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What to do if you received a head injury in Virginia.If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you (or someone close to you) has suffered a head injury in a Virginia car accident case. You are probably overwhelmed by what to do next. In reality, head injuries are some of the most complex injuries that a person can suffer, and every case is different.

As you recover, here’s a few things to consider:

  1. If your head injury just occurred, give it time. The scientific understanding of head injuries is still developing. With all of our fancy medical equipment, imaging tools, and decades of study, head injuries still present many unanswered questions for doctors and scientists. One issue is the disparity between head injuries victims and their recovery time. If you’ve recently been injured, you should realize that every person is different. Some people will see recovery very quickly. Others will take years to recover (or may not ever recovery). Others fall somewhere in between. Because you were just injured, it’s still too early to tell the extent of your injury. But one thing is clear – you need to give yourself time to recover. Give yourself time to rest, turn down the pressure, and focus on just getting back to baseline. Be positive, and hopefully, you’ll recover quickly.
  2. Follow your doctor’s advice. This is the advice that I get everyone. You need to listen to your doctors so you can provide yourself the best chance of recovering from your injury. That means you need to follow through with treatment, complete recommended therapy, obtain the prescribed imagining, take the medicine the doctor ordered, and follow any other advice the doctor gave you. (Also, should you ever have to litigate your case, following all of your doctor’s requests will make that much easier.)
  3. Educate yourself about head injuries. But don’t go overboard. As with any injury, you’ll want to learn more about your head injury. This comes from asking your doctors questions, reading relevant articles, and looking for resources that may help you through your recovery. Of course, though, I urge you not to go overboard. Because doing so can be counterproductive and add unnecessary stress to you and your family. I’d suggest you reach out to organizations like Brain Injury Services. Also, you can read our article about what types of treatment and typical in brain injury cases here.
  4. You may not need an attorney. So there’s no rush to hire one. This is a point that I want to emphasize. Because we often get calls from people who just suffered a head injury, and I tell them to call me back in a couple of weeks to let me know how they are doing. Some people perceive this as me “not wanting their case.” In reality, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Rather, our goal at BenGlassLaw before taking on any client is to ask ourselves “can I truly add value to this client’s case?” And if the answer is “no,” then we don’t take the claim on. The truth is for simple claims; potential clients don’t necessarily need an attorney (thus they can avoid paying an attorneys fee). Because of the nature of head injuries, many people will demonstrate solid recovery several weeks after their accident. And we’d recommend them pursuing their own case. In reality, if your accident just happened, it’s simply too early for us to educate you about whether you need an attorney. Instead, we’d rather you follow up when you have more information about your injury, and in the meantime read our book, “Get it Settled,” which educates people about how to settle their own claim. You can download the book here. It also gives examples of what we do in the cases that we handle.
Brian Glass
Virginia personal injury lawyer selected to SuperLawyers Rising Stars List and the NTLA's Top 40 Under 40.