Contact a Columbus brain injury lawyer at Babin Law if you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury. We can help answer your questions and can help determine whether you are eligible for compensation for your injuries and related costs. We offer a free consultation with no upfront costs, and you pay no fees unless you win your case.
Traumatic brain injuries can leave lasting impacts on the lives of the victims, perhaps even life-long, and the economic toll of such losses is enormous. You can and should fight for your legal rights, and our team of personal injury lawyers at the Babin law firm may be able to help you do just that.
The life-altering effects of a brain injury can leave victims in deep peril for long after the event that caused the damage. Automobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, premises liability cases, and all sorts of other personal injury incidents can result in such an injury to the head.
Even a nominal blow to the human head can have serious effects on the cognitive and physical well-being of the victim, after all, the brain is among the vital regions of the body. Moreover, it is the cognitive center, making it especially vulnerable to such blows, and the after-effects may persist throughout the life of the motor vehicle accident victim.
Brain injury victims, from all walks of life, then must muster up their strength and demand compensation in the form of a fair financial settlement for the losses incurred upon them because of the negligence of the liable party. Since Ohio is an at-fault insurance state, meaning that the liable party is responsible for paying compensation to the victim, it makes all the more sense for you to contact a team of competent and experienced lawyers to take charge of your case early on.
Don’t delay matters any further, call the office of the Babin law office and see if our professional personal injury attorneys with years of combined experience can help with your case. Our experienced legal team may be able to help you win the compensation you so rightfully deserve.
But before we discuss that in any more detail, let us explore the problem first.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
As the name suggests, a traumatic brain injury is a blow to the head (a head injury) that extends to the brain and causes noticeable damage to the tissue or the cognitive capabilities of the person. In short, traumatic brain injuries are an extension of regular head injuries. This may happen in any number of ways, but the most common scenarios are automobile accidents.
The impact of your head being slammed against a hard surface will cause your brain to shake inside the skull and hit against its walls. Based on the degree of the impact, the damage may be light to severe. For motorcyclists and other automobile accident victims, the crash impact can cause some heavy damage. The risk of wrongful death is well pronounced in such cases.
But even if the sufferer does survive, the risks are not over, brain injury is merely a prelude of several complications and issues:
- Speech difficulties and changes
- Memory loss
- Impairment of mental capabilities such as reasoning and judgment
- Complications with emotions, i.e. uncontrollable rage or becoming overly sensitive
- Loss of concentration on important things
- Inability to solve complex problems demanding mental capabilities
- Personality problems and dysfunctions
- Problems with the sleep-wake cycle
- Bothersome headaches
- Blurriness of the vision
- Seizures and convulsions
Of course, these are merely the symptoms, the extent of the damage may lie much deeper. You’ll need complete medical attention for a proper diagnosis, and then you’ll have to seek adequate medical care for recovery, at least as much as is possible. Medical treatment, hospitalization, medications, possible surgical procedures can cost a fortune.
Plus, you will have to commit to all of this for a long time, perhaps for years and years, meaning that a one-time monetary settlement for the initial treatment would be inadequate. You shouldn’t rush for a settlement because if you end up settling for a smaller sum, you’ll have a lot of trouble in the long run.
Instead, you could contact an experienced attorney. If they are able to take on your case, they will help guide you through the process and then sue the liable party for financial compensation.
Common Causes Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic head injuries and others of their kind are the results of high force impacts, especially in automobile accidents. One thing is certain, the impact must be forceful enough to shake the inside of the human skull and cause enough damage for it to be considered a serious injury.
Serious injuries or permanent injuries are those that cause a significant effect on the lives of the victims for a long time after the incident that caused them. The effects of brain trauma may be physical, emotional, or cognitive, but they must be severe enough to be considered severe in personal injury law.
In any case, the causes of a severe brain injury/catastrophic injury in the brain include but are not limited to:
- Motor vehicle crashes, i.e. both multi-car crashes and single-vehicle crashes
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports accidents
- Deliberate violence, i.e. bar fight
- Workplace accidents
- Product malfunction, i.e. vehicle with defective brakes
- Amusement park accident
- Medical malpractice (birth injury)
The list is endless, there are so many possibilities that can lead to such traumatic injuries, but in all such cases, your task is to establish negligence. You need to show the insurance adjuster of the liable party how the actions/inaction of their clients led to the incident which caused you so much damage.
Firstly, you need to establish that the accident would not have happened otherwise and that only the negligence of the liable party is the relevant factor. Then you need to link the accident with your injuries and losses.
Avoid risking anything, instead, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to opt for the best course of action.
And if you were wondering how many people share such a fate with you, then you might be surprised to learn that victims of traumatic brain injuries are quite common. In the USA alone, someone suffers from such an injury every 21 seconds! This data comes from an estimate published by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIA), and they also concluded that almost 1.4 million people suffer from such a horrid blow every year.
The Cost Of Sustaining A Traumatic Brain Injury
We have already discussed the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of traumatic brain injuries, but there is one aspect that remains to be explored: financial. It is not hard to deduce that brain injuries can take a toll on the lives of the victims but nothing compares to the heavy financial burden that they’re subjected to, which of course, is another source of mental stress.
Victims have to seek medical attention in time if they want to stand a chance at recovering from the effects of the injury. The recovery may not be complete, but the treatment process will involve medical experts like:
- Physical therapy experts
- Speech experts
- Vocational rehab experts
- Pain management experts
This panel of experts will claim the biggest fraction of the total costs, but there are yet other drains to consider:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential (even if partial)
- Extra expenses necessitated by the accident
- Property damage (for automobile accidents)
- Long term medical expenses
This forms the financial aspect of the losses experienced by the victims, if, of course, they survive the incident and have to live through the ordeal (in which case, it may be a permanent disability). Another possibility also exists and that is of wrongful death, i.e. if the victim succumbs to the injuries. In this case, the survivors of the deceased (parents, spouse, or children) will be able to demand fair compensation for the emotional and financial losses.
The emotional toll of losing a loved one is immeasurable but can be compensated via a financial settlement. As for the financial aspect, in this case, the personal injury claim would become a wrongful death claim and cover things like funeral costs, loss of income for the family, loss of potentially inheritable estate (it would be lower than otherwise), and so on.
The most important thing to note in this regard is that if you contact your traumatic brain injury attorney on time and start preparing for your case early on, you stand a better chance of getting the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
The Babin Law Firm May Be Able to Help You Claim Your Rightful Compensation In Columbus, Ohio
We understand the emotional state of the victims of personal injury incidents and have seen countless clients go through tough times, fight for their rightful compensation, and then win a fair settlement in the end.
Our years of experience in offering legal representation to personal injury clients enable us to help you to the fullest. If we are able to take on your case at the Babin law firm, our team of personal injury attorneys will be compassionate, competent, and highly committed to winning you the compensation you deserve from the insurance companies of the liable parties.
Once you hand your case over to our legal team, your only concern should be going through the treatment and getting better. Leave the legal matters to us, and not worry about the legal payments as well because we work on a contingency fee basis.
No win, no pay – call us today to learn more!