Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Car Accidents
What is mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)?
MTBI is a piece of medical terminology. Oftentimes doctors and other medical professionals will use it interchangeably with the term “concussion.”
Can a car accident cause mild traumatic brain injury?
Absolutely. In fact, studies show that, for adults, car accidents and falls are the two leading causes of MTBI.1
Will I be compensated for mild traumatic brain injury in a car accident lawsuit?
If you have suffered MTBI caused by another driver who was at fault in a car accident, you are entitled to full compensation for your injury.
How can a car accident lawyer help me recover for my mild traumatic brain injury?
A car accident lawyer is indispensable to proving your MTBI case. A car accident lawyer will first of all retain the expert witnesses necessary to prove out your case. These experts may give you a neuropsych exam to test your memory functioning, your language abilities and your executive functioning (e.g., deductive-analytical reasoning, problem solving and sequential planning).
If they have not been done already, a car accident lawyer may also arrange for you to have various brain imaging procedures, like a MRI, PET scan, SPECT or QEEG test performed on you.
Who will pay for the costs of these expert witnesses in my MTBI car accident case?
Your car accident attorney will advance all the costs of any expert witnesses and you will only have to reimburse your attorney if there is a recovery for you.
If you have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in a car accident and would like to speak to a Boston personal injury attorney, you can call The Law Office of Alan H. Crede at (617)648-8263.
1 Ropper AH, Gorson KC (2007). “Clinical Practice: Concussion.” New England Journal of Medicine 356