Over the past decade, both medical professionals and the general public have learned far more about traumatic brain injuries than was ever previously known. Due in large part to the scandals surrounding TBIs sustained by a staggering number of professional athletes, society has poured time, money, and effort into understanding the causes of TBIs, researching treatments for this condition, and preventing many scenarios that commonly lead to TBIs. Practically speaking, these efforts are helping to ensure that when individuals sustain TBIs, they are given the opportunity to be diagnosed properly and promptly, provided with treatments that are more effective than ever, and supported in ways that were not often considered before the public became broadly aware of this phenomenon.
However, access to effective diagnostic testing, early treatment, and adequate follow-up care is expensive. For far too many TBI victims, insurance doesn’t cover the costs of the medical care they need to recover as efficiently and effectively as possible. This is perhaps the only silver lining that can potentially accompany sustaining a TBI as a result of another’s negligence, recklessness, or intentionally dangerous behavior. In these situations, TBI victims may be able to hold those who have harmed them financially accountable for that harm. Through insurance settlements and/or personal injury lawsuits, TBI victims who were injured due to someone else’s unlawful actions or inactions may be able to obtain enough compensation from responsible parties to cover all the costs associated with proper care and recovery of a TBI.
TBI victims come to understand quickly that recovery from even relatively minor head trauma often takes a very long time. As a result, TBI victims often require medical care, time off work, and support services for months or years instead of days or weeks. This is one reason why it’s important to seek any compensation that you may be entitled to if another’s choices led to your TBI injury. Your doctors can tell you how long your recovery is likely to last and which resources you’ll need access to during that time. Your attorney can tell you which legal options available to you may help to ensure that this medical care is paid for. Without access to compensation, you may have a hard time accessing all the medical care you need. When you’re recovering from a TBI, the last thing you need is to be worried about how you’re going to pay for necessary care. Exploring your legal options as soon as you can after your injury occurs can help to put those worries to rest.
It will take your legal team some time to negotiate with insurance claims adjusters and to file legal action on your behalf. This means that it will take time to secure any compensation to which you’re entitled. However, you shouldn’t forgo necessary medical care right now because you’re worried about how you’ll pay for it. Speak with your attorney about how your case is likely to unfold and how to handle costs related to your care while your case is pending. They’ll be able to provide you with valuable, personalized guidance so that you can get the treatment you need and know what to expect from your personal injury process at the same time.
Whether you decide to file insurance claims and/or pursue legal action via a personal injury claim, it’s important to be careful about the ways in which you use social media and other forms of electronic communication until your legal issues have been fully resolved. In the modern era, it is not uncommon for insurance claims adjusters and attorneys to research the online presence of those whose cases they’re scrutinizing. As a result, even if your privacy settings are strong, it is possible that insurance company representatives and attorneys hired by those who caused you harm may be looking at your online activity and electronic communications that they are able to gain access to.
Why does it matter if your online activities and electronic communications are scrutinized? These influential individuals may try to use your emails, texts, posts, comments, and photos to undermine the strength of your insurance claims and/or personal injury case. For example, if you’ve asserted that your TBI has rendered you unable to read for any length of time but your Goodreads account shows that you’re reading a book an average of every three days, this activity could be used as evidence that you are being untruthful about your condition. Even though we could successfully dispute this assertion by explaining that you’re listening to audiobooks, the general wisdom to take from this scenario is that you don’t want to give insurance professionals and opposing counsel any reason to undercut the strength of your case. In short – be careful online and when communicating electronically until your case is closed. Even seemingly benign activity can make or break your TBI case.
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury and/or alternative forms of head trauma, please connect with our experienced legal team today to learn more about your options. In many ways, it isn’t reasonable that your ability to recover as fully and efficiently as possible from your injuries may rest on your ability to secure compensation from those who caused your injuries in the first place. However, it’s important to act with this often frustrating reality in mind. As soon as our firm learns about the details surrounding your brain injury, we’ll assess your options and provide you with legal guidance tailored to your unique situation. At that point, you’ll be empowered to make an informed choice about whether to take legal action at this time or not.
If it is possible to facilitate your recovery process by seeking compensation from those who caused you harm, filing insurance claims and/or legal action are options worth exploring. It will cost you nothing but a little time and effort to attend a free, obligation-free consultation with our legal team to clarify your options and better ensure that your rights are protected. Please connect with our firm via phone or online today to schedule your no-cost case evaluation. We look forward to speaking with you.