Very few injuries can devastate a person’s life as profoundly as brain trauma. The cognitive and physical effects can impact familial and social relationships and the victim’s overall quality of life, resulting in crippling depression. No amount of money can undo such a tragedy, but if another person was responsible for your accident, our Santa Barbara brain injury attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
We have the resources and proven strategies to win substantial settlements and verdicts in catastrophic injury cases. Our lawyers work with a network of well-credentialed medical and financial specialists who can provide valuable testimony. To discuss your case in a free consultation, call our 24/7 phone-line at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Claims Our Santa Barbara Brain Injury Attorneys Handle
Any serious blow to the head or even a violent jolt of the neck can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). No matter the specific cause of your TBI, you might be entitled to compensation if another party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing played a role.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the experience and resources to provide exceptional representation in brain injury claims involving:
- Car Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Tour and Public Bus Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Accidents Involving Boats and Other Watercraft
- Motorbike Accidents
- Aircraft Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Other Accidents
Medical Experts Often Play a Critical Role in Brain Injury Cases
The cost of medical care for a brain injury can vary dramatically from one case to the next. Some patients make a full recovery in a matter of months; others have to cope with permanent cognitive and physical disabilities that affect their familial relationships, enjoyment in life, and income-earning potential.
All of these factors are considered when calculating damages in a brain injury claim. Unfortunately, even if your attorney uses widely accepted formulas to determine the settlement amount, there’s no guarantee that the insurance company will step up to the plate and offer a fair payout. It’s often necessary to bring in various experts to provide testimony regarding the severity and permanence of the injury, as well as the costs the victim will incur for medical care, lost income, and other necessary expenses.
Our Santa Barbara brain injury attorneys work with a network of medical and economic experts who can provide testimony regarding the severity of your TBI and the value of damages.
Such experts may include:
- Neurophysiologists: Experts in nervous system function;
- Neurologists: Doctors who evaluate head injuries and treat disorders of the brain, spine, and nervous system;
- Neuropsychologists: Study the function of the brain and how it affects behavior and psychological processes after a head injury;
- Physical Therapists: Help brain injury patients recover physical function;
- Life Care Planners: Determine the types of care a patient will need to reach maximum medical improvement, as well as the associated costs;
- Economic Experts: Often used by attorneys to determine the value of lost future income; and
- Accident Reconstruction Experts: May be used to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the accident.
How Much Is My Brain Injury Case Worth?
If you’re facing steep medical bills and lost income, it’s only natural to wonder how much your claim might be worth. Because brain injuries tend to result in long-lasting or permanent cognitive and physical disorders, it’s common for these claims to yield substantial settlements and verdicts. But of course, the value of one case could be very different from the next.
Below are a few factors that might influence the potential value of your claim:
- The Cost of Medical Care: Surgeries, rehabilitation, and domestic help can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars in the first year alone. If your injury is permanent, you might incur a lifetime of medical expenses. Fortunately, your claim can account for all past and future medical bills arising from your injury.
- The Amount of Income Lost: Any wages you lose while recovering from your TBI can be included in your claim. If you won’t be able to return to the same profession due to your injury, you may also be entitled to compensation for lost earning capacity.
- The Value of Other Economic Damages: Any objectively verifiable losses directly resulting from the accident may be included in your claim. For instance, if your injury happened in an auto accident, you might be able to recover compensation for vehicle repairs or replacement.
- The Nature of the Injury: When determining a fair figure for non-economic damages, your Santa Barbara brain injury lawyer will consider several factors including the severity and permanence of your injury and how it has impacted your familial and social relationships. If the injury has affected your marital relationship, your spouse might have grounds for a loss of consortium claim, which is intended to provide compensation for the loss of love, care, affection, moral support, and intimacy.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Discuss Your Claim with a Brain Injury Lawyer in Santa Barbara
Our attorneys understand what’s at stake for you and your family. During your free initial consultation, we will answer your questions and help you determine the most strategic way to approach the claims process. We won’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or use our contact form to set up a free case review.