A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a detrimental impact on someone’s quality and even length of life. While some TBI cases may conclude with a full recovery, others can leave ongoing and even deadly disabilities.
When you or your loved one sustains a TBI in an incident caused by someone’s negligence or carelessness, you may have a legal right to receive compensation for a wide range of costs incurred from the injury. Our OnderLaw personal injury lawyers can fight to recover the just compensation you deserve for what happened.
Categories of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury could happen as the result of a car, motorcycle, pedestrian, truck, or bus accident. TBIs are also frequently reported in cases involving terrible falls, sports incidents, or acts of criminal violence like assault.
Any TBI can be extremely serious and requires immediate medical attention. These injuries can lead to more serious physical problems and sometimes are fatal. The initial brain injury could even seem mild at first but progress and worsen over a period of hours or days following the initial trauma.
Traumatic brain injuries may be penetrating or non-penetrating, which refers to the extent of the damage to the actual skull and the potential harm to the brain matter below. Concussions are one of the milder types of TBIs, but these brain injuries can still lead to long-term physical ramifications, including depression, memory issues, and balance problems.
On the other end of the spectrum are traumatic brain injuries like coup-contrecoup injuries and diffuse axonal injuries. A coup-contrecoup TBI occurs when the force of the impact is so extreme that it causes the individual’s brain to strike against multiple sides of the skull, resulting in separate contusions. A diffuse axonal injury involves the actual tearing of the nerve cells inside the brain because the head is being jolted so violently.
Collecting Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI can leave an indelible mark on your life, not to mention require ongoing and extensive:
- Vision therapy
- Speech therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Other forms of rehabilitation
Your senses, cognition, motor skills, coordination, communication, and even personality can also be permanently impacted.
As a result, you could be entitled to a wide variety of compensation for a TBI. There is no single dollar amount for a case, as each TBI claim differs, and your recovery should reflect the value of your specific injuries and losses. For example, compensation could include your medical bills, as well as the cost of your future medical care. You could also recover the value of your past and future lost earning ability. Other forms of compensation could include your:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost life enjoyment
- Psychological anguish
Multiple factors can impact how much compensation you get for a TBI. The extent and severity of your injury, the value of your economic and non-economic damages, and the evidence provided to support your claim could all impact the value of your case.
The identity of the liable party or parties, how liability for your injuries is assessed, and the policy limits of the insurance coverage or coverages involved will also play a role in a future settlement or court award. If the at-fault party’s conduct was especially negligent, you may also be able to claim punitive damages in addition to the other types of financial recovery mentioned, which could increase the value of your case.
Retaining qualified and trusted legal representation is also essential to secure the best possible outcome for a traumatic brain injury case. Your lawyer can collect all the necessary records and documentation from medical providers, law enforcement, witnesses, and other sources to support your case. At OnderLaw, we have access to expert witnesses and other resources that could prove instrumental in demonstrating liability for your injury and the extent of the impact it has had on your life.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Get Compensation for Your Traumatic Brain Injury
Proving any personal injury claim is no easy feat, and traumatic brain injury cases can be highly complex. In addition to evidence tying the at-fault party’s actions to your injury—which is vital to establish liability for your TBI—you will need to be able to demonstrate the full value of your past, present, and future financial losses.
The experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys at OnderLaw can gather the evidence needed to build the strongest possible claim and get you maximum compensation. Our dedicated legal team can also guide you through each stage of the claim process.
We can speak with medical experts who can attest to the long-term effects of your injury and the costs they will incur, oversee all legal procedures, negotiate with the insurance company, and represent you in court. Call our office now to speak with a proactive lawyer at our firm and find out how we can help with your TBI claim.