The Road to Recovery
After suffering a traumatic head or brain injury, the road to recovery may be long and uncertain. Severe trauma to the head is most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving motorcycles. Whether your head hit the window in a side impact or you experienced whiplash as the result of a rear end collision, a brain injury is traumatic. In addition to motor vehicle accidents, serious head trauma may also result from a slip and fall accident, a blow to the head during a sporting event, working around heavy machinery or industrial equipment and a variety of other situations. Cases involving these types of traumatic injuries are complex and require the skill of a knowledgeable New Orleans brain injury lawyer to evaluate your case.
According to the CDC, approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries every year.
Understanding the Scope of Your Injury
Head injuries pose a unique scenario because we cannot see damage to the brain. A traumatic blow to your head may result in a variety of injuries including swelling of the brain, tearing or bruising. With no outward symptoms, there may be difficulty in understanding the scope of your injury. In other words, unless you experience difficulties with speech, headaches, impaired motor skills, or memory loss following your head injury it is tough to know if something is wrong.
Due to this uncertainty, it is best that you take the utmost precautions in seeking medical examination following any head trauma you have experienced. It may be easy to dismiss a slight blow to the head because you cannot see anything immediately wrong, but you must keep in mind how serious head injuries can be to your well being.
One of the issues that makes head injuries so difficult to analyze is that there are varying degrees of brain injuries. A slight blow to the head may cause a mild concussion while more serious head trauma may cause death. In between these extremes are comas which are prolonged states of unconsciousness.
In properly diagnosing your head injury, you will need experienced doctors to provide you with the most accurate prognosis available based on a medical examination. The expertise of a doctor along with medical reports specific to your case are great tools for settlement purposes to provide your wrongdoer or an insurance company with the scope of your injuries and/or long term effects. If your case does not settle before going to trial, then your neurologist will serve as an invaluable expert witness to strengthen your case by explaining the full extent of your traumatic brain injury.
Bloom Legal Can Help You Get Through These Difficult Times
Whether you have suffered a minor head injury or have a loved one who died as a result of a brain injury, you need the legal assistance of an aggressive New Orleans traumatic brain injury lawyer who knows how to assemble your injury case to achieve maximum results.
The first thing to be decided is who is at fault for the injury you have sustained. Whether you were involved in a motor vehicle accident or suffered a brain injury as a result of a slip and fall, the issue of who was negligent needs to be determined.
As such, medical reports and/or your treating doctor’s testimony will be important in terms of presenting evidence that can maximize your recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered a more severe head injury it is possible that around the clock medical attention may be required. These costs can be astronomical and must be taken into account.
It is also important to remember that in some cases the true severity of a brain injury may not manifest itself until much later. You need competent legal representation and experienced doctors to help best determine what you will need to get through these difficult times.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a traumatic brain injury in New Orleans, Metairie, Gretna, Harvey, or the surrounding areas, be proactive in availing yourself of your legal rights and employ the services of Bloom Legal to assist in getting you the compensation you deserve.
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