There are many types of injuries that can occur because of an accident. One of the worst injuries you can suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of all the different types of injuries that happen across the world, brain injuries are the leading cause of permanent disability and death. Each year there are 166,455 brain injuries in Canada with 22,000 in British Columbia, according to the British Columbia Brain Injury Association.
The brain injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman take these cases seriously and are here to help you in your time of need. We understand just how much a traumatic brain injury can affect your life and the life of your loved ones. That’s why we recommend talking to our experienced lawyers before your meet with an ICBC or other insurance company adjuster. We want to help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI can happen from a number of different accidents. The most important thing to do after a head injury is to seek medical attention right away. The amount of trauma and damage to your brain depends on how you hit your head and with how much force. Victims of head injuries may only have a slight concussion, or with a severe case, have progressive or permanent brain damage that can even lead to death.
The most common accidents that cause TBI include:
- Automobile accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
Again, we must stress the importance of seeking medical attention immediately after any impact to your head. Brain damage can occur with no physical signs of damage to your head and it’s critical that you determine the extent of your head injury so that you can begin the proper treatment for your recovery.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
After an impact to your head, you may have brain damage and traumatic brain injury without any physical wounds to your head. Understanding the symptoms of TBI can help you or your loved ones recognize if you have this injury so that you can get the appropriate help you need. Depending on if your TBI is mild or severe, symptoms may manifest differently and at different intensities.
Common symptoms of a mild TBI include:
- Headache, confusion, dizziness, and fatigue
- Change in behavior and/or sleep patterns
- Difficulty with memory, attention, and thinking
Moderate and severe TBI symptoms include:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Progressive confusion, agitation, and mood changes
- Numbness, slurred speech, or chronic nausea
- Seizure or convulsion
- Being unable to wake up
If you experience any of the above symptoms and recently suffered an injury to your head, seek medical attention right away.
How Our Brain Injury Lawyers Can Help
While all accident victims must file a claim with ICBC, talking with an experienced brain injury lawyer before ICBC can help you in many ways. It’s important to note that hiring a lawyer does not hurt or affect your ICBC claim. In fact, hiring a lawyer can help maximize your compensation so that your family can focus on getting the appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation you need.
Our lawyers can help by:
- Seeking the maximum compensation from your ICBC claim or other insurance claim to help pay for medical and rehabilitation expenses as well as any pain and suffering
- Preserving critical evidence of the accident to help with your claim
- Getting you compensation for your injury even if the accident was partially your fault
- Educating you on your rights and the benefits you deserve
Contact Our Brain Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, our experienced lawyers can help you handle your claim. Please give us a call before you meet with an ICBC or other insurance company adjuster by calling us at 604-730-4120 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We proudly serve Vancouver and all of British Columbia.