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Traumatic Brain Injury - Before and After Witnesses

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One of the most riveting forms of evidence regarding a traumatic brain injury is that of before and after witnesses. People that actually knew the brain injured victim prior to the injury and then knows the brain injury victim after the traumatic brain injury can give compelling testimony as to the differences in the behavior and conduct of the victim.

This is true especially in mild traumatic brain injury cases where the physical evidence of the injury is not that obvious meaning that there may have been little or no loss of consciousness and there is no imaging of the brain showing bleeding. Competent witnesses that can fully explain these symptoms regarding the mild traumatic brain injury that the victim is suffering can go a long way in proving the traumatic brain injury.

Witnesses can testify as to the differences in the victim before and after the traumatic brain injury including fatigue, confusion, concentration problems, memory problems, irritability, an inability to multitask, deficiencies at home and in the workplace and many related problems.

The traumatic brain injury victim and his family should be well interviewed by the attorney in order that all of these witnesses can be ascertained. Commonplace areas to obtain these witnesses are as follows:

  1. Household members and family members - these witnesses can attest to the fact of the differences in the victim before and after the traumatic brain injury including interaction in the household and loss of social life.
  2. Workplace witnesses - people that worked with the victim prior to the traumatic brain injury that can still communicate with the victim if they can no longer work or actually still work with them if they are still employed can attest to the differences in the victim both in and out of the workplace.
  3. Activities and church, etc witnesses - friends of the victim that participated prior to the injury with the victim in activities or sporting events, at clubs or group meetings, or in the church that still are acquainted with the victim can attest to the differences in the traumatic brain injury victim before and after the injury in these settings including sporting events, activities, club and group meetings, church activities, etc.

These before and after witnesses can have a significant impact on the proof of the traumatic brain injury and are extremely important witnesses in presenting the case of the traumatic brain injury victim.

The lawyers at the Karns & Kerrison are extremely experienced in handling traumatic brain injuries and in the utilization of before and after witnesses. If you need representation regarding your traumatic brain injury concerning the negligence that caused the traumatic brain injury or you know someone that does, contact Karns & Kerrison with offices in Cranston, East Providence and Middletown, Rhode Island for proper representation regarding the traumatic brain injury.


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If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you fight for justice. For answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation, contact our personal injury team at (888) 281-3100. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees after we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

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