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A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury
A brain injury has the potential to affect almost every aspect of your everyday functioning, from simply getting out of bed, to brushing your teeth, to trying to have a normal conversation with your family. Many people who suffer a concussion (traumatic brain injury) report altered personality and other cognitive and emotional issues. Head and traumatic brain injuries often require extensive medical treatment.
In our experience, clients who undergo head or brain injuries do not always report all their symptoms to the doctor. The insurance company representing the negligent party that caused your injuries will point to a lack of complaints after your injury to argue that you do not have a brain or head injury. Most insurance companies still argue that if you did not lose consciousness, you could not have a brain injury. These arguments are archaic and not supported by the medical literature. Although it is important to voice all your complaints to your doctor, we know in reality that many times, patients do not express all their complaints and that some doctors do not record all the complaints. This type of situation is no fault of the patient and/or the doctor. Often, the patient has just been through a traumatic event and is in denial of their true injury, and many times the doctors use pull-down charts that do not allow them to document a complete history.
If you have suffered a head or brain injury, your focus needs to be on the healing and recovery process. After we meet the first time and discuss the case, we will handle everything from that point. Our focus will be making sure you receive the best medical care for your injuries while gathering and preserving all the evidence that will help us maximize your recovery. The last thing you need to worry about is dealing with an insurance company that is looking out for their own interest and trying to minimize your true damages.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Some common causes of TBIs include traffic accidents and work-related accidents.
The severity of symptoms a lot of times depends on which part of the brain is affected. TBIs can cause temporary confusion, headaches, nausea, ringing in ears, difficulty sleeping, attention problems, memory problems, and several other physical, cognitive, and emotional problems.
In 2013, about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States. TBI’s contributed to the deaths of nearly 50,000 people and was a diagnosis in more than 282,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million ED visits. These consisted of TBI alone or TBI in combination with other injuries.
Effects Of TBIs
TBIs can be referred to as mild, moderate, or severe. However, anyone who receives a head injury, however mild, should always consider seeking medical attention. A doctor will be able to diagnose your head or brain injury and provide the necessary treatment. A lot of times, a family doctor will monitor the patient, but a lot of family doctors will refer the patient for further treatment by a neurologist or neuropsychologist. Despite the advances in science and early diagnosis, the fact remains that head and brain injuries will be a life-changing experience for most of our clients. At Preuss | Foster Law, making sure the client, family members, friends, and caregivers have the tools to cope with the long-term consequences of the injury is one of our top priorities. We have the experience and skill in dealing with complicated head and brain injury cases.
Although there are a lot of symptoms related to a head and brain injury, you only need to have a few of the symptoms to be diagnosed. Some symptoms may appear immediately after the injury, while others can take hours or even days to develop. Because TBIs are a major cause of disability and death in the United States, it is imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Health providers will be able to perform Diagnostic imaging, i.e. MRIs, x-rays, and/or CT scans to understand the injury better. Depending on the injury, the doctor may need to perform surgeries or procedures to stop bleeding or relieve pressure within the skull. Many times, a doctor can diagnose a head and brain injury by simply listening to the complaints of the patient.
How A Kansas City Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your injury was caused due to recklessness, negligence, or intentional action of another person, you might have a claim for compensation. Kansas and Missouri law allows those that were wrongfully injured to potentially recover the damages for medical costs, lost wages, disfigurement and disability, pain and suffering, as well as the loss of ordinary life. At Preuss | Foster Law, our Kansas City brain injury lawyers understand the devastating effect that head and brain injuries can cause and are here to help you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact Preuss | Foster Law today at (816) 307-2788 for a free initial consultation.