Brain Injury

How to Handle a Traumatic Brain Injury

April 27, 2018

How to Handle a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury from a vehicle accident or other type of accident, you may need an attorney to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) defines traumatic brain injury as, “A disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or [a] penetrating head injury.” Though anyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury, older adults and children are more susceptible to brain injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Symptoms

When your head is hit hard enough, you could suffer from one or more of the following:

Disorientation

Dizziness

Unconsciousness

Severe Headaches
Depression Anxiety Moodiness Combativeness
Slurred Speech Blurry Vision Ringing in the ears Sound Sensitivity

Unable to concentrate

Nausea and/or vomiting Light sensitivity Extreme drowsiness

Closed head injuries are from hitting your head against something. A penetrating head injury is when something pierces your skull and goes into your brain, such as a bullet. If you have been in an accident where you hit your head and are suffering from any of these ailments, you may have a traumatic brain injury case.

When You Should Retain a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

When you need to retain a traumatic brain injury attorney, that attorney should have experience in dealing with brain injuries — not just general personal injury cases. In most cases, you’ll need to retain an attorney to ensure that you receive enough compensation to cover your medical expenses and other expenses. Expenses and compensation could include:

  • Medical expenses for hospital stays/surgeries
  • Followup doctors’ visits
  • Loss of work
  • The onset of illnesses and personality changes
  • Punitive damages in the event the person who caused the accident was negligent

Even if your insurance company provides an attorney for you, you should have your own attorney. Keep in mind that the insurance company's attorney is working for the insurance company and is looking for the lowest settlement possible.

You need someone with experience to recognize that you may have a traumatic brain injury. Sometimes even doctors don’t recognize subtle signs and symptoms and may not even consider that you have a brain injury if there was not a significant impact. Brain injuries are also missed by routine testing. The Mellino Law Firm has the resources to determine whether you have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Contact The Mellino Law Firm, LLC

Chris Mellino has a large network of experts he uses to help build a strong case for traumatic brain injury cases. This, combined with over 30 years of experience advocating for those who suffered personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, in Cleveland, Ohio makes a big difference for his clients. He also says, “The fact that I enjoy what I’m doing I think makes a difference. … People who genuinely enjoy what they’re doing make a difference in the way they treat the clients, the way they handle the cases, and in how successful they are.”

The personal injury attorneys at The Mellino Law Firm, LLC have handled many cases just like yours, so they know how a traumatic brain injury affects not only the victims but the families of the victims as well. For a free consultation, contact us via our website or call us at 855-801-3800.

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