Traumatic brain injuries can result from impact, penetration or injuries to the head. They can also occur when the head is jolted violently as a result of excessive force.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many people who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) eventually die from the injuries. This represents a large percentage of the deaths recorded in the US annually. Those who suffer TBIs that don’t result in death often suffer other permanent disabilities, such as cognitive difficulties, paralysis as well as emotional trauma.
Do I Have a Claim?
TBIs are often caused by auto accidents. However, they can also occur as a result of work related accidents as well as slip and fall injuries. Whether or not you have a claim will depend largely on how the injury occurred as well as the circumstances of your case. You may also be entitled to workers’ compensation if you were injured while on the job.
If your injury occurred as a result of the negligence of another party, you should seek to recover compensation from the party at fault and his or her insurance company. This compensation should cover your medical costs, loss of income and other expenses related to the injury. You are also entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, which may include psychological or emotional trauma.
Protecting Your Rights
Insurance companies will do all they can to ensure that they don’t have to pay out substantial compensation. This is true even in a case that seems cut and dry. For this reason, as a TBI victim, it is important to ensure that your rights are protected.
The following are some tips to help ensure that your rights are protected:
- Seek medical attention
This is the first thing you should do following a head injury. This ensures that any signs of TBI are detected early and treatment administered. A medical evaluation could mean the difference between life and death. It may also enhance your chances of a speedy recovery.
- Avoid talking to insurance agents or accepting settlements
Do not reveal the details of your injury to anyone especially not the insurance adjuster until you have spoken with an attorney about your claim. The information you give to an adjuster can be used to build a case against you or reduce the amount of your settlement. It goes without saying that you should not accept any kind of settlement before consulting with legal counsel as you may be leaving money on the table.
- Call an attorney
Seek the services of a skilled and experienced attorney as soon as possible. This will improve your chances of getting just compensation for your TBI injury.
If you live in or were injured in the Los Angeles metro area, contact the personal injury lawyers at Sheridan & Rund, P.C. Our attorneys have experience handling TBI cases and will ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your claim.