If you’ve suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is very important that you contact a lawyer immediately. Brain injuries can be very hard to diagnose. You can suffer a brain injury from any impact to the head, and you do not need to have an open wound or have any obvious injury to your head to have suffered a brain injury. Furthermore, it can be difficult to quantify the effects that a brain injury has had on your life even with a diagnosis. Because of the nature of them, receiving the proper compensation for a brain injury can be very difficult without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Robinson LLP, we have extensive experience representing brain injured victims.
Attain a Brain Injury Diagnosis
Brain injuries are complicated. They can manifest in many ways and may not be obvious to anyone who doesn’t know you well. After an accident, you may appear “normal” but could be suffering from a Mild Traumatic Brain injury, a Traumatic Brain injury, or other serious brain injuries. These injuries can cause a wide variety of symptoms that are not easy to diagnose. They can affect your speech, your ability to process information, your temperament, and your personality. Some people feel overwhelmed easily or have a hard time dealing with normal, everyday circumstances and become withdrawn. Other times people with brain injuries have a hard time focusing or completing tasks that were simple prior to the accident. There are many symptoms of brain injuries, and they can all have a considerable impact on your life. However, without objective evidence and a clear diagnosis, insurance companies will not consider a brain injury when determining your settlement.
Meet with Brain Injury Specialist
The best way to determine the extent that a brain injury has affected your life is through specialist and expert reports. Robinson LLP uses many experts, including neuropsychologists and psychiatrists, who can help diagnose your brain injury. These experts administer tests which help determine how your injury has affected your cognitive functioning, your personality, and any other aspect of your life such as your employment or your personal relationships. The experts can also recommend future treatment and rehabilitation, which can help you recover as best as possible from your injury. Finding out the extent of your brain injury can help you cope with the changes in your life, help you find appropriate future treatment, and help ensure that the party responsible for your injury provides adequate compensation. Understanding that your problems are “real” is often a comfort to you AND your family.
Understand How the Injury Impacts Your Future
Following a diagnosis and prognosis, you will obtain “functional testing” from an Occupational Therapist (OT) to determine what your limits are in terms of both ability to perform activities and limits of fatigue on your abilities. This will allow us to get an accurate picture of your care and housekeeping needs. Should your diagnosis affect your professional life, we may also involve a vocational consultant to draw a picture of your post-accident abilities versus your pre-accident abilities. Many people are unaware that collecting for future income loss may be appropriate even in circumstances where an accident victim has returned to work. If you are more fatigued, more challenged, and less likely to work overtime due to your brain injury, you will also be less likely to receive promotions and raises than your healthier co-workers. You will be more likely to be laid off and it will be harder for you to obtain new employment. This can be translated, by effective litigation, into monetary compensation.
Assign a Monetary Value
Finally, we will ask an economist to “crunch” the numbers. We will need to provide evidence as to the present-day value of your past and future losses.
If the process sounds complicated, that’s because it is. If you have suffered a head injury, you need to hire counsel with experience and competence in this area. You will have only one chance to resolve your claim. Once you sign a release, your options do not include returning to ask for more money.
Once Robinson LLP has the necessary objective expert evidence to prove your brain injury and its effects on your life, we will use the evidence to ensure that the responsible party will be held accountable. We need to ensure that you will be compensated for the full effects this injury will have on your personal and professional life because we understand that you won’t have a second chance.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced team at Robinson LLP as soon as possible.