Though any injury suffered in an accident can be serious, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be one of the most difficult to diagnose and treat. If you or someone you care about has suffered head trauma in an accident, a qualified Parkersburg brain injury attorney can help you start building an effective case against the responsible party.
To learn more about how an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve, please call Jim Leach Attorneys at Law today. We are pleased to serve clients in the Parkersburg, Charleston and Morgantown areas of West Virginia.
One of the most important steps after an accident is immediately visiting a doctor who can assess your injuries and recommend effective treatment options. If you suffered head trauma, your doctor will conduct a variety of tests to check for signs of a brain injury. These tests might include:
- Verbal and physical exams: Used to assess your balance, coordination, reflexes, speech and cognitive abilities and sense of feeling in the extremities.
- Questioning witnesses: If they’re available, bystanders from the scene of the accident can help provide your doctor additional information about the scope of your injuries, including the nature of the accident, where you were hurt, whether you lost consciousness and for how long, etc.
- Imaging exams: Scanning your head to check for internal bruising or bleeding using devices like X-rays, CT (computerized tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Assessing Your Symptoms
Depending on your physical and mental well-being after the accident, your doctor might ask questions about how you’re feeling in order to further understand the extent of your injuries. Common issues your doctor might ask about include:
- Physical symptoms: Headaches, nausea, loss of coordination, impaired vision, fatigue, etc.
- Mental symptoms: Feelings of confusion and disorientation, trouble concentrating, memory issues, etc.
- Mood changes and disorders: Anxiety, depression and persistent agitation.
What Comes Next
After you’ve received medical attention, the Parkersburg personal injury attorney at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law can help you build a case against the party responsible for the accident that caused your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of initial treatment, physical rehabilitation, etc.
- Pain and suffering.
- Lost income caused by time away from your job due to the injury, as well as diminished earning power.
- Punitive damages, if the court decides the party responsible is subject to punishment for his/her recklessness.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury and you require the services of a skilled Parkersburg personal injury attorney, please contact Jim Leach Attorneys at Law or call today to schedule your free consultation.