Things Everyone Should Know About Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries you can receive. Because the brain controls everything in the body, any damage whatsoever to different parts of the brain could affect the very essence of a person. It’s necessary that victims receive a prompt diagnosis and proper treatment immediately so they can get on the path to recovery.
Brain injuries can involve complex physical, emotional, and cognitive problems, and there are many possible associated symptoms. The most common physical symptoms include headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, problems with balance, and dizziness. Emotional symptoms can include emotional volatility or flatness, a lack of impulse control, and other changes to one’s behavior. When it comes to cognition, the victim’s short-term memory, speech, ability to multitask, and reading skills can be affected.
How Are Brain Injuries Diagnosed?
Contrary to what most people think, many of our clients did not hit their heads or lose consciousness during the incident that caused the brain injury. You can be diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury as long as you have some memory loss just prior to or immediately after the event, or if you were in an altered mental state following the incident.
While any doctor can diagnose a brain injury, neurologists or neuropsychologists provide the treatment. Depending on the nature of the injury, the victim may also be treated by cognitive, occupational, or speech therapists. Any physical injuries stemming from a brain injury will often be treated by the neurologist and a physical therapist.
At the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, we understand how debilitating and life-changing a traumatic brain injury can be. Not only does it often lead to considerable behavioral, cognitive, and emotional changes, but many people are unable to return to their jobs and provide for their families. That’s where we can help. By working with the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, you will receive the necessary legal guidance and support when filing your claim, fighting your case, and seeking the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
The amount of time you have to file a claim depends on the underlying cause of the brain injury. For example, if it resulted from an auto accident, you would have three years from the date of the accident. If it resulted from a slip-and-fall, you would only have two years. Remember, these are general rules concerning statutes of limitations, and there are exceptions that can shorten the deadline. Our advice is don’t wait—contact us now to start getting help immediately.
Because brain injuries are “invisible,” it can be a difficult task to prove that you have a traumatic brain injury to your insurance company. If you were to see or talk to a person suffering from a TBI, he might seem normal, yet have tremendous cognitive, mental, or emotional deficits. Your medical records, your doctor’s opinions, and the facts of the accident itself are all key to showing a jury or an insurance company that you sustained a brain injury. These claims are difficult to prove, but the team at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, has successfully handled hundreds of these types of situations and understands what it takes to prove your case.
Generally speaking, you will be entitled to recovering any “consequential damages” of your injury. The state of Colorado has three main categories of damages: economic (medical bills, lost wages, mileage expense, etc.), non-economic (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life), and permanent impairment or disfigurement (permanent injuries, scarring, and the like).
Work with Experienced Colorado Brain Injury Attorneys
Many of the doctors who treat trauma victims in Boulder refer their patients to our law firm because they know we will represent these victims with compassion and understanding. In fact, these same doctors (and other lawyers) often refer their family and friends to us. They are hurting, confused, and scared. We dim lights, talk softly, can recognize when fatigue sets in, and give people the extra time they need.
We have represented hundreds of people who have sustained brain injuries from car crashes, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, slip-and-falls, explosions, and even carbon monoxide poisoning.
We have the resources to fund these cases through trial if necessary. We know how to prove even mild traumatic brain injuries, even when the claimant “looks fine.” With the help of the many medical providers we have worked with for over 27 years, we strive to understand all the consequences that result from brain injuries – even the more subtle emotional and psychological effects – and prove these consequences to a jury.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a life-changing brain injury, you don’t have to go through it alone. Give our Boulder personal injury lawyers a call at (303) 665-2929 to learn more.
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