What To Do After A Brain Injury Accident
Accidents are a sad fact of life, and something that impact millions of people throughout Florida every day. However, some injuries are much more serious than others and one of the most serious is certainly a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. TBI can occur in virtually any kind of accident but is usually most common in automobile accidents – particularly motorcycle or trucking related accidents due to the nature of those vehicles.
Regardless of how the brain injury occurs, it can have a tremendous impact on the life of the injured party or on the lives of loved ones who are caring for a person who was injured. It can lead to lifelong disabilities, coma, and more. Combine the physical and mental damage with the heavy financial burden that can be caused by a TBI and it becomes clear that it's something that anyone will struggle to recover from.
So what can you do following a traumatic brain injury? The first and most obvious step is to get all the medical help possible in order to move towards a full recovery. The road to healing is long and may involve everything from physical therapy to counseling to home health visits to long term care and more. Simply put, the damages from a TBI can be severe.
Once you begin the process of physically and mentally healing, the next step is to try to recover financially. The impact on your finances is extreme due to things like medical bills and lost wages from work. In many instances you or your loved one may be unable to resume work in the position once held – something that can permanently impact your financial future.
That's why finding an attorney to represent you is so important. A TBI lawyer will be able to review your case and determine whether or not you have the grounds to seek financial compensation for your injuries. You can expect a few things here.
- • To begin with, the attorney will review your case and figure out whether or not the other party was responsible for the accident and the injuries sustained. This is important since it needs to be proven that the other party acted in a negligent or reckless manner which led to the accident and the injuries. Things like police reports, witness testimony, accident reconstructions, and more will all be used to figure out whether or not you have the grounds for a case.
- • Usually, once you have an attorney on your side you can expect the insurance companies or opposing legal team to begin offering settlement agreements in order to keep the case out of the courts. This is a good sign, but the long-term nature of TBI recovery means that it is important to consider future costs and lost wages when figuring out whether or not a settlement offer is fair. It's important to have someone on your side during this process or you could be taken advantage of.
- • For the most part, your attorney will take over for you and fight for your rights while you are able to focus on healing and recovery. There are some elements that may need to have your involvement, but a key reason to turn to a good TBI lawyer is because they can help you focus on healing while reducing your stress as they get you the compensation that you deserve.
There are plenty of things you'll have to deal with following a TBI, but worrying about your finances shouldn't be one of them. If you or someone you love has been wounded in an accident that resulted in TBI, contact us today to find out more about your options and what steps you may be able to take to improve your financial stability.