The brain is the body’s most important organ. It is responsible for controlling vital functions, thoughts, and emotions. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) typically result from serious accidents, including motor vehicle collisions, premises liability accidents, and workplace injuries.
Aeton Law in Connecticut has been a longtime advocate for traumatic brain injury survivors. Our firm has successfully recovered compensation for TBI survivors whose injury was caused by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has recently suffered a TBI, call our personal injury lawyers today at (860) 724-2160 to discuss your options.
How Do I Know If I Have a Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are sometimes clear medical emergencies that have immediate symptoms. Still, brain injuries are not always immediately apparent. You can tell if you have a brain injury if you suffer an accident and have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Temporary memory loss
- Vision problems
- Personality changes
- Confusion or other cognitive problems
- Loss of consciousness
What Are Some of the Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?
The leading causes of TBI in the United States include:
- Violent acts
- Sports accidents
- Automotive accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Blunt force trauma to the head
What Are the Various Types of Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries fall into these categories:
- Open Injury: It is also known as a penetrating injury and it is where an object such as a bullet has penetrated the brain.
- Closed Injury: It is where the skull is not penetrated but the brain has been injured and is typically observed after being involved in an auto accident or a fall.
- Deceleration Injury: It is where the brain is slammed against the skull.
- Chemical/Toxic: It is where a harmful chemical, such as carbon monoxide, lead, or pesticide, penetrates the brain.
- Hypoxia: It occurs when the brain receives some but not enough oxygen thus suffering damage as a result. Hypoxia is usually common in heart attack or stroke victims, but it can also be the result of tumors, infection, or drowning.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
People with TBIs can experience different symptoms, the vast majority of which occur right after the head injury or the days following. Sometimes, the severity of symptoms is not fully experienced until the person returns to school or work.
Symptoms of a TBI include:
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Balance problems
- Inability to perform everyday tasks
- Memory loss
- Recurring headaches
- Trouble concentrating
- Emotional outbursts
Why Should You See a Doctor After a Head Injury?
Unlike most body injuries, brain injuries are generally invisible or very hard to detect. If you suffer a head injury, you need to seek medical advice immediately. Even a relatively minor injury can deteriorate over time and only slowly reveal damages that affect your quality of life permanently.
Why Should I Work With a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer?
The financial, emotional, and physical costs associated with a TBI and subsequent recovery can be phenomenal. Insurance companies love to downplay the extent of your injury to try to justify giving you less than you deserve. To seek the fullest possible combination, you should hire a TBI lawyer such as those at Aeton Law in Connecticut.
Can Insurance Companies Obtain My Past Medical Records?
Yes. Insurance companies can obtain your past medical records before agreeing to pay on a claim. However, it is rarely in your best interest to sign a waiver that gives the insurance company unlimited access to your medical records.
What Happens If the Insurance Company Refuses to Pay My Medical Bills?
If the insurance company refuses to pay your medical bills, our firm will file a lawsuit and take the case to trial to make them take responsibility since it’s only the courts that can compel insurance companies to pay your medical bills if they refuse to take responsibility.
What Compensation Can I Receive for a Brain Injury?
Our firm helps clients seek compensation for the following:
- Medical bills (past, present, and future)
- Loss of income
- Burial costs in cases of wrongful death
- Inconvenience and lost quality of life
- Non-economic damages for pain and suffering
Are There Time Limits for Filing a TBI Claim in Connecticut?
Yes. In Connecticut, the time limit for filing a claim is 2 years from the date of the injury in nearly all cases involving traumatic brain injury. That means you have exactly 2 years from the accident date to file a claim, after which you will be unable to pursue legal action. This is known as the statute of limitations.
Contact Our Connecticut Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Today!
A traumatic brain injury or other brain injuries can have a serious impact on you and your loved ones. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, the legal team at Aeton Law in Connecticut has the experience and determination to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (860) 724-2160 for your free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your options.