What to Do if You Have a Traumatic Brain Injury in Texas
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Texas, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including your pain and suffering and medical bills.
Texas is a fault state, which allows you to hold the party that caused your accident liable for your injuries.
If you’ve been in a car or slip and fall accident, or any other accident, there are three crucial steps you should follow.
1. Seek Medical Treatment
After an accident, you may have several injuries that need treatment, whether it’s a broken bone from a car accident or a spinal injury after a slip and fall. Your health comes first, so it’s vital to get checked out. The benefit of this is that if you decide to file a personal injury claim, you have valuable evidence of your accident and injuries, which you may be able to claim for. Even if you don’t experience symptoms of your TBI immediately, seeing a doctor will help support that it came as a result of your accident rather than because of a later event. The responsible party’s insurance company will try to claim that your accident and head trauma are unrelated events to reduce or contest their liability, so gathering evidence is crucial.
2. Don’t Speak to Insurance Companies or Accept a Settlement
After your accident, you’ll likely be approached by an insurance adjuster who will ask you what happened. First, understand that you are under no obligation to speak to an adjuster. If you do, it’s important to watch what you say. Even if the accident genuinely wasn’t your fault, the insurance company will be looking for any admission of guilt. For example, you might apologize or use statements such as, “I should have done…” or “I shouldn’t have done…”. An insurance company will use this information to justify offering you a low settlement, and it could be far less than what you’re entitled to.
It’s also important not to accept a settlement before speaking to a Texas TBI lawyer. A brain injury can have unforeseen consequences, and you might require lifelong rehabilitation or surgery or go on to develop a permanent condition. By waiting to get the full picture of your injury and its long-term impact on your health, you can seek a realistic and fair settlement that ensures you’re financially set for the future.
3. Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer
No amount of money can ever compensate you or a loved one when a traumatic brain injury has had such a profound impact, but it can help you financially and ensure you never have to struggle to pay for medical treatment and other bills after an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Whether you have a concussion that means you can’t work for several weeks, you have to leave a job you love because you can’t do it anymore, or you’re left with permanent damage after a brain injury that has destroyed your independence and confidence, you are entitled to damages from the person or company responsible.