Answers To Common Questions About Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, you likely have numerous questions about the injury itself and your legal options. Below, we’ve included answers to some of the more common TBI questions we receive for your review. Then, feel free to contact us for answers to your own questions.
What are common causes of brain injury that result in litigation?
There is a wide variety of accident scenarios that result in traumatic brain injury, and many could be litigated if they were caused by the negligence of another party. Some of the most common TBI lawsuits our attorneys see are related to brain injuries stemming from:
- Falls (slip-and-fall accidents and trip-and-fall accidents)
- Motor vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.)
- Assaults (these can result in criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit)
- Falling or flying objects
- Certain types of sports injuries (contact sports in which coaches failed to take reasonable measures to protect players against brain injury)
What determines how much my case is worth?
Every personal injury lawsuit is different, and the potential amount of damages (compensation) available depends on the details of the accident and its consequences. If you were to sue someone for causing your TBI, the total damages would include costs such as:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation (past, present and future)
- Costs of long-term care
- Lost wages due to time away from work
- Reduced earning capacity due to permanent disability
- Costs of household modifications to accommodate living with a TBI
- Pain and suffering
Estimates for these figures will depend on the severity of the brain injury. But even a moderate TBI case will likely warrant a settlement or jury award of six figures (hundreds of thousands of dollars). Severe TBI settlements can be more than a million dollars.
How do I prove a TBI and show how severe it is?
Medical science has come a long way in understanding and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries using tests like CT scans and MRI scans. But because the extent of brain injuries won’t be fully visible on these tests, it is often necessary to seek the opinion of medical professionals who are brain injury experts. This is critical not only for therapeutic and treatment purposes, but also for purposes of pursuing compensation.
Do I need a lawyer’s help? Can I just file an insurance claim?
Insurance companies are interested in their own bottom line, and they maximize profits by settling claims for as little money possible. Your insurance company may make a speedy settlement offer, but it will likely be far less than you need to cover expenses and far less than your case is worth. When you work with our firm, we won’t hesitate to fight with insurance companies and any other liable parties to maximize your compensation.
Contact Us For Answers To Your Own Brian Injury Questions
The skilled attorneys at Leeseberg & Valentine would be happy to answer any questions you have about your legal options after a traumatic brain injury. To schedule your initial consultation, call us in Columbus, Ohio, at 614-721-0902 or fill out our online contact form.