Anytime there is an accident involving a brain injury, the long-term care and emotional pain involved can be overwhelming. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are complicated cases because there may be no definitive recovery time. Patients may need an indefinite amount of time to heal. The cost of ongoing medical care can be very financially draining. If a loved one has suffered a brain injury and someone else was to blame, a Utah brain injury lawyer is exactly what you need.
Due to the complexity of a brain injury case, you’ll need a Utah brain injury attorney with the skills and experience to handle a TBI claim. We understand that care and services are vital for the victim and will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is any jolt or blow to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. Significant force to the head causing the head to rapidly move can also cause damage. However, not every brain injury is a TBI. TBI’s are typically associated with a traumatic event and can range anywhere from mild to severe.
There are many different causes of a TBI. Impact from a fall, sporting activities, your head hitting the windshield of a car or injury from an explosion are a few of the most common causes. Regardless of how it happened, a TBI can affect your ability to think, walk, speak, see, hear, or control your emotions. Mild injuries may include brief memory loss while more severe injuries could involve long periods of unconsciousness and more significant memory loss. Headaches, confusion, difficulty speaking, and blurred vision are all indicators of some form of brain injury. It’s important to note that some forms of TBI may be mistaken for behavioral or even emotional problems. The condition may be difficult to diagnose as the condition affects people in a variety of ways. Some symptoms may show up right away while others may be minimal at first and increase with time. If left untreated, a TBI can negatively impact your life in a myriad of ways. Your personal relationships, physical competence and work life can all suffer when your brain injury goes untreated or undiagnosed. Simply toughing it out is not recommended.
How to Determine the Value of Your Brain Injury Case
In order to understand the value of a brain injury case, it’s important to not only understand the brain injury but also the effect it can have on the patient. Will recovery include speech therapy or other vocational rehabilitation? What additional financial needs will arise as a result of the injury? We have built relationships with physicians and specialists who will use their expertise to thoroughly examine the patient and help us identify the additional services and care you will need currently and in the future. Our team will compile an itemized list of the costs of each specific service or treatment necessary during rehabilitation or throughout the duration of the injury. It’s likely that insurance will not want to compensate for the amount you are requesting. Having a detailed, evidence based list to show your insurance company will increase your ability to receive the compensation you deserve.
Having the financial backing to care for yourself or your loved ones after a severe brain injury can make all the difference for your family presently and down the road. You shouldn’t bear the burden for years to come when someone else’s negligence has disrupted your life. Our team will fight to recover compensation for the following grievances:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earnings
- Long-term disability services
- Wages lost from missing work
- Medical treatments and hospital bills
Determining the Severity
If you need assistance determining the severity of your brain injury or the injury of a loved one, our team of trial attorneys can help. Prompt treatment and monitoring will be the best way to classify your injury as mild, moderate, or severe. Neuroimaging testing can help determine the extent to which your memory or mental state was affected by your injury.
- Mild TBI
If you suffer from a mild TBI, you should recover consciousness within 30 minutes of the trauma and should expect to be back to your normal mindset within the following 24 hours. Headaches, dizziness, blurred or double vision, irritability, or issues with balance are all common symptoms of a mild TBI.
- Moderate to Severe TBI
If there is loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes accompanied by other lasting symptoms, you likely have a more serious brain injury. In these instances, it’s difficult to know if or when you’re likely to see improvement or know the long-term implications of the trauma regarding functionality. Extended unconsciousness, coma, muscle spasms, paralysis, amnesia, and chronic pain are the most common symptoms of a more severe TBI.
How a Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
A traumatic brain injury can be devastating and life-altering to all those involved. Hiring a trusted and experienced Utah brain injury attorney who can help you build a solid case and get the compensation and medical care you need will make all the difference. An experienced brain injury attorney will assist with the following:
1. Gather Evidence
Evidence is required to build a solid brain injury case in Utah. Substantial, indisputable evidence is necessary in proving the severity and cause of your brain injury. Our attorneys will work to gather the evidence showing how your brain injury has impacted your health, career, personal life, overall well-being, and relationships. They will then use this evidence to fight for your case in court.
2. Proper Diagnosis and Treatment
Healing cannot take place without the proper diagnoses and treatments of your injury. Traumatic brain injuries are extremely complex and need to be diagnosed and treated by skilled medical help as soon as possible. Our team is connected to respected neuropsychologists and specialists who we will refer you to for a quick and accurate diagnosis so you can start recovery.
3. Maximum Compensation
Brain injuries can be mild or quite severe. Some traumatic brain injuries can even be permanent or cause irreversible damage. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you’ll need fair compensation to cover the doctor
visits, hospital care, medications, and possible long-term care. Not to mention the loss of wages if you aren’t able to return to work. We will evaluate the care needed to your individual circumstances and ensure that you have the benefits and financial support you deserve.
4. Ensure Justice is Served
When you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury at the carelessness or negligence of another person, it simply isn’t fair. While we can’t undo what’s been done, we can fight tirelessly to ensure justice is served.
Contact a Utah Brain Injury Attorney
If your life has been turned upside down by a traumatic brain injury, you’ll need an exceptional attorney who knows how to leverage legal resources and medical support to help you recover. At Harris, Preston, and Chambers we will listen to your concerns and understand how aggressively a brain injury can impact your life. We know the complexities of brain injury and how to litigate your case to ensure you receive the compensation and care you so much deserve. Our Utah injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. We serve all of Utah including Salt lake City and Wyoming.