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If you or a family member suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a personal injury incident, you already understand the effect these injuries can have. Coping with a brain injury is never easy. A TBI can be straining on a person's physical, psychological, and financial health. A TBI can also make it difficult to work, resume your daily activities, and enjoy a long and active life.
After a brain injury, your future may depend on the treatment you get as well as your ability to pay for the treatment that you need. That's why you should consult with a lawyer about getting the compensation you deserve. The medical bills and lost wages, along with the pain and suffering, are not something you should have to handle alone.
Contact an Austin traumatic brain injury attorney at Dunk Law Firm if you are suffering from a head injury due to a motor vehicle 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:
TBIs range from minor to severe with varying symptoms and degrees of prognosis.
Minor traumatic brain injuries usually affect a person for a brief period of time before they make a complete recovery. More serious 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 attorneys handle all kinds of lawsuits involving brain injuries that were caused by another party's negligence. Some of the most common types of TBI claims we handle include:
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
Automobile accidents are one of the most common causes of brain injuries in the United States. Car accidents are common and several result in head injuries. Truck accidents are less common, yet they involve devastating force that leads to an increased likelihood of a TBI. And motorcycle riders simply have little to no protection and can easily hurt 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 cycling near roads. If a car hits a pedestrian, they are often thrown or crushed from the force of the vehicle. This impact often results in brain injuries in serious pedestrian or bicycle accidents.
Medical malpractice happens when a physician, hospital, or other healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care, causing 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 might result.
Infant brain damage can occur during childbirth in certain circumstances that are naturally caused and also in circumstances 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 damaged 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 long lasting consequences and real pain and suffering.
Some workplaces and industries are known to be more hazardous than others. For example, an employee in the construction industry may sustain a brain injury on the job from falling, being crushed, or during a vehicle accident. In these cases, they might 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 through a third-party personal injury claim.
Compensation for Damages from a Brain Injury
Getting 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 families are dealing with accumulating bills, stress, and an unclear future. If your traumatic brain injury is severe, you could be out of work for some time. Along with medical expenses, you might 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 don't care about your injuries; they only care about their profits. If you try to settle, you might not get sufficient compensation for past medical bills, never mind future medical costs and lost time from work.
The different types of compensation that you might receive consist of:
Traumatic brain injuries might be minor or severe and could have lengthy recovery times. Compensation for long-lasting injuries will help you support yourself and your loved ones.
Contact an Austin Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
The attorneys 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 recoup the maximum compensation you and your loved ones are entitled to.
Don't make the mistake of handling insurance companies by yourself. Hire skilled legal representation to protect you and your family member's legal rights.