Fresno Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) aren’t to be taken lightly. In fact, some traumatic brain injuries can be so severe that they result in memory loss or permanent disability. When you receive a traumatic brain injury, you may experience confusion, vertigo, and stress. You may wonder what options are available to you and what you can do immediately following an accident that resulted in you developing a traumatic brain injury. If you’ve developed a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
The compassionate and skilled Fresno personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw, LLC can help you decide on your next steps directly following an accident that left you with a traumatic brain injury. If you’re not at fault for your accident, you shouldn’t be made responsible for the medical bills and other expenses that pile up afterward. Our firm has a history of delivering results for our clients, providing them with the compensation that is owed to them as a result of their injuries.
We want to help you recover from your injuries and secure the compensation owed to you following an accident that resulted in your traumatic brain injury. Call us today at (314) 963-9000 to schedule a free consultation, no strings attached.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are several reasons why you may develop a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls. Same-level falls or falls from heights can lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury. The most common type of fall is a same-level fall. This means that the fall takes place on an even or level surface. The most commonplace falls occur within the home. However, falls can occur in other areas, such as workplaces and parking lots.
- Motor vehicle collisions. If you’re struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian or while in another car, you can develop a traumatic brain injury.
- Violence. Blows to the head, either by a weapon or a fist, can lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury.
- Sports injuries. Sports, such as football and baseball, are considered high-risk contact sports. You can be struck by a bat, ball, or person, which can lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury.
- Explosions. Generally, explosions take place within the context of military combat or construction zones but can also occur in places where hazardous materials and chemicals are being used, such as science classes or labs. If chemicals are improperly stored or mixed without proper care or supervision, an explosion could lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury.
- Being struck by an object. You may be struck by an object, such as a bat, with such force that it could lead to the development of a traumatic brain injury.
- Head injury. You could sustain a head injury so severe that it cracks the skull. A cracked skull could lead to the penetration of the brain, causing a traumatic brain injury.
Types of TBIs
There are two different types of TBIs. They are:
- Closed brain injury. A closed brain injury occurs when there is a non-penetrating injury to the brain. Generally, closed brain injuries occur as the result of violent movement or shaking of the brain in the skull that leads to the bruising and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels. Car accidents, falls, and sports are the largest contributors to this type of brain injury.
- Penetrating brain injury. A penetrating brain injury occurs when there is a break in the skull. Violence, such as being struck with a blunt object or getting shot in the head, can lead to the development of this type of brain injury.
Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury Claim
The amount and types of compensation available to you depend heavily on the severity of the injuries you sustained. The most common types of compensation awarded to victims suffering from TBIs include:
- Medical expenses. You can recover damages for the medical expenses you incur due to treatment for your traumatic brain injury. Medical expenses include ambulances, wheelchairs, prescriptions, in-patient/out-patient care, physical therapy/rehabilitation, and more.
- Lost wages. You can receive compensation for the income you lose because you can’t work after a traumatic brain injury. This includes all past, present, and future lost wages.
- Lost earning capacity. The traumatic brain injury you sustained as a result of your accident can render you disabled and unable to return to work at all or unable to return to work at the same job you had prior to the accident. You can recover money for your past, present, and future lost earning capacity.
- Property damage. You can receive payment for the loss of property that was either damaged or destroyed in your accident.
- Wrongful death. If you lost a loved one because of a traumatic brain injury, you and your family may be eligible to receive compensation for their final medical costs, the cost of burial and funeral, and more.
- Pain and suffering. You may be eligible to recover damages for the pain and suffering you endure due to your accident and resulting traumatic brain injury. This includes compensation for all past, present, and future pain and suffering you experience.
- Emotional trauma. In the aftermath of your accident, you may develop mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can recover damages for the emotional trauma you’re forced to endure as a result of your accident.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. Your traumatic brain injury could be so severe that you’re rendered disabled or in a vegetative state following your accident, unable to participate in activities you previously enjoyed and fully take part in living your life. You and your family may be able to receive compensation for your loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of consortium. If you and your family lose a loved one due to traumatic brain injury that results in death, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of consortium, otherwise known as the loss of the decedent’s love and companionship.
Proving Negligence in California
When someone acts with no regard for the safety of others, or acts in a way that intentionally puts others at risk, their actions are negligent. To prove negligence in California, you’ll need to show, through evidence, that the at-fault party was negligent. Then you’ll have to prove that their negligence caused the accident and that you were injured in the accident. If you can prove these things, then the at-fault party can be held liable.
When you hire OnderLaw, LLC, your lawyer can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case to show that the other party was liable and should provide compensation for your injuries. Don’t go it alone. Get a OnderLaw, LLC lawyer on your team now.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits
In California, the statute of limitations on most personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of injury. If you wish to file a claim against a city, county, or California government organization, the statute of limitations is then six months from the date of injury.
Should you fail to file a personal injury lawsuit within the time frame allotted, your case will be thrown out, and you will miss out on recovering the damages owed to you through the court system. It is important to have legal representation for this very reason, as a skilled and experienced lawyer can keep you aware of deadlines and other important details regarding your case so that you can recover the full amount of compensation owed to you for the damages you suffered in your accident.
California Accident Statistics
In the United States, people develop TBIs resulting from accidents of all kinds every day. Here are some California statistics:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 61,000 traumatic brain injury-related deaths across the United States in 2019. That comes to about 166 traumatic brain injury-related deaths each day.
Data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 244,000 non-fatal work-related accidents occurred due to slips, trips, and falls—three of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries across the United States.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
An experienced attorney can help you recover the medical records necessary to file a successful claim. Additionally, they can speak with your medical providers and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to win the full amount of compensation owed to you following a traumatic brain injury. At OnderLaw, LLC, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients, and we won’t let an insurance company take advantage of you.
Why Choose OnderLaw, LLC?
The legal team at OnderLaw, LLC has an established history of success in providing results to victims of personal injury claims of all types throughout the nation. As a whole, we have collected several billion dollars in compensation for our clients, and we’re not stopping there. We at OnderLaw, LLC are compelled to serve justice to those injured or disabled in accidents in Fresno and beyond, getting them the money they are entitled to as a result of their injuries.
You can’t go wrong when you choose OnderLaw, LLC to represent you. We’ll work just as hard for you as we would for our own family to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Fresno Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, do not hesitate to call the legal team at OnderLaw, LLC to handle your case. Call us today at (314) 963-9000 to schedule a free consultation.