No matter who you are or what your age is, if you are involved in a Texas auto accident, you are at risk of suffering a blow to the head which could result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that it is important for all car, motorcycle and truck wreck victims to undergo thorough medical assessment after they have been involved in a crash. Oftentimes, people suffer a serious brain injury and they are not aware of it until they have already settled their personal injury claim. That’s too late. A traumatic brain injury means expensive hospital bills and rehabilitation costs; it is critical that you are completely aware of the full extent of your injuries before you resolve your claim against the liable insurance companies.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a traumatic brain injury is “a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” Unless the head injury resulted in unconsciousness, it is likely that the possibility of a serious brain injury may have been overlooked. Unfortunately, symptoms of a TBI may not be immediately obvious, and sometimes only gradually become apparent as much as several months after the injury occurred.
It is estimated by the Brain Injury Association of Texas that as many as 144,000 Texans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Overall, there are estimated to be as many as 440,000 Texans currently afflicted with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury (not including army veterans or military service members). Nationwide, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury in the US each year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America.
Testing for Traumatic Brain Injury
Since many traumatic brain injuries involve closed head injuries, testing is needed in order to determine the extent of the damage, including whether any anoxic injuries occurred. Unfortunately, conventional MRI and CT scans are unable to detect subtle brain abnormalities and micro-lesions which are present in traumatic brain injury cases. Instead, it is necessary to undergo neuropsychological testing which can provide objective evidence of a traumatic brain injury occurring even after an MRI or CT scan came back negative.
Neuropsychological testing can prove invaluable when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a liable insurance company who is refusing to pay you the full and just compensation you need and deserve. Using the data from these tests, a qualified neurosurgeon can compare the pattern of the test results with your pre-injury abilities in order to objectively confirm a traumatic brain injury diagnosis.
Making a Claim for Compensation
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important that seek expert legal advice regarding your legal rights in order to make sure you recover the full compensation entitled to you under Texas law. Speak to a board certified Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer today by calling toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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