Get Answers To Common Traumatic Brain Injury Questions We Hear the Most

We know how many questions you must have right now about your traumatic brain injury case, so we compiled this list of the questions we hear the most. If you have a question that is not answered here, please call our Columbia law office to speak with Kenneth Berger.

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  • Which Doctor Should I See if I Sustained a Concussion from a Car Wreck in South Carolina?

    Car accidents send South Carolinians to the hospital with concussions every day. The emergency room doctors often perform CT scans, or even MRIs, before telling the injured person he/she has received a concussion, and to follow up with a family doctor if symptoms persist. You may have been one of those people. If so, you probably went to your primary care doctor, told him/her that you were having headaches, nausea, or problems with dizziness, only to be informed that these symptoms were normal. In many cases, your doctor is right. The problem, however, is that in some cases, these symptoms don't go away after a couple weeks.

    Seeing a Neurologist After Sustaining a Concussion

    If you were in an auto accident, and are still dealing with post-concussive syndrome (PCS) several weeks or months after the wreck, you don't just need a lawyer, you probably need a referral to a neurologist. Simply put, neurologists focus on the brain. A good neurologist will take time to discuss how your injury occurred, the problems you have experienced, and whether you should undergo additional testing. A negative CT or MRI does not mean your brain is 100%. CTs and MRIs often fail to detect injury to the axons (white matter), which carry messages throughout the brain. If your neurologist is unwilling to listen to your complaints, or appears dismissive of your injury, I encourage you to seek a second opinion.

    A good neurologist will often times refer you to a neuropsychologist or other specialist if you remain symptomatic for more than a few months. Any type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including a concussion, should be taken seriously by your doctor. I handle TBI cases, and will gladly discuss treatment options with you, as I am familiar with the hardships concussion victims experience, and the frustration they feel when it does not seem like anyone is listening to them.

    An Advocate for People with TBIs in South Carolina

    If you experienced a concussion due to a car accident in Lexington, Columbia, Orangeburg, or elsewhere in South Carolina, I am here to help. I am not only an attorney, but an advocate for TBI victims and a supporter of the SC Brain Injury Association. Call me today at (803) 790-2800 or you can contact us by using the live chat feature below. I look forward to speaking with you.  

  • How Much Compensation Should I Receive For The Concussion I Received in a Car Wreck?

    Concussions are a common consequence of auto accidents in South Carolina. Whether it is a rear-end, head-on, or T-bone collision, your head can get thrown around inside the car, striking the headrest, steering wheel, or window. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and for the first time in history, they are being treated as seriously as they should have been all along.

    How is Compensation for a Concussion Determined?

    Concussions often result in headaches, nausea, light-sensitivity, dizziness, and balance problems. In some cases, these symptoms last for 2-3 weeks. In other instances, the problems can take months or years to resolve. South Carolina law is intended to compensate car wreck victims for their physical pain, suffering, and lost quality of life - in addition to their purely financial losses. I take the position that your lost quality of life often demands more compensation than your medical bills, as medical bills can be paid, but your lost time can never be returned. In this way, the compensation you receive for a concussion cannot fix the harm, but it can begin to balance it out. You must ask yourself how much compensation is necessary to balance out your lost days, weeks, or months.

    So, if you're looking for exact figures when it comes to your concussion settlement, unfortunately, all I can say is, "It depends." Every case is different, and your settlement will rely on a number of factors that are specific to your injury. 

    A Head Injury Lawyer Can Answer Your Questions

    If you need help answering questions about your head injury, feel free to contact me at (803) 790-2800 or by using the live chat feature below. I won't charge you a dime to simply answers questions. I help people who have sustained concussions as a result of car wrecks in Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, and across South Carolina. TBIs must be taken seriously not only by medical providers, but by the insurance company responsible for compensating you. Please let me know what I can do for you.

  • How can I tell if my loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident? He doesn’t seem quite the same.

    You have good reason to be concerned about your loved one right now. Even when motorcyclists wear a helmet, they are still not immune to traumatic brain injuries from a crash.

    Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to very severe, so if there's an indication someone you love may have brain damage, he needs to see a doctor right away. If the first doctor you see says that nothing is wrong, don't be afraid to get a second opinion—only you and your loved one can truly know that something doesn't seem right and needs to be fixed.

    Symptoms of a Motorcycle Brain Injury

    There are various symptoms that could be an indication that some sort of brain injury has occurred:

    • Emotional Signs: Depression, anxiety, irritability, irrational anger, personality changes
    • Physical and Behavioral Signs: Changes in sleeping (sleeping too long, not being able to sleep, not being able to wake up), dizziness, nausea or vomiting, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, ringing ears, sensitivity to light or sound, changes in appetite
    • Cognitive Signs: Inability to concentration, memory loss, disorientation

    This is not an exhaustive list, so even if your loved one has symptoms that are not here, you should still consider seeing a doctor. If it is determined that he does indeed have a TBI and it was caused by the negligence of another person, you are also going to want to contact a brain injury attorney in Columbia

    Speak to a Columbia Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Today

    Injuries from motorcycle crashes in South Carolina are often severe and leave the injured person and their friends and family anxious about the future and adjusting to life with a brain injury. We know that the last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to cover medical bills and lost wages as you move forward with treatment and rehabilitation. That's where an injury lawyer can help: we'll worry about your case, so you can focus on healing.

    Here at the Law Office of Kenneth Berger, our experienced accident attorneys can help answer questions, deal with the insurance companies, negotiate reduced medical liens, and guide you toward justice. Contact us today for a free consultation at 803-790-2800 or by using the live chat feature below.