Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), whether they are classified as being mild or severe, are serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. In some cases, an individual may only need to visit with their physician a few times to ensure their TBI is progressing, but in cases that involve a severe TBI, treatment is often ongoing. The treatment, whether it is being rendered for a concussion (i.e. mild TBI) or a serious TBI, can be rather costly, especially if the victim has limited insurance coverage and savings.

So, who is liable for paying for this costly care?

Well, if the victim sustained the TBI in an accident that wasn’t their fault, then the party who was responsible for causing it may be held financially responsible for covering their medical expenses. Below is an outline of the potential parties who may be liable in certain types of accidents:

 

Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • The driver
  • The driver’s employer, if they were working at the time of the accident. This often applies in truck accident cases.
  • The vehicle’s manufacturer. In the event a defective part caused the accident, then the vehicle manufacturer may be liable for paying the victim for medical care and other damages suffered.

Slip and Fall Accidents

  • Property owner
  • Property operator
  • Landlord
  • The city or another government entity if the accident occurred on public property

Medical Errors

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Hospitals
  • Other medical professionals

 

In order to hold any of the following parties financially liable for an accident that led to an individual suffering a TBI, they will likely need to file an insurance claim if coverage is available and possibly even a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, they will need to show that it was the other party’s negligent behavior that caused the accident. Because both processes can be time-consuming and complicated, those who sustained a TBI or a family member of theirs are encouraged to retain a Chula Vista, CA accident lawyer for help.

 

What types of medical care are used to treat TBIs?

 

The type and severity of the TBI will be used to determine the types of treatment that need to be rendered. For mild TBIs, doctors often recommend that an individual rest and slowly return to their normal activities.1However, with TBIs that are more serious, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says emergency treatment may need to be rendered which may include:

  • Treating skull fractures by repairing them
  • Removing blood clots
  • Relieving pressure in the skull

 

In some cases, after an individual has undergone certain types of treatment, they may also be required to attend rehabilitation. Some examples of the therapy they may need to undergo include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Vocational counseling
  • Psychological counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy

 

If an accident victim or their loved one is looking for ways to recover compensation to help pay for some or all of the costly medical expenses they have incurred and are likely incur in the future, they can contact The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth. The Chula Vista, CA accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Bruce S. Methwill assist a victim and/or their family with identifying who the liable parties are and help them obtain a fair and favorable settlement.

 

The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth can be reached at:

 

Phone: (619) 691-8942

Email: [email protected]

 

Chula Vista Office

815 Third Ave., Ste. 115

Chula Vista, CA 91911

 

Mission Valley Office

1761 Hotel Court, Suite 250

San Diego, CA 92108

Website: www.attorneymeth.com

 

Source:

  1. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/tbi/conditioninfo/treatment
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