Newport Beach Brain Injury Attorneys
Newport Beach Brain Injury Attorneys
A serious injury to the head can cause devastating long-term complications including memory loss, personality changes, and impaired mobility. Beyond the physical impact, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cost victims and their families millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime. If your injury was caused by another person's intentional wrongdoing or negligence, our Newport Beach brain injury attorneys can help you pursue compensation for any costs arising from the accident. Past and future medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering may all be recoverable. Unfortunately, the insurance company might undervalue these damages or leave them out of the settlement offer entirely. With one of our skilled legal advocates by your side, you can rest assured that the insurance company won’t be able to take advantage of you. We can gather evidence, arrange for expert witness deposition, and aggressively fight for the settlement you deserve. For a free, no-obligation case assessment, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
What Qualities Should I Look for in a Brain Injury Attorney?
Some people assume that any personal injury attorney would have the experience and resources to provide effective representation in a brain injury claim. This, however, is far from true. Brain injury cases are unique in that the damages incurred tend to be substantial, so insurance companies are often willing to put up a fight in order to minimize the amount of compensation they have to payout. That means finding an attorney with extensive litigation experience is crucial. Also, a brain injury diagnosis is highly complex, and it is entirely possible for the medical experts for both the plaintiff and defense to have differing opinions regarding the prognosis and long-term cost of healthcare. As such, you want to find a Newport Beach brain injury lawyer who works with well-credentialed medical experts and who knows how to get the most value out of their deposition. Below is an overview of just some of the qualities you should look for in an attorney:
- Experience Handling Cases Like Yours: Once the lawyer knows your diagnosis and the facts surrounding the accident, ask if he or she has won cases that involved similar circumstances. Each brain injury claim is unique, but an attorney with the right experience will know the kinds of disputes that are most likely to arise, the types of damages that might be recoverable, and the most effective strategies to employ at each stage of the proceedings.
- Excellent Testimonials from Past Clients: Even if the lawyer says everything you want to hear during the free consultation, it can be difficult to know if they will be able to provide exceptional representation. One way to find out if an attorney would be a good fit for your case is to read testimonials from past clients. There are multiple websites that publish such testimonials, most of which can be found by doing a quick Google search of the law firm’s name.
- Honesty About Your Claim’s Weaknesses: It is entirely possible that your claim doesn’t have any weaknesses, but you should certainly make it a point to ask about the disputes that are most likely to arise given the facts of your case. An attorney who practices with integrity will be honest about the complications that are most likely to arise and should be able to explain the steps he or she will take to mitigate, avoid, and counter those disputes.
- A Track Record of Success in Litigation: As previously mentioned, you don’t want to hire a Newport Beach brain injury attorney who doesn’t have extensive litigation experience. If the opposing party refuses to pay a fair settlement, you’ll want to know that the lawyer you’ve hired won’t be afraid to file a lawsuit. Sometimes the mere threat of a lawsuit is enough to convince the opposing party to cooperate, which means hiring a seasoned litigator could work in your favor during negotiations.
- Accessibility: Find an attorney who gives you a direct line of contact. Getting prompt answers to your questions can make the claims process far less stressful.
Important Evidence in a Brain Injury Claim
One of your attorney’s primary responsibilities will be to gather the evidence needed to avoid disputes and maximize the chances of winning a fair settlement. Some of this evidence may be easy to access, but it is sometimes necessary to file a subpoena to obtain evidence that is being withheld. Below are a few kinds of evidence that often play an essential role in brain injury cases:
- The police report;
- Photos of the scene;
- Video footage of the accident;
- Medical and financial documentation;
- Receipts and invoices for costs arising from the accident;
- Medical expert witness deposition;
- The deposition of financial and vocational experts;
- Accident reconstruction expert deposition;
- Deposition from close friends, family, and caregivers; and
- The content of your personal injury journal.
Contact Us Today to Speak with a Newport Beach Brain Injury Lawyer
You can reach us 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-GO-HARRIS or sending a message HERE. The consultation is free, and you won’t owe any attorneys’ fees unless we resolve the case in your favor.