Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are life-changers, both for the victim, the victim’s family, and friends. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, the victim may experience devastating consequences such as long-term physical and psychological pain, diminished quality of life, or worse.
We’ll look at types and symptoms of TBIs below, but if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury from an auto accident in Washington, DC or Maryland, it’s imperative you contact an experienced, trusted attorney who has a long history of representing clients who have suffered TBIs because of someone else’s negligence. The Brain Injury Lawyers with The Lapidus Law Firm are here for you.
When Should I Seek Medical Attention?
Immediately. Even if you don’t feel like you’ve sustained a brain injury at the time, it’s imperative to your well-being to go to the hospital or see your doctor as soon as possible. If you can obtain a quick appointment with a neurologist, do so. But in any event, do not delay more than two or three days. Not only can this get you a quicker diagnosis and get you on the road to recovery, but it can also benefit you from a legal perspective.
If you wait too long to seek medical attention after an auto accident, the insurance adjusters may try to imply that your injuries don’t warrant a settlement because you delated treatment. The delay in seeking medical treatment (they will say), means the injuries were not as significant as you now claim. Seek medical attention immediately, and then contact the Washington, DC Brain Injury Lawyers with The Lapidus Law Firm right away.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are varying levels of traumatic brain injuries, and their symptoms vary depending on the severity of the injury.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms may include:
- Loss of consciousness or a dazed, confused state
- Nausea or vomiting
- Speech problems
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensory problems such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes to sense of taste and smell, and light sensitivity
- Cognitive issues such as memory or concentration problems, depression, and mood swings
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms can include all of the above, as well as:
- Prolonged loss of consciousness
- Convulsions or seizures
- Pupil dilation
- Clear fluids draining from nose or ears
- Inability to wake from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in extremities
- Loss of coordination
- Cognitive issues such as extreme confusion, unusual behavior, slurred speech, and coma
Washington, DC Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one believes you may have sustained a head injury during an auto accident caused by someone else, it’s crucial that you get to a hospital or doctor as quickly as possible. Then, call the Washington, DC Brain Injury Lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm at (202) 785-5111 right away.
We’ll do the necessary legwork with the insurance companies and medical professionals with the goal of getting you a fair, reasonable settlement to help offset lost income, medical expenses—whether or not paid by health insurance as well as for pain and suffering and other impairments to your daily activities. In appropriate cases where a disability has been medically certified as permanent impairing employment for the foreseeable future , we will develop and submit a claim for lost earning capacity.