Legal Claims After Brain Injuries

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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A serious head or neck injury suffered in an accident can result in traumatic and long term brain injury.  In most traumatic brain injuries, the brain ricochets or is squished against the skull during the impact of an accident, resulting in physical, behavioral, or mental changes that can impair the victim’s ability to work, sleep, and otherwise function as they did prior to the injury.  If you, or someone you love, have been the victim of an accident that resulted in traumatic and long term brain injury, contact an attorney immediately.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Not every head injury causes a traumatic brain injury, but because the symptoms can be difficult to detect, it is important to visit a doctor if you have suffered a recent head injury or impact and noticed any of the following symptoms:

  • lasting headaches or neck aches
  • dizziness or trouble with balance
  • blurry vision or sensitivity to light
  • nausea or light-headedness
  • loss of memory
  • difficulty concentrating
  • slow speech, thinking or writing
  • mood swings or feeling tired all the time

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury sometimes do not appear until days or weeks after the injury happens, so be wary of accepting a settlement offer or an insurance payout until you have consulted a doctor and identified all possible injuries.  

Filing a Brain Injury Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and medical expenses that result from the injuries.  A brain injury lawsuit is a complicated affair, and should not be attempted without the use of a personal injury attorney.  An attorney will evaluate the cause of the accident, calculate the value of your damages, level the playing field against opposing attorneys, and help you get the compensation you need and deserve.

It is important for you to start looking into any possible claim as soon as possible, because every state has a statute of limitations that limits when you can file a personal injury lawsuit (for example, some states allow two years from the date of the injury or from when the injury was or should have been discovered). If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to bring a lawsuit.  Personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, and often work on a contingency fee basis – meaning you will not have to pay a significant amount out of pocket to hire one.

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