Traumatic Brain Injury and Your Legal Rights
Of all types of injury, those to the brain are among the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. Estimates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) incidence, severity, and cost reflect the enormous losses to individuals, their families, and society when these injuries occur. According to the CDC, each year, more than 80,000 Americans survive a hospitalization for a traumatic brain injury, but are discharged with TBI-related disabilities. Twenty-two percent of people who have a TBI die from their injuries.
Today, more than 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability. The risk of having a TBI is especially high among adolescents, young adults, and people older than 75, and for people of all ages, the risk of TBI among males is twice the risk among females. The leading causes of TBI are motor vehicle crashes, violence, and falls, all of which are often not the injured person’s fault. If this has happened to you, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman can help: Call today for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights.
Causes and Effects of TBIs
The leading causes of TBIs vary by age. Falls are the top cause of TBIs among those who are 65 or older, while vehicle accidents lead among those ages 5 to 64.
A traumatic brain injury can greatly affect many cognitive, physical, and psychological skills, including balance, coordination, fine motor skills, strength, and endurance. Deficits in language and communication, information processing, memory, and perceptual skills are common. And psychological issues are often present as well, some of which may be caused by difficulties in adjusting to the other disabilities encountered by people with a TBI.
Because the majority of traumatic brain injuries are caused by accidents, many innocent people unnecessarily suffer because of the carelessness of others. The economic burden of treating traumatic brain injury patients is between $9 billion and $10 billion per year. The personal impact can be equally devastating. People with a severe traumatic brain injury may incur between $600,000 and $1.9 million in long-term medical costs.
But you don’t have to struggle with all of these effects without help. A skilled traumatic brain injury attorney with extensive experience with cases such as yours can pursue compensation on your behalf to make your life a little bit easier. When you trust your case to Parker Waichman, we’ll fight for every penny you and your family deserve.
Seeking Justice Through a TBI Lawsuit
If you or a loved one was injured and suffered a traumatic brain injury, a lawyer can help you to determine your legal rights. Most brain injury lawsuits will fall under the umbrella of negligence, especially if you were injured in an accident like a car crash or a slip and fall, but there are exceptions. For instance, if your injury came at the hands of a doctor, then your TBI lawyer may help you to pursue a medical malpractice suit. And if you were injured while using a faulty product, you might consider filing a product liability lawsuit.
Each case is unique, requiring different types of experts to provide testimony about the different facets of your injury. These expert witnesses can help to paint a clear picture of what you and your loved ones are going through for the judge and jury and outline the challenges you’re likely to face in the years ahead. When you work with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney at Parker Waichman, we’ll secure the expert testimony needed to portray the full extent of the damage to your health and happiness.
Pursuing a lawsuit can be daunting, and the process is filled with complex filing requirements and deadlines. Thankfully, a talented TBI attorney at our firm can handle all of the stress for you, leaving you free to focus on your recovery. We’ll make sure that every step of your case is dealt with skillfully and promptly, and we’ll keep you informed and answer your questions along the way to make sure you always know where your case stands.
Get a Free Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit Consultation Today
If you think you may need a lawyer for a TBI claim, don’t delay. Statutes of limitations can affect your right to file a lawsuit, and if you don’t meet these deadlines, you may lose your chance to pursue compensation forever. Call Parker Waichman today and you can get a free consultation with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer with absolutely no obligation. Once we evaluate your case and answer your questions, you can decide whether to move forward with a traumatic brain injury lawsuit. Just fill out our online contact form or call 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.