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How to File a Personal Injury Claim For a Traumatic Brain Injury in Washington State

Whether you are a pedestrian, biker, motorcyclist, or driver, being involved in an accident can be frightening and even life-altering. Depending on the nature and severity of the injuries you suffer, you may face a challenging road to recovery. In some cases, you may face permanent damage, forever shaping the course of your life. In many ways, suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can significantly impact your life following the accident. Sometimes, however, you may not even be aware that you’ve suffered a TBI until much later, when symptoms worsen. Doctors may fail to identify a TBI, further preventing you from receiving the care you need. It’s worth taking a look at how a TBI is diagnosed and the steps you can take to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.

Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

In general, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be mild or severe in nature. A mild TBI could cause coordination issues, excessive sleep, symptoms of depression, mood swings, memory loss, loss of smell, sensitivity or light or sound, nausea, or seizures. If you lose consciousness for 30 minutes or less, your TBI is probably mild. Fortunately, the majority of those who suffer a mild TBI eventually make a full recovery. 

 

However, if you lose consciousness for an hour or more, you may have suffered a moderate to severe TBI. Symptoms may include dilated pupils, depressive episodes, frequent nausea or vomiting, clear fluid draining from the ears, difficulty speaking or forming thoughts, violent behavior, and more. As symptoms may take several weeks to appear after the initial injury, some people do not realize that they have suffered a TBI. It’s important that you ask your doctor to check for signs of a TBI so that you can receive the necessary interventions and care you need.

Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim

The costs associated with a TBI injury can be high, and it’s common to feel overwhelmed by costly medical bills, lost wages, and other economic challenges resulting from your injury. It’s helpful to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can help you understand the process and guide you through the necessary steps to request compensation. You’ll need to gather as much information and documentation as you can to illustrate the nature and extent of your TBI injury, so make sure you keep all of your medical records and related information in a safe and easily accessible place. Your attorney will assess the specifics of your case and determine the best path forward.

Get Started Today

In these financially uncertain times, it can be especially devastating to suffer an injury and worry about how you’ll be able to afford medical treatment, lost wages, and other costs. At Henderson Taylor Law Firm, we are deeply committed to caring for each and every client, no matter what their circumstances may be. We strive to help you obtain justice so that you can enjoy a brighter future. Call our Vancouver office today at (360) 737-1478 to get started.