Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are a serious injury and a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Anything from a blow or jolt to the brain to trip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, premises accidents, and penetration of the skull in any way can lead to a traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 155 people were killed every single day in 2014 from issues including some form of traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury can forever change the trajectory of the life of a victim, as well as the lives of the victim’s loved ones. If you suffered a brain injury because of another party’s negligent actions, a Dayton traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to help you pursue compensation in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Please contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (937) 660-4232 for a free consultation with a member of our team. We may be able to represent your traumatic brain injury case on a contingency-fee-basis.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Identifying the presence of a brain injury is an important part of the diagnosis and treatment of such injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injuries, depending on their severity, can lead to a long list of health issues and symptoms, including:
- Issues with vision, such as blurry or spotty vision.
- Depression, anxiousness, and unexplained fear.
- Headache, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
- Unexplained personality changes.
- Frequent and unusual mood swings.
- Difficulty remembering things.
- Hearing a reoccurring ringing sound.
- Feeling overly drowsy or exhausted.
- Issues with balance.
- Oversensitivity to light, sound, or motion.
A traumatic brain injury victim may lose consciousness as soon as an injury may occur, and severe cases may even be fatal.
Once a victim’s symptoms indicate a traumatic brain injury and the cause of the injury is ascertained, a doctor will need to determine the severity of the injury you have, the treatment you require, and your potential for recovery. These are important factors to consider not just for your own wellbeing but for filing a compensation claim with your or an at-fault party’s insurer.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Liability
Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries. In construction and the workplace, slips and falls and high-impact collisions between vehicles, objects, or materials and workers can lead to serious brain injuries. Motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home accidents, birth injuries, and sports injuries lead to physical damage to the brain.
If another party’s negligence caused your TBI in a situation where they owed you a duty of care, they may be liable for your damages in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Depending on how your accident occurred, you may be able to file a claim against a premises owner, a vehicle operator, or another liable party.
A Dayton traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to investigate your case, identify the liable party, and help you bring legal action against them. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call us today at (937) 660-4232.
Expenses, Losses, and Damages
Depending on how your traumatic brain injury occurred, there are different losses and damages that you may be able to file a claim for, and there are different parties whom you may be able to seek compensation from.
Some of the damages that you may be able to file a personal injury claim for after suffering a brain injury include:
- Hospitalization and ambulance costs
- Medical treatment and medication costs
- Therapy and assistive device costs
- Diagnostic testing
- Lost income
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- And more
You may be able to use salary or wage slips, medical treatment invoices, and vehicle repair bills to prove your accident-related losses and to file a claim for them. The Fitch Law Firm LLC may also be able to obtain and use the testimony of economics and medical injury experts to evaluate your non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma.
Once we have an evidence-backed figure for your damages, we can file a compensation claim. If the responsible party’s insurer refuses to make you a fair settlement offer, we can take your case to trial.
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one passed away due to a traumatic brain injury, the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to help you pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. The recoverable damages in a wrongful death case may include:
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of income and inheritance
- Mental anguish
- And more
A Deadline to Sue in Ohio
There are legal deadlines for filing lawsuits in Ohio. For personal injury lawsuits, there is a general two-year statute of limitations, per Ohio Revised Code §2305.10. Per Ohio Revised Code §2125.02, there is also a general two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits.
Failure to take legal action within the appropriate deadline for either type of case could mean that your lawsuit is dismissed and that you are unable to recover compensation for your damages.
Contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC Today
You do not need to face the aftermath of your accident alone. A Dayton traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may be able to handle all legal work in your case when we represent you. This may include managing the communications, deadlines, and paperwork on your behalf.
Call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (937) 660-4232 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team. We may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments due. In this arrangement, we only collect attorney fees if and when you recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.