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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, or if you suspect the possibility of a brain injury, contact Heath, Old & Verser, P.L.C. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your case with you. Our attorneys are experienced traumatic brain injury trial lawyers. We possess the in-depth legal knowledge and passion necessary to maximize your compensation.
As a seasoned litigation firm, no issue is too complex for us to tackle head on. Our goal is always to resolve your legal concern in the most efficient, cost-effective, and favorable manner possible. We respect the needs of our clients and take pride in offering only the highest level of professional service with integrity. We handle the tough cases throughout Virginia. Contact our office today to speak with one of our attorneys about how your injury has impacted your life.
A brain injury can be one of the most difficult injuries to suffer through, causing not just physical pain but mental and emotional upheaval as well. Common signs that you may have suffered a brain injury can include:
- A headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Blurred vision or problems with speech
- Brain fog, difficulty with maintaining chain of thought, or concentration problems
- Problems with memory
- Mood changes
- Balance problems, dizziness, or vertigo
- What is the difference between a concussion and a mild traumatic brain injury? They are the same. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury.
- Do I have to have loss of consciousness to have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury? No. Most individuals who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury never lose consciousness. However, there is nothing mild about mild traumatic brain injuries. They can have permanent, life-changing consequences.
- If the ER doctor did not diagnose a concussion, does that rule out a mild traumatic brain injury? No. In fact, most mild traumatic brain injuries are not diagnosed during an initial emergency room visit.
- Does a “normal” MRI or CT scan of the brain rule out a mild traumatic brain injury? No. Most mild traumatic brain injuries will never show up on regular MRI or CT scans. The damage caused to the brain is at a microscopic level that normal MRIs cannot detect.
- My symptoms seem to have gotten worse weeks after the collision. Is that unusual? No. The symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury can intensify weeks and even months after the initial collision. As the brain reacts to its injury, brain cell murder occurs, which means that chemicals given off by injured brain cells damage adjoining brain cells. Even as late as three or four weeks after the collision, brain cell suicide can occur, which means that the brain cells actually damage themselves. This delayed process means that symptoms can intensify over weeks or even months.
- The insurance adjuster says that my Glascow Coma Score taken while I was in the emergency room was normal. Does that mean that I did not suffer a mild traumatic brain injury? No. Glascow Coma Scores have almost no value in determining whether someone has suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.
- Is there treatment for mild traumatic brain injuries? Yes. Medical science understands much better the nature, physiology, and impact of traumatic brain injuries. While most people recover from concussions within minutes, days, or weeks, some individuals continue to have symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury months after the collision. For those individuals, a wait and see approach should be avoided. Immediate medical intervention can assist individuals to improve their prognosis. Generally speaking, the window for the opportunity to recover from a mild traumatic brain injury is about two years. After two years the brain injury is generally considered permanent.
- Are there any characteristics of an injured party that may make them more susceptible to the sequala of a mild traumatic brain injury? Yes. The three most common characteristics that may make a mild traumatic brain injury worse are: the injured party is a female; the injured party is an older individual; and the injured party has a history of having suffered concussions in the past.
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Brain injuries can have a devastating and life-long impact on a person. However, not all brain injuries are readily apparent and many go undiagnosed for weeks, months, or longer. Sometimes, getting the proper care requires a health care provider taking the time to ask the proper questions.
Heath, Old & Verser, PLC has achieved successful results both in trial and through settlement for individuals who have suffered serious brain injuries. Our attorneys understand the value of preparation when representing injured victims. We understand the importance of working closely with family, doctors, neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and other health care providers in preparing your case.
Coordinating testimony from the injured party's loved ones is also vital, since these individuals are in the best position to convey what impact the traumatic brain injury has had on the victim. When necessary, we will bring in life-care experts, vocational rehabilitation experts, economists, and other professionals to show your lost income, loss of earnings capacity, and life-time medical expenses.
Cases involving brain injuries are a major undertaking. Your lawyer must be able to convince an insurance company, and potentially a judge and jury, exactly how a traumatic brain injury has impacted your life or the life of your loved one. Your case is your only opportunity to be compensated for the life-changing negligence of another. Our firm has the experience and resources necessary to achieve the results you need.
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