Sustaining a brain injury, which is often called a TBI (traumatic brain injury) can be an experience that alters your life and the way you see and experience the world forever. Often, brain injuries cause problems with motor skills, understanding, speech, emotional regulation, and other issues. If you have this kind of injury, or you have a loved one who does, and it was the result of another party’s negligence, you may have a case for compensation.

What Does a TBI Cause?

A TBI can cause a number of serious issues, to the point that the person after the injury is very different from the person before the injury. Significant personality changes, including angry outbursts and impulsive behavior, are common hallmarks of a TBI. Unfortunately, there’s also no way to cure this condition. The brain may slowly repair itself over time in some of the more mild cases, but once a person has a TBI, they may always struggle with the effects of it. That can be unfortunate for them and for their loved ones, as well.

How an Attorney Can Help You

By working with a brain injury lawyer, the injured person and their family have opportunities to seek compensation for the accident that caused the injury. A car accident, serious fall, or other kind of injury can cause a TBI. If that accident resulted from another person’s negligence, then an attorney can work with the other party’s insurance company to seek compensation. This isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be compensated, but you have a much better chance with an attorney helping you than you do without one.

What Kind of Information Will You Need?

To make a case for compensation after a TBI, you and your attorney must show that the other party was at fault and that something they did or didn’t do caused the accident that injured you. Even if you were partially at fault in the incident, you can often still seek compensation, but you may receive less because of your part in the accident.

Medical records, police reports, witness statements, pictures of the accident scene, and any other details you can provide will be helpful to your attorney. Overall, the more information you collect, the more carefully an attorney can compile a case for why you deserve compensation. A TBI typically requires ongoing care for life, and that should be included in the level of compensation your attorney requests.