When you suffered injuries in an accident, and someone else was at fault, the law entitles you to seek damages, which is monetary compensation for your losses. This is especially important following a brain injury, as the losses can be extensive and life-long in many cases.
Wherever you or your loved one experienced a brain injury, the medical bills and impact on your earnings ability can be substantial, and you should know whether you can seek compensation. Keep reading to learn more about what a brain injury is, how it impacts your personal and professional life, and what a San Mateo brain injury lawyer can do for you and your family to collect the fullest possible compensation for your injury. The purpose of a settlement is to make you whole as though the injury had never happened, and with the long-lasting implications of brain injuries, this can get complicated.
Our San Mateo brain injury attorneys at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos take on tough and complicated brain injury cases, and we’re ready to assist you.
Concussions are Traumatic Brain Injuries
A “minor” TBI is a concussion, which is when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain, and the initial presenting symptoms are relatively mild. This does not mean that the overall injury and its long-term effects are mild, however, as this is still a serious injury.
The initial symptoms can include:
- Losing consciousness for a few seconds
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Mood shifts
- Increases in agitation.
So-called minor traumatic brain injuries can impact your life for a few months, and if complications arise, the effects can persist for years. While your symptoms are active, you might have to take a break from work, and your personal life and relationships can change as a result of the impact of the mild TBI on your mood and ability to concentrate.
Moderate to Severe Brain Injuries Can Change Your Personal and Working Life Forever
The moderate to severe brain injury can also be life-altering in many ways.
The symptoms of a moderate to severe TBI can vary widely but might include:
- Chronic fatigue or lethargy
- Convulsions or seizures
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- An inability to awaken after sleeping
- Slurred speech
- Numbness or weakness in the extremities
- A loss of coordination
- An increase in irritability, conflict, or restlessness.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms of moderate to severe TBI, get treatment right away. After emergency care, connecting with a San Mateo brain injury lawyer to help you through the process should be your next step.
The cognitive, behavioral, and physical impairments that can stem from brain injuries can prevent you from engaging in many tasks that might be essential to work. When you cannot return to work following your injury, you deserve compensation for your lost earnings during recovery and the lost value of any changes in your long-term income. If you can only return to a job that pays half as much, you should seek compensation for the difference in your earning ability from the time of your injury through your working life.
Measuring the Impact of a Brain Injury Can Require Expert Opinions
To accurately measure the cost of your brain injury – both in the short and long term – opinions from medical and occupational experts are often essential, and your San Mateo brain injury attorney might refer you to professionals in their network. A medical professional reviews your diagnosis and medical treatment and performs an additional assessment of your records and your future health.
This determines the impact of your brain injury upon your long-term physical well-being. While your immediate wounds might heal quickly, brain injuries can have a lasting impact on your brain and how it functions and can require ongoing treatment or rehabilitation to deal with the symptoms of the injury.
After you receive emergency medical attention and a follow-up medical evaluation to determine the impact of your symptoms on your long-term health, an occupational expert can accurately measure the impact of your injury on your ability to work. It can require significant evidence to prove that you cannot work, as well as what you deserve to replace your future earnings.
Calculating the damages you deserve for your brain injury can be complicated and confusing. Our San Mateo brain injury attorneys work, and we know how to prove your damages to the insurance companies involved. Your lawyer will know what your claim is worth and how to collect the best possible compensation for your injury.
Your Attorney Takes the Stress of Your Claim Off Your Shoulders
Another key benefit of having an attorney on your side – beyond evening the playing field with the insurance company – is how they handle the claim process for you. When you contract with an attorney, they step into your shoes and handle the day-to-day negotiations and communications with the insurance company and opposing parties so that you can focus on recovering from your injury while your attorney works on recovering the fullest compensation possible.
If your brain injury happened in an accident and someone else was at fault, your damages will likely be coming from their insurance company. Insurance companies have teams of claim specialists who work full time to deny whichever claims they can and to pay as little as possible on the rest. Our lawyers know how these insurance companies work, and we will not hesitate to stand up to their tactics and claim challenges.
Consult Our San Mateo Brain Injury Attorneys Today
The legal team of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP, takes on complex brain injury cases and fights for the right to the financial recovery of our clients. Our experienced San Mateo brain injury attorneys know what to do to make the most of your claim, so please do not wait to get started by seeking a free case evaluation. Contact us today at (650) 345-8484.