Experienced Brain Injury Attorneys Who Are On Your Side
Possible causes of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are everywhere. One cannot predict or plan for a life-changing event such as a traumatic brain injury. Furthermore, many individuals do not have the resources that it would take to make normal life possible after a brain injury. The emotional distress, physical challenges and financial burdens that these victims and their families face are beyond what they ever could have predicted.
If you believe that you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence or misconduct of another, you should seek the aid of knowledgeable personal injury counsel. The Downs Law Firm can represent you as you seek compensation for your damages.
Alarming Statistics About TBI
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States:
- There are currently 5.3 million individuals suffering from a traumatic brain injury that will have lifelong effects
- Over 1.4 million Americans suffer a TBI every year
- Of these, 50,000 will die
- More than 200,000 need hospitalization or brain injury treatment
To learn more about traumatic brain injuries, including the effects and treatment, speak to an attorney at the Downs Law Firm.
Questions About TBI? Here Are Some Answers.
Confronting the reality that you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming. We understand, and will take the time to answer your questions. To get you started, here are answers to a few common questions we receive from clients about traumatic brain injuries.
How Long Does A Brain Injury Claim Take?
There is no set timeline for resolving a lawsuit related to traumatic brain injury. If the injuries are clear, the fault is obvious and the defendant is willing to take responsibility, the case could be settled within a matter of months. Conversely, if the extent of injuries is undetermined and you have a particularly stubborn defendant, the case could potentially take a couple of years to go to trial and to reach a jury verdict.
We understand that our clients want a resolution quickly. And while we try to be as efficient as we can, we will never counsel you to take a quick settlement that doesn’t meet your needs. Getting the right result often takes significantly longer than getting the quick result.
How Do You Prove A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Correctly and accurately diagnosing a traumatic brain injury requires help from a highly trained medical professional and sophisticated imaging devices. Three machines commonly used in TBI diagnosis include:
- Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring devices
- Computerized tomography (CT) scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
Based on the test results and your symptoms, a medical professional will both confirm the existence of a traumatic brain injury and rate it as mild, moderate or severe. They may also be able to predict whether the injury will result in permanent damage.
Once the physician/tests prove that a TBI occurred, it is up to your lawyer to demonstrate that your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence.
How Do You Choose The Best Attorney For A Brain Injury In Louisiana?
There may not be an objective “best” attorney for your brain injury case, but who you choose nonetheless matters a great deal. You should look for an attorney/firm with considerable experience in personal injury litigation, detailed knowledge of current research into traumatic brain injuries and a track record of success on behalf of their clients.
Our firm has been practicing personal injury law for nearly 30 years. In that time, we have helped clients recover more than $21 million in compensation from at-fault parties and insurers. When it comes to representing TBI victims, we stay up to date on treatment options and medical research to ensure that our clients have as many options as possible. In short, working with our firm is the smart choice if you’ve suffered a brain injury due to another’s negligence.
How Much Is A Brain Injury Case Worth?
Each case is unique, and the specific amount of compensation sought will depend on numerous factors including:
- How severe the injuries are and expected recovery time
- Whether the injuries are likely to result in permanent disability
- Medical bills and estimated future medical bills
- Wages lost from time spent unable to work
- Future lost wages or reduced earning capacity if the brain injury will make it impossible to return to your current job or occupation
- Costs of necessary modifications to your home/vehicle/workspace to accommodate a disability
- Compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages that don’t have a direct economic cost
When you hire our firm, we take the time to carefully calculate and estimate the total costs of your injury and how it has affected your life. Then, we seek maximum compensation on your behalf.
FREE Consultations About TBI
If you or your loved one suffered a head injury that resulted in TBI, get a free consultation with the Downs Law Firm. We can evaluate your case, connect you to resource and discuss recovering compensation. To schedule, call 318-284-8551 or reach us online.
We serve all of northeast Louisiana from our offices in Monroe and Bastrop. We also practice in Arkansas and Mississippi.