Sacramento Brain Injury Trial Lawyers
In the practice of personal injury law, few wounds compare with the severity or tragedy of traumatic brain injury. Recovery from this type of injury goes far beyond winning a large settlement from the insurance company or a jury. It also goes beyond release from the hospital. Sadly, the effects of traumatic brain injury can last a lifetime. In worst-case scenarios, a loved one may have to care for the injured person, make decisions on their behalf, and even develop a life-care plan. It’s a process that involves doctors, public agencies, experts, insurance companies, and attorneys.
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Automobile collisions
- Bicycle/motorcycle accidents
- Defective products
The effects of traumatic brain injury can include:
- Brain swelling
- Memory loss
- Impulse control
- Motor function issues
- Vision/hearing loss
- Other Issues
It’s important that a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury consult an attorney as soon as possible. In many cases evidence will need to be preserved, and it will be necessary to quantify the long-term issues at stake.
The Goal of Brain Injury Litigation
Holding the person responsible for the injury, whether the at-fault driver of an automobile or some other cause, is only the beginning. The real challenge comes in dealing with the insurance company, which will often put a team of lawyers to work on a traumatic brain injury case in an effort to minimize the payout. If necessary, the personal injury will go to court, where it will be necessary to convey the facts and circumstances to the jury in a way that’s easily understood.
People who suffer traumatic brain injuries may be entitled to lost wages, pain and suffering and in rare cases, punitive damages. Part of this will involve determining whether the person or entity responsible for the accident was negligent. Under the law, the concept of negligence involves finding out whether or not the responsible party had a basic standard of care. California civil jury instructions state the following:
“A person is negligent if he or she does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation or fails to do something that a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation.”
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury you owe it to yourself to find out what a personal injury attorney can do to help. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.