According to the Brain Injury Association of America, someone suffers a traumatic brain injury every twenty one seconds. The annual cost of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is estimated to exceed over 35 billion dollars. At The Joel Bieber Firm, we see many clients coming to us with undiagnosed problems of TBI. Sometimes, the emergency technician at the scene, may reference some form of “hitting head” or loss of consciousness. However, as emergency technicians they are trained to treat visible, life-threatening injuries and also to get the patient transferred to the hospital. Thus, from the very beginning, a brain injury may go undiagnosed.
How do I know if I have a Brain Injury?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and are experiencing any of the following symptoms you may be suffering from a brain injury. You do not have to have a loss of consciousness to have a brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injuries may cause long term residual problems with symptoms that are not so obvious. “Mild Traumatic” is a medical term, but does not mean that it is a “minor” injury. Symptoms can include:
- Physical Symptoms - Dizziness, headaches, light sensitivity, night blindness, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, hearing loss, loss of sense of taste or smell.
- Mental Cognitive Issues - Amnesia, short term memory loss, difficulty concentrating, difficulty performing simple tasks such as counting change, disorientation, IQ issues and organization problems.
- Emotional Symptoms - Irritability, apathy, confrontational, impatient, appetite disturbances, depression, lack of motivation and obligation.
Different Types of Brain Injuries
Of all types of injury, those to the brain are among the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. Unfortunately, those who suffer from a brain injury are considered “walking wounded” because on the outside, everything may seem normal. However, to family members and the injured person, it is very difficult. Severe brain injury results in easily observable symptoms including partial or complete paralysis, speech problems, impaired cognitive functioning, disability from employment, long periods of coma and huge hospital bills.
What Should You Do Now?
The Virginia brain injury lawyers at the Joel Bieber Firm have extensive knowledge in these cases and realize the special needs for those who have been injured. Our brain injury attorneys are committed to helping you and your family with the litigation, and making you aware of the top medical specialists in the field. We have handled many brain injury claims; some resulting from car or truck crashes, some from exposure to products. Our attorneys have resolved many traumatic brain injuries before filing suit. We also have experience with the mediation and we have tried several brain injury jury trials.
Today, medicine has advanced to help diagnose and treat brain injuries. However, many times at the scene of the crash, the emergency medical team is looking at life threatening injuries and not whether someone has suffered a traumatic brain injury. At the hospital, a brain bleed may be noticed only by a CT scan. However, cognition difficulties may show up later, despite not initially diagnosed by a brain injury.
Joel Bieber has been active in the field of Brain Injury survivors and is a founding member of the North American Brain Injury Society. Some of our TV commercials include the importance of wearing helmets while riding bikes. Joel is also an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Traumatic Brain Injury section. New advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain injury are occurring and the Joel Bieber Firm is constantly learning to serve our clients better. For more information about our experience in Virginia brain injury claims or for a free consultation, please fill out the firm contact form. In addition, The Joel Bieber Firm works to help clients connect with other brain injury survivors and organizations, to assist in getting the help they need.
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