Traumatic Brain Injuries are often difficult to diagnose quickly. Many people don’t experience any symptoms for up to one month after the injury is sustained. It is also often difficult to diagnose a TBI because the early symptoms resemble a concussion rather than the more serious silent injury lurking below the surface. To make matters worse, MRI and CAT scans may also come back appearing as normal. This means that one can be lingering with a TBI for months, if not years, without ever having it formally diagnosed by a doctor.
Early symptoms include:
- Severe headaches
As the injury continues to develop, mood swings, memory problems, and other massive personality changes can begin to occur that the injured person’s loved ones may begin to notice. The reality is, the injured person may not be in any shape way or form aware of some of the shifts in personality, further complicating the process.
Traumatic brain injuries aren’t only hazardous to one’s normal functioning in life, but are also financially tasking. As a brain injury is being treated the goal is to reach maximum medical improvement. To get there, the costs related to that treatment just keeping adding up and these costs can be expensive – very quickly.
While the initial treatment for a TBI is more expensive than later treatments, one can only make what’s called a “functional recovery.” This term refers to the notion that an injured person has made as much of recovery as is possible, and have reached maximum medical improvement.
One must also think about the injured person’s ability to work. This would be significantly lower due to the massive implications on the person’s physical health. It is difficult to focus and function with memory problems or a constant headache.
Brain injuries also make it difficult for someone to engage with difficult tasks, because they lose the cognitive abilities to be able to figure out how to do something. Physical labor becomes unbearable and jobs that involve too much focus become nearly impossible. Also, constantly having to attend doctor’s appointments to recover from any physical injuries sustained as well as the brain injury cause the injured person to have to miss significant amounts of work.
Attorneys exist in part because sometimes you get hurt due to someone else’s negligence. Everything described above is tragic and life-altering. These are often referred to as catastrophic injuries, but catastrophic doesn’t even begin to describe what happens.
If your loved one’s personality suddenly changed, it would have a profound impact on both them and you, as someone who cared about them. When someone is hurt in a automobile collision or slip and fall, they shouldn’t have to worry about paying for medical costs, or recovering any wages from time they missed at work.
Instead, they should be able to focus on recovery and doing anything that is necessary to make it to maximum medical improvement. An experienced personal injury attorney can help with this.
An attorney’s job is to help you recover money to be able to pay for any property damage, any lost wages, and more importantly present and future medical costs. An attorney’s primary concern when it comes time to handle a case where the plaintiff is suffering from a TBI is to make sure they not only can pay off any and all medical costs they have sustained up to that point, but also have money to pay for the future care they will need for the rest of their life.