Phoenix Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, call us for a free consultation.
Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat. This is particularly true of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is an injury to the brain that occurs as the result of sudden activity, such as a car crash, a fall (from a ladder, down the stairs, in the bath, etc.), an injury from a firearm, an assault, or other cause. The term does not include, for example, hereditary brain damage, but it does include brain damage caused by accidents, sports/recreation-related events, impact from a sharp or heavy object, and others. If you or a loved one has suffered brain trauma as a result of one of these causes, contact an experienced Phoenix brain injury attorney. Call the Kelly Law Team today.
According to the CDC, millions of people suffer brain injuries in the United States each year. One of the reasons A traumatic brain injury is often treated separately from other types of personal injuries is the severity of these types of injuries, the extremely high cost of ongoing medical and related treatment, and what amounts, in many cases, to the total disruption of the life of the person injured.
What are the Signs of TBI?
While some brain trauma injuries are more serious than others, even serious problems are not always immediately apparent. The following are some of the indications that such an injury has occurred:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Memory loss.
- Altered mental state to some degree, which could involve experiencing confusion or disorientation.
Additional indications of TBI also exist. There are medical tests that can identify the existence of TBI, as well as the specifics of the injury, and how the brain has been affected.
What are the Damages in Brain Injury Cases?
The damages in traumatic brain injury cases parallel, in a general way, damages in many other personal injury cases. Issues that set brain injury cases apart are the severity of the injuries, and the relatively high cost of medical treatment and continuing medical care. The types of damages that a Phoenix brain injury lawyer will seek on your behalf will generally consist of:
- Medical bills. These include your initial medical bills, as well as those that accrue during the time your claim is pending. In addition to the emergency room and doctor visits, hospitalization and surgeries are often required. These costs are substantial, and even with medical insurance, they can quickly outstrip your ability to pay.
- Loss of future earnings. The nature of brain injuries is such that in many cases, the injury renders the victim unable to continue to perform his or her job functions. It may be the result of diminished mental capacity, either temporary or permanent. In other cases, the ability to perform your job on a day to day basis may be hampered by fatigue, emotional upset (difficulty controlling your emotions), and other causes. Even assuming you are able to work, you may have to take a job that pays significantly less than you were earning before the accident. You are entitled to recover the lost earning capacity you have suffered because of an injury caused by the negligence or other wrongful act of another person or company.
- Cost of continuing care. In many TBI cases, continuing care is absolutely necessary. This may consist of physical therapy, medication, nursing care, and help with daily activities. The severity and nature of many of these injuries require that care continue well into the future, in some cases for the remainder of your life. The cost of this continuing care may be a significant component of your damage claim.
- Pain and suffering. You are entitled to be compensated not only for the physical pain you have suffered and will continue to suffer, but also for the effect of the injury on your ability to engage in activities you used to enjoy, and the negative impact on your overall quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
These are some of the questions people frequently ask Phoenix brain injury layers about traumatic brain injury lawsuits:
Q: Are there levels of TBI?
A: Yes. Traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe.
Q: What is an average settlement or verdict for a head injury?
A: The payout for a TBI varies greatly with the nature of the injury. If it is a simple concussion with no lasting effects, you can expect a payout of under $100,000. For more severe injuries, particularly those with lasting effects and requiring continuing care, the payout could be in the millions, provided you have the right Phoenix brain injury attorney at your side.
Q: Does anyone every recover completely from a brain injury?
A: While the answer is that there are mild cases of TBI that will allow a complete recovery in a matter of months, more severe brain injuries may take many months or years for recovery, and in some cases, there will always be lasting effects from the injury.
Q: What are the chances that a person will survive a traumatic brain injury?
A: As with most questions along this line, the issue will depend upon a number of factors. They include (a) the severity of the injury, (b) how quickly the victim receives medical attention, (c) the quality of that medical attention, and others. More than 90% of those people with TBI do survive their injuries, although a significant number, perhaps a quarter of those who have a brain injury, will suffer at least a moderate degree of problems going forward.
Phoenix Brain Injury Lawyer
Victims of traumatic brain injuries undergo a life-altering experience. While we understand that money cannot fully compensate you for your loss as the result of a TBI, it can make dealing with the trauma easier. Beyond that, medical bills and the cost of continuing treatment can be staggering.
John Kelly is an experienced personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact Mr. Kelly. He will protect your rights (and that of your loved one) and seek the maximum payout on your claim. Call today for a free consultation.