Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Injury Lawsuits
Below are questions people often ask us after sustaining a traumatic brain injury. These answers are for informational purposes only. SOMETIMES, EXCEPTIONS APPLY. RELY ON YOUR OWN TBI ATTORNEY FOR DETERMINING WHETHER AN EXCEPTION APPLIES TO YOUR CASE. Only by consulting an experienced California TBI attorney can you be sure your rights are fully protected.
Should I contact a lawyer if I suffered a traumatic brain injury?
If someone acted carelessly and you or a family member sustained a traumatic brain injury, seeking medical care is the first priority. Once you have received all necessary immediate care, we urge you to consult with an attorney experienced with TBI cases. Retaining a law firm can help you seek compensation for medical bills and other related expenses from the person responsible for the injury.
Once you have selected a California brain injury attorney with extensive experience in TBI cases, it’s important to act quickly to preserve your rights and the evidence that will prove your case. The sooner you act, the better. California and various applicable federal statutes limit the time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Delaying action could prevent you from seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The sooner you contact a knowledgeable attorney, the better your chances of protecting your rights.
Depending on the incident that led to your TBI, the insurance company involved may be calling you soon. This is particularly possible after a motor vehicle crash. Insurance adjusters aim to minimize payouts to claimants, so they will look for information they can use to reduce the amount they give you. Your lawyer will speak to the insurance company to avoid any misunderstanding being used against you.
My injuries are minor. Do I really need to see a physician anyway?
Even if you feel fine after suffering a head injury, you may unknowingly be badly injured. Some symptoms do not manifest for days or even months after an injury occurs. We urge you to seek medical care if you sustain a blow to the head, whiplash, or any other injury. A trained medical professional can perform tests to find underlying problems and start treatment right away.
If you do decide to pursue a legal action against the responsible party, having these medical records can help your California TBI lawyer show exactly how the incident has negatively affected your life and health.
How much is my case worth?
Every lawsuit is different. How much a case is worth depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- The nature, pain, and severity of your injuries,
- How active you were before your injuries,
- The costs of the medical treatment you needed for your injuries and whether you require ongoing treatment,
- Whether your injuries caused you to miss work and lose income,
- Whether your injuries caused any long-term or permanent impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities, and
- Physical and/or emotional suffering you experienced because of your injuries.
- Your past and future medical bills, lost earnings, opportunities, etc.
These and other factors will help determine the value of your case. An attorney experienced with traumatic brain injury cases can review your circumstances to determine what your claim may be worth.
We welcome you to call CaseyGerry at (619) 238-1811 with any questions.