You can suffer a traumatic brain injury in various ways. About 1.4 individuals suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year. You can suffer a brain injury after a car accident, a slip and fall, sports or negligence. Brain Injuries are very difficult to see, realize and prove. To receive compensation for your injuries - through personal injury or workers compensation, there are lots of challenges. You must prove the existence of the injury in addition to proving it is a result of your accident. All of which is very challenging and difficult. That is why hiring an experienced attorney is important. Attorneys know the ins and outs of proving damages.
Understanding what Brain Injury Means
You will often see or hear people refer to Traumatic Brain Injury as TBI. It is a dysfunction to the brain caused by a violent external force to the head. It is a common injury with more than 200,000 cases in America per year. TBI alters your consciousness during the event. You may not see outside scars or symptoms to realize you have TBI. However, you can notice immediate or delayed symptoms. These include confusion, vision blurring up and difficulty concentrating and staying focused. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need rest, medication, and/or surgery.
The Most Common Causes of TBI
TBI affects people in various ways. It has physical, emotional and behavioral affects. Such injuries can occur at birth, which could be natural or a result of negligence. Or they can occur as a result of an accident or trauma. There are two types of brain injuries: traumatic and non-traumatic. TBI causes include and not limited to motor vehicle accidents and falls. Non-traumatic injuries are caused by strokes, cancer and brain infections.
The Legal Base for your Lawsuit
Depending on whether you suffered your injury while at work or not, the legal conversation changes. If you understand the legal base for your case, you will know what you need to provide and prove. It is essential to gathering your own evidence as well as helping your attorney win your case. If you were injured at work and suffer from TBI, you need to file a workers compensation case. If you slipped and fell, causing you to have a brain injury, you will need to file a personal injury case. In either case, you should hire an attorney. Proving TBI injuries is extremely challenging. Attorneys work with medical professionals who understand the system well enough to know what to do.
Medical Proofs of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In order to prove the existence of TBI, medical professionals use sophisticated technologies. When you file a case with us, we ensure that you are diagnosed by the most professional brain teams. Each of the following tools are extremely important for your health as well as establishing your case.
- X-rays. You probably had to take an x-ray once in your life. Brain x-rays take pictures of your skull. They are only able to see obvious injuries like fractures. Therefore, x-rays alone have limitations and are unable to see beyond the obvious.
- CT Scans. This computerized technology is often used with x-rays. While doctors take x-rays for your skull from different angels, CT-scans create cross-sectional images of your blood vessels, bones, and soft tissues. Therefore, they provide the details that x-rays cannot do.
- MRIs. CT Scans and MRIs are very similar and that is why most people confuse them. The difference lay in the technology used. MRIs use radio waves while CT-scans use x-rays. Their function, however, is almost the same. Both technologies allow doctors to see your skull at a microscopic level.
- PET Scans. These are imaging tests that take photographs of your body. PET Scans help doctors check and therefore identify diseases. It provides them insights for whether your organs and tissues are functioning well. For brain injuries, PET scan helps check for central nervous system problems.
Although we have so many technologies to detect and diagnose TBI, it remains a very difficult job. There are times where an injury or brain disease slips thorough and id not identified and cured. This can cause for long terms consequences which can be devastating.
Seek the appropriate legal help
Traumatic brain injuries can last a lifetime. They can be small but at times devastating. TBIs do not heal like other injuries. That is why it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Call Napolin Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.