Recovering Your Losses after Brain Injury: Get the Right Personal Injury Lawyers Working for You
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very serious injury. However, many people do not even know when it has happened to them. They might have been in a low-impact car accident and thought they only got a bump on the head. Over time, the headaches, blurred vision, depression or memory loss are lingering and ongoing. They may go on without ever knowing how badly they were hurt.
If you’ve suffered a concussion or other form of TBI, our attorneys at Gay & Chacker can help. Contact us at 800-529-4030 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced brain injury lawyer. There is no risk or obligation. If you hire us to represent you, we will charge you no legal fees unless we recover compensation in your case.
The Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injury
Primary brain damage shows up immediately. It can involve problems such as a fractured skull, blood clots, and nerve damage. But secondary brain damage develops slowly. It can lead to problems including:
Complications associated with TBI vary based on how the injury was sustained, how severe it is, and other factors. However, some complications are more common than others.
Seizures: If the head injury you suffered was penetrating in nature, you face a far higher chance of having seizures than if your injury was non-penetrating. TBI sufferers who experience seizures tend to shake from head to toe, and in many cases, they lose consciousness.
Infections and fevers: Fevers often result from an infection, but they may also develop because of blood clots or other related health problems. Most people with TBIs who develop infections do so in their bladder or lungs.
Bone fractures: Bone fractures sometimes accompany TBIs, likely due in part to the fact that TBIs are often the result of a serious accident that may cause other injuries in addition to the blow to the head. Fractures can be difficult to spot when someone has a severe TBI, and they are not always found until weeks or months later.
Blood clots or high blood pressure: Blood clots in the legs have the potential to travel through the body until they reach the lungs, where they are far more serious, even fatal. Separately, high blood pressure tends to affect a small percentage of TBI patients.
A TBI can also cause many short- or long-term health issues affecting a person’s ability to think, sense, or communicate. A brain injury can also have lasting emotional impact, causing depression, anxiety, personality changes, and more. Repeated TBIs can cause additional neurological issues and can be fatal. The recovery period associated with a brain injury can prove long and hard. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident, you may want to get in touch with a lawyer.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury happens when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head disrupts a person’s normal brain function. Falls are the leading cause of TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accounting for about half of brain injury-related ER visits. Striking an object is the second leading cause.
Incidents such as (but not limited to) the following can commonly lead to brain injuries:
- Automobile crashes including car, bus, and truck accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents and other work incidents
- Medical errors including birth injuries
- Slip, trip, and fall incidents
Our firm represented a man who was injured on the side of the road on Interstate 95. A diesel fuel tank had fallen from a truck and spilled onto the highway, so our client pulled his vehicle over on the shoulder. The driver of a vehicle lost control after hitting the fuel slick and struck him. Our client suffered a TBI, which led to amnesia, multiple surgeries, and permanent disability. Gay & Chacker obtained $16.5 million from the insurance companies of the two companies whose negligence had led to the fuel tank spill.
In another case, our client was on an outside service balcony of a building and attempted to reenter the building through the balcony access door, when the door blew shut and struck our client. He fell and struck his head on a support beam. He suffered a concussion, back injuries, and emotional trauma. Our firm obtained a $3.8 million settlement during trial in this premises liability case.
Oftentimes, a serious assault leads to traumatic brain injury. One of our clients was at an entertainment establishment when a uniformed security guard attacked him and caused him to fall unconscious to the ground. When he awoke, the guard repeatedly punched him, despite the fact that our client had done nothing wrong and was unable to walk. We were able to obtain $270,000 for the victim, who had suffered facial fractures, a concussion, short-term memory loss, and other problems as a result of the attack.
Highly Qualified Brain Injury Lawyers Handling Complex Claims
Based in Philadelphia, Gay & Chacker attorneys have substantial experience with complex injury claims. We can prove responsibility and damages for brain problems such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), or the personality changes that can result from injuries suffered in low-impact collisions. Our attorneys are also highly skilled in handling wrongful death claims for the families of victims who died from their brain injuries.
Whether your injury is the result of an automobile accident, a fall, assault, construction accident, swimming pool accident, medical malpractice, birth injury, or another cause, we will work hard to recover your losses. These can include medical bills, ongoing treatments and therapies, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you with your brain injury case. There is no risk or obligation. We will charge you no legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Call us at 800-529-4030 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced brain injury lawyer and start reclaiming your life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Injury Lawsuits
Below are answers to some common questions about seeking legal recourse after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Can’t I handle my injury claim on my own?
After suffering a brain injury, it is possible to file an insurance claim on your own. However, insurers look for ways to pay you as little as possible without a lawyer on your side – regardless of the strength of your claim. You could lose thousands of dollars you might have received if you had had an experienced brain injury attorney guiding the process for you. Even better, our attorneys work on contingency fees, which means that we do not collect a fee unless we recover compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
What can an experienced lawyer do for my family and me?
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you need the right personal injury attorneys representing your interests now, whether the injury involved mild to moderate head trauma, massive brain damage, or left the victim in a coma. Our team will listen to your story, discuss where you are in your treatment, and explain the next steps in seeking compensation for your medical bills and other financial losses.
We will know whether to quickly move the case to court, or to hold off from settlement negotiations until you know what the doctors are predicting for you. Once you have a complete prognosis, we will have our medical experts review it.
What kind of compensation can I recover by filing a brain injury lawsuit?
Compensation in a brain injury lawsuit can cover a variety of areas, including:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages and benefits now and in the future,
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of participation in family life,
- End-of-life expenses (if a loved one was killed), and more.
Every case is different, so the type of compensation and how much you can recover will depend on the unique facts of your brain injury. The best thing to do is to speak with an experienced lawyer for advice. Our firm offers free case evaluations to victims and their families. Call us at 800-529-4030 to schedule a consultation today.