Something outside your body mostly caused traumatic brain injuries (TBI) by striking your head. Sometimes this impact is caused by someone else’s negligence. If so, you may hold them accountable through an insurance claim or a lawsuit.
Vaughan & Vaughan has been helping victims of TBI get justice and compensation for over 100 years. Speak with our personal injury lawyers in Lebanon, Indiana, for free to learn your legal options. If your TBI injured you too badly and you cannot speak, a loved one can contact us on your behalf.
Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
The root of many TBI cases is someone else’s negligence, and many situations can cause one to happen. The four leading causes of a traumatic brain injury are falling, traffic accidents, work accidents, and a dangerous product.
Falls do not have to happen from on high to cause TBI. Slip and fall accidents can cause them, especially for people over the age of 55. Elderly and very young people are more likely to get a TBI after a fall because they cannot protect their heads as easily.
Depending on the cause of your TBI, there will be different routes to compensation. For example, a workplace accident may involve workers’ compensation or multiple parties as part of your lawsuit. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the details. Turn your case over to our Lebanon traumatic brain injury attorneys and we’ll discover who is liable and how much your case is worth.
How Much Could My TBI Case Be Worth?
The compensation for a traumatic brain injury will vary from case to case. There are many factors, including the severity of the TBI, how it affects your life, what other damages you’ve suffered, the liable parties and their insurers.
Some things your lawsuit or insurance claim may cover include:
- All medical bills, including specialist visits, therapy, and more.
- Lost wages, bonuses, retirement investments, and more
- Lost earning capacity and disability
- Property damage (e.g., a car wreck caused your TBI)
- Non-economic damages
The money from a traumatic brain injury lawsuit may not completely heal you, but getting the treatment you need is the first step to recovery. An insurer may try to offer you a settlement quickly if they know their policyholder was responsible, but don’t trust it. Your case is worth far more than they’re suggesting.
Why You Need a TBI Lawyer to Help You
If you’ve been the victim of a TBI, you need to act quickly if you want to bring legal action. There is a deadline called the statute of limitations you must follow. If you do not file your claim before this deadline, the court can dismiss your case.
The insurers will also be busy finding ways to reduce how much they have to pay you or pin the blame on you. They know your TBI case may be worth quite a lot of money. They stand to lose a lot, so they will use tactics to put you at a disadvantage.
By reaching out to our Lebanon traumatic brain injury lawyers, you can get your case filed in time and you can protect yourself from the insurers. We can speak with you about your case even if you’re still in the hospital. The sooner you work with a lawyer, the sooner you could get compensation.
What Are My Options If My Loved One Dies from a TBI?
Death is always a possibility after a TBI, even a mild one. The survivors of someone who died from a TBI can file a wrongful death claim against whoever caused the accident. We can make wrongful death claims where a survivor would have been able to sue had they survived.
However, there are differences between wrongful death claims and other personal injury claims. Only certain people may bring forth a case on behalf of the deceased. Our attorneys can tell you if you have the legal authority, known as standing, to bring the claim.
The damages are also different, and so is the deadline you have to start your claim. We encourage you to speak with our TBI attorneys in Lebanon, Indiana, as soon as you can if you’re in this situation so you do not run out of time to start your claim.
How Expensive Are Your Services?
You’re facing enough of a financial crisis after a TBI that it’s natural to worry about how much our Lebanon TBI injury lawyers will cost. Let us put your mind at ease. We offer free consultations and do not take a fee unless you are successful in your case.
We take a percentage of how much you win as our fee, and we only get paid through your compensation. Your percentage will vary depending on how complex and long your case is, and we will discuss our rates with you during your consultation.
So if you win millions of dollars, your fee will be large. Win less and you’ll pay less, but it’s always proportionate to the percentage. It incentives us to fight for as much as possible. Should the worst happen and you lose completely, you will owe us nothing.
Will I Need to Go to Court?
Many times we can negotiate a favorable settlement with the insurers. However, we are also skilled litigators. Insurers would prefer to stay out of court because they know they could lose a lot more when we present your case to a jury.
We prepare every case as if we plan to go to court. You never know when an insurer might push back and force a trial, so we’ll be ready if that happens. And if you wish to take your case to trial yourself, we’ll explain the pros and cons.
Contact Vaughan & Vaughan for a Free Consultation
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You can start a consultation with us even if you’re not out of the hospital yet. There is a deadline for starting cases, so starting early gives us the best opportunity to help you.
Call or email us to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Indiana and have offices in Lafayette, Indianapolis, Carmel, Muncie, Kokomo, and Anderson. The sooner you start, the sooner you can get the compensation you need to move on from your accident.