If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that resulted from the actions of another party, you may have the right to a settlement that will pay all of your costs. You need to speak with a Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer today. The Simmrin Law Group has the experience and knowledge to help.
Our attorneys have stood by families in the aftermath of brain injuries and helped them get fair settlements, even against tough opposition from the insurance company. Most importantly, we never charge you or your family anything unless we win you money. Fill out the form to your right, or give us a call to schedule a free consultation today.
Who Is Liable for a Brain Injury?
Most injuries are not unavoidable accidents. In many cases, someone (either a person or an entity) could have done something differently to prevent it. The negligent party is often liable for the full cost of the accident.
This is because, under the law, they may have a duty of care, or a responsibility to be reasonably careful not to cause anyone harm. A homeowner shouldn’t leave an old well shaft uncovered where anyone can fall into it, for example. Or a business shouldn’t let spilled drinks sit on the floor without cleaning it up or marking it as slippery. Failure by a party to behave responsibly could result in an injury and a lawsuit.
When someone breaks their duty of care by being careless or inattentive, they are considered negligent. If their negligence causes an injury, the negligent party is liable for paying damages. In most cases, the negligent party’s insurance will be the ones who cover the costs.
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How Much Money Can I Recover in a Traumatic Brain Injury Claim in Los Angeles?
There are two kinds of costs you can recover in your claim. These are the actual financial costs and the more personal losses you’ve suffered. These are known as economic and non-economic losses.
Economic losses include medical bills, the cost of future treatment, and all the costs of therapy, rehabilitation, in-home care, and medication. It also covers lost wages and any lost future earning potential. These are all things you can put a dollar amount on, and you can recover the full value of these losses.
Non-economic damages cover things like the inability to work, the emotional pain you suffer, or the crisis of potentially never being the same as you were before the injury. Having a lifelong disability or permanent memory or speech problems are all examples of this kind of loss. You cannot attach a dollar price to these losses, but they undeniably cost you something precious.
In a typical brain injury case, the non-economic costs will be assigned a value from one to five, then all of your actual hard costs will be multiplied by this number. The result is how much money you could potentially recover for your claim. Because both the economic losses and the non-economic losses tend to be very great, brain injuries often result in multi-million dollar settlements.
It’s our belief that no amount of money can make up for a brain injury. The effects on your life are simply too great. Our goal with every brain injury case is that this money helps create the financial stability you need to feel secure and stable as you deal with the effects of your injury.
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How Much Does a TBI Lawyer in Los Angeles Charge?
When you have been involved in an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury, the last thing you need to be worrying about is the cost of hiring a lawyer. You are likely unable to work and facing a growing stack of medical bills. Even the thought of having to pay a lawyer, on top of everything else, is probably too much to bear.
Fortunately, when it comes to TBI lawyers, money should not be a concern. Traumatic brain injury attorneys, like all other types of personal injury lawyers, typically work on a contingency fee basis. That means that they only get paid if you get paid.
How the Contingency Payment System Works
The contingency payment system is great for many reasons. It means that anyone can hire a lawyer for a personal injury case because they don’t have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses. It also gives clients the assurance that their lawyers will do everything in their power to ensure they get the money they deserve.
This latter point is especially true because, in this system, the money your attorney does receive if you get a payout is a previously agreed-upon percentage of your compensation package. This motivates your attorney to push for the highest possible settlement amount. Generally speaking, those who hire an attorney end up with far more money when all is said and done than those who attempt to represent themselves.
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What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury occurs anytime part of the brain is put under pressure or damaged. Usually, this is caused by a direct blow to the head or some kind of blunt force. In many cases, only the outer tissue surrounding the brain is damaged by the blow itself; however, the swelling puts pressure on the brain and causes a brain injury.
Other brain injuries are more indirect. For example, asphyxiation (lack of oxygen) or some drugs can cause damage to the brain. That means that some medical procedures can risk brain injury, even if they were not operating on the brain itself.
The most common types of brain injury cases we see are those related to:
- Accidents involving cars, trucks, or motorcycles
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
Accidents Involving Cars, Trucks, or Motorcycles
Traumatic brain injury is a sadly common outcome in severe car accidents. The damage may be to one of the drivers or passengers of the vehicles or to a pedestrian or bicyclist involved in the accident. Because of the high speeds often involved in these collisions, it is easy for the brain to be injured even if the head does not slam into any object.
If a doctor or nurse fails to provide an adequate level of care, and it causes an injury, that’s malpractice. This includes birth injuries which can cause damage to a baby’s brain as they are being born.
People often make light of falls, but even a minor fall can result in a person hitting their head and suffering a brain injury. A person can suffer a TBI from falls ranging from tripping over uneven pavement to falling from a height.
We most commonly see brain injuries in construction accidents, but they can occur in any industry. Workplace accidents may be covered by workers’ compensation. Although, even then, it can be a struggle to get paid the full amount you deserve.
These are not the only ways brain injuries can happen. We are active in looking into brain injury claims of all kinds, including nursing home neglect, unsafe premises, and other causes.
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Talk to a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Today for Free
Many brain injuries have effects that last a lifetime. Let the Simmrin Law Group be your ally. We understand both the medical and legal issues that arise in brain injury cases. We also know how to win. In fact, if we do not win you money, you owe us nothing.
Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation today. One of our Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyers will review your case and advise you of your legal options. We will then create a plan and get to work getting you the compensation that you deserve.