Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a personal injury accident, you already understand the impact these injuries can have. Coping with a brain injury is never easy. A TBI can be straining on an individual's physical, psychological, and financial health. A TBI can also make it hard to work, resume your everyday activities, and enjoy a long and active life.
After a brain injury, your future may depend on the treatment you receive and your ability to pay for the care that you need. That's why you should consult with an attorney about getting the compensation you deserve. The medical bills and lost income, along with the pain and suffering, are not something you should have to handle alone.
Get in touch with a traumatic brain injury lawyer at Dunk Law Firm if you are struggling with a head injury because of an automobile accident or any other accident.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The definition of a traumatic brain injury is "a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury." These injuries include:
- Damage to the structural integrity of the skull
- Damage to the brain tissue from violent movement
- Injuries where the brain tissue is penetrated
TBIs range from mild to severe with varying symptoms and degrees of prognosis.
Minor traumatic brain injuries generally affect a person for a brief time period before they make a full recovery. More severe traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, and various other physical damage that causes long-lasting problems or death.
What Types of Brain Injury Cases Does Dunk Law Firm Handle?
Our brain injury lawyers handle all types of lawsuits involving brain injuries that were caused by another party's negligence. Some of the most common kinds of TBI claims we handle include:
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of brain injuries in the United States. Car crashes are common and several result in head injuries. Truck accidents are less common, but they involve devastating force that results in an increased chance of a TBI. And motorcycle riders simply have little to no protection and can easily injure their head when they are struck or ejected from their bike.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrians and bicyclists are completely exposed when they are walking or biking near roads. If a vehicle hits a pedestrian, they are often thrown or crushed from the force of the vehicle. This collision often results in brain injuries in serious pedestrian or bicycle collisions.
Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, hospital, or other healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care, resulting in an injury to the patient. If the mistake causes a lack of oxygen to the brain, or fails to notice or treat an existing brain issue, a TBI can result.
Infant brain damage can happen during childbirth in particular circumstances that are naturally caused and also in situations involving negligence. The most common causes of birth injury TBIs are the use of an instrument like forceps with excessive force or asphyxiation when the brain is deprived of oxygen for too long.
Slip and Fall
When an individual slips and falls from a slippery floor or broken staircase, they can easily hit their heads hard enough to inflict a brain injury. Some falls are not serious and cause minor injuries. However some can be devastating and result in lasting consequences and real pain and suffering.
Some workplaces and industries are known to be more hazardous than others. For example, a worker in the construction industry may sustain a brain injury at work from falling, being crushed, or during a vehicle accident. In these cases, they may be able to recover compensation through workers' compensation benefits. If a party besides the employer was responsible, they may be able to get additional compensation with a third-party personal injury claim.
Compensation for Damages from a Brain Injury
Receiving compensation for a brain injury that was not your fault can make all the difference for you and your family. For the most part, victims and their loved ones are dealing with accumulating expenses, stress, and an unclear future. If your traumatic brain injury is severe, you might be out of work for some time. In addition to medical bills, you may be able to receive other compensation because of the accident.
Insurance companies will pay the least amount possible because they are in business to make money. They do not care about your injuries; they only care about their bottom lines. If you try to settle, you might not get sufficient compensation for past medical expenses, never mind future medical costs and lost time from work.
The various types of compensation that you may receive include:
- Past medical expenses for injuries you suffered in the accident.
- Future medical bills for upcoming surgeries and doctors' visits.
- Physical, cognitive and psychological therapies. These kinds of therapies might continue for months or years.
- Past lost income for time you could not work because of your injuries.
- Future lost income for time you can not work in the future or if you need to take a position that pays less.
- Automobile repairs or replacement.
- Replacement of personal property damaged in the accident.
- Loss of companionship if the incident caused injuries severe enough so that you can not enjoy doing things with your loved ones.
- Loss of consortium if the accident caused injuries severe enough that you can not enjoy a physical relationship with your partner.
- The cost if you have to hire someone for daily tasks, such as grocery shopping, home maintenance, and cleaning.
- Pain and suffering if doctors expect you to suffer from your injuries for the long term.
- Punitive damages if the at-fault driver's grossly negligent actions caused the accident.
Traumatic brain injuries can be mild or serious and may have extensive recovery times. Compensation for long-term injuries will help you support yourself and your family.
Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
The lawyers of Dunk Law Firm have the experience and resources needed to represent you in your traumatic brain injury case. We will fight on your behalf to recover the maximum compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
Do not make the mistake of handling insurance companies alone. Hire competent legal representation to protect you and your family member's legal rights.
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