In many cases, when a head injury takes place, the trauma will be noticeable and immediate requiring prompt medical care.
However, the brain is a complex and a high-level functioning organ and sometimes after an accident or a lesser traumatic brain injury, symptoms may not be immediate and readily apparent. Still, vigilant family members, co-workers and others should be on the look-out for things such as:
Difficulty in walking or maintaining balance
Impaired and blurred vision
Frustration and anger
Ringing in the ears
Sensitivity to noise
The lack of ability to concentrate
Difficulty in paying attention
Altered ability to taste or smell
For a victim involved in an accident and seeking to recover damages, all of these symptoms are important to document in addition to more immediate medical issues such as concussions, brain contusions, seizures, skull fractures and open wounds to the skull.
It’s also important to note that the head injuries and specifically brain injuries can take a long time to heal, and some symptoms may not manifest themselves for days or even weeks after an injury takes place. Even in mild head and brain injury cases full recovery can take months or even years.
An attorney with experience in head and brain injuries will understand the long-term nature this kind of trauma and will be able to act effectively with healthcare providers and insurance companies in protecting the rights of a client. Chances are, they will also have to deal with a large number of investigators, experts and other professionals retained by these companies to protect their bottom line.
An attorney will understand the aggressive nature of an insurance company and will be able to counsel you on how to interact with them, if necessary, and how to protect yourself while utilizing social media accounts, mail and any other action that can be made public. You can assume all aspects of your life will be monitored until a settlement is reached.
Choulos, Choulos & Wyle proudly serve clients in San Francisco, Oakland and in cities throughout the Bay Area.