One of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer is a traumatic brain injury. It can lead to profound changes in a person’s life. It may affect a person’s awareness, their responsiveness, or it may result in other physical changes. In many cases, a brain injury will lead to long-term complications and may even result in death.
Brain injuries may require lengthy treatment protocols that can be very expensive. Families may also be affected by the person’s brain injury. Victims may no longer be able to support their family and they may have devastatingly expensive medical costs. For this reason, you’ll want to retain the services of an experienced Brockton traumatic brain injury lawyer such as our attorneys at Robert Shea.
If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury due to someone else’s carelessness or intentional wrongdoing, you may be owed compensation for your pain, suffering, and any losses that you’ve suffered. At Robert Shea, our personal injury lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and provide the dedicated, aggressive representation you need to obtain the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
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What are Some of the Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?
There are many possible causes of a traumatic brain injury. Such an injury may be due to a car accident, a sports accident, any object penetrating the skull, a blow to the head such as in a fall, or violence like child abuse.
Traumatic brain injuries fall into these categories:
There are several different levels of brain injuries including mild to severe. Brain injuries fall into different classifications depending on whether the injury is open or closed and how the injury was received. Here are some important definitions to know in regards to a traumatic brain injury:
- Open: These are when the brain has been penetrated. Typically in the case of a bullet wound or another instrument that penetrates the skull.
- Closed: A closed injury is when the skull is not penetrated and typically is caused by a car accident, a fall, and some other closed injuries.
- Deceleration: This happens when the brain is slammed against the skull. Shaken baby or some sports injuries may cause this sort of injury as well as a whiplash incident.
- Chemical Or Toxic: If a harmful chemical like pesticides, carbon monoxide, or lead penetrate the brain it’s considered to be a chemical or toxic injury.
- Hypoxia: Lack of oxygen frequently from a stroke or heart attack. This may also happen during a traumatic birth or in a water-related accident.
- Medical: Tumors, strokes, and infections may cause this sort of brain injury.
What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
It’s important to seek treatment immediately because a traumatic brain injury can have devastating consequences and could even be fatal. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may range from mild to severe and no two cases are alike. Victims of a traumatic brain injury may have different symptoms intermittently.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may be noticed immediately, while other signs may be more subtle and take longer to show up.
The following is a list of many common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Mental confusion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in ears
- Loss of smell
- Loss of consciousness
- Eyes unequally dilated
- Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Trouble concentrating
- Headaches, recurring or intermittent
- Memory loss
- Emotional outbursts (including abnormal laughing or crying, aggressive behavior, impulsivity, and being easily irritated)
- The inability to perform everyday tasks
- Balance issues
- Sensitivity to noise or light
Why Should I Hire a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer?
If you or someone that you love has suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to no fault of your own, you need to hire a skilled lawyer. At the Law Office of Robert Shea, we have the experience that you need in a court of law. You’ll be represented and your case will be prepared by a professional lawyer that has plenty of experience and expertise.
You want a lawyer that understands how serious a traumatic brain injury is. Regardless of how you sustained your injuries you want a lawyer that will handle your case and help you to recover as much compensation as possible.
It’s important to have a lawyer that you trust. Victims of a traumatic brain injury may have serious issues with concentration and other mental well-being and require more assistance than many other clients. The effects of a traumatic brain injury are very challenging to diagnose and predict so it can take an entire team of experts to help determine a traumatic brain injury case.
What Happens if the Insurance Company Refuses to Pay My Medical Bills?
At Robert Shea, we will prepare and present your case with as much information as possible to help prove why you deserve compensation for your injuries. The more information we have regarding your case, the better we can prepare your case so that you’ll receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Compensation Can I Receive for a Brain Injury?
Each individual traumatic brain injury case is unique. No two cases are alike. You can potentially receive reimbursement or payment for your past medical bills for your medical care. This may include all bills for emergency care, your doctor’s visits, any surgeries, rehabilitation therapies, medications, and more. It may also include all future medical bills and the ongoing doctor and hospital care and bills including physical and occupational therapy.
You may also receive compensation for wages and benefits lost when your traumatic brain injury left you unable to work. Victims can also be compensated for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Are There Time Limits for Filing a TBI Claim?
In the state of Massachusetts, you have three years from the date of your traumatic brain injury in which to file for compensation. It’s important that you file your personal injury lawsuit as soon as possible after the injury to ensure that all requirements are met and that you receive compensation for your pain and suffering and more. The statute of limitations is a set rigid rule in Massachusetts so you’ll want to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses by filing as soon as you possibly can.
A traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to a traumatic brain injury you need a skilled lawyer to handle your case. Don’t leave it to chance. Call the Law Office of Robert Shea at 508-506-5681 for a free consultation.
It’s important to remember that the other insurance company is out only for themselves. It’s not at all unusual for the other party’s insurance company to attempt to get you to sign away your rights to future compensation or settle for a lesser amount of money by trying to contact you and get you to sign documents that will disallow your case. Don’t sign anything without first protecting yourself by calling our attorneys so we can look out for your interests.
Contact Our Brockton Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Protect your own best interest by contacting Robert Shea and let us do everything that we can to help you recover the maximum possible compensation. We work for you and want to help you win your case so that you receive fair compensation for your injuries or the injuries or death of a loved one.
You owe it to yourself and your family to ensure that current and future expenses due to your traumatic brain injury are covered. Give us a call at 508-506-5681 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation. The sooner you get in touch with us the sooner we can get to work on your case.