About 1.7 million Americans a year sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A severe brain injury can cause a person to have significant economic losses, medical bills, as well as emotional pain and suffering. When these injuries occur due to the negligence of others the victim should be compensated for their accident related losses.
1. Seek Medical Attention – If you head your head and feel “off” afterwards it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately. Some symptoms to look for include headache, memory problems, confusion, nausea, drowsiness, and sensitivity to light or sound.
2. Do Not Post on Social Media – Insurance companies will often look at your social media to decipher your lifestyle or look for holes in your version of events. For example, if you are claiming that you can’t work due to a brain injury, but then post a photo of yourself snow skiing, they will argue that your injuries are not as bad as what you claim.
3. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney – As soon as you are able you will want to seek a lawyer. A personal injury attorney will represent you in all communications with the insurance company or responsible party. Allowing an attorney to speak on your behalf ensures that you won’t accidentally say anything to hurt your case. An attorney will also take all the factors of the situation into account and determine a fair settlement amount. If the at-fault party and your attorney do not come to an agreement then your attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf.