A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating both physically and mentally. Closed head trauma is more difficult than other injuries because from the outside, you might look completely healthy, but on the inside, your brain has suffered serious harm. Your loved ones may not understand what is causing you to act differently, why your memory isn't what it used to be, or why you struggle holding a job. When people can't see your injury, they often have difficulty grasping your pain.
It is not uncommon for people living with a TBI to feel misunderstood and lonely. However, it is important to know that according to the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, there are about 61,000 South Carolinians living with a TBI-related disability right now. You are most certainly not alone, and the Law Office of Kenneth Berger in Columbia, SC is here to help you obtain the medical care and compensation your injuries require.
The Effects of Closed Head Trauma Can Take Many Forms
I have met individuals just like you who have had their lives turned upside-down in an instant. I understand how complex this situation is, and how frustrated you probably feel. As the doctors have hopefully explained by now, the effects of a head injury can range from a couple weeks to a lifetime. Contrary to how you might expect a lawyer to feel, it is my sincere hope that your TBI resolves quickly, and that you make a full recovery.
However, if you are having any of the following brain injury symptoms, know that they are often associated with closed head trauma, and may call for additional medical care:
- Persistent headaches
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood swings
- Depression, anxiety, and angry outbursts
- Changed sleep patterns
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination & balance
- Numbness or weakness in toes and fingers
Suffering from one of these effects is hard enough, but many people are dealing with several, if not all, of these issues every single day of their lives. With everything you endure on a daily basis, you should not have to worry about paying your medical bills or how you're going to support yourself if you can't return to work. By allowing my law firm to handle your case, you can take pressure off of yourself and concentrate more on recovering and spending time with loved ones.
What To Look For When Choosing Lawyer For A Brain Injury Case in South Carolina
When someone suffers a brain injury, they need the best lawyer they can find. Rather than relying on television commercials to choose an attorney, I suggest using the following criteria to make the best choice for your case:
1. Experience Handling Head Injury Cases
The attorney’s knowledge of and experience with head injury cases should be a top factor when hiring a lawyer. Is the attorney a member of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) litigation group? Does he have a proper understanding of neuroscience and neuropsychology? For instance, does he recognize that a frontal lobe injury may produce significantly different effects than trauma to the occipital lobe? Having a medical understanding of your brain injury will enable the lawyer to more effectively communicate the severity of your brain injury and how it has affected your life to insurance providers and if your case goes to trial, a jury.
2. Ability and Willingness to Hire Experts
Will the lawyer invest the proper resources in your brain injury case? In other words, is the attorney committed enough to the case to hire the necessary experts? A traumatic brain injury case can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in expert fees to obtain a fair result. Along with neurologists, TBI cases may require economists (to establish lost earning capacity), lifecare planners (to project future medical expenses), and other trained professionals to make sure you are properly compensated for every harm and loss a negligent party caused.
3. A Lawyer You Like and Trust
Is the attorney the type of person you would want to have in your home? Contrary to popular belief, you should like and trust your lawyer – especially in a brain trauma case. These cases require the lawyer, client, and the client’s family to spend a significant amount of time together. The lawyer must gain insight as to what the injured person was like before, as well as the full effects of the accident, if he is going to be able to present the case with sufficient force, passion, and understanding. It's best that you actually like the attorney if you are going to spend time with him.
Do Your Research Before Signing Any Contracts
When searching for a top brain injury attorney in South Carolina, be sure to take these factors into account. Choosing a lawyer can be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Do the proper research, ask lots of questions, and please do not sign any contracts until you confirm that the attorney has the knowledge, resources, experience, and character you are looking for.
Do Not Become a Victim of Injustice After a Traumatic Brain Injury: Contact Kenneth Berger
As an attorney, I cannot take back what happened to you, but I will work hard to make sure the at-fault party's insurance company provides fair and full compensation for the effects of your TBI. Everyone who walks through my door is treated with respect, and that is exactly what will be shown to you from the first time we speak until your case ends.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in South Carolina - be it in Columbia, Lexington, Charleston, or elsewhere - contact me today for a free consultation today at 803-790-2800 or by using the live chat feature below. You are also invited to request a free copy of my book, Your Guide to South Carolina Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation.