A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect your ability to function in daily life. It can make you unable to work, change how you think and behave, and even reduce your lifespan. What should you do if you’ve suffered one?
You can speak with Kokomo personal injury lawyers at Vaughan & Vaughan. We have traumatic brain injury lawyers in Kokomo and across Indiana who can help you get compensation for your injury. TBI happens because of external trauma, so someone else may be liable for what happened.
What Will Filing a Lawsuit Do for Me?
By filing a lawsuit, you can demand compensation to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you’ve suffered. TBIs require a lot of expensive care to manage. Without this money, your quality of life may suffer far more than it already has.
If especially reckless behavior by someone else caused your injury, you may also get punitive damages against whoever harmed you. An example of this behavior might be a drunk driver speeding the wrong way down the road.
A civil case filed with our help may be the key to seeking justice after your TBI. Sometimes the state may also file criminal charges against the defendant. You can still sue for damages even if this is so. In fact, civil cases are easier to win than criminal cases, so you may still collect even if they are declared not guilty.
Do I Really Need to Work with a Kokomo Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer?
While not required, it is in your best interests. You may be fearful because of the costs of hiring a lawyer. Let us put your mind at ease. Vaughan & Vaughan offers free consultations for traumatic brain injury cases. There is no obligation to use our services if you consult with us. You’ll learn whether you have a case and your legal options.
Also, we work on contingency. Our firm will not bill you for our services unless you win your case. The amount we’re paid depends on the contingency fee agreement we make prior to working for you. You can learn more about our contingency fees during your case consultation.
If you choose to tackle your case alone, you’ll have a much more difficult time winning your case. We know how to structure TBI cases to meet the requirements of Indiana’s court system, how to calculate the value of these cases, and can get your case before the court before your case goes beyond the Indiana statute of limitations.
Can I File a TBI Claim on Behalf of My Loved One?
A victim of a traumatic brain injury may be so damaged that they cannot hold a conversation, much less pursue a claim. You may have the right to bring a claim forward for them, but you must meet certain legal requirements.
You must be named as the victim’s personal executor. If you cannot claim this status, then you cannot sue on behalf of the victim. Our firm can explain if you could qualify and how you can get named as the executor during your consultation.
Once you are named, our Kokomo TBI lawyers will gladly help you pursue justice on behalf of your loved one.
Evidence in TBI Cases
When you present a case before the court or to an insurer, you must prove you have a valid claim. This means you need evidence of your injury and that the person you’re suing was responsible for your injury because of their negligence. You can establish liability with evidence like:
- Medical records and medical expert testimony
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Social media posts made by others about your accident
- Accident recreations
- Physical evidence from the scene
These pieces of evidence along with your lawyer’s analysis can convince a judge or an insurance adjuster that you have a valid claim. Proving you have a claim is the first step toward winning damages.
You will also need to present evidence of your damages to prove the value of your claim. Your medical records, pay stubs, and other bills related to your accident can show your economic losses. Our attorneys can also argue the value of the non-economic losses you’ve suffered based on your experiences before and after your accident.
How Much Should I Receive from My Traumatic Brain Injury Case?
If an insurance adjuster tries to offer you an average settlement amount for a TBI case, do not accept it. Every case has a unique impact on a person’s life and a unique constellation of circumstances. This means the true value changes for each case.
You should work with an attorney in Kokomo with experience in TBI cases to determine what your unique costs are. Past cases may serve as a precedent for valuing different parts of cases, but that’s all they are. Your case could be worth a different amount.
When you work with Vaughan & Vaughan, we will endeavor to get you the most compensation possible for damages like:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Mental health examinations
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- And more
The damages you can receive depend on what you’ve suffered. Don’t let an adjuster decide how much your case is worth. Let our legal team do it for you instead.
Get Legal Representation for TBI With One Phone Call
The State of Indiana gives you the right to pursue compensation if someone injures you because of negligence. To maximize your chances of success, you need to have a traumatic brain injury lawyer on your side to guide you through the process.
Vaughan & Vaughan’s team of experienced attorneys can help you prove liability and the value of your losses. We can pursue compensation for you through an insurance claim or with a civil lawsuit. Count on us to fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our offices by phone or by email to schedule your free case consultation and evaluation.