Chattanooga Brain Injury Lawyers Answer Common Questions about TBI
Helpful information for those impacted by traumatic brain injuries
After sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you and your family may feel burdened by questions and anxious about the future. At Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law, we work with TBI victims who have been injured by the negligence of another. We help you navigate the tricky legal maze of these complicated claims, and explain everything we can along the way.
How do I know if I have a TBI?
If you exhibit signs of a traumatic brain injury (unconsciousness, blurred vision, loss of memory, confusion, etc.) after an accident, seek medical attention immediately. A doctor is able to properly diagnose you. Most likely, the doctor will review the details of the accident and evaluate your state of consciousness and level of confusion. Then, you will go through a series of neurological examinations to assess your brain function. The doctor may also order imaging scans, such as a CT scan or MRI, to further evaluate any brain damage.
What are some long-term effects of TBI?
Not all TBIs have long-term effects, but a moderate to severe injury could cause permanent brain damage. You may experience a number of long-lasting cognitive, physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. The effects are wide-ranging and different for everyone, but they could include:
- Difficulty concentrating and/or remembering things
- Speech, smell, taste and/or vision problems
- Depression, anxiety, and/or mental health issues
- Trouble reading or writing
- Inattentiveness and/or impulsiveness
Will this TBI change my personality?
Brain injury sometimes causes subtle or pronounced changes in personality. Depending on the part of the brain that was impacted, you could experience mood swings, irritability, or behavioral outbursts. Every situation is different, and help is available. You can speak with a doctor to learn what options, including medication and therapy, can help you cope. You are still you, and you can learn to cope with the new you.
My loved one has a TBI. What can I do to help them?
During the first few months after a TBI, your loved one may be experiencing difficulty with fulfilling basic needs. You may need to cook, clean, run errands, and watch the children for them. Do not make your loved one feel like a burden—instead show up with open arms and offer assistance. Be patient, compassionate, and be generous with your time and resources. Be a kind, listening ear, as well. Consulting with professionals and possibly even support groups will help ease some of the emotional burden for you.
What kinds of doctors can I work with to manage my TBI?
There are many doctors that can help manage your TBI, from a neurologist to a physical therapist to a psychologist. Work with your care team to develop a care plan specifically designed to meet your needs.
Can I go back to my old job after a TBI?
This depends on the extent of your injury and how it affected you. If require special accommodations post-TBI, your employer must provide adequate accommodations per the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may be able to get a different job that better suits your new condition if needed.
Can I sue the person who caused my TBI?
If your brain injury was caused by the negligence of another, yes, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Such situations where legal action may be warranted include motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents, slips and falls, work-related accidents, and assaults. You and your Chattanooga TBI attorney must prove that the at-fault person acted recklessly or carelessly and those actions directly led to your injuries.
How much money is my claim worth?
No one can tell you upfront exactly what a personal injury claim is worth. With your lawyer, however, you can determine a potential amount based on:
- How much your total medical expenses have been
- What your future medical costs might be
- How much money you lost if you were not able to work because of your injury
- An estimate of any lost future earning capacity
- What personal property was damaged in the accident
- How much pain, suffering, and emotional distress you experienced
Help from a TBI lawyer in Chattanooga is available
If you wish to speak directly with a Chattanooga TBI lawyer, call Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law at 423-756-7923 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We are here to help in any way we can. We serve clients in Chattanooga and Cleveland, TN, in North Georgia, and all the surrounding counties.