Fairfield Brain Injury Lawyer
Each year, millions of people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in serious car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle wrecks, workplace accidents, and other preventable accidents. In fact, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year, according to the CDC. Approximately 52,000 people die as a result of serious head injuries and 275,000 people have to be treated in an emergency room due to a brain injury. The direct and indirect medical costs associated with treating a TBI is estimated to be $60 billion in the United States, according to a book published by Eric A. Finkelstein, Phaedra S. Corso, and Ted R. Miller.What Exactly is a TBI?
Most TBIs are caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Depending on the severity of the blow, a TBI can be categorized as mild or severe. In many car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, the victim suffers a severe TBI that can have life-altering consequences. For example, severe traumatic brain injuries may result in the following conditions:
- Memory loss
- Development of learning disabilities
- Difficulty speaking or writing
- Hearing loss and blurred vision
- Persistent headaches or migraines
The economic and non-economic damages associated with a TBI can be extensive considering the potentially life-changing effects of a severe brain injury. Recovering from a TBI, if recovery is even a realistic possibility, can take years. Even then, many brain injury victims never return back to the life they once had before the accident. Brain injuries often require multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy. This means the medical bills and lost wages from being unable to work could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions. If you are permanently disabled due to your brain injury, you may never be able to work again which may mean having to go on the social security disability insurance program. If you have a family and other dependents, their lives will be affected as well, especially if you were the primary income earner.
A brain injury claim will include a demand for financial restitution of your medical expenses (both incurred and future expenses), lost wages (which may include lost future wages due to an inability to return to work), and pain and suffering.Do I Need to Hire a Fairfield Brain Injury Lawyer?
When a TBI is involved, you should seek the counsel and advice of an experienced brain injury attorney. Why? Because brain injury claims often involve extensive damages and many insurance companies will not offer you the full value of your claim if you try to negotiate on your own. You need to retain an attorney with experience representing brain injury victims and a track record of success in the courtroom. Keep in mind, that reaching out to a brain injury attorney is a zero risk, high reward proposition. It is no risk because the vast majority of brain injury lawyers in Fairfield (and surrounding jurisdictions) provide free, no-obligation consultations to prospective clients. This means that there is no pressure for you to sign on the dotted line. If you do not like what you hear from the attorney, you do not need to move forward. If you are comfortable going forward with the case, you can hire the attorney and proceed with the injury claim process with the confidence that you have an experienced advocate on your side ready to take on the insurance company.
A Fairfield brain injury attorney will contact the insurance company, issue a demand letter, negotiate with the insurance claims adjuster and try to achieve a satisfactory settlement. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer, your lawyer can file a lawsuit and take the case to trial.Do Not Delay – Limited Amount of Time to Take Legal Action
According to California Code of Civil Procedure §335.1, an injured party has two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. This means that if you try to file a lawsuit after the two-year mark, your case will more than likely get thrown out of court. Do not let this happen to you. Speak to an attorney immediately and get the process started on pursuing a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
Suffering a traumatic brain injury carries serious, life-changing consequences. Some brain injury victims are never the same. This is why you need a lawyer who will work tirelessly to pursue maximum compensation. For more information contact an experienced Fairfield brain injury lawyer.
Watch the video below for insights on how a TBI is treated.Fairfield Brain Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield Brain Injury Lawyer. If you or someone you care about has suffered a head or brain injury, please call me at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free, compassionate and friendly advice.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.5.19]