TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LAWYER
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a severe, debilitating, and deadly injury resulting from trauma to the head. Often resulting from trips, slips, falls, car accidents motorcycle accidents, and trucking accidents, TBIs are not always easy to identify. For example, if one suffers a fractured skull, a brain bleeds, or a coma due to an impact to the head, it is obvious one has suffered a severe TBI. However, one can also experience a mild brain injury, which, despite its name, should be taken as seriously as a severe TBI. Although they are not life-threatening, they can have severe effects on one’s physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities. It is essential to take these seriously because if left untreated or ignored, the injury could get worse, and symptoms can intensify over time.
Keep in mind that about 2.5 million Americans are afflicted by a traumatic brain injury each year and over 70,000 experience a long-term disability as a result. For this reason, it’s important to have a Michigan brain injury lawyer looking out for you.
A diagnosis of minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is considered valid when one or more of the following conditions occur after an injury to the brain:
- Disorientation or confusion
- Amnesia near the time of injury
- Neurological or neuropsychological problems
- A score of 13 or higher on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)
The prognosis for many brain injury victims may be favorable, but that, unfortunately, does not hold for everyone. Some take longer than others to recover, while a minority of individuals simply do not get better despite the passage of time.
$1,300,000 Insurance Benefits
The client lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a tree. As a result, they suffered a traumatic brain injury, herniated discs, lost wages, attendant care, replacement services, and ongoing case management.
$1,000,000 Personal Injury
The client suffered a brain injury, spinal disc injuries requiring surgery, knee replacement, severe and permanent disfigurement.
$650,000 Car Accident
A hit-and-run driver rear-ended the client. The client needed two spinal surgeries, post-operative physical therapy, injections, lost wages, and attendant care.
SYMPTOMS OF BRAIN TRAUMA
Physical Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of vision
Cognitive symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Short term memory loss
- Poor Concentration
Emotional symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Personality changes in general
- Changes in appetite
TYPES OF INJURIES OUR MICHIGAN
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The most common type of brain trauma, both closed and open head injuries can result in concussions. They are often caused by impacts to the head, violent shaking of the head, or whiplash-type movements. A concussion often occurs in post-concussion syndrome, a severe disorder that can last for months and even more than a year. Concussions are commonly referred to as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:
- difficulty sleeping
- inability to concentrate
- memory loss
MYTHS ABOUT BRAIN TRAUMA
As a traumatic brain injury lawyer, I have personally heard these myths, either from clients or from other brain injury lawyers. Let’s go over some of the more common myths:
Myth: You Must Lose Consciousness or Strike Your Head
The human brain has the consistency of Jello. In a car accident, the brain can move rapidly through the course of a rigid skull lined with numerous bony protrusions. The brain can bounce off the skull and hit the opposite end of the skull resulting in a contrecoup injury.
This myth is also disproven in instances akin to a whiplash mechanism of injury wherein the head jerks forward, and the movement suddenly ceases. Whiplash has been shown in certain cases to cause a disruption in the nerve cells of the brain, responsible for sending messages.
Myth: A Negative MRI or CT-Scan Illustrates There is no Brain Injury
Diagnostic testing has dramatically advanced over the past twenty years. However, microscopic lesions in the brain and damage to the neurons can often be missed on an MRI. This fallacy pushed by insurance adjusters must be countered immediately. Neurologists will rely on the medical history of the patient and their clinical presentation. It is quite common to have a negative MRI yet manifest with cognitive or functional impairment during neurological or neuropsychological testing.
Myth: You Will Quickly Recover from a Brain Injury
Claims adjusters and insurance defense lawyers often attempt to minimize the extent of a brain injury by alleging that the ailment is minor, and the claimant will quickly recover. Some symptoms of brain injury are minor and subtle such as memory issues. “At one year after injury, 10-15% of mild TBI patients have not recovered. Many are more symptomatic than even immediately after the injury. Some have had persistence of one particularly troubling symptom usually headache, neck pain or dizziness. Most have persistence and even worsening of the entire symptom complex. Both groups are at a high risk of permanent symptomatic persistent post-concussive syndrome.
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In the event of possible head trauma, one is often rushed to the nearest emergency room. Hopefully, the emergency room doctor runs all the standard procedures and tests in place to diagnose TBI. Even so, MRIs and CT scans will not always provide the conclusive evidence needed to diagnose a TBI confidently.
As traumatic brain injury attorneys, we are up to date on the best technologies and tests for TBIs and will ensure that you receive the proper care and treatment when dealing with TBI.
Haque Legal consistently deals with insurance adjusters, insurance defense lawyers, and even physicians who are unfamiliar with TBI and the relationship between a potential closed head injury and whiplash. Many practitioners are mistakenly under the assumption that the head must strike an object to cause trauma to the brain. It is essential to retain a brain injury attorney who is not only familiar with TBIs but also the latest science in this rapidly evolving area of medicine.
The brain injury law lawyers at Haque Legal are experienced with the tactics employed by insurance carriers and defense lawyers in combating such claims. We have clients who have suffered a significant brain injury and did not suffer any impact to the head or even lose consciousness. An insurance carrier would try to discredit an injury in that type of situation. We will not let that happen to someone who has suffered a severe injury.