How important is it to have an attorney that specializes in brain injuries?

It is so important. It makes all the difference in your case. Sometimes it makes a difference in my medical recovery too. You need somebody who understands the injury, who understands what you’re going through, how you got injured, and what you’re dealing with, your new normal. Because things are different after a brain injury. You need somebody who can explain it to a jury, who can deal with an insurance company, who can help you with providers, medical providers who can really treat what you’re suffering from. Yes, absolutely, it’s so important to get an experienced brain injury attorney.

How quickly should I contact an attorney in a Washington brain injury case?

As soon as possible. The reason for that is because you’re entitled to compensation; you’re entitled to recovery. If you don’t contact us right away you may inadvertently do something that impairs your rights or harms your case in the long run, but also, after you’ve been injured, especially with a brain injury, you’re dealing with so many things and it’s really difficult to sort them through for yourself. Your job is to get well. Our job is to take care of everything else, so the sooner you contact us, the sooner you’ll have help in doing that.

If an MRI was done of my brain after my injury, and it was normal, does that mean that I did not suffer a concussion?

No, actually it doesn’t. Often those imaging reports will say either normal or within normal limits. What that means is they’re looking for something different. It doesn’t necessarily show a brain injury or rule one out. Those tests really aren’t fine enough to tell if you’ve had a brain injury so if you’re having the other symptoms, the other problems, you really need to go to a neurologist. To find out what a neurologist says whether you suffered a brain injury, whether you suffered a concussion, whether you have some sort of a cognitive problem. Don’t worry about the imaging report so much, they really don’t tell the whole story.

Is it true that a mild brain injury is not serious?

No, that’s incorrect. The term mild traumatic brain injury is used by medical professionals to distinguish this type of a brain injury from something different, but it doesn’t mean that it’s mild, or insignificant, or not important or not compensable. It’s just what the medical professionals call it, but it is something that can be compensated for. It is something that affects your life, and it is something that we can help you with.

What are the common indicators and symptoms of traumatic brain injury?

Often people feel rattled, they feel shaken up, they feel anxious and jittery after a car wreck, and that’s to be expected. Everybody feels that more or less. What really is the telling tale is what happens over the weeks and months after that? How is the person different? Are they having problems with memory? Are they having problems focusing, finding words, making sense of things? Is their personality a little bit different? Are they having trouble sleeping? Are they short tempered? There are a lot of different things that go on the big list of things that are brain injury symptoms. Not everyone has all of them, it’s not always easy to tell, but if you think that you’re having trouble go see a neurologist. Tell them what you’re experiencing and have a loved one go along with you and explain what they see that’s different.