Let Our Brain Injury Attorney Los Angeles Evaluate Your Case
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can alter your life forever. Unfortunately, insurance companies often attempt to avoid paying victims for the losses and costs they incur after sustaining a serious brain injury if they do not have the best legal representation. Luckily, you don’t have to go up against the insurance company on your own. With the help of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, you may be able to obtain the compensation you are entitled to for your brain injury. Here are four reasons you should hire an injury lawyer to represent you in court.
1. Even Minor Brain Injuries Can Have a Profound Impact on Your Life
When most physicians classify brain injuries, they seek out signs of life-threatening symptoms. Sometimes, however, they fail to fully assess brain damage and its impact on a victim’s day-to-day functioning. Instead of taking the severity of your migraines, personality changes, or any other symptoms of a TBI into consideration, they tend to focus more on performing surgeries and other life-saving procedures.
The diagnostic scales physicians use to categorize brain injuries often focus on symptoms such as loss of consciousness and your ability to respond to various types of stimulation. Physicians also take CT scans and other imaging studies into account when evaluating a TBI, as well as obvious signs of major damage such as bleeding and swelling.
Unfortunately, the damage caused by TBIs can be difficult to notice, especially when it is mild to moderate. Some damage can occur on a near-microscopic level, and it may not be visible to imaging scans. This type of damage is known as microtrauma in the medical world, and it can cause major symptoms that impact your daily life. Microtrauma can also lead to additional medical complications and since it fails to show up in tests, insurance companies can claim a person suffering from microtrauma is not injured at all.
Because the brain is so complicated and susceptible to injury, all brain injuries should be taken seriously by physicians and insurance companies. Even a “minor” brain injury can cause severe disturbances and symptoms such as:
- Mood swings and personality changes
- Visual disturbances and blurred vision
- Anxiety and depression
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Issues with memory, concentration, and attention
- Balance issues
- Ringing in the ears
For many TBI victims, such symptoms improve over time. Unfortunately, for a small number of victims, they can last for years at a time. Insurance companies often attempt to paint the milder symptoms of TBIs as unrelated to the brain trauma in question.
2. Damages Can Be Hard to Prove on Your Own
It can be remarkably difficult to calculate the monetary value of a traumatic brain injury and its lingering symptoms. Without help from an attorney, it can be nearly impossible to put a number on an injury and translate your pain and suffering into concrete damages. Fortunately, legal counsel can help you calculate damages in a TBI lawsuit, such as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost income and earning potential
- Occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services
- Punitive damages for grossly negligent or intentional conduct
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Past and future medical treatment
Since brain injuries are so complicated and the circumstances surrounding each case are unique, it can be hard to simply estimate how much a victim deserves. Instead, a skilled TBI lawyer can take your circumstances into consideration, as well as the amount of insurance coverage you have, and any losses you have incurred.
3. You Will Need Expert Testimony to Establish Your Case
Your attorney may also need to consult various experts. Doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and other specialists may need to provide their opinions to help bolster your case and prove your injury is as severe as you claim. The same experts can also explain to the court how your injury impacts your life and day-to-day functioning, as well as your ability to enjoy living and generate income. With the help of medical experts, you may be able to prove the insurance company is wrong about the severity and nature of your injuries.
As mentioned above, to bolster your claim in court, you need expert opinions on your side. It can be difficult to find such experts on your own, but with help from an experienced attorney, you can gain access to experts who will testify on your behalf about the nature of your injuries. Such experts have years of experience treating patients suffering from brain injuries and many have researched the topic extensively. Testimony from such educated individuals can make a huge difference in a case when it is presented by a top-notch attorney.
To prove your claim, we will use our connections to some of the most progressive and renowned radiologists in the field. We can also use advanced medical technology to show the full extent of your injury.
4. The Insurance Company Will Attempt to Offer You the Lowest Possible Amount for Your Claim
Unless you have a lawyer representing you, you will probably not receive a fair offer from the insurance company. Insurance adjusters are not your friend, and their ultimate goal is to ensure the company they work for pays the least amount possible. They will scrutinize each claim with the intention of issuing a denial for the most frivolous reasons.
Without a severe brain injury attorney in Los Angeles on your side, your chances of getting the amount you deserve are very low. Even if the offer seems reasonable, more than likely, you are entitled to more than you’ve been presented with. Also, if you agree to a settlement before consulting a lawyer that is well-versed in head injuries, you may end up with a much smaller sum than you deserve.
We Have Experience Handling Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
Here at Grey Law, we understand how insurance companies work. Living with a traumatic brain injury is difficult enough without the insurance company trying to pay you the lowest amount possible for your claim. We know how to handle such tactics, and we will use modern technology, expert opinion, and legal prowess to get you what you deserve. Our firm can provide you with the attorney you need. Contact us today to learn more about our approach to handling TBI cases.