Brain Injuries

I was recently in a car accident and I hit my head, I went to the doctor and they said I have a minor head injury. Should I be worried about this?

Should I hire a personal injury lawyer if I was involved in a car accident and I have a minor traumatic brain injury?

Does it matter if my attorney has experience with traumatic brain injuries?

What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

I was recently involved in an auto accident and I hit my head pretty hard. I have been having difficulty processing information and I am very tired all the time. Does that mean I have a traumatic brain injury?

What is a traumatic brain injury and what would cause one?

My son was in a very bad auto accident and is now in a coma. What does that mean and should I hire a personal injury lawyer?

What sort of treatment is necessary for a traumatic brain injury?

What accidents commonly lead to brain and spinal cord injuries?

What are the effects of a brain or spinal cord injury?

Are there steps I can take to reduce my risk of a brain or spinal cord injury?

Why do I need an attorney if I have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury?

Am I entitled to collect money for the time I was unable to work from my injuries? What if I have to switch careers because of my injuries?

Should I talk to the insurance company about my accident and let them take my recorded statement?

What do I do with my medical bills while the case is in progress?

How much do I have to pay to hire you as my attorney?

Can I change my lawyers if I am not happy with them? How much is that going to cost me?

I Was Recently In A Car Accident And I Hit My Head, I Went To The Doctor And They Said I Have A Minor Head Injury. Should I Be Worried About This?

Yes. A person suffering from a minor brain injury can still have cognitive difficulties, personality changes, memory problems, etc. just like a person suffering from a serious traumatic brain injury. In some cases the minor TBI may be more difficult to cope with because it is much harder to recognize that you even have an injury and that the symptoms you are suffering from are due to that injury. With any kind of brain injury it is necessary to be evaluated by a neurologist that has experience with minor and serious traumatic brain injuries.

Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer If I Was Involved In A Car Accident And I Have A Minor Traumatic Brain Injury?

Almost all personal injury lawyers will give you a free consultation to discuss whether or not you need a lawyer for your case. In this situation it is likely that you will need the help of an experienced Washington State personal injury lawyer because minor traumatic brain injuries can be hard to prove, especially if the imaging done by a neurologist doesn’t show any abnormalities. You need to make sure that you see a qualified physician that knows how to diagnose a minor traumatic brain injury.

Does It Matter If My Attorney Has Experience With Traumatic Brain Injuries?

If your settlement is important to you, than yes, it does matter. An attorney that does not have experience with personal injury will not know what they are looking for or how much they should be asking for in your settlement. Also, because a traumatic brain injury can be difficult to prove, especially a minor TBI, it is a good idea to have a lawyer with relevant experience.

If you have been injured in an accident and are suffering from a traumatic brain injury you may need to hire an experienced Washington personal injury lawyer. For a free consultation call Premier Law Group at 206-285-1743.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury can have any number of symptoms but here are a few of the most common:

Memory loss or impairment, cognitive difficulties, speech problems, fatigue, depression, changes to personality, difficulty thinking clearly and/or processing information.

I Was Recently Involved In An Auto Accident And I Hit My Head Pretty Hard. I Have Been Having Difficulty Processing Information And I Am Very Tired All The Time. Does That Mean I Have A Traumatic Brain Injury?

No, you could have gotten a concussion during the accident and it’s possible that the difficulties that you are experiencing will shortly go away. As with any sort of brain injury it is very important to see an experienced neurologist who can determine exactly what is causing your symptoms. If it is a traumatic brain injury that is a lot more serious than a concussion and you should consult with an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer to see if you need help getting an appropriate settlement from the insurance company.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury And What Would Cause One?

A traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain sustains a traumatic injury due to an outside physical force. Most often a traumatic brain injury is caused by a severe car accident or a motorcycle accident where the individual is ejected from the vehicle or bike. Other instances that can cause a traumatic brain injury would be a sports injury or a bad fall. A traumatic brain injury happens when a sudden trauma forces the head forward or sideways with extreme force causing the brain to smash into the skull. This movement of the brain can lead to internal tears and even bleeding.

My Son Was In A Very Bad Auto Accident And Is Now In A Coma. What Does That Mean And Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Being in a coma means that your son is in a very deep state of unconsciousness that can last anywhere from a day up to a year and beyond. While your son is in a coma he will not be able to open his eyes or speak to you. Also, depending on how longer your son is in a coma the more likely it is that he will have some type of permanent brain damage.

I know that these things can be hard to hear, especially when it is your own child. But in this case it is imperative that you speak with a Washington personal injury attorney as soon as you can to be able to get the best possible settlement from the insurance company. You will need to get a guardian appointed to file a claim on behalf of your son and the claims process will likely be very long and difficult.

What Sort Of Treatment Is Necessary For A Traumatic Brain Injury?

Because there are so many types of traumatic brain injury treatment can vary significantly depending on the damage. If there is bleeding in or around the brain, doctors can perform surgery that will control this. Doctors will also need to monitor and control the pressure on the brain and control the blood flow to and from the brain to ensure that the brain has an adequate amount of blood.

What Accidents Commonly Lead To Brain And Spinal Cord Injuries?

Motorcycle accidents or auto accidents in which an individual is ejected from the vehicle will frequently lead to severe brain or spinal cord injuries. These injuries can be devastating enough to lead to paralysis and even death. One way to minimize this risk is to always wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, and a seatbelt in a car.

What Are The Effects Of A Brain Or Spinal Cord Injury?

Brain and spinal cord injuries have wide ranging effects, and have the potential to be very serious.

Brain injuries are often caused when one’s head forcefully hits an object. When this happens, one or multiple areas of the brain can be affected. Concussions are common, and this type of injury can even put someone into a coma. Treatment is essential and can be very effective, but brain injuries have the potential to lead to death.

Spinal cord injuries are broken into two categories: complete and incomplete. When the injury is complete, that means that there is a total loss of feeling below the point of the injury – also known as paralysis. Incomplete spinal cord injuries are not as severe, but need immediate treatment and rehabilitation.

The medical costs for both of these injuries can be very high, and can have long term consequences. Because of this, it is very important for everyone that has suffered one of these injuries to speak with an experienced injury attorney immediately.

Are There Steps I Can Take To Reduce My Risk Of A Brain Or Spinal Cord Injury?

There are some very simple steps to help reduce the risk of a brain or spinal cord injury. In car accidents, these injuries are often caused by hitting one’s head against the dashboard, windshield or side of the car. Seatbelts play an integral role in lowering the risk of this happening. Motorcycle and bicycle accidents can also lead to these types of injuries, and simply wearing a helmet can provide significant protection if against them.

Of course, some accidents caused by negligent drivers can be so devastating that these simple steps will not prevent the injury – in which case you should seek the advice of an experienced Seattle injury attorney to help you get the money you need to cover your damages.

Why Do I Need An Attorney If I Have Suffered a Brain or Spinal Cord Injury?

There are several reasons to hire an attorney when involved in an accident:

1. Pursuing recovery for injuries is a complicated legal process, which requires the expertise and experience of a highly trained injury attorney. Many rules and strategies take years for an attorney to learn and acquire. Therefore, always speak to an attorney before trying to handle your legal case on your own. Your recovery will generally be substantially higher, even after all the costs and fees that you incur in hiring legal representation are subtracted.

2. When you have an attorney, you can seek medical treatment for your injuries through the most competent doctors at no upfront cost in most cases. Knowing an attorney has taken your case will give doctors the security that their bills will be paid once the case settles. This is especially important to those who have no PIP (personal injury protection) or health insurance and cannot afford to pay for the cost of the medical treatment needed.

3. Only an experienced lawyer can assess the value of your case after learning the full nature and extent of your injuries, the value of your claim for pain and suffering, and the cost of future treatment and rehabilitation. Chances are, without an attorney, you will settle your case for much less than it is really worth.

4. Most importantly, you need an attorney because the insurance company will offer you very little money for your injury. Only a competent, aggressive, and experienced lawyer has the means, the knowledge, and the ability to sue the insurance companies and force them to give you the appropriate settlement that you are entitled to. Insurance companies have a duty to protect and defend their own insured (the person who caused the accident). No matter how friendly they appear, the insurance company representatives are not your friends. They have a duty to act in the best interest of their shareholders by saving money. You need someone on your side that has your best interest in mind.

5. Lastly, when you have a lawyer, you don’t deal with any of the hassle, paperwork, headache and worry of dealing with insurance companies. You just sit back with the knowledge that an experienced lawyer who has your best interest in mind is going to handle your case and deal with the headache.

Am I Entitled To Collect Money For The Time I Was Unable To Work From My Injuries? What If I Have To Switch Careers Because Of My Injuries?

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Maybe, but it is very fact specific and is different for every single case. It also depends on how old your child is. The best thing to do would be to contact an experienced Seattle child injury lawyer that will listen to the facts of the case and help you decide whether or not you need an attorney to represent you.

Should I Talk To The Insurance Company About My Accident And Let Them Take My Recorded Statement?

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No. Absolutely not, especially in the case of a catastrophic injury. It is vital that a law firm that understands how carefully a settlement needs to be structured protect your rights, because no insurance company is on your side – ever – even your own. They are only trying to find an excuse to get away with paying you very little or not paying you at all. Statements made while your brain isn’t functioning at par could be used against you. Sometimes, you have to provide your own insurance company with a recorded statement because your policy requires it. In that scenario, you should consult with your attorney who will prepare you for the statement.

What Do I Do With My Medical Bills While The Case Is In Progress?

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While your case is being handled, make sure you continue seeking treatment for your injuries and follow your doctor’s instructions. Do not stop with your treatment without first consulting your attorney as this can hinder the progress of your case. Also make sure to mail copies of all insurance forms received and receipts for medications and tools necessary for your recovery.

How Much Do I Have To Pay To Hire You As My Attorney?

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Nothing. You don’t have to pay anything upfront. You hire us on a contingency basis, which means we don’t charge you anything unless we win your case. We even pay for all of the expenses associated with your case out of our own pocket. Also, if for any reason we don’t recover any money (for example if we find out later that the party at fault has no insurance), we still don’t charge you anything. However, when your case settles, we take a percentage of the settlement for our fees and costs. This percentage depends on whether your case resolves before litigation or after trial. Please note, however, that in Washington, the law requires that the client ultimately be responsible for reimbursing an attorney for costs advanced, even if the case is unsuccessful. Please contact us so that we can explain how this would work in your case.

Can I Change My Lawyers If I Am Not Happy With Them? How Much Is That Going To Cost Me?

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Fortunately, you can change your lawyer anytime at absolutely no cost to you. All you have to do is call us and let us know. We will immediately send a letter to your former attorney. As soon as they receive our letter, by law they are immediately obligated to forward your file to our office. Also, they are forbidden to contact you. You are not even required to inform them of your decision. Of course, if they have done substantial work in your case, they are entitled to get a portion of our fees for their contribution. This will only affect our fees and will not change your recovery.

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