Helping TBI Victims Find Care and Compensation
By nature, any brain injury is serious and has the potential to cause long-lasting symptoms that can disrupt a patient's life. Even concussions, often treated like minor inconveniences in the public consciousness, may cause months of debilitating symptoms. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) because of someone's negligence, our team is here to help.
When you file an insurance claim after a severe or catastrophic injury, it's your one chance to recover compensation for your injuries. We can help you maximize your settlement. With over 85 years of combined experience, our attorneys know what it takes to get accident victims the help they need. We are happy to answer your questions and offer honest guidance as you consider your next steps.
Causes and Liability in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
Over a million Americans sustain TBIs each year. Most of these injuries happen in serious or even fatal accidents. The top causes of TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are:
- Auto accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Being struck by or against an object
- Violent assault
Contact sports and military service are also linked with TBI. While less likely to cause serious TBI, both can result in repeated injury, which comes with its own long-term hazards.
Whether an injury was accidental or purposeful, its victim has the right to file a claim against the at-fault party. This could include:
- A property owner whose failure to maintain their land led to a trip and fall
- A negligent driver who caused an accident
- A construction company that failed to protect passersby from falling debris
- An attacker or assaulter
- A school or sports organization that failed to create or enforce safety standards
Anyone injured in the course of their military service can file a claim for additional benefits with the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). Employees who suffer a TBI on the job can file a workers' compensation claim, regardless of fault. These injuries can seriously disrupt your life, so let us know today if you were hurt through no fault of your own. Our attorneys can help you determine your legal options.
Why Should I File a Traumatic Brain Injury Claim?
The brain cannot heal, and while some patients may be able to “rewire” its workings to overcome some of their symptoms, TBI is likely to cause lifelong injury. A study of patients with moderate to severe TBI found that 5 years after an injury, over half are at least moderately disabled and a third need daily assistance. Disability comes with immense costs and, especially for patients who are unable to work due to their injury, can be a cause of ongoing financial stress.
When you file a claim against the party that caused your TBI, you can seek compensation for expenses including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical needs
- Physical and vocational therapy
- Mental health care
- Accommodations and assistive devices
- Home renovations for accessibility
- Household aid/assistance
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Injury victims should be aware these factors can cost much more than the first settlement offer they receive. Before you sign anything from an insurance adjuster, you should speak to one of our TBI lawyers. We work with top medical and life care professionals to itemize the expenses a TBI victim is likely to face into the future. Then, we fight to help our clients receive a settlement that will cover these needs.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Children
As a parent, it's heartbreaking to see your child suffer a permanent injury before they have even had the chance to experience many of the joys of life. Treating TBI in children is especially difficult because symptoms often appear or change as the patient continues to mature. While there are multiple treatment options available to children with TBI, they can be costly. Long-term therapies are often necessary to help children move forward; however, parents may find themselves wondering how to afford the best care for their child.
Our team is here to help your family if you are in this situation. We can answer your questions and formulate a legal strategy to secure sufficient compensation to meet your child's needs, whatever they may be, for the rest of their life.
We're Here to Fight for You
Figuring out how to move forward after a TBI is a taxing process. Having to fight to prevail in an insurance claim is the last thing patients and their families need after a serious injury. Our attorneys are here to help those in this situation.
Karns & Kerrison can do the work of filing your injury claim and advocating for you to receive the full compensation you need. We know the ways insurance adjusters often try to trick clients into accepting unfairly low settlements. Our team has the skill and experience to ensure your claim receives fair consideration. We're also unafraid to take a case to trial if necessary.
After a serious TBI, you deserve help and support moving forward. We are here for you.