Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and head injury cases. If you don't find the information you're looking for here, please visit the Traumatic Brain Injury section of our website.
If you, or someone you love, has been injured in an accident and suffered a severe head injury, feel free to get in touch with us about your legal questions. We're available 24/7 by phone — 1-866-943-3427 — or you can fill out an online legal consultation. Our consultations are completely free and there's no obligation to use our services.
Questions About Brain Injury Cases
- Do I have a brain injury case?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- How much does it cost?
- How much is my case worth?
- When should I get in touch with an attorney?
- What do you do to build my case?
- How do you prove someone has problems if you can't see the injury?
Questions About Brain Injuries
- What does "traumatic brain injury" mean?
- What is the difference between a concussion, a head injury, and brain damage?
- What is closed head injury?
- How common are brain injuries?
- What types of accidents frequently cause brain injuries?
- What resources are available for people with TBIs?
Were you or someone you love hurt in a car accident? Did you slip and fall? Do you think another person or business is at fault for your head injury? There are a lot of factors to consider with brain injury cases, and we can help you make responsible decisions to protect your legal rights.
Yes, it is absolutely critical to hire an attorney if you suffered a severe head injury in an accident. Oftentimes people with brain injuries look "normal," and outsiders and insurance companies might be under the impression that they're not injured or not suffering.
In reality, the opposite is true and the injured person's whole life has changed. An attorney with experience handling these cases knows what evidence to gather and present to show what you're going through. We have decades of experience helping people with TBIs, and know how to fight for your rights. Hiring a lawyer is the right thing to do.
When you're injured, you're worried about medical bills, time off work, and caring for your family. You shouldn't' have to think about lawyer fees—especially if you're unsure of how much your case is worth. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we want you to focus on getting better, so we'll never charge you an upfront fee. If we don't win your case, you won't owe anything.
Don't trust a law firm or insurance company that tells you upfront how much your brain injury case is worth. They can't know that information until future medical needs are addressed. Brain injury claims are complex, and there are a lot factors to consider for each unique case. But there's one thing that never changes — you're likely to receive more compensation if you hire an experienced attorney.
When should I get in touch with an attorney?
If you, or a family member, were the victim of an accident and suffered a head injury or brain damage, you should contact an attorney right away. In many cases, you "don't remember what you don't remember," meaning you only remember getting in an ambulance or being in the hospital. You have no memory of the accident itself.
The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can get started preserving evidence and reconstructing the accident. This gives us the best chance of getting you the compensation you deserve.
What do you do to build my case?
Our job is to step into your shoes. We paint the picture of what you go through on a daily basis – the struggles you face and how your life has changed. That includes visiting you at your home, talking to your family members, and interviewing your doctors.
How do you prove someone has problems if you can't see the injury?
We rely on medical documentation and diagnostic tests of your head injury. Our attorneys are very experienced in analyzing and understanding medical documents and jargon. Furthermore, our clients' families tell us what their loved one is experiencing and how their injury has impacted their lives.
What does "traumatic brain injury" mean?
A traumatic brain injury generally results from some type of impact. They occur when the brain gets pushed against the skull, leading to possible bruising of the brain, tearing of nerve fibers, and bleeding.
What is the difference between a concussion, a head injury, and brain damage?
"Head injury" is a generic term. It can range from a bruise to a concussion to brain damage.
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury that can change the way your brain normally functions. Concussions can range from mild to severe.
Brain damage means destruction or deterioration of the brain cells.
What is closed head injury?
A closed head injury is a form of TBI. When you hit your head, you don't necessarily have an open or penetrating wound. Hence the term "closed" head injury.
How common are severe head injuries?
They are one of the most common injuries we see, particularly in high impact accidents, like car crashes.
- About 1.7 million people suffer severe head injuries every year.
- Over 50,000 people die from head injuries each year.
- Brain injuries contribute to 1/3 of accident-related deaths each year in the United States.
- About 85,000 people suffer long-term disabilities from TBIs.
- You can read more statistics on our Brain Injury Statistics page.
What types of accidents frequently cause brain injuries?
Falls are actually the leading cause of brain injuries and cause half of all TBIs in kids ages 0-14. Car accidents, sports-related accidents, and other types of accidents can also cause head injuries involving the brain.
What resources are available for people with TBIs?
There are tremendous support systems available for people with brain injuries. Visit our Traumatic Brain Injury Resources page for a list of options.