Few injuries are more stressful and scary than brain injuries. They can be traumatizing, life-changing, and even life ending. It is critical to seek medical attention immediately and follow up on any treatment or diagnosis. A lot of brain injuries are evident right away, but some types of brain injuries may have a delay between the occurrence of the injury and the time that symptoms actually start to appear. Sometimes it can be hours after the injury and sometimes it can be as late as several weeks until a brain injury surfaces.
If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s wrongdoing such as negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts, it is also critical to seek the advice of a brain injury lawyer who has the necessary knowledge and experience to help you recover financially for your injuries and damages. Our Anaheim brain injury attorney will help determine the totality of injuries and damages you sustained and will fight to see that you are fully compensated for them.
Types of brain injuries
Like with most injuries, the severity of brain injuries ranges from mild to extremely severe, although it’s hard to imagine any brain injury being considered mild. Brain injuries that fall closer to the mild end of the spectrum can still be extremely serious and they do not feel mild to the victim or his/her loved ones. Victims with mild brain injuries typically have a better chance of eventually leading the same or similar quality of life that they had before the injury. Brain injuries falling to the severe side of the spectrum often require a much longer and more difficult recovery and the injury symptoms are typically much more severe. Injured parties at the severe end of the spectrum have a greater chance of suffering from permanent disability or death.
There are many symptoms a brain injury can cause and some people experience only one or a couple while others experience most of them. The severity of the symptoms also varies from person to person. Below are listed some of the conditions that a brain injury victim may experience:
- Blurred vision
- Personality changes
- Impaired cognitive skills
- Impaired motor skills
- Impaired verbal communication
- Emotional and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Physical and mental impairment
What does it mean to be fully compensated for your injuries?
Full compensation does not mean simply covering your injury-related medical bills. Medical bills make up only a portion of your damages and injuries. Depending on the injuries sustained, other things like loss of earnings, life care, pain and suffering, physical therapy, and emotional therapy should also be included.
As mentioned above, brain injuries may not surface immediately after the injury occurs and complications can arise during recovery. It may not be in your best interest to settle with an insurance company on your own. Insurance companies want to settle with you as quickly as possible for as little as possible. It’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney who is experienced with insurance company practices and brain injury cases.