Spitzer Law Offices help the injured throughout Ohio & Texas to recover the compensation they deserve.
Brain injuries are among the most serious, life-changing, and life-threatening injuries you can sustain. They can cause symptoms ranging from subtle to extremely severe, requiring surgeries and other treatments that may be necessary for years. These injuries can be debilitating, leaving individuals temporarily or permanently disabled, unable to work and remain self-supporting, independent, and productive.
Brain injuries can be caused by many types of accidents and incidents. Where they are the result of a negligence-based event, such as a car accident, they fall under Ohio personal injury law. This means you may seek fair and just compensation for the damages and losses you have sustained through a claim or lawsuit filed against the at-fault party or parties. This generally means working with an insurer who will likely do whatever it takes to pay you as little as possible which is why you will be best served by an experienced personal injury attorney.
At the Spitzer Law Offices, our team understands the devastating effects that brain injuries can cause and we are ready to help you through dedicated legal efforts. With close to a decade of experience in which we have served injured clients and their families in Powell and the surrounding areas, we can put an abundance of skill, knowledge, and resources to work for you in seeking an optimum result through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries consist of damage to the brain usually from a blow to the head or from an object that penetrates the skill into brain tissue. Examples of penetration could include a bullet or a shattered skull fragment that pierces the brain. These injuries can cause bruising and swelling of the brain, brain bleeds, and other types of damage. Complications from such injuries can lead to long-term problems or death.
Causes of such injuries can include:
- Auto accidents
- Sports accidents, such as ski accidents, accidents in contact sports like football, and more
- Criminal attacks, such as beatings or gunshot wounds
- Birth trauma in which lack of oxygen damages the baby’s brain
Brain injuries can range from mild to moderate to severe. A mild brain injury may result in a concussion in which the person loses consciousness for several minutes while moderate or severe injuries can result in comas, severe headaches, cognitive dysfunction, personality changes, speech problems, balance problems, learning disabilities, depression, and many other emotional, mental, or physical problems.
A person who has suffered a brain injury may require various medications, therapies, and treatments that may or may not result in a full recovery. Each case is different, based on the type and extent of damage that occurs to the brain.
Liability in Brain Injuries
Those who may be held liable for your damages and losses in brain injuries will be the at-fault parties in accidents caused by negligence or wrongdoing.
The damages that you may recover through a personal injury claim or lawsuit can include:
- Your past and future medical expenses related to your brain injury
- Your loss of wages or income due to inability to work
- Out-of-pocket expenses spent on items related to your injuries, such as transportation costs to and from the doctor’s office
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Any necessary vehicle or home renovations needed to accommodate a brain injury disability
- Property damage, such as to your vehicle if in a traffic accident
- Scarring or disfigurement
Medical expenses alone can be staggering in brain injury cases due to specialized surgeries, treatments, and care that may be needed for weeks, months, years, or a lifetime.
Benefits of Hiring an Attorney
Suffering a traumatic brain injury can be one of the most traumatic and life-altering experiences for an individual. The physical, emotional, and financial tolls that accompany such injuries can be immense. For this reason, it is important to seek legal help from experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers in Ohio or Texas.
These head injury attorneys understand how to navigate the complexities of these cases. With their expertise, they can work to ensure victims are compensated for their losses and damages due to an accident that was not their fault. They will also be able to handle all aspects of your case, so you do not have to worry about dealing with insurance companies or other parties involved in the situation. An attorney will fight on behalf of traumatic brain injury victims so they can receive full compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more depending upon each unique case.
Skilled brain injury lawyers near you can help you:
- Develop a strong legal strategy to maximize the compensation an injured individual is able to seek
- Investigate the incident and collect evidence needed to build a case
- Negotiate with insurance companies and other parties involved in order to reach a fair settlement
- Handle all paperwork related to filing claims, lawsuits, or settlements
- Represent victims in court if necessary
- Utilize expert opinions and testimonies when applicable
- Provide supportive counsel through the entire process
- Assist families of brain injury victims in seeking compensation for damages such as lost wages or medical expenses due to their loved one's injuries
- Advise on potential risks associated with accepting any settlement proposal from insurers
- Help individuals develop care plans that address their medical needs post-injury
Because of the seriousness, complex nature, and length of time brain injuries can affect your life, you need an attorney who knows how to handle brain injury claims. At the Spitzer Law Offices, we can ensure that your claim seeks compensation that will cover the full extent of how your injury may affect you long into the future. We can also quantify non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, and emotional distress. We can fully prepare your claim to hold the responsible parties accountable and aggressively negotiate with insurers who typically respond to skilled lawyers with better outcomes than if you tried to negotiate a settlement on your own.
What is the Main Difference Between a Traumatic Brain Injury and an Acquired Brain Injury?
An acquired brain injury occurs in a person after they are born. It is not caused by hereditary factors, congenital problems, degenerative conditions, or birth trauma. However, it can be traumatic. For example, a stroke or a tumor can cause a traumatic brain injury. However, because these causes are not due to negligence or an outside party, they do lead to personal injury cases.
Does the site of the injury affect how severe it will be?
Mainly yes. For example, injury to the outermost portion of the brain, which is the cerebral cortex, can affect advanced functions, such as thought, reasoning, motion, sensation, and emotion. Thus, a severe impact on this area could leave one debilitated for life.
Is a concussion a mild brain injury?
Most medical professionals call concussions mild brain injuries. Concussions are not generally life-threatening and are mostly short-lived. However, all brain injuries, even concussions, should be checked out by a doctor.
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