for more information.