When seriously injured in an accident, you may be confused on what you can do for help. The Arizona Traumatic Brain Injury Guide was created by Free Injury Advice to help Arizona residents who have been hurt by the negligence of another.
Are you dealing with a serious injury that has left you with a Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI? We know how terribly frustrating this might feel for you to go through if you have been a victim of someone else’s carelessness. When negligence is the cause of an injury, you are entitled to compensation. Our Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys fight for the rights of people like you to get justice for the damages you are suffering. Please don’t delay calling us as we would like to hear the details of your case as soon as possible. We will sit down with you during the free initial consultation and provide free injury advice that will help you make the right decision for your claim. Call us today to sign up for your free initial consultation.
The Process for a TBI Claim
Following your accident, if you believe that you have a head injury of any kind, you should seek immediate medical care. Please tell your doctors about every ache and complaint that you have so that they can fully assess you and diagnose your traumatic brain injury correctly. Once you get onto a treatment path, we will be able to know what your maximum medical recovery is. From there, that will help us figure out what compensation you are owed.
The compensation you receive will be granted to you by the insurance company that represents the liable party responsible for your injury. Your Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys have the task to defend your rights to a full result. More often than not, you will see that the first offer that you are given from the insurance company is going to be a lowball. They want to see how little compensation they can get away with giving you. We will be there to step in and inform you that what they’re offering is not fair and we believe that you should continue to fight. There will be insurance negotiations that debate your compensation award; if there is no agreement met and we cannot settle, the case will go to trial. In order to have a successful case, you want someone who is going to be preparing your case as if it is going to trial from the very beginning.
Please sit down with our Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys as soon as you possibly can to schedule a free consultation and figure out what your next steps should be. You deserve to get compensation in the fullest and that means hiring attorneys who will be there for you during all of the challenging parts of your case. We know that you are not just a file that we need to get done and out of the door. You are a real-life injured person who deserves to have their wrongs compensated for and we utilize our knowledge to help you get justice.
What are TBIs?
TBI stands for traumatic brain injury. When you suffer a traumatic brain injury, as the name suggests, you experienced trauma to the head. These types of injuries are present in almost every type of personal injury case. You could trip down the steps of the building and hit your head. You could hit your head in an auto accident. You could fall off your bike headfirst. You could even be at a sporting event and get hit in the head by a ball. All of these could lead to a TBI. Traumatic brain injuries include not only concussions but brain bleeds, too.
These are extremely serious injuries and you need to get medical attention right away to prevent further damage.
Steps to Take After an Accident
After having been involved in an accident where you have suffered a head injury, you need to go to the emergency room or an urgent care facility to get a proper diagnosis. They need to be able to tell you that your head injury is or is not a traumatic brain injury. Usually when a TBI in an accident is present, there are other injuries present, as well. People with TBI‘s could also be suffering fractures, spinal cord damage, head, neck, or back injuries. We urge you to get yourself in front of a doctor for diagnosis as soon as you possibly can. These types of injuries only get worse with neglect.
Any delay in medical care could be life-threatening. Your brain controls your body’s function and when there’s something amiss with your brain, your body can shut down, which is fatal. These types of injuries even when treated right away can affect you for the rest of your life. You might be going through a lot of pain and suffering and we are so sorry that you have had to deal with this but continuing your medical care will only benefit your health. Our Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys have seen too many people neglect their health and it not only hurts their longevity, but it also hurts their injury claim when they are looking to seek compensation.
The insurance company might look at your claim and, if there was a delay in seeking medical care, they could try and diminish the value of your claim, unfortunately. They could say that your injury could not have been so impactful in your life if you had waited all this time to get treatment. That would allow them to devalue your claim. They could also say that, since there was a significant gap in time between the incident where you allegedly were hurt and the beginning of your medical treatment, you could have been injured in a different accident which would exonerate them from liability for you. We don’t want either one of these things to happen to you, so getting immediate medical care is essential.
Something that you need to keep in mind not to do after your accident is give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Always speak to Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys before you talk to the insurance company about anything. The insurance company uses recorded statements to get innocent people like you to say something that will diminish the value of their claim and essentially rob them of the justice that they deserve. We want to protect you from this by handling communication with the insurance company on your behalf so they can’t do anything to steal your justice.
How a Case is Valued
Whenever someone brings a claim, there has to be a value put on it so that both the insurance company and your lawyer know what the compensation will end up being. In order to know how much your case is worth, we need to know what your maximum medical recovery will be. Your maximum medical recovery is the time in which your doctor expects you to either make a full recovery or get to a point where you will finish your treatments or get as close to normal as possible. Some people are going to be permanently affected by their TBI. We need to know what your specific case is going to look like so that we know how much this accident has impacted your life.
Compensation for injuries are split into two categories; economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include all the ways you’ve lost money because of your accident. That would be your medical bills, physical therapy fees, travel costs to get to your medical treatments, and lost earnings and wages from having to miss work due to your accident.
Non-economic damages are all of the ways that your life has been impacted by your injury. That would include any loss of life quality. An example would be no longer being able to drive, if your injury is bad enough, to the point where you can’t operate heavy machinery either temporarily or permanently. Another example would be if because of your traumatic brain injury, you get migraines that put you out of work and render you helpless when your family needs you to take care of them. We take into consideration your pain and suffering. All of this goes into the value of your claim and our Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys fight to get you the justice that you deserve and ensure that your compensation award is as full and as fair as possible.
Frequently Asked Traumatic Brain Injury Questions
How Do I Select the Best Attorney?
The question if either you personally or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, how do you go about determining or deciding who is the best attorney to represent me or my loved one? That’s an extremely common question that people have all the time. They called our office last week and asked one of our attorneys that question. Here’s what our attorney said, and I think it can be helpful to you as well.
The number one difference is you want to talk to the attorney or people in the law firm and find out if they really are experts at handling traumatic brain injury cases because, as the attorney explained, an overwhelming majority of so-called personal injury attorneys are not experts on traumatic brain injury. That’s just a fact. They’ll have some knowledge, of course. The difference between knowledge and expertise is almost night and day. If you talk to them very long, you can quickly tell the difference.
For instance, our website mentions many very sophisticated tests that you can ask the potential law firm or lawyer about, including DTI. Of course, what are they going to say? They’ll always say yes. They go Google it. If you talk to them very much, you can tell they’re finding out about this later than whatever. You can ask them specifically and just listen closely to the answer and see if they’re really talking from knowledge or just talking from whatever they just read on Google.
Why does that make a difference? If they don’t really understand the latest technology, who is going to suffer? You will. We’re up on the latest imaging, the latest treatment. You can read about it on our website.
What’s shocking is not just the fact that most personal injury attorneys are unaware of those things; what’s really shocking is how many physicians are unaware of those advances. One of our attorneys was talking to a doctor at lunch the other day and mentioned some of these brain scans such as the DTI, diffuse tensor imaging. It was clear the doctor didn’t have any clue. This was a doctor who takes care of personal injury patients all the time.
We had a situation once where a school teacher was injured. She had a concussion. We got the right imaging. We proved it, but she wouldn’t get any treatment for it. She said, “I’m too busy. I’m just going to suffer with my headaches or whatever.”
Most of our clients will get treatment, but she refused. She was too busy. We sent her demand into the insurance company, and she had no treatment where normally if you have no treatment, an insurance company offers you pretty close to zero. In this case, because we proved that she did have a concussion, they said okay. No treatment. We’ll still offer $32,000.
In that case our client said, “I’m still having headaches. I’m still suffering, and that’s not enough.” We said, “You could have gone to treatment.” We repeated the NeuroQuant, the test that shows whether you have a loss of volume in the brain, and it showed where she was injured she had a 10% loss. We sent that to the insurance adjuster, and they thought if in one year she lost 10%, in 10 years, she’s not going to have a brain, which is not how it works.
It scared the adjuster, and they doubled the offer. We settled the case with no treatment. That doesn’t happen very often. Of course, if you get the treatment, then we can get substantially more. That’s what most of our clients do because they want to get better. They’re not too busy to get better. This is their life.
One of the latest exams that we have found very useful is the so-called VNG testing. We found that there’s a very big difference between who does the testing. Ideally, we get it done through a board-certified neurologist who is Arizona licensed. He in his last 18 years has read 100,000 of these VNG exams. It’s more than anybody else.
When the insurance company hires somebody, they’re not going to have the same qualifications. In fact, very commonly the doctor for the insurance company will admit that there’s no way our clients can fake the results. It’s just like with a broken arm on an x-ray. We can prove that they suffer a mild traumatic brain injury and, in some cases, need vestibular rehabilitation for a lifetime. That can be millions and millions of dollars.
That often gets insurance companies to say we only have whatever we have here, $100,000 or $500,000 or $1 million. That doesn’t always work that way, but often it does. If they don’t recognize the seriousness and we need to go to arbitration to prove our clients’ case, we will. That’s what you want to find out. Is the lawyer or law firm you’re talking with familiar with these things?
If you’re more familiar with these issues than they are because you went on our website, that’s the wrong law firm. Make sure that you hire a law firm who is really going to help you both get the right diagnosis and the right treatment and the right recovery. Remember, the call is free. The information is free. That is actually our area of expertise is traumatic brain injury, as if you couldn’t tell. Call us because if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, we doubly care about you.
How Do You Determine the Value of a TBI Claim?
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you can see the difference before the accident and after the accident. What’s the value of the case? How is the value determined of a claim like that? Somebody called our law office the other day and asked one of our attorneys this question.
Here’s what the attorney responded; with insurance companies, no matter how your heart may be affected by seeing the change in your loved one or in yourself, that’s where it’s really difficult. If you were a high-functioning person before the accident and then because of concussions, headaches and all the associated problems with concussions, let’s say you’re just average functioning. The insurance company can hire somebody and they’ll say this person is average. They’re doing fine. There’s nothing wrong here.
You used to be up here and now you’re average. Every day that you can’t remember things has a huge impact on your life. To an insurance company, if you can still add two plus two, you’re fine.
We get experts that show which part of the brain has been affected and how that affects the person’s daily life. You have to have very special expertise. You’re not just going to go out there and find that on any street corner. We have the experts and the knowledge to put that together so insurance companies go oh. There are brain scans that are objective and show objectively that someone suffered a concussion.
Neuropsychologists used to be what everyone used to prove a brain injury. The problem was that we could hire a neuropsychologist who would give a test to our clients and say yes, here’s the part where we’re documenting the brain injury. The insurance company could hire one of their neuropsychologists who, of course, is bought and paid for by them. That neuropsychologist would administer the exact same test and come to a very different conclusion. Either there’s no brain injury or yes, there is and it happened when they were six years old or whatever it was before the accident.
This test and the things we do now offer much stronger proof. We typically can get insurance companies to recognize the seriousness of even so-called mild brain injuries. Don’t be put off by the terminology here because a mild brain injury for you and me is not mild. We would call it pretty serious. Here’s the gray; moderate is very serious. Then the level beyond is you don’t ever want to be there. You might be close to unconscious or something.
We can show the technology and the testing to show that so that insurance companies pay the maximum value. One of those tests, the VNG test, you can read about it on our website. It’s read typically by a board-certified Arizona licensed neurologist who has in 18 years read 100,000 of those reports, more than anybody else.
Typically, that report will recommend long-term, even lifetime vestibular therapy, running into the millions of dollars. Insurance companies do understand dollars and cents, even if they don’t care about you as a person. They may realize they need to pay out the whole policy. Depending on what that is, that can be very big. That’s a reason to call us. We can help you.
One of our attorneys will help analyze your individual case and give you an idea with the proper diagnosis and treatment what your case may be worth and certainly guide you through that process. Remember, if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, most of our potential clients who call us don’t even realize that. We ask them are you suffering headaches that you didn’t have before the accident? Yeah and it’s really bad, migraines and stuff. I thought I just didn’t get enough sleep or stress or something. You say no, stop.
This started right after the accident or the day after, it’s not stress. It’s not you didn’t eat breakfast. We’re going to get you to a medical professional who is trained to diagnose concussions. Guess what? They find out that something very long-term and serious, but we prove it. That’s how we get maximum value for our clients.
Remember, if you’re suffering from headaches, short-term memory loss, any of those kind of associated symptoms, posttraumatic stress disorder can be caused by concussion, driving anxiety, depression, just a big list. Call us. We’ll guide you through that process or your loved ones. The call is free.
The information is not just free but can be priceless to you or your loved ones and result in tens of thousands of dollars in additional compensation or potentially millions. Call us. The call is free. The information is free. We are here for you, especially if you’ve suffered a concussion or brain injury.
How Long Will My TBI Case Take to Complete?
The question often comes up involving concussions or traumatic brain injuries, how long is it going to take to resolve my claim or my loved one’s claim? Just the other day one of our attorneys was discussing that with a potential client who asked that very question. The attorney explained and said the very first thing is getting the proper diagnosis. That’s where most doctors miss it. The statistics show that more than 50% of all concussions are missed at the emergency room. Even some of the most sophisticated tests out there will miss many concussions because the best we have available is not 100% foolproof. There are so many times that concussions are missed.
Even when they’re diagnosed, most doctors have no treatment. They say what’s the point of diagnosing it if you can’t offer any treatment? You just make the patient depressed. The most important thing, as the attorney explained, is to get the proper diagnosis done by the top experts. Then it switches over to what’s the most effective treatment.
That’s an area that our attorneys, because we understand this area so well, can tell you that there’s not one silver bullet, not one magic answer for everybody. If there was, we would just give it to you right now. We’re aware of the options. We’re aware of what’s worked best for our clients in the past in this situation, when there’s a different diagnosis than this one. Quite frankly, we work with our clients and have them try everything that’s been proven to help.
Sometimes it might be hyperbaric oxygen therapy. That’s where you get in a tank and you have oxygen that’s pressurized. Another one, which is related to that, is exercise with oxygen therapy. They hook you up to a big bag of oxygen, you’ve got a mask on, and they put you on a treadmill or an exercise bike and you do that for 20 minutes.
There are all kinds of stress testing where they stress the brain. It’s kind of like exercising an arm, increase the blood flow. Then it promotes healing. People, of course, have heard of other things like biofeedback. They do a good job, but they don’t do a great job. They can diagnose and give a few treatments. Then they say you’re done. No, they’re not done. They’re just starting.
What’s the most important if you’ve suffered a concussion or a traumatic brain injury? Is it get a check for $10,000 tomorrow and live a life of hell for the rest of your life or get the best treatment available, which ends up getting you a lot more money than trying to just grab a check and run and suffer the rest of your life? We focus on getting you better with the best treatments available. We’re talking about cutting edge interventions. Then after that we get you the most money that you deserve.
Remember, call us if you’ve got headaches, short-term memory loss, any of the typical symptoms of concussion. We will make the top referrals. We’ll guide you through the process so that you have a decent shot at recovery physically and then financially. The information is free. The referrals are free. We hope you can tell we really have an emphasis on helping clients that have suffered concussions or traumatic brain injuries. That may include you.
What Are Some Common Mistakes People Make During a TBI?
When potential clients call us and they tell us over the phone that they are suffering, we ask if they are experiencing headaches, even if they don’t tell us if they’re suffering from headaches that they didn’t have before the accident. Then we ask them some more questions like which part of your head? If they’re in the top, front, or side, that’s certainly much more likely they suffered a concussion than if it’s all the way back here, which may be due to neck injury, neck inflammation. If they tell us that they have those kinds of symptoms, then it’s common for people to think will probably go away in a couple days.
Well, it might. Let’s get you checked out now by a medical expert. If it doesn’t go away in a couple days or a couple weeks, you go get medical help. The insurance company is going to say there’s nothing in any medical record before now where it mentions anything like this.
For all we know, he was playing around with his jackhammer at work or something else caused it. It certainly wasn’t our insured because there’s no mention of it for weeks or days or months. That’s a huge common mistake. That’s why if you call us and tell us I’ve got these symptoms of possible concussion, it’s like we’re going to get you help right away. There are some scenarios where you may have waited two weeks. We hope you didn’t wait two months. You’re still having those symptoms.
We’re still going to get you top medical care. Our attorneys will tell you your case is going to be tougher in that situation. Sometimes we can still prove objectively that it went back to the time of the accident. Don’t make your case harder than it has to be. Call us right away.
Remember, the call is free. The information is free. The call can be priceless if it gets you the help you need that helps you get over the symptoms from the concussion and brain injury. We hope you can tell we really care about our clients who have suffered traumatic brain injury. That may include you.
Call Our Arizona Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Today
Our Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys want to fight for your rights to full and fair compensation. We are passionate about getting justice for those who have been wronged by a negligent party. We fight aggressively to protect your rights and hold those liable parties accountable for the damages that you have to suffer now. Traumatic brain injuries can permanently impact someone’s life and they deserve justice for this. We understand you have a lot of stress on your plate and we would like to make your life easier by taking care of your claim for you. Please call our Arizona traumatic brain injury attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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