Personal Injury Claims Explained by a Denver Brain Injuries Attorney
Car accident head injury victims need specialized medical attention and legal assistance when pursuing personal injury claims. Because these cases of brain injuries from car accidents can be very complex, the victim can only benefit from the advice and professional assistance of an attorney with the medical and legal background to address the specifics of the case.
At the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz, you’ll find a Denver brain injuries attorney with substantial experience in helping car accident victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Our goals are to obtain the maximum financial recovery and assist the victim and family in getting the treatment and therapy they need.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from a blow to the head or from acceleration/deceleration forces such as a whiplash type injury. Many people sustain mild brain injuries from car accidents that don’t involve their head striking something in the car. Similarly, a mild TBI can result from a fall where there’s no blow to the head.
Falls are the leading cause of TBI (28%) followed by car accident head injury (20%). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 1.6 million people per year sustain a TBI. More than 50,000 people each year die from these injuries and more than 125,000 are left with permanent disabilities.
The symptoms and signs range from mild to severe including but not limited to:
- brief unconsciousness;
- nausea and vomiting;
- vision changes;
- difficulty concentrating;
- memory problems;
- disturbed sleep or fatigue;
- loss of sense of smell or taste;
- slurred speech;
- impulsivity and combativeness;
- loss of coordination or dizziness,
- significant confusion;
- weakness or numbness in the extremities;
- coma; and
How is a brain injury diagnosed?
Traumatic brain injuries are often emergencies caused by car accident head injury. They may be diagnosed by imaging such as an MRI, SPECT scan or CT. However, most mild TBI aren’t diagnosed in the emergency room. The victim is often initially unaware of the symptoms as their focus is on significant pain from physical injuries to the back, neck or other part of the body.
Awareness of the brain injury symptoms sometimes comes not from the victim but from family and friends who notice the changes. As treatment for physical injuries progresses but the symptoms of a brain injury remain, a competent treating physician such as a neurologist or a physiatrist may make a preliminary or initial diagnoses of TBI when a constellation or grouping of some of the symptoms listed above are present following a trauma.
Sometimes it’s difficult to sort out genuine brain injuries from car accidents from the effects that accident victims are experiencing from their physical injuries. Pain, depression resulting from the pain or physical impairment, worries about job loss and finances can produce symptoms in an injury victim similar to those of a brain injury. When the symptoms persist at least 6 weeks after the initial trauma a referral to a neuropsychologist for testing is a good idea. A neuropsychologist has specialized training in the brain/behavior relationship.
Neuropsychologists can diagnose and measure the degree and severity of the neurologic dysfunction that results from a TBI. Their testing, which typically includes written and verbal memory and learning tasks, can help to determine which area of the brain may have been damaged from a car accident head injury. They’ll also review the case history, hospital reports, and interview the victim and perhaps his or her family and friends to get a complete picture of the victim pre and post trauma. This is often all used as evidence in personal injury claims.
The neuropsychological assessment is a critical tool for directing the rehabilitation and treatment plan for therapists and others to help the victim cope with the injuries. The facts generated about your car accident head injury can be used by your Denver brain injuries attorney to file personal injury claims on your behalf.
Most mild traumatic brain injuries resolve without medical intervention. Sometimes they don’t. A neuropsychologist can explain how the brain has been affected and how these injuries will impact the day-to-day activities of the injury victim so that the victim and their loved ones can begin to cope. Often, the family members of TBI victims have a difficult time understanding and accepting how the injuries have affected the victim. Psychological or psychiatric care can help both the victim and their family cope with the changes.
More significant brain injuries may require surgery or additional rehabilitative therapies. This may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and community reintegration. The treatments can help the victim regain lost skills or develop strategies to cope with the losses. In addition, new skills and coping strategies may help compensate for the permanent loss of abilities. The goal is to regain as high a level of functioning as possible.
Treatment for brain injuries from car accidents can be costly and leave injured victims out of work for months or even permanently. These are matters that need to be taken into consideration when seeking compensation through personal injury claims. A Denver brain injuries attorney can help victims of brain injuries from car accidents seek a fair settlement for the damages and losses they’ve sustained from the negligence of another driver.
Help From a Denver Brain Injuries Attorney
The Law Office of D.J. Banovitz is committed to helping people who have suffered traumatic brain injury because of an accident or someone else’s carelessness. If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, we can help you file personal injury claims.