A brain injury is one of the scariest injuries for accident victims because it can affect both the body and the mind, sometimes for life. Going unconscious for even a moment could start a chain reaction of brain damage because of trauma. Our Norfolk brain injury lawyers know what you’re up against.
If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms we’re about to discuss, see a doctor right away for a diagnosis. If they find a brain injury, contact Pendleton Law to discuss your legal options. We can help you get compensation to pay for your brain injuries.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries may not show themselves until days after your accident, so know the symptoms so that you can see a doctor as soon as possible. If you lost consciousness at all during your accident, see a doctor immediately. That is a major warning sign. Here are other things to look for:
- A headache that will not go away or gets worse over time
- Convulsions or seizures
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
- Dilated eyes, especially on one side.
- Clear fluid from the nose or ears
- Won’t wake up from sleep
- Strange sensations in the fingers and toes
- Coordination issues
- Unusual behavior, like agitation or combative behavior
- Slurred speech
- Memory changes or mood swings
- Concentration problems
- Sensitivity to sensory input that wasn’t there before
It’s hard to tell these changes in children because they cannot communicate their issues well. Look for these symptoms if they’ve been in an accident and hit their head. Quick action can improve their outcome.
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How Are Brain Injuries Rated?
The brain controls every aspect of our body, so it’s hard to be precise about brain injuries. Doctors use the terms mild, moderate and severe to describe brain injury levels. The Glasgow Coma Scale is one rubric doctors use to determine the severity of a brain injury.
Don’t be fooled by the term mild. A mild brain injury is still a very serious condition and it could get worse. Instead, think of the ratings as the chance that you’ll have a full recovery. A mild condition may heal completely or have few long-term effects. The other two levels are much worse.
You could face permanent disability and require round-the-clock medical care if you have a traumatic brain injury. Covering the costs of your treatment will require compensation. If you are facing a moderate or severe brain injury, you need to fight as hard as you can for compensation. The best way to do that is with a brain injury attorney in Norfolk on your side.
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Brain Injury Situations Where You Could Sue
In order to make an insurance claim or sue someone, someone has to be negligent. Proving negligence is the key to getting compensation. Situations where someone could give you or a loved one a brain injury include:
- Car accidents
- Workplace accidents (slip and fall, falling objects, etc)
- Premises liability situations
- Medical malpractice
- Sports injuries
- Any situation where you could hit your head or have something penetrate the skull
If you went unconscious after your injury, you may not have been able to collect evidence. Don’t worry. As soon as you’re able to hold a conversation or have a loved one do it on your behalf, you can speak with us. We’ll do an investigation for you to gather evidence if we take your case.
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How does a Brain Injury Lawyer Help Me Out?
When an insurance company learns that they could owe someone a lot of money, they’ll try to find ways to pay as little as possible. Without a lawyer’s protection, you could get pressured into accepting a settlement that’s far too low than you deserve.
Our Norfolk brain injury attorneys will stop these tactics and protect you from the insurance companies while we build your case. We’ll discover the true value of your case through the evidence and fight for what you really deserve, not what the insurance companies think you deserve.
You’ve suffered a traumatic experience, and you don’t need an insurance company taking advantage of it. Let us handle the negotiations for your settlement while you recover.
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Note the Statute of Limitations in Virginia
Under Va. Code § 8.01-243, you have only two years from the day of your accident to sue. After that, the statute of limitations will prevent you from collecting. In brain injury cases, this is a serious matter because you could be in the hospital for months after your accident.
You can call our brain injury attorneys while you’re still in the hospital, or you can have a loved one call on your behalf. We can plan to speak with you via teleconference or even visit the hospital to get your case started.
You don’t have to pay our firm anything unless you win your case, so there is no reason to avoid contacting Pendleton Law for a consultation. You’ll learn your legal options and get an estimate of your case, and you’ll learn what our approach would be to your case.
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If you’ve suffered a brain injury, don’t wait any longer. Contact our brain injury lawyers in Norfolk to see if you have a case. You could be on the hook for huge medical bills, and you shouldn’t have to pay them if someone else caused your injury. Call or email us at the Pendleton Law Team and learn your legal options.
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