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Coping With Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) often change victims’ lives forever. However, insurance companies try their hardest to avoid fully paying victims for the enormous costs and losses they suffer after an injury to the brain.

When doctors categorize brain injuries, they look for signs of life-threatening injuries. Rather than considering the severity of your headache, the ringing in your ears, or the extent of your personality changes, the doctors are focused on evaluating whether you need immediate surgery or other life-saving treatments.

For this reason, the diagnostic scales that doctors use to classify brain injuries focus on symptoms like loss of consciousness and your ability to respond to sounds and other stimulation. Doctors also take imaging studies like MRI and CT scans into account when grading a TBI, but they typically look for severe bleeding, swelling, and other obvious damage.

Unfortunately, much of the damage caused by a brain injury occurs on a near-microscopic level and may not be visible on imaging scans. This type of almost-invisible damage, known as microtrauma, can cause severe symptoms while failing to appear in diagnostic tests. Such hard to define injuries will almost certainly lead to disputes with insurance companies.

Because of the complex and fragile nature of the brain, every brain injury needs to be taken seriously. Even a so-called “mild” brain injury can produce life-altering symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision and other visual disturbances
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Personality changes and mood swings
  • Problems with concentration, attention, and memory
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Fatigue or problems sleeping
  • Balance issues
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

For most TBI victims, these symptoms improve over time. However a “miserable minority” of victims (approximately 15-20% according to many studies) struggle with them for years. Unfortunately, insurance companies often emphasize the “mild” aspect of a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) diagnosis, arguing that your symptoms either aren’t real or aren’t related to your brain trauma.

If you suffer even a mild TBI, you’re likely to encounter such issues/needs as;

  • Lost income and earning potential
  • Long term medical treatment
  • Occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship or consortium

When it comes to victim compensation, insurance adjusters and the corporations they work for aren’t on your side. Insurance companies’ goals are to avoid paying claims, or pay as little as possible. Insurance companies are going to scrutinize each claim and look for any reasons they can find to issue a denial.

As with any accident, before you speak to an insurance company, you should always consult an attorney you trust to protect your rights.   When it comes to TBI matters, having someone on your side is even more important due to the long term impact such injuries may have on your life. 

At LDM, our attorneys have years of experience handling countless TBI claims.  We use cutting-edge technology and strategies to fight for our clients and their families. If you or a family member have suffered a potential TBI, please call us for a no cost review of your case at 414 276 1233 or toll free at 1 866 222 0337