Some scenarios commonly associated with brain injuries include:
- Sports Injuries
- Gunshot Wounds
- Assault & Battery
- Job Site Accidents
- Child Abuse
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury as a result of any of type of accident, seek medical treatment right away. The ability to recover greatly improves with early treatment.
If a TBI reveals itself through symptoms from your injury later on, you should alert your doctor so that they can begin treatment as soon as possible. Then, please call our knowledgeable Vancouver traumatic brain injury lawyers at Warnett Hallen LLP to review your legal options.
Understanding ICBC Claims for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Auto accident claims in British Columbia are handled by ICBC, including auto accident claims that result in a traumatic brain injury. A TBI claim will be handled specially by ICBC’s Department of Accident Benefits, which assists people who have suffered severe auto accident injuries.
Dealing with ICBC can be complicated so we recommend that you consult with our experienced TBI lawyers in order to optimize your results. Here is what you can expect when dealing with ICBC for a TBI claim:
- After the accident, you will be assigned an ICBC claim adjuster. As soon as possible, you should request that your adjuster refer your particular claim to a Rehabilitation Coordinator, so that you have maximum availability to rehab for your treatment options.
- A Rehabilitation Coordinator can review your records and give you referrals to different types of therapeutic treatments to assist in your recovery. This can help you get the help you need right away, as well as continued medical and therapeutic support for your condition. The Rehab Coordinator should take into account all of your existing medical history and your specific needs. If you feel that you are not getting the attention or treatment you need from your Rehab Coordinator, please contact a lawyer who can better advocate for your needs.
- ICBC should pay for part or all of your medical care, and you may also request assistance with your daily responsibilities, such as household chores and other expenses. If you have any difficulties in dealing with ICBC for these requests, you should contact a lawyer who has experience with both TBIs and in dealing with ICBC. At Warnett Hallen LLP, we have extensive experience in both of these areas. We can support you and help get you the assistance for your injuries that you deserve.
- If you have trouble dealing with ICBC and you do not get the assistance you need, another option for you may be to file a personal injury claim against ICBC. Again, this is an area where you can optimize your chances for positive results by speaking to an experienced lawyer about your options. Our lawyers will review your case in detail and advise you on the best course of action in your situation. We will also ensure that you are able to maintain your treatment and any required rehabilitation or other therapies during the time you may be waiting to see action in your claim. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping accident victims get what they need in the recovery process, and we will help you in every way available under the law.
- While dealing with ICBC, no matter your level of involvement, be sure to proceed carefully. ICBC has been known to deny claims for accident victims based on evidence gathered from surveillance techniques as well as information that accident victims post on social media. If you feel your claim has been wrongfully denied, contact our lawyers right away.
Understanding Personal Injury Claims for Brain Injuries
If your injuries occurred outside of an auto accident, you will likely need to make a personal injury claim. When you make a personal injury claim for compensation resulting from a TBI, you will pursue an individual for damages you experience. These damages can include:
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Lost Wages (Both Past and Future)
- Other Expenses
At Warnett Hallen LLP, our Vancouver TBI lawyers can help you seek the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries by bringing a personal injury claim. At your initial consultation, we will meet with you and our legal team will thoroughly review the legal process for your injury claim. This will give you the best possible information in making a decision as to how you should proceed with your claim and what you may expect along the way.
Our lawyers remain available to you throughout the legal process, and we are here to make sure your legal questions are answered and that you get the medical assistance you need.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
While TBIs have many symptoms, it usually takes the occurrence of multiple symptoms to fully reveal a problem before pursuing diagnosis. These symptoms include:
- Memory Loss
- Hearing Loss
- Repeated Vomiting and Nausea
- Seizures or Convulsions
- Mood Swings
- Loss of Sensation in Arms and Legs
- Impaired Speech
- Loss of Balance
- Violent Outbursts
- Loss of Consciousness
If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical treatment right away. Then ask us at Warnett Hallen LLP how we can help with a potential legal claim.
Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries
Because TBIs are so complicated and often deal with the immediate pain and serious symptoms you experience, many people do not immediately consider the long-term effects of brain injuries. TBI symptoms that reveal themselves can last your entire life, and can cause permanent disability. All of the research conducted on TBIs to date – while it is becoming more comprehensive – still only yields that most cases are unique.
No brain behaves or reacts in the exact same way to trauma, leaving much conclusive information about TBIs yet to be undetermined. Ultimately, you need to seek medical treatment early to have the best chances of reducing your risk of long-term brain injury effects.
Talk with your doctors and make sure that they stay on top of all newly emerging research so that you can best understand the nature and severity of your injury today and into the future.
Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Make sure that you receive professional, specialized medical treatment for your injuries. Now is not the time to be tough or to avoid the doctor, because a lack of treatment of your brain injury can have lasting effects on your life.
Because every brain behaves differently, treatment protocol established by your doctors will be tailored specifically to your injuries and your set of symptoms. Rehabilitative therapy, cognitive therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are all employed in the treatment of TBIs.
Pharmaceutical treatment may also be available to address your symptoms and to control seizures, mood swings, to reduce the risk of strokes, and more. Be sure to consult with your doctors thoroughly so that they know the extent of your symptoms, and they should be updated regularly if you experience any changes.
If you feel that you are not getting the treatment you need for your injuries, please let us assist you. Warnett Hallen LLP can help you find the medical specialists who can best care for you in your time of need, and we can even assist you with financing these bills while you are awaiting medical reimbursement from your claim or claims.