A traumatic brain injury can impact almost every area of life, both for the one who suffered the injury and for their family. After severe brain injuries, spouses and children become caretakers, and independent adults often struggle to care for themselves without extra support. Days or weeks of hospitalization and ongoing treatment are necessary and rehabilitation and therapy become a way of life. The bills stack up, while the victim misses work and loses out on income.
After an injury like this, you need compensation to cover your hospital bills, lost wages, and ongoing treatment. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we can help. If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury because of another person’s careless actions, you have a right to recover compensation for your damages. Call us today at 800-747-3733 for a complimentary consultation with a brain injury lawyer in Port St. Lucie.
How does negligence cause brain injuries?
Negligence is a surprisingly common cause of brain injuries in the United States. According to 2013 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls were the top cause of traumatic brain injuries. Other leading causes include:
- Car and motorcycle accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Assaultsand abuse;
- Medical malpractice;
- Defective products; and
- Diving and other sports-related accidents.
Many of these injuries were entirely preventable and only occurred because someone acted in a negligent manner. If we can trace your injury back to another person’s careless actions, we can file a claim for compensation to cover your damages.
How much can I get for my brain injury claim?
No one can tell you exactly how much your settlement check will be until we go through the negotiation process or a court awards you the money. However, we can help you understand the potential value of your claim and give you a range of what we expect from your settlement based on the specifics of your case.
If you suffered a minor brain injury, spent the night in the hospital and missed a few days of work, your payout will be significantly less than someone who sustained a severe brain injury and requires ongoing nursing care.
There are many factors we consider when determining the value of your settlement. For instance, you may have medical bills for triage and treatment in the emergency department and a hospital stay that lasted for several days or more. Then, you may have undergone inpatient rehabilitation to deal with the effects of your injury. You likely could not return to work right away, if you are able to return to work at all.
Some people need assistance with activities of daily living, include showering and toileting. Many regain these skills eventually, but others require ongoing therapy and in-home care. Those who sustain the worst injuries require around-the-clock nursing care and may rely on feeding tubes and ventilators.
We add up the costs of all these treatments and therapies, call in experts to help us determine your future care needs and the associated costs, establish a fair price for the pain and suffering you have endured, and determine a value for your family’s emotional losses. Only then do we know about how much we need to request from the insurance company to ensure a fair settlement.
How do I pursue my claim?
The best way to get the compensation you deserve is to call a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer. If your injuries occurred because of someone else’s negligence, our team of attorneys can help you navigate the insurance claims process and recover the money you need and deserve.
Florida laws vary somewhat based on how you sustained your brain injury, who acted negligently, and the severity of your injury. Once we know the specific details of your case, we can help you identify the liable party and understand the next steps to filing a claim. In most cases, we can help our clients reach a settlement that covers their economic losses, future care costs, and pain and suffering without having to take the case to court.
Instead, we negotiate fair settlements for our clients based by pursuing a third-party liability claim with the negligent party’s auto, homeowner’s, or business insurance. If this is unsuccessful, we can file a personal injury lawsuit and take your case to court. Even then, we are often able to reach out-of-court settlements with insurance companies who would rather pay out than face a court case.
Do I need a brain injury lawyer to handle my claim?
You do not want to try to manage your claim on your own, especially while struggling to overcome a brain injury or nursing a loved one back to health. We almost always collect a larger settlement for our clients than they could by pursuing the same claim on their own.
We have the experience and resources to gather all the necessary evidence and build a strong case for your compensation. We can collect and present the necessary evidence to prove negligence, call in experts to help us understand your future care needs, and even use our negotiation skills to ensure the insurance company offers you a fair settlement. Let us handle you case while you focus on your family and your recovery.
How can I contact a brain injury lawyer at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine?
The attorneys at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine know how complicated filing, proving, and negotiating a brain injury claim can be. There is no reason to go through this process on your own. Call our office today at 800-747-3733 to schedule your complimentary case analysis.