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Grand Rapids Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Did your loved one suffer a traumatic brain injury? The physical, financial, and psychological toll of traumatic brain injuries on victims and their families can be overwhelming. During this difficult time, it may be beneficial to talk to an experienced lawyer about pursuing a medical malpractice claim. While recovering compensation cannot change what happened, it can be an important part of recovering from a serious personal injury.

For more than three decades, the licensed attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have been helping injury victims in Grand Rapids and throughout Michigan recover compensation for their damages. These results include $2 million we obtained for a car crash victim who suffered a severe brain injury.

Your initial consultation with a Michigan brain injury lawyer is free of charge. There is no obligation to take legal action, but if you do, we do not charge for our services unless you receive compensation.

Call our firm today to set up your free consultation: (800) 762-8623

Jay Trucks and Associates is Your Winning Grand Rapids Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

For over 30 years, Jay Trucks and Associates has served the Grand Rapids and greater Michigan areas. We continue to fight hard legal battles for injury victims and provide top-notch representation to those who find themselves at the mercy of life-changing and catastrophic losses.

Our lawyers have amassed more than substantial experience in cases involving brain injury, including car and truck accidents and work-related injuries. We’re proud to obtain substantial recoveries for our clients, including:

  • $698,000 for workplace closed head injury
  • $1,000,000 for an open and closed head injury after a driver ran a red light
  • $620,000 for a husband and wife who received multiple fractures and a head injury in a motorcycle accident

While our past successes are proof of our experience and dedication, the only way to know what our Michigan brain injury lawyers can do for you personally is to schedule a free consultation with our team. We are eager to show you how we could make a positive impact on your claim and deliver on our promise to uphold your rights.

Can I File a Claim for Compensation?

It can be very difficult for brain injury victims or their loved ones to know whether they may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. They should be able to focus on medical treatment and managing the challenges caused by the injury.

In a free consultation, you have the chance to talk about what happened and how the injury is affecting you. This will help our attorneys to determine whether your traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be the result of someone else’s negligence. The legal theory that is applied in most personal injury cases contains four parts that your Michigan brain injury lawyer must establish:

Duty of Care was Present

The person or entity you are filing the claim against must have been under a legal duty to act reasonably and responsibly to help prevent the injury. The definition of reasonable behavior depends on the situation, such as not driving while drowsy or drunk, performing proper maintenance on a commercial truck’s brakes, or avoiding anesthesia errors during a surgical procedure.

Duty of Care Was Not Upheld

There must be proof the at-fault party failed to uphold the duty of care. Often, a duty of care is breached through careless or reckless actions. However, sometimes at-fault parties fail to act at all, and this may be a breach of the duty of care.

Injury Linked to Negligence

Your legal counsel must prove the breach of the duty of care directly caused you to suffer an injury. We may need to refute claims from the other side about the cause of your injury.

Damages from Your Injury

There must be proof of damages from your injuries. Medical bills often make up the largest portion of a victim’s damages. Other types of damages include lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of earning capacity.

What a Brain Injury Case May Be Worth

The value of a TBI case depends on the damages you suffered and how far into the future those damages may affect your life. The more severe an injury is, the greater a claim’s potential value. Victims of severe head trauma may need ongoing medical care for years or even the rest of their lives.

Our Grand Rapids traumatic brain injury lawyers are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for your damages, such as the cost of past and future medical bills for your brain injury treatment, which could include the cost of:

  • Brain surgery
  • MRIs
  • CT scans
  • X-rays
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Prescription medications to treat anxiety, blood clots, seizures, muscle spasms, or other behavioral conditions related to the injury

Our attorneys may also be able to pursue compensation for the cost of renovating your home or vehicle to accommodate mobility limitations caused by your brain injury.

If you are unable to work during your recovery, we may be able to pursue compensation for lost wages. If you have a permanent disability, you may be unable to work at the same job as before, or even work at all. In these situations, you may be compensated for the loss of earning capacity.

You may also be eligible to pursue compensation for the emotional effects of the injury, including depression, anxiety, and loss of sleep. If the injury hurts your relationship with your spouse, you may be eligible for compensation for loss of companionship.

Another form of compensation is lost enjoyment of life, which may be available if your injury prevents you from participating in leisure activities you used to enjoy.

You may also be eligible to pursue compensation for the emotional effects of the injury, including depression, anxiety, and loss of sleep. If the injury hurts your relationship with your spouse, you may be eligible for compensation for loss of companionship.

Another form of compensation is lost enjoyment of life, which may be available if your injury prevents you from participating in leisure activities you used to enjoy.

Reach our office 24/7 by online chat or phone: (800) 762-8623

Why Hire a Michigan Brain Injury Attorney?

In general, hiring an experienced attorney results in victims receiving more compensation when compared to those who do not.

Jay Trucks and Associates has a long history of recovering compensation for injury victims. Our attorneys are prepared to manage each step of the legal process on your behalf, from investigating the accident and negotiating with insurance companies to valuing your damages and preparing to go to trial if necessary.

We know how to defend the value of an injury claim when dealing with insurance companies and other parties working against your best interests.

There are many risks to trying to handle the legal process on your own. Claimants often fall prey to simple mistakes, from unintentionally saying something to the insurance company that hurts the value of your claim, to accepting a lowball settlement that leaves you in need of more compensation.

Our experienced attorneys have in-depth knowledge of brain injury law, theories of negligence, and first-hand experience of the impact that a serious brain injury can have on one’s life. We understand that the damages brought on by head injuries are far-reaching and that these cases require attention to detail and perseverance to achieve the best possible outcomes. For these reasons, we have a well-earned reputation for obtaining maximum financial recoveries for our clients.

Deadline for Filing a Compensation Claim

Personal injury claims have a three-year statute of limitations. In other words, you have three years from the date of the injury or your loved one’s death to file a case. Otherwise, it will likely be dismissed in court.

However, there are various exceptions. Medical malpractice claims have a two-year deadline, but there are exceptions to that as well.

Traumatic brain injury cases can be complex; it is important to talk to a licensed Grand Rapids TBI lawyer to find out the potential deadline for your claim.

We are here to help you during this difficult time: (800) 762-8623

Defining Traumatic Brain Injuries

traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or the head being penetrated by something. The injury causes some sort of disruption in the normal functioning of the brain, which is why victims may lose consciousness or experience confusion or disorientation.

Severe brain injuries frequently result from motor vehicle accidents and work site accidents, especially in the construction industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these accidents are estimated to have an annual healthcare cost of over 40 billion dollars nationwide. For individuals, the medical expenses and complications dealt with by such injuries can be emotionally and financially catastrophic.

Different Types of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. In general, the longer a victim is unconscious from the injury, the more severe it is likely to be. However, sometimes mild injuries do not result in unconsciousness. In addition, brain trauma is often classified into open and closed head injuries.

  • A concussion is a minor injury; however, it can result in serious problems, particularly if you suffer multiple concussions in a short period of time. Victims may lose memories, feel disoriented or suffer personality changes, which has been seen in former professional football players.
  • A brain contusion is a bruise on the brain tissue. This type of serious head injury can cause a buildup of pressure in the brain and potentially be fatal.
  • Anoxic brain injuries happen if the brain suffers a lack of oxygen, which results in a victim having difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and other long-term problems affecting speech, vision, or memory retention.

While our lawyers are not doctors, we often rely on medical experts when handling brain injury cases. By acquiring as much information as possible about your particular injury and circumstances, we can better understand the needs that you and your family will experience both now and in the future and work toward a settlement that accommodates these.

What Brain Injury Victims Should Do After Suffering a TBI

Those who potentially suffered a brain injury should get to a hospital immediately. If you wait to seek treatment, the injury could get much worse. Sometimes, quick treatment allows doctors to contain and lessen the damage.

Sometimes, it is obvious a brain injury occurred, such as if the victim loses consciousness or the victim’s head was impaled by an object. However, at other times a TBI may not be readily apparent, which is why you should note the potential signs of a brain injury, particularly if you were hit in the head or your head was shaken around, and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling dazed, confused, or disoriented
  • Feeling tired or sleeping more than normal
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Difficulty speaking, or slurring words
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Trouble with balance
  • Issues with fine motor skills and completing simple tasks
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood changes, particularly feeling anxious or depressed
  • Other psychological effects

Make sure you follow the doctor’s orders, including staying home until your physician clears you to go back to work and avoiding other activities as instructed. If you stop your treatment, it may lower the value of your claim.

It’s important to keep all medical bills and records related to your injuries, along with a record of days and times you missed work. It may also be helpful to keep a journal about how the treatment is going, including the pain and other symptoms you are dealing with on a daily basis. Your experienced brain injury lawyer can help compile the necessary evidence needed to build your claim. However, the more that we can furnish your case with details related to your injury, the better we’ll be able to accurately represent your losses.

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Call Today to Set Up a Consultation with a Grand Rapids TBI Attorney

If you’re unsure whether you have a case, it may benefit you immensely to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. There is no obligation to file a claim, and our attorneys do not charge upfront fees, nor do we charge anything unless you receive fair compensation.

We are a client-focused firm with a proven track record of success. Our personal injury law firm has recovered more than $500 million over more than 30 years of service in the state of Michigan.

Contact Jay Trucks and Associates: (800) 762-8623