A traumatic brain injury lawyer with our Ogden, UT, practice can protect your rights following a serious accident. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from negligence, such as a slip and fall on an unsafe property, or a faulty product or piece of equipment. The effects of a TBI can have catastrophic consequences for the injured party and his or her family. Traumatic brain injury can result in expensive medical bills, affect your ability to work, and even diminish your quality of life. Our attorneys have the expertise to help you collect the restitution needed to cover these losses.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury can result from falling down the stairs, a car accident, a sports-related injury, a work accident, or a variety of other scenarios. A TBI may be considered mild or severe depending on the length of unconsciousness, and symptoms can take several days or weeks to appear.
Symptoms of TBI can include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Depression or other changes in mood or personality
- Irritability or violent outbursts
- Difficulty forming thoughts and sentences or speaking
- Memory loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lack of coordination or motor skills
You should speak with your doctor about any physical or behavioral changes you may be experiencing, regardless of when the symptoms appear.
Costs Related to Traumatic Brain Injury
There are numerous costs associated with a traumatic brain injury, and one of the most expensive can be your medical bills. Because TBI symptoms do not always surface immediately, you may require multiple examinations and costly tests such as x-rays and MRIs. In some cases, you may also need to see a specialist for diagnosis or treatment of your injury, which adds to your medical bills. You may require rehabilitation or physical therapy in some cases to restore motor skills, speech, and more. In many instances insurance covers only a portion of these costs, leaving you to pay the remaining balance out of your pocket.
In severe cases, you may require short-term or long-term care, either in a facility or in your home. Any current or potential short- and long-term care should be considered in your overall expenses incurred due to your brain injury.
A TBI may affect your ability to work for a short or long period of time. You may require time off work to recover or to attend doctor or therapy appointments. Additionally, if your injury affects your ability to focus for long periods of time, you may go part time or take a lower-paying job. A brain injury can have long-term effects on your earning potential and can lead to early retirement due to an inability to work. Real and potential earning loss should be included when calculating your overall expenses and damages sought.
TBI may also affect your quality of life through loss of your ability to work, travel, exercise, or participate in other previously enjoyed activities. Any reduction in your quality of life, as well as your pain and suffering, should be considered when calculating damages. A lawyer and other experts can help you accurately determine your overall costs.
A traumatic brain injury can result from negligence or a faulty product or piece of equipment. Its effects can have catastrophic consequences for the injured party and his or her family.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Our attorneys are experienced in both personal injury and TBI cases and we can help you determine your total expenses and an appropriate amount of damages to seek. We will take factors such as your medical expenses, loss of wages, costs of care, diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering into account when determining whether your case is worth pursuing. We also take the defendant’s ability to pay into consideration. Larger corporations and insurance companies are often more able to pay a settlement than small businesses or individuals. By determining the value of your case and the defendant’s ability to pay, we avoid the risk of losing money and time for our clients.
If you or a loved one was recently involved in an accident and may have suffered a brain injury, contact us today to explore your options. Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Froerer & Miles can help guide you through these difficult days with their compassionate representation.