Vacaville Brain Injury Lawyer
Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over fifty thousand people die as a result of a head injury and hundreds of thousands of people suffer debilitating injuries due to brain trauma. Here is a statistic that may shock you - the direct and indirect medical costs associated with treating brain injuries in the United States is estimated to be $60 billion, according to a book published by Eric A. Finkelstein, Phaedra S. Corso, and Ted R. Miller.Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
If someone is involved in a serious car accident, truck wreck, motorcycle crash, or other preventable accident, they may wind up suffering a severe TBI that has life-altering ramifications. For example, a severe TBI may result in you or a loved one suffering the following conditions:
- Loss of memory (both short-term and long-term)
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty writing
- Paralysis and loss of other motor functions
- Impaired vision
- Loss of hearing
- Severe headaches or migraines
- Difficulty controlling your emotions
The harms and losses associated with a severe brain injury can be extensive. Recovering from a brain injury often takes years, if a recovery is even possible. Many victims are permanently disabled as a result of their head trauma. Treating brain injuries often require multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy (as mentioned earlier, treatment for brain injuries is in the neighborhood of $60 billion in direct and indirect costs). As a result, the medical bills and lost wages can be quite large, especially if there is permanent harm from the brain injury. Your medical expenses and lost wages are economic damages that can be recovered through a brain injury claim. You can also recover non-economic damages (often referred to as pain and suffering). These are damages that are intangible and do not fit neatly into an invoice. For example, what is proper compensation for the loss of your memory? Or the loss of your motor functions? Assessing the total amount of damages may require your lawyer retaining an economist and other experts to ensure a full picture of your harms and losses are presented to a judge or jury.Do I Really Need to Retain a Vacaville Brain Injury Lawyer to Pursue a Financial Recovery?
Generally, yes. When you or a loved one suffers a brain injury in a preventable accident, you should seek the counsel and advice of an experienced Vacaville brain injury lawyer. Why? Because injury claims where a TBI is involved often feature extensive damages in the hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars. Many insurance companies will not offer you the full value of your claim if you try to negotiate independently. You need to retain an attorney with experience representing brain injury victims and a track record of success in the courtroom.
Hiring a lawyer is a low risk proposition since most brain injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that you can hire an attorney without having to pay a massive retainer fee or an exorbitant hourly fee. Instead, your lawyer gets paid only if they obtain a financial recovery for you (typically through a settlement or jury verdict). If your lawyer is unable to obtain a financial recovery, you are not on the hook for a large legal bill either. As you can see, the potential benefit of hiring a lawyer far outweighs any potential risk.Do Not Delay – Limited Amount of Time to Take Legal Action
Each state, including California, has enacted a statute governing the amount of time an injured party can take to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. This is known as the statute of limitations. California Code of Civil Procedure §335.1 states that an injured party has only two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. If you try to file a brain injury lawsuit after two years, your case will likely get be barred from going forward. Do not let this happen to you, especially if you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury. You need to hold the negligent party accountable.Contact a Vacaville Brain Injury Lawyer Today
As we discussed, a traumatic brain injury often results in serious, life-changing harm to the victim. In fact, many TBI victims are never the same. This is why you need a personal injury lawyer who will work tirelessly to hold the negligent party responsible and recover a large settlement or jury verdict.
My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a Vacaville brain injury attorney. If you or a loved one suffers a brain injury due to negligence on the part of another person, call me promptly at (707) 564-1900 for free, friendly advice. If you reside outside of the (707) region, call me free of charge at (800) 404-5400.
I’m a California member of the Million Dollar Forum. The forum is a group of top ranking injury lawyers who’ve all obtained verdicts or reached case settlements that exceeded $1 million.
Read the Past Verdicts and Settlements of our injury lawyers.
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