Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a hard fall or violent hit to the head and can happen in multiple types of accidents. These types of injuries can be serious and the damage can be permanent. If you or someone you care about has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by negligence, you may be eligible to file a legal claim for compensation. A Clare traumatic brain injury lawyer from Jay Trucks & Associates is standing by to take your call.
Our lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates have helped many injury victims and their families in the Michigan area recover millions in compensation. A recovery of $2,000,000 was obtained for a car accident victim who sustained a TBI and $698,000 in recovery for a worker who suffered a closed head injury while cutting trees.
We are prepared to review the specifics of your claim and discuss the legal options that may be available to you during a 100 percent free consultation. You pay us nothing upfront if we represent you. We only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Talk to a lawyer today. Ph: (800) 762-8623.
Am I Eligible to Pursue Compensation?
Not all traumatic brain injuries are the same. Sometimes the injuries are temporary and the victim may fully recover. However, others could end up with long-term complications or even death. This is why we recommend that you reach out to an experienced TBI attorney from our firm. We will not know if you are eligible to pursue compensation until we examine your situation.
To succeed in a legal action based on negligence, you must be able to prove that the other party is legally responsible or at fault for your traumatic brain injury. This means establishing the following elements of negligence:
- The other party must have owed you a duty of care to ensure reasonable steps were taken to prevent you from injury.
- The other party failed to fulfill this duty by not acting with reasonable care towards you.
- The other party’s actions or inactions was the direct cause of your injury.
- You suffered measurable damages (such as lost wages or medical expenses) as a result of your injury.
If you have case, we are ready to help prove that a brain injury occurred and link that to the misconduct. For instance, showing that it was the other party’s negligent driving that caused your injury. Brain injuries are often harder to detect than other, more visible injuries. Often, symptoms may not appear for days or weeks. However, gathering as much evidence as possible about the accident and the nature of the brain injury will help build a strong case for compensation.
What is My Case Worth?
The value of a case is dependent on a number of different factors, such as the damages you have suffered. These damages may include expenses related to the following:
- Medical bills – Depending on the severity of your TBI, you may have spent weeks or months in a hospital and, upon being released, still have many follow-up appointments with your treating doctor. Medical bills could also include medications, assistive devices, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
- Loss of income – TBI victims often miss time from work to recover and may be eligible for loss of income or loss of future income if the injury is severe enough that you cannot return to work at all.
- Lifetime care costs – Brain injury symptoms can last for years or become permanent. If a caregiver is needed to help with your daily activities, lifetime care costs could be factored into your damages.
- Pain and suffering – This could include physical pain, mental suffering and other negative impacts the brain injury has had on your life, such as loss of enjoyment of life or diminished quality of life.
To help identify the damages available to you and to seek fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered, contact a knowledgeable Clare traumatic brain injury lawyer. There are no upfront costs or fees.
Request a free legal consultation today. (800) 762-8623.
Why Should I Hire a TBI Attorney?
Many personal injury lawyers handle a wide variety of cases. It is important that you hire one that specifically handles traumatic brain injuries. You need someone who fully understands the spectrum of your injury and how it has affected your life financially, physically and emotionally.
A TBI attorney from Jay Trucks & Associates knows how to prepare these types of cases and will ask you for detailed information about how your brain injury occurred, what you remember about the accident, including how it happened, where you were and what you were doing at the time of the incident, and the medical care you have since received. This is all in an effort gather supporting information that may help to strengthen your legal claim.
We often look to multiple sources for evidence, such as:
- Accident reports
- Medical records
- Surveillance camera footage
These sources may help to firmly establish the extent of an injury, directly link the injury to the accident, help prove that negligence played a role, and determine the party or parties responsible for the injury and other damages suffered.
Is There a Time Limit To File My Case?
Most personal injury lawsuits, including those involving traumatic brain injuries, must generally be filed within a three-year deadline. This is in accordance with Michigan’s statute of limitations. Failure to file within three years from the date of the injury or death will likely result in a court dismissal.
It is important to note that every case is different and the deadline may be extended or shortened in certain circumstances. These exceptions can be further explained by a member of our legal team.
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Major Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can happen due to violent blows or shaking to the head causing injury to the brain, skull or scalp. Head injuries can either be open or closed. A closed head injury is any injury that does not penetrate the skull while an open head injury is one that penetrates the skull and enters the brain.
These injuries can be quite severe, exposing the victim to different types of trauma to the brain, such as:
- A concussion – A hard fall or blow to the head can cause a concussion. While you may or may not lose consciousness, you may feel dazed, off-balance and have a brief moment of vision or memory loss. Repeated concussions can be more serious and may even cause permanent brain damage.
- A brain contusion – An impact to the head can bruise the brain. It can also cause bleeding and swelling in the brain. The bruise is not always apparent or visible to the eye.
- A hematoma – Blood clots, or hematomas, can form when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. A hematoma may grow and compress the brain, resulting in loss of consciousness or permanent brain damage.
- A hemorrhage – Uncontrolled bleeding, or hemorrhages, in the space around the brain or within the brain tissue can may cause headaches and vomiting due to pressure buildup.
- Diffuse axonal injury – Some brain injuries do not cause bleeding but may still damage the brain cells. This type of brain injury is more deadly because it can result in swelling without the visible sign of damage compared to other brain injuries.
Symptoms of Mild, Moderate or Severe TBI
TBI symptoms vary based on the extent of the injury and the area of the brain affected. While some symptoms may be immediate, others may not manifest until days or even weeks later.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Victims may or may not lose consciousness for a short time period, generally from several seconds to a few minutes. Other symptoms from a mild TBI could include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Felling tired or sleepy
- Ringing in the ears
- Change in sleeping habits
- Behavioral changes
- Issues with memory
- Lack of concentration
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Moderate or Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Victims will lose consciousness for a longer period of time, generally from several minutes to hours. A period of confusion could last for days or weeks. Sometimes there are physical, cognitive or behavioral impairments that could be long-lasting or cause irreversible or permanent brain damage, or in worse scenarios, death.
Other symptoms from a moderate or severe TBI include:
- Chronic migraine headache
- Bouts of nausea or vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Large pupils in one or both eyes
- Numbness or tingling of extremities
- Increased confusion, restlessness or agitation
Call a Clare TBI Lawyer For a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by the negligence of another, our lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates are available to review your situation in a free consultation. We are committed to protecting the rights of victims struggling with severe brain injuries after an accident.
Our firm has a proven track record of success, obtaining more than $500 million in compensation for our clients. Our consultations are completely free and come with no risk or obligation to take legal action. We do not charge any upfront fees unless you obtain compensation through a settlement or verdict.
We are available 24/7 by online chat or phone: (800) 762-8623.