If you or a family member sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a personal injury accident, you already know the effect these injuries can have. Living with a brain injury is never easy. A TBI can be straining on an individual's physical, psychological, and financial health. A TBI can also make it hard to work, resume your everyday activities, and enjoy a long and active life.
After a brain injury, your future may depend on the treatment you get and your ability to pay for the care that you need. That's why you should contact a lawyer about receiving the compensation you are entitled to. The medical bills and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering, are not something you should have to manage alone.
Get In Touch With a Thousand Oaks traumatic brain injury attorney at Drake Law Firm if you are suffering from a head injury due to an automobile accident or any other accident.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The definition of a traumatic brain injury is "a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury." These injuries include:
TBIs range from minor to severe with varying symptoms and degrees of prognosis.
Minor traumatic brain injuries usually impact a person for a short period of time before they make a complete recovery. More severe traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, and various other physical damage that results in long-lasting complications or death.
What Types of Brain Injury Cases Does Drake Law Firm Handle?
Our brain injury attorneys handle all kinds of cases involving brain injuries that were caused by another party's negligence. A few of the most common types of TBI claims we handle include:
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
Automobile accidents are among the most common causes of brain injuries in the United States. Car accidents are common and many lead to head injuries. Truck accidents are less common, but they involve devastating force that results in an increased chance of a TBI. And motorcycle riders simply have little to no protection and can easily hurt their head when they are struck or ejected from their bike.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrians and bicyclists are completely exposed when they are walking or biking near roads. If a car strikes a pedestrian, they are often thrown or crushed from the force of the vehicle. This collision commonly results in brain injuries in serious pedestrian or bicycle collisions.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care, causing an injury to the patient. If the mistake causes a lack of oxygen to the brain, or fails to notice or treat an existing brain issue, a TBI might result.
Infant brain damage can happen during childbirth in particular situations that are naturally caused and also in situations involving negligence. The most common causes of birth injury TBIs are the use of an instrument like forceps with excessive force or asphyxiation when the brain is deprived of oxygen for too long.
Slip and Fall
When a person slips and falls from a slippery floor or broken staircase, they can easily hit their heads hard enough to result in a brain injury. Some falls are not serious and result in minor injuries. However some can be devastating and lead to long lasting consequences and real pain and suffering.
Some jobs and industries are known to be more hazardous than others. For example, an employee in the construction industry might sustain a brain injury on the job from falling, being crushed, or during a vehicle accident. In these cases, they may be able to recover compensation through workers' compensation benefits. If a party besides the employer was responsible, they might be able to get additional compensation through a third-party personal injury claim.
Compensation for Damages from a Brain Injury
Getting compensation for a brain injury that was not your fault can make all the difference for you and your family. For the most part, victims and their families are dealing with accumulating bills, stress, and an uncertain future. If your traumatic brain injury is severe, you might be out of work for a long time. In addition to medical bills, you might be able to receive other compensation because of the accident.
Insurance companies will pay the least amount possible because they are in business to make money. They don't care about your injuries; they just care about their profits. If you try to settle, you might not receive enough compensation for past medical bills, never mind future medical expenses and lost time from work.
The various kinds of compensation that you might receive consist of:
Traumatic brain injuries might be minor or severe and could have long recovery times. Compensation for long-lasting injuries will help you support yourself and your family.
Consult a Thousand Oaks Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
The attorneys of Drake Law Firm have the experience and resources needed to represent you in your traumatic brain injury case. We will fight on your behalf to recover the maximum compensation you and your family are entitled to.
Do not make the mistake of handling insurance companies by yourself. Hire experienced legal representation to protect you and your loved one's legal rights.
Contact Drake Law Firm so I can answer any questions you may have and let you know what I can do to help. If you’re unable to visit our firm, we can come to your home or hospital room.