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1) Common Mistakes After a Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
2) Traumatic Brain Injury Case Timeline
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.
3) Traumatic Brain Injury Case Value
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.
Did you or a loved one experience a serious injury to the head in Arizona and have questions about what you should know about a TBI? Contact experienced Gilbert Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Free Injury Advice today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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