Is a Mild TBI Legally Actionable?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) come in many forms, ranging from mild to severe. Severe TBI victims often require years of treatment and may be left dealing with permanent impairments as a result of their injury. On the other hand, the symptoms of a mild TBI often clear up in weeks or a couple months and the patient can largely return to their usual lives. This causes a lot of people with mild brain injuries to wonder whether they can take legal action to financially recover for their injury and losses.
The legal rights of injury victims will vary from case to case and the best way to know your rights is to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced personal injury attorney. However, the following is some basic information about potentially receiving compensation after a mild TBI.
The Costs of a Mild TBI
The law gives accident victims the right to hold negligent parties accountable for the costs of their injuries. Many people may believe that since their injuries are relatively minor, they should not bother seeking compensation from an at-fault party. The reality is that no innocent accident victim should have to pay for the costs of an injury caused by another party’s carelessness – no matter how minor the injury seems. If you incurred any medical bills at all, the negligent party should have to cover them.
Furthermore, it is an often-mistaken idea that the costs of a mild TBI are insignificant. All healthcare is expensive and even a single trip to the emergency department or doctor can be costly. In addition, concussions and other mild TBIs can affect a victim in many ways, including the following symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Feeling dazed
Even after a TBI diagnosis, these symptoms can linger for weeks. In addition, a concussion victim is often required to rest as part of their recovery, which may mean missing work. Any missed work can result in lost income, which can only add to overall losses. For all of these reasons, the costs of a mild TBI can add up quickly and it is always worth it to discuss a possible legal claim with an attorney.
Who Is Liable?
Concussions can result from many types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sports accidents
- Workplace accidents
If another party’s negligence caused an accident, they should be liable for all of the costs and losses stemming from your injury, even if the injury was considered to be “mild.”
Learn How Our Norwich, CT Brain Injury Lawyers Can Assist You
The law firm of Polito & Harrington handles a wide range of personal injury cases involving all types of injuries. We believe in an accident victim’s right to financial recovery and we can help with insurance claims or personal injury claims when needed. If you suffered a brain injury – or any other type of injury – in an accident, you have nothing to lose by scheduling a free consultation. Contact us online or call our office at 860-447-3300.