What to Do After a TBI?
Traumatic Brain Injuries can often be devastating for the affected individual and their family. Head trauma or spinal cord injuries can often prevent an individual from leading a normal life. From the medical recovery to the after-effects like home-care and the inability to work, many families struggle after a TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injuries are sustained in many different ways. If your injury was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to receive compensation to help alleviate some of the burdens caused by the injury.
What Can I do After a TBI?
If your injury was the result of an accident like a surgical error, car accident, birth injury, getting caught in a truck or motorcycle collision, sports accident, a slip and fall, or an act of violence, an experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
The first thing you should do after a TBI is talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. You should take your recovery seriously and follow all medical instructions. However, we recommend reaching out to an attorney before talking to your insurance company. Insurance companies look to pay out as little as possible, and any details you give them may be used against your case. With a TBI, symptoms, and effects may take a long time to develop. You may not know what the recovery will be like - if you will be able to work or be mobile, or if you’ll need care, etc. Therefore, you must seek adequate compensation through an attorney.
If the insurance company’s offered payout is inadequate, an attorney can help you receive just compensation by holding the responsible party accountable in court.
Who is Responsible?
There are many parties that can be held accountable for compensation in a TBI case. Each scenario is different and only an experienced lawyer can help create the best possible case for you. Any person or company whose wrongful conduct or negligence was responsible or partially responsible can be taken to court.
There is the individual or individuals that caused the accident. If you sustained your injury in a car accident, it would be the responsible motorist in that situation. If it was a medical error, the doctor or hospital would be directly responsible, and so forth. There are also secondary responsible parties - like the company that hires a truck driver that causes the accident, or the brand that made the faulty brakes or hospital equipment, or even repair shops that didn’t do their part. A lot of negligence and oversight throughout various sectors can lead to an individual’s accident.
Steps to Take After a TBI Diagnosis
You should first call an experienced attorney that can help you create a plan for your case. An attorney will have access to evidence and research that is difficult for an individual to acquire. Court cases and insurance companies are complex, and your lawyers will represent you at full capacity so that you can focus on your recovery. If you need an attorney for a TBI case, call us at the Alexander Law Group, PLC at 804-271-1969 to speak to an expert immediately.
For a successful case, you should allow your attorney to speak to your insurance companies. You should also follow all medical advice and collect any necessary documentation from specialists and licensed medical offices to help your case. Avoid posting anything on social media, as that can be used against you. Your attorney should be able to answer any questions you have regarding your case and your financial future.