Suffering from a brain injury can change your entire life. From the way you think or function to your ability to continue to earn an income or enjoy life. If an accident is to blame for your or a loved one’s brain injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation that can help you manage your medical expenses and loss of income. The Sacramento personal injury attorneys at Tiemann Law Firm can help you pursue the full financial reward you deserve from the party responsible for your accident.
The brain is the most vital organ in the human body. It controls every move we make, from running and dancing to taking a single breath. It also controls every thought we have and every word that we say – in short, it is nothing less than amazing. However, when this crucial organ is damaged, even in a minor accident, the consequences can be traumatic, life-altering, and permanent.
Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that over an eight-year span from 2006 to 2014, traumatic brain injury-related visits increased by 54 percent. In 2014 alone, there were over 2.87 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States.
If your injury resulted from someone’s negligent actions or inaction, contact the experienced brain injury lawyers at Tiemann Law Firm. We are a dedicated and compassionate team who can help you determine if you are legally entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Call Tiemann Law Firm today at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case and lay out your legal options.
What Is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury is any type of injury to the brain that occurs after birth and is not genetic, congenital, or the result of a degenerative condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. You may often see the acronym TBI in relation to brain injuries. TBI stands for traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury is usually caused by an external force, such as a bump or blow to the head or an object that pierces the skull. The force of this trauma disrupts the normal function of the brain. This damage can be mild or severe.
An acquired brain injury, also known as an ABI, is an injury that results from an internal factor, such as a lack of oxygen, or the pathology of the brain, such as a tumor. Toxic exposure can also cause ABI’s.
A traumatic brain injury can result in a variety of mild to severe symptoms that can impact every major bodily system and function. Consequences can include:
- Memory loss
- Altered or slowed ability to process information
- Trouble concentrating
- Organizational problems
- Attention problems
- Issues communicating
- Poor or altered judgment
- Learning problems
- Inappropriate behaviors
- Mood swings
- Impulsive behavior
- Temper outbursts
- Difficulty understanding social norms
- Muscle spasticity
- Balance issues
- Impaired mobility
- Lack of coordination
- Changes in sleep
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Changes in hearing, vision, smell, touch, or taste
The consequences of even a mild brain injury can take a serious toll on the mental and physical well-being of a person. More serious consequences can impact a person for the rest of their life and significantly alter the way they perceive and even enjoy life.
Types of Accidents That Can Result in Brain Injuries
There are several ways that a traumatic brain injury can occur. Since a traumatic brain injury is the result of an external force being applied to the head, almost any type of negligent accident has the potential to cause a brain injury.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the most common cause of TBIs in the United States. Some of the other more common accidents that can result in a brain injury include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Trucks accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Product liability cases
- Medical malpractice
Numbers compiled by the CDC show that the direct and indirect costs associated with treating traumatic brain injuries are approximately $76.5 billion annually. Traumatic brain injuries can be complicated to treat and may require extensive testing and hospitalization. Medications used to treat seizures and other complications can be extremely expensive, and the cost of after-care and rehabilitation can reach astronomical sums. In short, treating a serious brain injury is expensive and can financially destroy an entire family when they are already at their most vulnerable.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, contact the legal team at Tiemann Law Firm to find out if you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Our experienced attorneys can review the facts surrounding your case and help you determine the best course of action for your circumstances.
If a negligent party is responsible for your pain and suffering, they need to be held accountable for their actions. Don’t put yourself in a financial bind because of someone else’s negligence. Contact Tiemann Law Firm to find out more information about your legal rights to compensation.
Compensation You May be Able to Collect
Every accident is different and has its own unique set of circumstances. Brain injuries can be caused by a wide range of negligent acts, from a serious car accident to a slip and fall accident. The cause of the accident has an impact on the type of compensation that you may be due. The best way to go about understanding your legal rights and what you may be entitled to following an accident is to contact an experienced attorney.
An attorney will be able to review the facts surrounding your case and determine who can be held liable. With this information in hand and the information on the nature of your particular brain injury, an attorney can give you a better idea of what to expect in the way of compensation. In general, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Again, the facts matter, and it takes an experienced attorney familiar with handling traumatic brain injury cases to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation for your accident. The team at Tiemann Law Firm has extensive experience handling cases involving traumatic brain injury. We want to be the team that handles your case with the sensitivity and compassion that you deserve.
Will I Need to Go to Court to Get Compensation?
Several different types of accidents can contribute to a traumatic brain injury diagnosis. That means that several different avenues can be pursued when it comes to establishing liability for an accident. In most cases, an attorney will negotiate with an insurance company for compensation. Usually, these cases are settled outside of court, as the insurance company will likely want to avoid an expensive and lengthy court battle. When an insurance company or responsible party does not negotiate in good faith or will not agree to the terms of a settlement, then it may be necessary to go to court in order to recover a fair amount of compensation.
At Tiemann Law Firm, our attorneys are powerhouse negotiators who also have experience in the courtroom. That way, no matter the circumstances, you can rest assured that your attorney has the knowledge to tackle any legal situation that may arise from your case.
Hire an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney Today
A brain injury can be catastrophic. It may alter the way a person thinks, acts, or moves. These changes are not only traumatic for the person that must now learn to live with them, but these changes can also impact an individual’s self-esteem. A change in the way a person communicates or moves may make them self-conscious to the point where they don’t want to interact with others. Victims of traumatic brain injuries may be hesitant to speak with anyone outside of their family or friends about their accident because they are afraid of being judged.
At Tiemann Law Firm, we have helped victims of traumatic brain injury just like you. We know that you may feel nervous about contacting a lawyer and talking about your situation. That’s why we want to assure you that our team will handle your case with the utmost compassion and professionalism. You are what matters most. That’s why we want to work with you to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
So much has been taken from you because of someone else’s negligent actions – don’t let them take your financial stability as well. Contact the legal team at Tiemann Law Firm for help. We work on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid until you get your compensation. Contact our team today by calling (916) 999-9000 and schedule your free case evaluation. We’re ready to review your legal rights and options.