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Did You Suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury in an Auto Accident

There has been a tremendous amount of media coverage about the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while playing sports, such as football and soccer. However, many people don’t realize that TBI’s are extremely common in auto accidents. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, half of all TBI’s are caused by auto accidents.

Over the years, I have represented many clients who suffered TBI’s due to auto accidents and due to other types of trauma, such as falls, workplace accidents, etc. If you suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, it is imperative that you hire an attorney who specializes in TBI cases because although they are common injuries, they can be very difficult to prove.

For example, since symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or even weeks following an auto accident, insurance companies often use this delay in the diagnosis to argue that the auto accident did not cause the TBI. Furthermore, although TBI’s are always serious, they can range from mild in nature to moderate or severe. Mild and moderate TBI’s can be extremely difficult to prove because often the victim’s diagnostic imaging tests (i.e., CT scan, MRI, PET scan, etc.) appear to be normal even though the victim is exhibiting classic signs of a TBI, such as dizziness, tiredness, confusion, memory loss, changes in the sense of smell or taste, and an inability to control emotions.

If you have a mild or moderate TBI, it’s very important that your attorney is familiar with the other methods of proving it, such as neuropsychological testing, Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) testing (aka “brain mapping”), and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) scanning, to name a few. DTI scanning is a relatively new technology capable of showing injuries to the white matter of the brain which are not able to be seen on an MRI, CT scan, or PET scan.

I once had a case where a young woman was involved in a terrible high speed, head-on collision and subsequently developed many classic symptoms of a TBI, but her CT scan and MRI results were normal, so the insurance company refused to believe that she actually had a TBI. As a result, I had her go get a DTI scan and it revealed axonal shearing in her brain, which can only be caused by trauma. This piece of evidence was literally the key to her entire case, and it enabled me to ultimately obtain a large six figure settlement for her.

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI due to an auto accident or another type of trauma, give me a call so I can help secure the evidence that’s necessary to prove this injury and obtain fair compensation for you.