Brain injuries are serious. Whether it's a mild concussion, traumatic brain injury or something in between, there may be serious implications for your health and livelihood. The most severe head injuries tend to have lifelong ramifications.
If you've suffered a brain injury and want to know if you can pursue a lawsuit with the help of an attorney, you may be getting varied information – from the internet, from friends and family, etc. Boulder, CO attorney Chris Jeffress can provide you with clear, straightforward answers. He has been practicing law since 1991. After learning about your situation, he'll be able to tell you exactly what your options are and what each will involve.
Below, we dispel some of the myths and misinformation you may be encountering. If you have any questions at all, give Mr. Jeffress a call at 303-732-6634.
1. MYTH: You're not injured if you don't have symptoms immediately.
False. Symptoms can take days or weeks to manifest. A brain injury victim could be conscious, walking and talking right after the event that injured them. As time passes, the victim may feel something is just "off," or they may notice these symptoms:
- Persistent headache
- Changes in speech, sight, smell, taste or sensation
- Trouble concentrating
- Moodiness and irritability
- Sleeping more than usual
Your symptoms could be completely different from those above. The most important thing is to schedule a checkup with your doctor if you've been in a motor vehicle accident, or if there has been any event where there was a bump, jolt or injury to the head.
2. MYTH: People can't "see" your brain injury, so it can't be part of an injury lawsuit.
False. If your doctor finds a brain injury, then that trauma can be part of an injury lawsuit. Mr. Jeffress works to demonstrate to insurance companies, judges, juries or other involved parties how this injury has affected your life. Just like outwardly visible bodily harm – an amputation, a missing finger – an internal injury can forever change your ability to do your job and live the life you did before.
3. MYTH: You can't prove a brain injury was caused by someone else's negligence.
False. Like any injury, if it was caused by someone else's negligence, Mr. Jeffress puts all of his skill, resources and technology toward demonstrating how this injury was caused.
4. MYTH: Without visible bleeding, there is no brain injury.
False. While open/penetrating head wounds tend to involve bleeding, closed/blunt head wounds usually do not. Open head injuries arise when the skull and brain are pierced, such as may occur in a stabbing or shooting. Closed head injuries are indicated by blunt trauma to the head. Although the skull may not have been pierced, the tissues and structures of the brain may have been damaged nonetheless. These injuries may be marked by brain bruising, hemorrhaging, swelling, pressure, hematoma and other problems. Despite an absence of bleeding, a closed head injury can easily cause life-altering problems.
5. Recovering from a brain injury is a rapid process.
False. Recovery can be a long road. Minor concussions may require a few days or a week to get over. More serious trauma could require ongoing medical care, rehabilitative treatment and workplace modifications. Rely on Mr. Jeffress to help you sort through the process and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Rely On Experienced, Compassionate Legal Representation
Attorney Chris Jeffress has been practicing law for decades. He is firmly committed to representing victims of injury in Northern Colorado. He knows how to negotiate with insurance companies so you don't have to, and you need and deserve maximum injury compensation following a brain injury. To learn more, and for a complimentary consultation with our Boulder brain injury lawyer, please call 303-732-6634.