Traumatic brain injury, though it can’t be seen by the naked eye, is one of the most perplexingly devastating results of an auto accident — for the victim as well as his or her loved ones.
Even though the brain is the most important organ in the human body, it remains the most mysterious. Fortunately, doctors and scientists make strides daily towards understanding how the grey matter inside of our skulls actually works, and we can look back only 20 years, 10 years, 5 years, or even less, and see dramatic scientific discoveries about the brain.
As our knowledge of the brain has improved (no pun intended), so has our understanding of how to treat mental illness and brain injury. Because of these advances, prevention of head injuries and medical treatments for personal injury victims who have suffered a blow to the head have improved significantly.
In earlier days of medicine, it was thought that the brain was a completely static organ and that once brain matter was damaged it would never fully return to a healthy state. Today, the medical community knows differently. Some parts of the brain are able to heal quite well on their own after a trauma. Additionally, recent discoveries have led doctors to believe some parts of the brain may respond well to a “kick-start” towards regeneration via the stem cells that already exist in the brain. But, that’s about the extent of our understandings when it comes to recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Medicine may have come far since the days of prescriptions for blood-lettings or cocaine-laced cola drinks, but there is still no prescription for treating TBI. There is no single pill to cure it, no proven path to rehabilitation.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reports that half of all traumatic brain injuries happen in auto accidents; particularly those involving cars, motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Auto accidents are also the greatest cause of TBI in people under the age of 75. That means, every day, many young and healthy people are involved in auto accidents and then saddled with the task of living with an injury that may or may not heal, that has symptoms which may or may not improve, and about which medical studies have much more to learn.
These are just a few reasons why, after an auto accident, it’s important to seek the counsel of a personal injury law firm with experienced brain injury attorneys on call. It can take a great deal of time and research to determine the fair accident settlement amount due to a personal injury victim with very minor injuries. An accident that results in a brain injury leaves far too much to chance if the victim negotiates without seeking legal help. Brain injury attorneys like Brent and Jay, The Insiders of the McMahan Law Firm, can ensure that a brain injury victim gets not only a thorough diagnosis after an auto accident, but that the latest medical advances are taken into consideration when fighting for the victim’s settlement.
Don’t miss out, or allow a loved one to miss out, on new developments in medical treatment just because you didn’t know about them. Personal injury attorneys keep up with just those sorts of things so you don’t have to. That’s just one reason why we are able to negotiate intelligently with the insurance company. Ask us to do our thing so you or your loved one can do your thing and just get better.