TBI Case Settlements Require Expert Legal Counsel to Ensure Fair Compensation
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) suffered at work is among the most severe occupational injuries. Just 40% of people who suffer a traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury are able to return to work after one or two years, according to the National Institutes of Health. Depending on the mechanism that caused your particular brain injury, you may be filing either a personal injury case or a workers’ compensation case. Both have a different legal process.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, accounting for approximately 1,200 worker fatalities each year. TBI is the result of a blow or jolt to the head that causes inflammation disrupting the normal function of the brain. An estimated 2.5 million people suffer a TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and these injuries can have wide-ranging effects.
Nearly half of all TBIs suffered each year are due to a fall. Unintentional blunt trauma such as being struck by a heavy object on a construction site or malfunctioning equipment in an industrial or farming accident accounts for about 15% of TBIs.
Suffering a severe brain injury can incur high recovery costs, including lengthy hospital stays, extensive rehabilitation and medication costs, vocational retraining, and possibly even a personal caregiver or nurse. The total cost of a serious brain injury can exceed six figures in the first year.
Traumatic Brain Injury Impacts
Brain injuries can result in a wide range of complex negative effects, including sleep disturbance, vision loss, balance, cognitive and emotional issues, and neurodegenerative disease. An individual with TBI can have several types of emotional problems, and TBI can mirror the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including anxiety, depression, and temper outbursts/irritability.
The long-term impacts vary greatly, as some people recover in a few weeks while for others recovery can include speech, occupational and physical therapy lasting for months and even years. A new cross-analysis study published in Neurology found that a history of a head injury with loss of consciousness led to a higher prevalence of disability later in life among individuals aged 40 years and older, affecting mobility and work productivity in particular.
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Litigating TBI Personal Injury Cases
Since head injuries can be severe and impacts long-reaching, calculating the value of a personal injury claim can be difficult. Your compensation will be tied to the extent of your injuries as well as to what your life was like before the accident. A personal injury settlement may save both parties the time and cost of litigation, however the amount awarded will depend on the unique facts of your case.
Understanding TBI Case Settlements
If you’re experiencing the effects of a traumatic brain injury afer a workplace accident, you’ll need effective legal and medical assistance. As a TBI victim, you are at a distinct disadvantage compared to the insurance company, which is seeking to pay out as little as possible. They handle accidental injury claims every day and know tactics designed to get victims to admit partial fault or to drag the process out so that you settle for less than you deserve for your injury.
Proving what money damages you are entitled to can be complicated and is best handled by a lawyer who understands the different types of damages and the sophisticated methods used to determine what an appropriate damage award would be. Likewise, because the long-term impacts of TBI are so varied, your attorney will consult experts to best assess the emotional and financial toll over the course of your illness and the impacts on your lifestyle and family.
When you retain an attorney, he or she will thoroughly evaluate your case, determine what it may be worth at trial, and ensure that the insurance company provides the full and fair value of your TBI claim.
Tenacious Trial Lawyers With Deep Personal Injury Expertise
The brain injury attorneys at Trammell Piazza Law Firm have extensive brain injury litigation experience and have achieved successful recoveries for TBI victims. Trammell Piazza is known for its excellent legal reputation and substantial courtroom experience and recoveries in high-stakes litigation throughout the United States.
Our experienced trial lawyers fight for victims of catastrophic worker injuries, construction accidents and injuries due to defective or faulty equipment to achieve fair and reasonable compensation for the financial and personal impact caused by their injuries. We keep you informed throughout the entire process, and our recoveries demonstrate our commitment to successful results that allow you to receive the care and financial resources necessary to maintain the highest quality of life possible.