Traumatic Brain Injuries And The Importance Of Expert Witnesses
October 10, 2019
Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury
The effect of external physical injuries are often easy to see with the naked eye. If someone breaks their leg, the damage is readily apparent. But internal injuries are just as serious and often far more life-threatening, even though the damage may not be visible to the naked eye. Of these injuries, none is more scary than the traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI. A TBI often has dramatic and debilitating negative effects on the victim, and can require lifelong medical care. And because the damage is not as visible to the average person, having the testimony of an expert witness can be the difference in the victim getting proper care or not. Here is why a medical expert witness is so important in TBI cases.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Silent Killer
The brain is the final frontier in terms of truly understanding the human body. And when it comes to recognizing a TBI, the first sign is often a concussion. Dizziness, nausea, balance issues, and confusion are also symptoms that are important to watch out for. When the head experiences trauma in an accident, the brain bounces around inside the skull, which can result in bruising and swelling. This can happen even when the head doesn’t experience impact, through whiplash injuries.
TBIs can affect the delicate balance of how the brain’s neurons make connections for the most basic functions like vision, speech, memory, and hearing. When these delicate neurochemical connections are interrupted they may be damaged. Even logical thinking and emotional response can be changed by a TBI. In some cases the brain can repair these connections, and in others they are irreparably damaged and can change the injured person for the rest of their life.
Proving A Traumatic Brain Injury
When it comes to personal injury cases, in order to recover damages you need to provide evidence to show the nature of your injuries and put an amount on how much you deserve from the liable party. When it comes to medical care, having the expert opinion of a medical profession is the best way to properly establish this. Neuroscience and neuromedicine are incredibly complex fields that often take years upon years of schooling and training to properly grasp. If you are looking for compensation after suffering a TBI, having a medical expert who specializes in brain injuries and brain trauma is essential. Due to the invisible nature of a brain injury, it is important for that expert to not only explain how the brain works, but how the injury has damaged the brain in ways that requires proper monetary restitution. They give their expert opinion on the types of medical care, therapy, and medications that the victim will need to treat their injury.
Seek Legal Help
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI, it is important to seek the help of both a medical and legal professional to help you build your case. An experienced attorney can help you find a respected brain specialist to properly diagnose and quantify your damages, which increases your chances of getting the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact A Personal Injury Attorney About Your Traumatic Brain Injury Today!
Were you or a loved one injured due to a traumatic brain injury in Pennsylvania? Then you need to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible for guidance on how to proceed. The skilled attorneys at Purchase, George, and Murphey P.C. represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Erie, Meadville, and Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Call 814.833.7100 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2525 W 26th St., Erie, PA 16506, as well as offices at The Masonic Building at 310 Chestnut St, Suite 111 Meadville, PA 16335 and at 68 East Main Street, North East, PA 16428.
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