Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have severe and long-term effects. If your TBI was caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you have the right to pursue a financial settlement by filing a civil lawsuit.
Some people wonder when they should seek legal counsel. Should they wait until they have been officially diagnosed with a TBI by their doctor, or should they hire representation as soon as they begin to notice symptoms? Below, we discuss when it may be a good idea to hire an attorney for your case.
When Should I Hire an Attorney After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
You should seek an attorney if:
- You are experiencing brain injury symptoms (mild or traumatic) after an accident, which can include personality changes, headaches, anxiety, difficulty with memory, light and sound sensitivity, and more. Seek medical treatment immediately so a doctor can give you a diagnosis and look for these symptoms.
- The insurance company denied your claim. Insurance companies are known for offering lowball offers or outright denying valid claims to protect their profits. Your attorney can guide you on the legal process and take steps to help ensure that you will be fairly compensated for your injuries.
- You need help proving liability. When you file a claim, you will need to establish liability and prove that another person's negligence contributed to your injuries. In some cases, proving liability can be challenging especially if multiple parties are involved. An attorney can help you investigate and obtain the relevant evidence for a strong claim.
- You need to calculate the extent of damages you suffered. Calculating damages can be complex, as there are many factors that can affect a person's level of compensation, such as pain and suffering, future medical care, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, etc. Your attorney can work with the right experts to help paint an accurate picture of the care you will need now and in the future.
Regardless of how severe your symptoms may appear initially, you should always consult an attorney after an accident to see if you may have a valid claim. Your attorney can review your case and let you know if you are able to pursue compensation.
Why You Shouldn't Wait to Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer
In general, the earlier you obtain legal assistance, the better chance you have of pursuing a favorable outcome.
California laws impose a statute of limitations on personal injury claims, which is 2 years from the date of injury. This means you only have 2 years to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation. Once this time period has passed, you lose your right to seek compensation for y our injuries.
If you have been in an accident and have started to notice symptoms of a brain injury, it is important to seek experienced representation right away. An attorney can analyze your situation, determine an effective legal strategy, and gather evidence to support your case. Furthermore, a lawyer can work with your doctor to understand your prognosis, and can provide advice on the best course of action to take.
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