I Don’t Have a Final Brain Injury Diagnosis – Should I Talk to A Lawyer Yet?

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

We all know how instantly traumatic brain injuries can change your life. But some of their lingering effects can come as a surprise when you or a loved one suffers this type of injury. After immediate pain from taking a tumble on a slippery floor, or having a box fall on your head subsides, there are often months of gradually accumulating symptoms – and medical bills. You may know that you have a case against an at fault party. But when is the best time to talk to an attorney? Here’s what you should know.

Statutes of Limitation

A statute of limitations is a legal limit on how much time can pass between when an accident occurs and when the affected party files suit. Miss the time window, and you may lose your right to sue. Period. The timeline for filing a traumatic brain injury lawsuit:

  • Varies from state to state
  • Is typically one to two years for a brain injury
  • May be longer or shorter based on individual circumstance

Unfortunately, it can take a long time to get a final diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. If you wait until you have the perfect diagnosis, you may miss your window to file suit. Instead, consult with an attorney who can tell you how to leverage your preliminary diagnosis.

Calling an Attorney

You don’t have to wait until you have a final diagnosis to contact an attorney. In fact, to bring a brain injury case may require properly obtaining countless medical documents, something an attorney is suited to do. Expect your attorney to interview appropriate parties to get whatever medical documentation of your brain injury exists. Even if you are still in the early stages of diagnosis, a good brain injury lawyer will be able to prove your injury and start working toward a settlement. Brain injury lawyers are often flexible on their fees and may negotiate. If not, you can also look for one who works on contingency. Money should never delay filing suit when it comes to traumatic brain injury.

A traumatic brain injury can have effects that manifest long after the initial incident. If you’re suffering the effects of a traumatic brain injury, even if your doctor is still reaching a final diagnosis, it can’t hurt to talk to a personal injury lawyer early on. Starting the ball rolling early can mean the difference between struggling with expenses and having the resources you need, when you need them most.

Source: Canoga Park Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, Barry P. Goldberg

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