A traumatic brain injury is when the brain itself has been damaged by some type of traumatic force, such as blow directly to the head or an impact that causes the brain to shift within the skull.A person does not have to lose consciousness or experience a skull fracture to sustain a traumatic brain injury. For example, a car crash may not cause impact to the head, but can cause ‘whiplash’ in which the neck is rapidly jerked forward and back. The brain strikes the edges of the skull due to the neck movement which can cause internal trauma.
The Main Causes of Brain Injury
Trauma is the main cause of a traumatic brain injury. This can occur through various types of incidents including:
- Slip and falls
- Sports or recreational activity injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Assault and battery
- Auto collision injuries
When a Victim Has a Case
Brain injury claims are dependent on liability and damages. Because these injuries are complex and serious, a neurologist, neuropsychologist or neuropsychiatrist must diagnose them.Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley has access to the best doctors and can help our clients get in contact with a brain injury specialist that will help determine if they suffered one.Traumatic brain injury is often called the silent killed because there are so many undiagnosed brain injuries that are slowly harming people. There are certain factors that can indicate whether a traumatic brain injury has occurred. These factors are things that only the victim would know, such as:
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty in finding the right word
- Change in senses, such as taste or smell
- Getting lost more easily
- Sudden mood changes
- Being told that one has sudden mood changes
- Difficulty multi-tasking
- Trouble with speaking that was not had before
- Visual disturbances
- Difficulty seeing things that were previously easy to see
- Ringing in the ears
These signs, when evaluated by a neurologist, can help determine whether a traumatic brain injury has been sustained.
Consult a TBI Lawyer
Traumatic brain injury is one of the most subtle and difficult types of cases to handle. An attorney is needed in these types of cases to prove the injury was due to another’s negligence. To do so, the right experts must be put in place. The victim will need someone who can skillfully explain to a jury, or to the insurance company, why radiological studies, psychological testing, neurological testing and psychiatric testimony add up to the brain injury for which compensation should be paid. These cases require experience, dedication, aggressiveness and ingenuity in order to obtain optimal results.
Finding a Medical Specialist
If you have suffered a head injury, you should see an attorney who has experience in litigating traumatic brain injury cases. Experienced attorneys, like the ones at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, call in the best medical specialists and experts to assist with the diagnosis and explain the future treatment plan. We help find the right doctor highly trained specifically with traumatic brain injuries.Many neurologists practice general neurology but only a small subset of neurologists have the experience and training to diagnose a traumatic brain injury. Making sure you have hired an attorney that has the experience to know what experts will be needed for a brain injury case is key.
Choosing Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley
The lawyers at our firm care about our clients. We also have years of experience handling traumatic brain injury cases. Sustaining an injury to the brain is devastating, and it is not often understood by the victim, the victim’s family members, co-workers, and loved ones.While the victim may seem normal physically, there is something deeper going on. We know how to explain a traumatic brain injury to others, including a jury, and an insurance company. We can show the devastating impact the injury has had on your life. We will do our best to get you the maximum compensation possible for your injury, and we also will help in getting you the medical treatment you need to get better. Call our office today for a free consultation (213) 514-8332.