While many people who are injured in accidents recover fully, those with more serious accidents may have lifelong consequences. If you or someone you love suffered a serious head injury in a car accident, collision with a commercial truck, motorcycle accident or another situation such as an anesthesia error at a hospital, our New Orleans traumatic brain injury attorneys can help you obtain both a sense of justice and the compensation you need.
The injury lawyers at the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC are experienced at assisting clients in obtaining compensation for serious personal injuries.
A traumatic brain injury refers to any disruption of the brain’s normal function due to an external force. Any blow, bump, or injury to the head that disrupts the brain is a traumatic brain injury. Anyone can suffer a TBI at any time. However, children and the elderly are more at risk for TBIs than the average population, due to a higher risk of falls. Some traumatic brain injuries are open head injuries, while others are closed. An open head injury means that something has penetrated the skull.
A traumatic brain injury differs from an acquired brain injury. An acquired injury stems from internal forces, rather than external. Causes of acquired brain injuries include loss of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) and loss of blood flow. Traumatic brain injuries stem from blows to the head, such as in slip and fall accidents, struck-by object accidents, and car crashes. Every traumatic
It is difficult for physicians to reach an accurate prognosis for traumatic brain injury victims. Recovery predictions are difficult because each individual is unique. The brain can react to injuries in unpredictable ways. However, proper medical treatment, rest, and care can help the brain recover from even a serious injury. Your prognosis will depend on the severity of the brain injury, the part of your brain injured, your attitude, the quality of rehabilitation, and familial support during recovery.
Many people with traumatic brain injuries make full recoveries. Others live productive, fulfilling, and relatively normal lives while managing long-term disabilities, such as memory loss or trouble with problem solving. Your recovery journey will be unique to you and you alone. Expect your physician to be unable to guarantee full recovery. The harder you work toward getting better – and the more medical resources you have at hand – can determine how completely you recover. Obtaining financial compensation through a personal injury claim can give you the money you need for top medical care.
Suffering a traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event. You may have permanent cognitive or physical disabilities because of your injury, on top of expensive medical bills and significant pain and suffering. If someone else caused your brain injury, you should not be the one paying the price. At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC, we can help you go up against the at-fault party in pursuit of justice and financial compensation.
Hiring a New Orleans traumatic brain injury lawyer can help your case move much more smoothly. Your lawyer will make sure you meet all applicable deadlines and filing requirements to expedite the payout process. If the insurance company tries to unfairly deny or delay your claim, your attorney can file a lawsuit against the company for bad faith. While you focus on healing and rehabilitation from your brain injury, your attorney will negotiate a fair and full settlement amount on your behalf.
You need to hire a traumatic brain injury attorney if you believe someone else’s neglect, carelessness, intent to harm, or wanton disregard caused or contributed to the injury. Brain injuries are often catastrophic. They are serious injuries that deserve legal attention. Instead of relying on an insurance company to give you the money you need, hire a lawyer to give your claim its best odds of succeeding. Your personal injury attorney will take steps on your behalf toward obtaining a fair and full compensation award.
We are familiar with the sometimes difficult-to-identify signs of severe head injuries, and we have helped many clients get the medical care they need, as well as the compensation to pay for it.
We assist clients who are diagnosed with conditions such as:
Sometimes the consequences of head injuries are obvious. The injured person may have lost the ability to control parts of his or her body, may have profound cognitive impairments, or may be unable to complete basic tasks by himself or herself. He or she may even be permanently incapacitated and require lifelong nursing care. When this happens, the person is usually suffering from a condition called traumatic brain injury (TBI).
At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC, one of the most common questions we receive from traumatic brain injury victims is, “How much is my claim worth?” The answer to this question will differ from client to client. During a free consultation, we can evaluate your specific case and give you an honest estimate of the potential value of your claim. The types of damages available in a civil lawsuit, however, remain the same.
Victims with permanent brain injuries have acquired multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts after filing claims against the at-fault or negligent parties. You could receive enough to provide financial stability for you and your family far into the future, even if you still have to pay for TBI rehabilitation and deal with loss of income. A successful personal injury claim could give you the money you need to move forward after a catastrophic injury.
Securing financial compensation for a traumatic brain injury in Louisiana through a personal injury claim will take proving the defendant’s fault for the injury. Fault often comes down to negligence in personal injury claims. Negligence refers to someone’s failure to fulfill the accepted duties of care for the specific situation. When you hire an attorney, he or she will take care of the burden of proof in your claim for you. Proving negligence takes demonstrating four main elements to a judge or jury.
Proving negligence will take enough evidence to establish that the defendant’s actions directly or indirectly led to your traumatic brain injury. Hiring a lawyer can significantly help you with your burden of proof. Instead of going up against the defendant and his or her insurance company by yourself, you will have a lawyer and significant legal resources supporting your claim. Your attorney can gather evidence, speak to eyewitnesses, hire traumatic brain injury experts, and present your case to a judge and jury in New Orleans.
The statute of limitations is a law in Louisiana that limits the amount of time a personal injury victim has to bring a claim before the courts will bar the individual from recovery. The statute of limitations on traumatic brain injury claims differs from state to state. In Louisiana, victims have just one year from the date of the injury to file a civil claim. If you do not discover your TBI until days or weeks after the accident, the clock will not begin to count down until the date of injury discover. Speak to one of our attorneys about your specific deadline.
Many times, TBIs cause more subtle impairments. For instance, the injured person may encounter difficulty completing routine tasks or may become frustrated easily. The person may become more confused or irritable than normal, have slurred speech, or act more impulsively or inappropriately than before the accident. They may even have problems at work or alienate friends. The injured person may say, “I just don’t feel like myself anymore.”
In these cases, a TBI may have been missed in the initial physician’s diagnosis, but that does not make the impairments it causes any less real. If you think that you or someone you love has suffered brain damage in an accident, see a doctor for a full medical examination. Then contact our law firm, so we can help you get the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills, ongoing therapy and rehabilitation, and other long-term care or nursing care that is required.
Our New Orleans traumatic brain injury lawyer has more than 20 years of experience representing injured clients in New Orleans and all of Louisiana. We understand the nuances of brain injuries and can guide our clients toward legal options for getting compensation. For more information, contact us online or call (504) 500-5000 today.
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