When Do You Need a Dedicated Brain Injury Lawyer?
Brain injuries are unique and devastating conditions. Unlike injuries that happen to other parts of the body, brain injuries are often unseen until they cause life-altering harm. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) also has the potential to change a victim’s personality, a side-effect that does not come from damage to any other vital organ, no matter how serious the injury.
The brain injury lawyers at Osborne & Francis take these matters into consideration when building cases for our clients. By understanding the costs associated with the long-term recovery and lifestyle changes involved in brain injuries, we help people access all the financial resources available through the law.
If you need to secure representation from a brain injury attorney, contact Osborne & Francis today by calling (561) 293-2600. For more information on brain injury after-effects and the law, read on.
What Causes Brain Injury Accidents?
Though the brain is well-protected by the skull, modern inventions can cause trauma that our bodies are not prepared to withstand. Some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Auto accidents: Brain injuries are horribly common in car, tractor trailer, and motorcycle crashes due to the high speeds and hard objects involved.
- Workplace injuries: Factory, construction, and offshore jobs are places where helmets are mandatory because head, neck, and brain trauma are at such high risk.
- Slip-and-fall accidents: Whether on icy steps or in a slippery grocery aisle, the speed at which one’s head hits the ground during a slip-and-fall injury can cause serious harm.
- Sports collisions: Football clashes, baseball hits, and hockey falls are just a few examples of how an otherwise healthy sport could cause a devastating injury.
- Overexertion: Stress causes real damage to the body, and in some instances the panic response caused by a crash or the physical exertion of one’s work can cause a stroke, heart attack, or blood clot that could permanently injure the brain.
If you have been in any of these types of accidents, seek medical treatment immediately. Even accidents where the head is not directly contacted can result in brain injury (such as a whiplash concussion, where the brain is jolted inside the skull). If anything feels off or unusual after a crash or fall, don’t assume it’s nothing—brain injury symptoms may not manifest right away. Delays in diagnosis and treatment can worsen a person’s outcome.
In building your case, a brain damage lawyer must not only document your injuries, losses, and ongoing needs for the court, but also show the direct cause of your injury. The origin of the accident or incident that caused your injury will dictate who is financially responsible for the consequences.
What Are the Long-Term Needs for Brain Injury Care?
The human brain is both strong and delicate. In some instances, the brain can heal and adapt in ways that doctors can only study and admire. However, because the brain often remains a medical mystery, certain forms of damage can be impossible to cure. Long-term treatment needs for brain injury recovery may include:
- Physical therapy to regain independence for acts like standing, walking, and going to the bathroom independently
- Occupational therapy for skills like cooking, driving, socializing, and essentially regaining the lifestyle you enjoyed before your injury
- Psychiatric and psychological care to help process this traumatic experience and maintain cognitive functions
- Speech and language therapy to retrain communication abilities
- Social support for the injured individual and their family or friend group
Brain injuries often require management for the rest of a person’s life. The quality of that life depends greatly on the care and recovery support received. Financial resources are needed to guarantee care and dignity, and are discussed in the following section.
Your choice to pursue legal action today could lead to a vastly improved quality of life for you and your family.
What Could a Brain Injury Settlement Mean for You?
A successful pre-trial settlement or verdict from a judge could help cover:
- Medical bills for initial and ongoing healthcare needs
- Lost wages and job-related benefits like retirement contributions, health insurance, or expected raises/bonuses
- Pain and suffering, meaning the non-economic damages you’ve suffered physically and mentally
- “Punitive” damages which are “punishment” fees that may be charged to the negligent party in your case, and then awarded to you
- Wrongful death expenses for funeral costs, lost income, and lost companionship in cases of fatal brain injury
Your choice to pursue legal action today could lead to a vastly improved quality of life for you and for your family. Contact Osborne & Francis to discuss your options, and possibly secure skilled representation right away.
What Are Testimonials for Osborne & Francis?
Hear what our previous clients have to say about the services we provide at Osborne & Francis:
"The Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response. Thanks for your diligence and attention to the small details that could’ve impacted the outcome of our case. You are appreciated!"
"The attorneys at Osborne & Francis represented me in my personal injury case. The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared we settled for 3X's that amount! When they say "Real Tough Lawyers" they mean it. Thank you for fighting with me."
"Best personal injury attorney around, I could not be happier! I was seriously injured in a car accident and Osborne and Francis helped me through the entire process. I was blown away by how knowledgeable the staff and attorneys are at this incredible law firm. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to friends and family!"
How Can You Contact the Brain Injury Attorneys at Osborne & Francis?
Brain injuries impact more than the patient—they also have an effect on that person’s family, friends, and colleagues. The process of healing is often slow, and requires long-term nurturing care. A brain injury lawsuit can help fund these needs for you and your loved ones.
An experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer from Osborne & Francis has the skills and knowledge to document all of your needs and losses for the court. We also diligently pursue every cause and contributing factor of your injury in an effort to maximize all available financial resources. The more monetary support you have, the better your future prospects will be.
Brain Injury FAQs
Those with a mild TBI can fully recover in as few as three months, but the most important aspect of recovery is consistency. Any interruption to care and therapy can lengthen the recovery process, causing more anguish and upset to you and your loved ones.
Severe TBIs require more care, and the longer the timeline, the more vulnerable a patient is to relapse and possibly permanent disability. Securing the financial resources to afford ongoing care is one of the most important features of a brain injury lawsuit settlement.
Extensive treatment and excellent recovery progress may not be enough to eliminate all of the symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury. If your injury is persistent, meaning you’re unable to work or to function without aid, you may be considered eligible for long-term disability insurance on top of your brain injury legal case.
There is no one-size-fits-all amount of compensation for brain injury cases. Each person’s circumstances are fully considered, including the source of the accident, the severity of the injury, and the needs and losses of the injured party.
Your brain injury lawyer from Osborne & Francis will present the strongest possible case in an effort to secure the best possible outcome for your future.
Once again, there is no hard limit on how long an individual case will take to settle, but there are some points to consider:
- A pre-trial settlement may be available faster, but if the offer is not enough to cover your needs, a trial may be the best option.
- Your brain injury attorney will explain your options and take your wishes into consideration when deciding whether or not to go to trial.
- While the completion of a case has no firm deadline, the beginning does—if your case isn’t filed before the timeline expires, you may miss out on all compensation.