Traumatic Brain Injury
As New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyers, we have seen many lives affected by this devastating injury. There are generally two types of brain injury, closed head injury and a penetrating head injury. A closed head injury involves a rapid blow to the skull without penetration. A penetrating brain injury involves the piercing of an object through the skull. Both brain or head injuries can be equally devastating. Regardless of how the impact occurs, such impacts can result in traumatic brain injuries or, TBI's.
Some forms of traumatic brain injury are easy to diagnose while others may take time. Some traumatic brain injuries appear first as headaches, confusion, dizziness, double vision, fatigue, or mood swings. Signs of a more serious traumatic brain injury include seizures, slurred speech, vomiting, and loss of coordination.
The majority of all traumatic brain injuries are the result of car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents. In addition, statistics have shown that individuals are at the highest risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury when they are between the ages of 15-25. In addition, males are three times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury than females. Although the statistics would suggest that traumatic brain injuries are most often the result of reckless behavior, as is common for adolescent males, they can occur at any time to anyone.
One of the important considerations for a New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyer is to make sure that the insurance companies are well aware of the lasting effects that traumatic brain injuries have on their victims. TBI's are connected with not only loss of memory (or amnesia), but difficulty managing finances, the loss of smell and taste, social integration, and fatigue. Essentially, a traumatic brain injury cannot only turn around a victim's life, but can also have the same effect on the victim's family and friends. Under New Mexico law, not only may traumatic brain injury victims recover money for their damages, but their family may as well for the loss they suffer as a result of their loved one's injury. Such damages may include paid and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent impairment, loss of consortium, lost wages, lost earning capacity, future medical expenses, past medical expenses, as well as others.
Ideally a New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyer must be able to advise their client that it is likely best to wait for the entirety of the symptoms to reveal themselves before attempting to resolve the injury case. Unlike a broken arm or many other injuries, traumatic brain injuries are not revealed overnight. The impact that they have on a victim's life they take time to develop. It is again for this reason, that the New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyers at the Fine Law Firm take a cautious yet aggressive approach to make sure that the best interests of their clients are protected.