If you have been involved in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI), yet you didn’t seek medical care right away, you may be wondering if you can still pursue a personal injury claim. Whether you can bring a successful injury claim will depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of your injury, the cause of the accident, the evidence available, and the statute of limitations. Please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated Connecticut brain injury lawyer from Casper & de Toledo to learn more.
How do I know if I can still file a TBI claim if I initially declined medical care after an accident?
First, every case is different, and unquestionably, your claim is likely to be stronger if you complained of symptoms soon after the injury. However, because circumstances are so varied, there may be a good explanation for the failure to seek medical care right away. Here at Casper & de Toledo, we’ve had clients who delayed medical treatment for childcare issues, business meetings, the mistaken belief that they were not injured, and simply because the hour was late.
Second, it is important to understand what a TBI is and how it can affect you. A TBI – a concussion – is an injury to the brain that results from a sudden acceleration of your head, generally combined with a rapid deceleration. But it isn’t necessary to actually strike your head. A whiplash from a rear-end crash can cause a TBI.
Third, the manifestation of symptoms is also varied. The most common symptom of a concussion is a headache. But some people involved in an injury-causing event simply experience a “fog” or being “out of it.” And the most current scientific understanding is that the secondary changes following a concussion can be delayed by hours, days, weeks, and sometimes months.
Symptoms can range from moderate to severe, and can cause various symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, mood changes, and cognitive impairment..
While declining medical attention can, and very well may, have negative consequences for your personal injury claim, we need to examine all facts and circumstances to offer an opinion about whether we can make your case work.
Ultimately, declining medical attention does not necessarily mean that you cannot pursue a personal injury claim. You may still have a chance to recover compensation if we can overcome the challenges mentioned above. Importantly, you should only pursue compensation with the guidance of a competent Connecticut brain injury lawyer in your corner. Fortunately, you are in the right place. Contact Casper & de Toledo today so we can get started working on your claim.