Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Accidents and attacks often lead to severe injuries that impact your life in a multitude of ways. A traumatic brain injury is one of the most worrying injuries for victims since it can affect you tremendously. While one person may suffer a mild concussion that goes away without treatment, another may sustain damage that leaves them paralyzed and unable to speak. That’s why, after an accident, it’s crucial to work with a trusted personal injury attorney who can help you fight for compensation.
At Pack Law Group, we understand how a traumatic brain injury can change your life and leave you with more questions than answers. We can help. Call us today at 540-586-7225 to schedule a consultation now.
Traumatic brain injuries vary quite a bit in terms of outcomes, severity, and prognoses. This is because the brain has a high amount of plasticity — when it sustains damage, it does its best to make new neuronal connections that make up for the losses in one area. However, there is no clear-cut way to guess how well a brain will actually recover from injuries.
On top of that, the part of the brain that is injured determines the symptoms that a victim will experience. If the prefrontal cortex suffers damage, an individual might experience mood swings and verbal outbursts. If the occipital lobe is damaged, a victim might lose their sight or struggle to see clearly.
Brain injuries can be broken down into different categories. Common injuries include:
- Concussion. A concussion is relatively common after a car accident or fall. They occur after car accidents, gunshots, falls, and assaults. Depending on the severity of the injury, a concussion may heal without any intervention or take years of work and therapy to heal.
- Diffuse axonal. When the brain suffers shaking, as is the case in Shaken Baby Syndrome, diffuse axonal injuries occur. This type of injury also includes those caused by rotation of the head, which commonly occurs in accidents. The nerve tissue in the brain tears, leading to brain damage.
- Coup-contrecoup. A coup-contrecoup injury happens when the site of impact is injured, and the impact is enough to cause the brain to hit the other side of the skull and bounce back. This leads to injuries on both sides of the brain.
- Contusion. Brain bleeding can be extremely dangerous. While some heal quickly and with minimal danger to the victim, others require surgery.
- Penetration. When something breaks through the skull and enters the brain, the victim suffers a penetration injury. For example, if a victim is thrown from a car and a piece of broken glass enters their brain, that is a penetration injury. This also includes bullet wounds and stabbings.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Almost any type of accident or assault can lead to traumatic brain injury, but perhaps the most common is a car accident. Whether you hit your head on the steering wheel, are thrown from the vehicle, or strike your head on the ground, traumatic brain injury is a likely outcome. Other common causes of TBI include:
- Falls; this is the most common cause of a traumatic brain injury for adults 65 and older
- Sports injuries
- Child abuse, including Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Work accidents
- Natural disasters
Compensation for Brain Injuries
If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation. Unfortunately, the costs associated with a traumatic brain injury can be prohibitively high. This often leaves victims with no way to get the around-the-clock care, medical treatments, and adaptive equipment they need to thrive.
To get compensation for your TBI, you must be able to prove the other party’s liability. This involves demonstrating that:
- The other party had an obligation to you
- The other party failed in that obligation
- As a result, they caused an accident
- The accident caused your injuries
You must also be able to show that your injuries have caused you measurable damages. For example, if you get bitten by a dog but the bite doesn’t break the skin or leave you in need of any medical care, you’ll have a hard time proving that you deserve compensation. But if you suffer a TBI that leaves you paralyzed and unable to work, you have clear measurable losses.
After a traumatic brain injury, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
How We Can Help
While your injuries may be obvious and the other person’s fault may be clear, it is still difficult to get the compensation you deserve after a traumatic brain injury. In most cases, the other party’s insurance company will be responsible for paying out your damages. If you get attacked by a dog, for example, the owner’s home insurance policy will come into play. If you get hurt in a car accident, you’ll go through the other party’s car insurance.
Insurance companies have a lot at stake with TBI claims. TBI claims can be extremely expensive to pay out, so many companies try to protect their bottom line by offering a low settlement. In many cases, they succeed in getting a victim to take far less than they deserve. They might say that the injury is not as bad as you claim, or that it was caused or exacerbated by a preexisting condition.
When you bring your case to Pack Law Group, we’ll fight on your behalf to keep those tactics from harming your case. We’ll investigate your claim and your injuries, figure out how much you really deserve, and handle negotiations with the insurance company. If necessary, we’ll take your case to court to ensure that you are treated fairly. A traumatic brain injury can change your life forever, so don’t let an insurance company give you less compensation than you deserve.
Let Pack Law Group Help You During This Challenging Time
If you’ve suffered a TBI and you’re not sure what your next step is, turn to Pack Law Group. We’ll help you make a plan and start pursuing full and fair compensation. Schedule a consultation now by calling us at 540-586-7225 or getting in touch with us online.