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Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can devastate an entire family. A person suffering from a brain injury can undergo complete changes in personality or function. The injury can affect everything in the person’s life.

Brain injuries raise difficult and complicated issues. We often see claims involving brain injuries from car crashes, falls, workplace accidents, toxic exposures and other events. Few attorneys understand the issues, medical tests, and impacts of brain injuries. We have helped many clients suffering these personal injuries. We approach our cases with careful study of the issues and the science related to brain injuries. We engage specialists who can thoroughly evaluate our clients and discuss their injuries.

Be Aware of Symptoms

At the Blackwell Law Firm, we emphasize family involvement in helping individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury. The reason is simple – family members are often in the best position to notice symptoms and help in the treatment process.

Many people suffering mild traumatic brain injury from an accident or trauma look fine. Yet, looks can be deceiving. That is why family members should note symptoms and personality changes. As part of our work, we routinely interview family members concerning observed changes. Some immediate or apparent symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Dizziness / Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Vision Changes

Other symptoms and changes are less obvious. Sometimes, these changes become more evident to family and friends over time. They can include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Problems remembering new information
  • Confusion
  • Mood or personality changes
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Acting irritable or grumpy
  • Exhibiting nervousness or anxiety
  • Displaying sensitivity to light or loud noise
  • Feeling sadness
  • Acting emotional
  • Difficulty communicating or choosing words
  • Difficulty performing everyday tasks

If you have a loved one suffering symptoms following a personal injury or workplace accident, he or she may not even be aware of their brain injury. Many times the victim does not understand the injury or problems. You should note symptoms and discuss them with medical specialists.

Seek Specialized Medical Care and Testing

We have worked with many clients suffering traumatic brain injury following an accident. Specialized testing and care is essential to understanding the full impact of the injury. Many health professionals lack complete training or a full understanding of the issues. However, we are fortunate in Alabama to have excellent medical resources and specialists. It is important to seek care from these specialized professionals. If you have an injury claim, it is also essential your legal counsel have the experience and knowledge needed to work with these specialists.

Specialists, including neurologists and neuropsychologists, are trained to test and evaluate brain injuries. We are experienced with the battery of tests utilized by these professionals. We have studied the medical research and test data while working with experts to prepare claims. We have also cross-examined experts retained by insurance companies to dispute or deny your claim.

Seek Legal Counsel With an Understanding of the Issues

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury or workplace accident resulting in a brain injury, it is essential you obtain an attorney skilled in these unique issues. We urge you to do your research. Before hiring a lawyer, ask questions.

  • Has the attorney handled cases involving traumatic brain injury?
  • Has the attorney worked with neuropsychologists evaluating these injuries?
  • Is the attorney familiar with the battery of tests utilized by the medical specialists?
  • Has the attorney taken a brain injury case to trial or cross-examined a defense expert?

We aggressively pursue claims for our clients. This includes preparing the case and dealing with the medical specialists needed for your claim.

If you are simply interested in obtaining additional information concerning the topic of brain injury, we urge you to research the issues. We have addressed these issues and available resources in prior articles and posts. Please feel free to start with our prior blog posts. If you need legal help, please call. Consultations are always free and confidential.

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