Brain Injury and Finding the Right Attorney
A brain injury case is unlike any other in many ways. It costs more, takes more time, and requires that the attorney has the resources to undertake such a case. Brain trauma survivors and their families have had their resiliency tested on a grand scale and want an attorney who will get the job done.
If the attorney lacks experience, the lawyers for the defense will know it and take advantage of their inexperience. If the attorney cannot fund the case, the likelihood it will succeed is lowered. It is also essential that the attorney establish a rapport with the client and their family to make it to the finish line together. So, let's look at the essentials of a brain injury case and the duties the plaintiff's attorney must fulfill.Traumatic Brain Injury Team With Experience
Our investigators are experienced in finding the evidence we need to win your case, and our lawyers use a mix of legal acumen and passion to fight for our client's rights. We leave no stone unturned as we move through your traumatic brain injury case. Whether negotiating with the insurer or dealing with a negligent motorist, we will be there for you. Talk to us about your case for free by calling (415) 805-7284 or (800) 404-5400. We can also meet in person or virtually. Once you retain us, you will not pay for our services until you win the case.Clients Are Survivors
When the members of our firm meet with our brain trauma injury clients, we see them as survivors of a difficult journey. We get to know our clients directly and through their families, who give insight into the person they were before the accident.
We believe in a holistic approach to the law. This means it goes far beyond categorizing a client as a case. Instead, we see our clients as individuals coping with changes in their lives as they try to heal physically, financially, and psychologically. Many brain-injured clients need our legal services and support to regain a new footing in a different reality. It is impossible for us to truly understand what it feels like to suffer a brain injury, but we are often in awe of their hope for the future and their determination to move forward. We try to provide supportive information regarding community resources, medical care, and interactive family clinics.All Brain Injuries Are Different
No two brain injuries are the same. An injury attorney must become familiar with the way a brain injury is diagnosed and how the trauma to the brain affects the person's outlook. It is also necessary to speak to medical experts or become familiar with medical literature that speaks to the person's prognosis in the future.
Without this knowledge, it is difficult to adequately deal with arguments by defense attorneys. If caught unaware, an attorney cannot respond to the defense when they minimize the client's damages to lower the price the at-fault party must pay. We went through this learning curve many years ago and remained updated on new treatments and diagnostic methods. Our firm brings this knowledge to the courtroom and to the negotiation table and uses it to win the compensation our client deserves.Advocating for a Brain-Injured Client's Medical Care
Clients, especially those with mild brain injuries, could be undertreated due to inadequate medical care. For example, someone who suffered a concussion after a traumatic car accident may be told to go home and rest. While rest is essential in a mild traumatic brain injury, some people struggle to regain the mental prowess they once enjoyed. The doctor in charge of their care, either in the emergency room or in an outpatient clinic, may not be aware of new available modes of treatment. The medical community has learned much about concussive events over the past decade, particularly in sporting events.After a Concussion
The individual should rest mentally and physically for the first few days after being carefully checked using CT/MRI scans, cognitive and motor tests, and checking for vision and hearing abnormalities. The patient should refrain from strenuous efforts mentally during this period. As the person starts to improve, rehabilitation for vision, balance, and cognitive functions may help the patient to recover. Different specialists may be consulted and added to the patient's team. Patients and their families often need supportive information; an attorney can help. Depending on the length of time the attorney has worked with brain-injured clients, he or she will have built a full roster of experts who can be called upon to help their client.Appropriate Medical Care for a Brain-Injured Client
Physicians are called upon to provide the best care possible after a traumatic accident. Attorneys are responsible for reviewing the prescribed medical care and ensuring that everything that can be done has been done. As an advocate for a client, an attorney's knowledge of brain trauma must be extensive.
Typically, the first point of care for a brain-injured patient is the emergency room doctor, who will likely call in a neurologist for a consult. This is a baseline consult. Abnormalities found during this examination may strongly suggest that the patient requires the services of other specialists. Some specialists are:
- Vocational/occupational therapist
- Speech therapist
- Physical therapist
- Cognitive rehabilitation specialist
Taking advantage of all therapy types improves the chances for recovery, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brain-injured patients are frequently helped by entering a comprehensive rehabilitation program. A team evaluates a patient's progress after determining deficits caused by brain injury. Team members are also positioned to provide meaningful testimony in a civil trial.Getting to Know Clients and Their Families
The old adage that someone will not know what a person is going through until they walk in their shoes is true. That applies to brain-injured clients and their families as well. An attorney must provide the insurance company or a jury with an accurate picture of how the brain injury has affected the client. Without spending time with a client, the attorney will lack the information needed to do this. It is also necessary to ask a client how they physically felt after the accident occurred. Relying on medical records alone may cause the attorney to miss important information.Why Is Pertinent Medical Information Missing?
Although a doctor takes a detailed history when a patient presents in their office or the emergency room, there is always room for error. Sometimes, patients do not provide all the information that is needed. They may have been overwhelmed by the incident and were unconscious after the accident. Others may think some symptoms are insignificant since they were told they had a minor injury.
Alternatively, the patient may focus on symptoms they believe are more severe or be unwilling to admit to memory loss. By asking a client to focus on obscure symptoms, the attorney may obtain an accurate picture of the deficits caused by the accident and help the client obtain needed medical care.
Building a rapport with the client's family is essential to understanding the changes the brain-injured client suffered. A brain injury affects both the client and his or her family financially. Families in this situation are desperate for information on their loved one's injury, and it is vital to help them find it. Brainline.org is a valuable source of information.Prior Head Injuries and Other Aspects of a Client's Medical History
Lawyers on both sides will review the individual's medical history. The defense will use any prior medical condition to say a brain-injured client is lying about their symptoms and infer it happened before the recent accident. After a severe head injury, this may seem like an ugly way to mount a defense, but it is always done.
The client needs to understand this maneuver before being present in court. The attorney needs to decide ahead of time whether the client can handle spending time in court. From a physical point of view, the noise, lights, and accusations might be too much for the client to take. This can add to the brain injury's effect on the client.Investigations in a Brain-Injured Client's Case
Our firm dispatches our investigators to the accident site to collect evidence against the at-fault party. They query witnesses and use real-time accident reconstruction techniques and video footage to show the incident. We speak with medical experts and treating physicians to determine the extent of the injury and its future effects. Once all evidentiary data is accumulated, our lawyers build a strong case for our client.
The video below provides a better understanding of traumatic brain injuries.San Francisco Brain Injury Lawyer
Our firm is committed to ensuring that those who suffer from brain injury due to negligence receive compassionate representation. Call us for a free case review at (415) 805-7284 or (800) 505-5400. You can reach out to us online.