Fountain Valley Brain Injury Attorneys
Fountain Valley Brain Injury Attorneys
Every year, thousands of people are admitted to emergency rooms across the country after suffering serious brain injuries. The cost of medical care can easily exceed tens of thousands of dollars, and if the victim requires long-term treatment, these expenses could easily exceed the million-dollar flood line. If you sustained a traumatic brain injury after a preventable accident, our Fountain Valley brain injury attorneys could help you fight for a fair settlement that may cover your healthcare costs, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages. As settlements in brain injury cases tend to be greater than other types of claims, you should expect to meet resistance from the insurance company. After all, paying out a significant settlement will take a big bite out of their bottom line. With decades of collective experience, our lawyers know how to counter disputes, and we’re not afraid to go to court if opposing parties refuse to settle. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free initial consultation.
What Should I Bring to My Free Case Review?
A brain injury can leave you unable to work, inhibit your ability to tackle everyday tasks, and disrupt your normal routines. These complications can last weeks, months, or even years as your injuries heal. In these challenging times, filing a successful claim can help you and your family stay afloat, giving you the necessary funds to pay for treatment and cover your everyday expenses. Understandably, you may be willing to do anything you can to improve your chances of securing a financial award. While the outcome of your claim is—for the most part—out of your control, there are some steps you can take to help your attorney prepare your case. One important step is making the most out of your initial consultation. Not only is this a chance to get to know your lawyer and the type of representation they provide, but it is also an opportunity for your attorney to review the available evidence and map out the direction your case might take. Here are a few items you may want to bring along to your free case review:
- Evidence You Managed to Gather at the Accident Scene: Some of the evidence in a brain injury case may be time sensitive. For instance, if surveillance cameras captured footage of the moment you suffered your injuries, these video files may be erased a few weeks after the incident. Collecting evidence at the scene immediately after the accident could help preserve this information to prove liability, causation, and damages down the line. Evidence may include photographs of your injuries, eyewitness statements, the official police accident report, and notes on the locations of nearby surveillance cameras.
- Medical Records: You will not receive compensation for damages you cannot prove. As such, your medical records will play a crucial role in helping you achieve a successful outcome for your claim. These documents will usually list the types of injuries you sustained, procedures undergone, medication prescribed, and recommended future healthcare interventions. Seeking a prompt diagnosis can also help connect your condition to the accident. With that in mind, it is advised to seek medical treatment immediately after leaving the accident scene.
- A Written Account of the Accident: A written account of the accident can help your attorney determine which evidence must still be collected to prove liability, causation, and damages. What did you and the other parties involved say immediately after the accident? Did anyone witness the accident take place? Did police officers arrive at the scene? The answers to these questions can make sure you do not overlook significant details that may help strengthen your claim.
- Any Dialogue with the Insurance Company: If you spoke to the insurance company, either over the phone, text messages, or email, you should share this correspondence with your attorney. It is possible you may have said something that could be used by the claims adjuster to challenge your case. As such, your attorney may need to develop strategies to counter these disputes.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Settlements and verdicts in brain injury cases can easily be worth millions of dollars. However, your potential recovery can vary depending on a variety of factors. As such, it is impossible for us, or any attorney for that matter, to promise you a specific outcome for your case. Our legal team may first need to review your case, investigate the accident, and consult with the relevant expert witnesses before we can estimate a fair settlement for your damages. Here are a few factors we might consider:
- Medical Expenses: From hospital stays to consultations to physical therapy, medical costs can add up quickly after suffering a serious brain injury. For many victims, it’s common for these losses to make up a major portion of the eventual settlement. When approximating a fair sum for such damages, our attorneys may consult with medical specialists to get an accurate idea of not only your past medical bills, but also costs you are likely to incur in the future.
- Lost Earnings: A brain injury can prevent you from returning to work for weeks, months, or even years. Some victims are never able to return to the workplace ever again. As such, as a plaintiff in a brain injury case, you have a right to seek damages for lost income. Not only may you be able to recover wages you have missed in the past, but you could also be entitled to compensation for future lost wages and reduced income-earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering: Your invoices and bills only tell one side of the story. A brain injury won’t just put a dent in your savings and limit you physically, it can also take a serious toll on your mental health. Whether you’ve suffered extreme pain, experienced depression, or felt humiliated due to your condition, you could potentially pursue damages for non-economic damages such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Your lawyer may ask you to start a personal injury journal to log your pain levels and symptoms.
Contact Us Today to Speak to a Fountain Valley Brain Injury Attorney
A brain injury can derail your life in an instant, putting immense strain on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for what you’ve lost. Contact us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or click through to our Contact Form to schedule your free case review.