The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) a serious public health concern. The CDC reports that 2.5 million emergency room visits in the U.S. were related to TBIs in 2014.
If another party’s negligence caused your TBI, they may owe you compensation in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Accident types that may warrant a personal injury claim include:
- Car and truck accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Swimming pool accidents
- And many other accidents that resulted in a brain injury
The Fitch Law Firm LLC represents accident victims in a wide range of personal injury cases in Springfield, Ohio. A Springfield traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from our firm may be able to manage all aspects of your case when we represent you.
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Depending on the severity of their injuries, TBI victims can suffer a wide range of physical, sensory, cognitive, and emotional issues. These may include:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty thinking
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to noise and/or light
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
TBIs may require emergency medical treatment. If you suspect that you have any TBI symptoms after your accident, you should report them to a doctor immediately. A doctor can help you diagnose and begin treating your TBI. They can also create evidence in your medical record linking your TBI to your accident, which could be used as evidence in your personal injury case.
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Depending on the severity of your TBI and related injuries, doctors may administer a wider range of treatments. While a doctor may order rest, medication, and careful monitoring of the condition for mild TBIs, more serious injuries could require additional treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic, severe TBI treatment may include:
- CT scans or MRIs
- Prescription medications
- Inducing a temporary coma
In addition to the costs of treatment, the symptoms and issues that may come with TBIs may seriously hamper your ability to live problem-free. TBI symptoms may interfere with your ability to work and maintain normal, healthy relationships with family, friends, and the community.
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Determining Liability for a TBI
If you can prove that another party’s negligence caused your accident and your TBI, they may be liable for your accident-related damages in a personal injury case.
Depending on where and how you were injured, you may be able to hold the following parties liable for your TBI-related damages:
- Vehicle operators: if a negligent car, truck, or motorcycle operator caused the accident that injured you
- Medical caregivers: if a doctor, nurse, or hospital administration harmed you while they were providing you with treatment, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against them
- A swimming pool owner: if you suffered an injury in a swimming pool due to the owner’s lack of compliance with safety regulations
These are not the only potentially liable parties in a personal injury case. If you believe that another party’s negligence caused your accident, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at (614) 545-3930 for a free case review with a member of our team.
Expenses and Damages
Once you have identified the at-fault party, you typically must identify and quantify the expenses and damages that you wish to file a claim for.
In most cases, you can seek compensation for medical treatment expenses related to your TBI. These may include the costs of diagnostic scans, blood tests, surgical procedures, therapy, medications, and vision, hearing, or social/emotional assessments.
In addition to current and future accident-related medical expenses, the following damages may be recoverable in a personal injury case:
- Lost wages for the time that you were unable to work due to your injuries
- Reduced earning capability, if you can no longer work at the same capacity as before the accident
- Property damage
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish, and more
You may be able to use medical treatment invoices, income statements, and similar forms of proof to quantify the losses that you were forced to endure.
When you work with a Springfield traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC, we can help you identify your potentially recoverable damages and collect evidence of their value.
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Deadlines to Sue in Ohio
It is important to keep in mind that there are deadlines for filing certain types of lawsuits in Ohio. Per the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10, there is a general two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits.
For medical malpractice lawsuits, there is a general statute of limitations of one year from the date the injuries were discovered, per ORC §2305.113. However, there is an ultimate deadline that no medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed more than four years after the injuries occurred.
There may be exceptions to these general rules. In any case, a failure to take legal action by the specific deadlines that apply to you could mean that a court dismisses your lawsuit and that you are unable to recover compensation for your damages.
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If you were injured by another party’s negligence, you do not need to face the insurance claim or lawsuit process on your own. A Springfield traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC can handle all of the legal work in your case while you focus on your recovery.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at (614) 545-3930. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payment required.