The weeks and months that follow a brain injury can be some of the most stressful and depressing of the victim’s life. While family and friends can assist with child care, domestic help, and transportation, nothing can undo the burden of living with serious brain trauma. Fortunately, if another party was liable for the accident, our San Diego brain injury attorneys can help you pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
We’ve won more than $300,000,000 in settlements and trial verdicts. Some of our most substantial victories were in catastrophic injury cases such as brain injury claims. To discuss your case with a member of our team, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS for a free consultation.
Types of Claims Our San Diego Brain Injury Lawyers Handle:
The specific cause of your brain injury will influence the strategies used by your attorney during the investigation and settlement negotiations. For example, the types of evidence needed to prevail in a car accident claim could be very different from that used in a sporting accident claim.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the experience and resources to achieve successful outcomes in brain injury cases involving:
- Car Accidents
- Violent Attacks
- Sporting Accidents
- Other Brain Injury Cases
Proving Damages in a Brain Injury Claim
Even if you have strong evidence of liability, you won’t collect a fair settlement unless you can prove damages. This can be especially challenging in brain injury claims since victims often suffer months, years, or even a lifetime of lost income. The medical bills can easily reach six figures, and miscellaneous costs such as domestic help and child care can add up quickly.
Read on to learn a few types of evidence our San Diego brain injury lawyers may use to prove damages:
- Expert Witness Testimony: While expert witnesses don’t play a role in every personal injury case, their testimony can be particularly valuable in cases that involve traumatic brain injuries. For example, a neurologist may testify regarding the prognosis, and an economic expert may testify regarding lost income projections.
- Medical Documentation: CT scans, MRI scans, and other diagnostic imaging may be used to prove the type of injury you suffered and the part of the brain affected. Other important medical documentation includes prescription records and bills and invoices for healthcare services.
- Photos of Injuries: If you sustained any visible wounds, your attorney might use photos of them to prove the severity of the accident that caused your brain trauma.
- Income Records: Financial statements, 1099s, income tax returns, and other financial documents may be needed to prove lost income.
- Your Personal Injury Journal: If there’s a dispute regarding the value of your pain and suffering damages, your attorney might use the content of your personal injury journal to deliver a compelling rebuttal. In this daily journal, you should track any symptoms you’re experiencing, how frequently they happen, and how long they last. You should also write about any medication side effects and how the injuries are affecting your personal life.
While the above evidence can be used to prove compensatory damages, it may also be possible for your San Diego brain injury attorney to pursue punitive damages. A punitive award might be recoverable if the person who caused your injury acted with malice, oppression, or fraud. If the defendant acted with “despicable” conduct and with a willful or conscious disregard for your safety or rights, punitive damages might be available.
It may also be possible for the spouse or registered domestic partner of a brain injury victim to bring a claim for loss of consortium. This refers to the loss of support, companionship, intimacy, society, protection, etc.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer?
If you’re already facing steep medical bills and other costs, the last thing you’ll want to do is take on another expense. This is one reason why many personal injury victims delay their consultation with an attorney. But at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we offer free consultations and handle brain injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means if we don’t win your claim, you won’t have to pay any attorney’s fees.
Set up a Free Consultation with a Brain Injury Attorney in San Diego
If you or someone close to you has suffered a brain injury due to another person’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, turn to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. We can answer your questions, help you understand your rights, and explain the most strategic way to approach the claims process.
We can handle all the logistics of your case—from gathering evidence to arranging expert witness testimony to negotiating with the insurance company. And if your case proceeds to trial, you’ll be represented by one of California’s top litigation law firms.
If you cannot come to our office for the initial consultation, we can come to you. Call our 24-hour phone line at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message online to schedule a free case review.