Accidents are devastating and difficult to recover from afterward, but the process can be even more challenging when you have to face serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). In these cases, having a personal injury lawyer in Kentucky to navigate the process for you is crucial to ensuring you are taken care of now and in the future.
Our brain injury lawyers at Harville Law Offices are by your side to ensure you get fair compensation after suffering a TBI.
You may face a long road to recovery with such a serious injury, but we can ease your burden by delivering solid, knowledgeable representation.
Please contact our office to set up a free consultation with a TBI attorney, and read on for some important information about your rights.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury is among the most serious injuries that can potentially affect your entire life. Unfortunately, because of the impact of certain accidents especially involving trucks and large vehicles, the chances of traumatic brain injury increase. Severe brain injuries can occur when there is sudden trauma such as when an object suddenly and forcefully hits the head or pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Although TBI can be mild or severe, there aren’t always immediate symptoms meaning you can suffer TBI and not even know it. Failing to get head injuries checked out can result in more damage and more severe consequences. Symptoms of either mild or severe TBI include the following:
Mild Cases of TBI Symptoms
- Short periods of loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Tired eyes
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Memory problems
Severe Cases of TBI Symptoms
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Worsening headache
- Dilation of pupils
- Weakness or numbness
- Inability to wake from sleeping
- Slurred speech
Accidents that Can Cause TBI
There are many different types of accidents that may lead to head injuries, but they typically have one thing in common: Someone breached the legal duty to exercise reasonable care, and you were injured as a result.
In the legal field, this concept is termed negligence. Among the top causes of all personal injuries, including TBIs, is motor vehicle accidents. For example, a driver may be negligent if he or she causes an accident by:
- Driving recklessly;
- Texting, talking on the phone, or engaging in other risky types of distracted driving;
- Driving drunk; and,
- Many other forms of negligent driving.
In addition to car accidents and truck accidents, traumatic brain injury can also be caused by other types of accidents that you might not expect. For example, falling out of bed, slipping in the bathtub, sports injuries, and explosive blasts such as those occurring in combat, are all common causes of traumatic brain injury.
In addition, you could suffer a serious head injury through:
- A property owner’s failure to maintain the premises in a safe manner, free from hazardous conditions;
- Carelessness or medical mistakes by a physician;
- A dangerous product, which presents a hazard because of a defect in design, manufacturing, or labelling; and,
- Many other forms of negligence.
Your first step in seeking compensation for your considerable losses is to file a claim with the party responsible for your TBI. In many cases, this will be an insurance company. Though the claims process may seem straightforward, there are multiple challenges. Claims adjusters can be difficult to work with, as they are employees of the company. They do not prioritize your needs. You can expect the insurer to deny your claim or offer a low-ball settlement amount. Our skilled head injury lawyers will assist you in negotiations with an insurance company, but we will take the matter to court if necessary.
It’s important if you have been in an accident that may have resulted in brain injury, that you seek medical attention and consult a qualified head injury lawyer.
The attorneys at Harville Law Offices are skilled and experienced in making sure accident victims who have been injured receive fair and legal treatment.
DO YOU HAVE A BRAIN INJURY?
If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to get compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Damage
Because traumatic brain injury affects an organ responsible for managing nearly every part of your body and its functions, the damage can affect your life in numerous ways. Traumatic brain injury damage can affect your vision and hearing, as well as your ability to taste and smell. Damage can also include the ability to control your bowel and bladder, regulation of body temperature, and can even result in a lack of motivation, depression, and irritability.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries
Because traumatic brain injury can affect your mind and body in so many ways, you’ll likely have to deal with the effects of the injury for the rest of your life. This can mean enormous medical bills now and in the future, such as:
- The costs of surgery and medical procedures;
- Expenses related to care from specialists, including neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors;
- Amounts you incur for pain medication and other prescriptions;
- Costs for in-home care and assisted living services; and,
- Many other types of expenses for medical treatment.
In addition, you may also lose the ability to work or find employment. Your injuries may prevent you from performing work-related tasks, or you may be limited in what you can do in the work environment. In some cases, you may be able to work with restrictions, which means your salary may suffer.
However, TBI can lead to severe, debilitating medical conditions. You may suffer short- or long-term disability, either fully or partially. As a result, you lose significant income.
Another effect of TBI may be that you’re no longer being able to enjoy and participate in activities with your family. It can be difficult to put a dollar value on diminished quality of life, pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages. With the help of a brain injury lawyer, you can get full compensation for these losses.
Hire the Right Head Injury Lawyer for Your Case
“Mr. Harville represented my family in an auto accident injury case. He was very knowledgeable and worked for a very long time to represent us to both the insurance and medical companies. This was the first time we had ever been involved in this kind of case. Mr. Harville took the time to make sure we understood the process and made an intimidating situation less so. We greatly appreciate him and Dana as well!”
If you have been in an accident, make sure you have a qualified traumatic brain injury lawyer in Kentucky on your side.
At Harville Law Offices, our brain injury attorneys have considerable experience in handling these cases on behalf of clients. We are tough when going up against insurance companies, and we are equally skilled in fighting for your rights in courtCall Harville Law Offices immediately at (502) 245-2333 or contact us online so we can help.