Traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic. This means that they cause permanent changes in the lives of sufferers, and not for the better. Negligent people cause many TBIs, and those victims deserve to get maximum compensation. Vaughan & Vaughan can help you get it.
If you’ve suffered a TBI and you live in Whitestown, Indiana, contact our personal injury lawyers in Whitestown for a free consultation. You or a loved one can reach out to us to get advice about how to hold whoever harmed you responsible and receive financial compensation to cover the costs of your injury.
Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury
Before you can sue for TBI, you need to have proof of your injury. A TBI is caused by an impact to the skull or shaking to cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull. Your doctor can perform a brain scan to determine if you have suffered a TBI.
If you hit your head and blacked out, even for a moment, then it’s almost certain you’ve suffered one. See a doctor immediately if you lost consciousness after your accident. Swift action can minimize the damage caused by your injury.
You should also get tested if you’ve suffered from any of the following symptoms after your accident:
- Speech problems
- Sensory changes
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Being disoriented after your accident
- Memory problems
- Mood changes, including depression or anxiety
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Any leakage of fluid from the head
Proving Fault in a TBI Case
The next step after getting a diagnosis is to hire a Whitestown traumatic brain injury lawyer to help you prove who caused your accident. If we can prove fault, you can file an insurance claim or a lawsuit and get compensation for what happened to you.
Proving fault requires three things to show someone else was negligent. First, someone must have had to take care around you to keep you reasonably safe. Second, they have to break that duty of care and put you in danger. Third, the danger they caused must have created your accident.
These, combined with your damages, are the foundation of your case. Here’s an example with a drunk driver:
- Drivers are required to drive safely and avoid accidents according to the law
- A drunk driver breaks their duty to drive safely around others and puts drivers at risk
- They crash into you and cause an accident that gives you a traumatic brain injury
Damages You Could Collect
You may be owed significant damages because of your traumatic brain injury, but the insurers want to pay you as little as they can. A Whitestown, Indiana, TBI lawyer can ensure you get what you should get from your accident by calculating all the damages you’re owed.
You may be eligible for economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. What you can collect depends on the circumstances of your case. Don’t assume that the insurance company knows everything you should get and call a lawyer immediately if they try to give you a settlement offer.
The damages in TBI cases may be quite a lot, even into the 6-7 figure range. So make sure you’re getting every penny you’re owed. You may need care far into the future to deal with your brain injury, and you do not want to run out of money too soon. Your health depends on proper medical care after your accident.
Can a Loved One Sue on My Behalf?
Many victims of TBI are too injured to even hold a conversation, much less work with an attorney. Vaughan & Vaughan understands the challenges that people with TBI have. A loved one can call us for a consultation on your behalf, and may represent you during your trial.
Having someone else represent you will require additional legal steps because we have to show the court or the insurer that you have standing to represent your loved one. Our TBI lawyers can help you through the process as quickly as possible. If you get named as their representative, we can proceed with a case.
Should your loved one die because of their TBI, you can also sue for wrongful death damages if you have standing. Call us right away if this is your situation because the laws for wrongful death have some significant differences than from personal injury claims.
Why Should I Go With Vaughan & Vaughan?
Vaughan & Vaughan has been fighting for the injured since 1913 in Whitestown and across Indiana. We know what happens to people financially and emotionally after catastrophic accidents like TBI. We know what you’re going through and we know how to help.
Attorney Charles V. Vaughan is also a board-certified trial lawyer in Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Advocacy. Fewer than 20 lawyers in Indiana hold these certifications, which are given to attorneys who undergo rigorous testing and show demonstrated skill and expertise.
Few firms have both the long history and proven expertise of Vaughan & Vaughan. We know how to fight effectively for you, and you only get one shot to make a claim. So go with the firm that will give you the highest chances of success by calling our Whitestown TBI lawyers for a free consultation.
Contact Vaughan & Vaughan Now
Schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced TBI attorneys at our firm. We will review your evidence and explain all of your legal options. It’s important to start right away so we can preserve evidence and get witness testimony before it disappears.
Talk to one of our attorneys today for free by calling the number on your screen or sending us an email through our website. Vaughan & Vaughan works on a contingency-fee basis, so you will owe us nothing unless you win compensation with our help.