Because it is Brain Injury Awareness Month, I'm writing a series of posts about this increasingly common and studied injury. The more the medical community learns about TBI, the better public awareness of risks, symptoms, and treatment options.
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Although symptoms from most mild traumatic brain injuries subside, a small percentage of people (5-15%) will suffer chronic symptoms and impairments. They are often referred to as the “miserable minority.”
Traumatic Brain Injury can devastate someone's health and functionality. Depending on the extent of the injury and what part of the brain is affected, changes can be far-reaching.
A common injury for car accident victims is TBI. And these are some of the hardest to treat, with some potentially terrible and long-lasting symptoms.
While a head injury can certainly occur after such an event, studies have shown that one can sustain a closed head injury without losing consciousness or suffering from an actual impact to the head.
The negligent parties are not necessarily the individual(s) directly involved with a death, but can be a group or entity, such as a County government department or entity, or a hospital.
Modern engineering has made great strides to mitigate these potential injuries, but even a defensive driver wearing a seat belt properly is still vulnerable in a car accident.
Patients who have suffered any degree of whiplash will typically start experiencing symptoms within the first twenty-four hours after the incident. Often times, patients can have difficulty identifying the nature of their discomfort, since these symptoms can vary depending upon the exact nature of the injury.
Physical examination findings can greatly impact cases as objective evidence typically has more probative value than subjective complaints alone.
If someone waits a few days before seeing a doctor they usually suggest the person couldn’t be “that hurt” since they didn’t need medical attention right away.
Apart from the nature and extent of the injury, there are four critical factors that can affect the award of compensation in an insurance settlement.
But it’s definitely a legitimate injury. So even though some people have a negative perception of whiplash injuries, don’t let that make you feel ashamed or guilty if you’ve truly experienced whiplash from a car accident.
Insurance companies almost always try to suggest a herniated disc was caused by something other than the car accident. If the MRI results show the presence of degenerative disc disease they will try to argue the injury was pre-existing.
In a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions caused those injuries. Establishing causation is one of the most challenging parts of a legal case when a brain injury is at issue.
Our client was already on disability for low back injuries that required her to undergo lumbar spine surgery. The wreck at issue aggravated her low back condition and injured her neck. In fact, she first complained of neck pain at the emergency room.
It really bothers me when an adjuster says a client “only” sustained soft tissue injuries. Although these types of injuries usually heal, they still can require months of physical therapy to recover from.
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