Get the Settlement You Need to Support Your TBI Recovery
Your brain controls your body. It is your window to the world. It’s probably the most important and delicate organ in your body. So a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can truly turn your world upside down.
TBIs are some of the most devastating injuries you can face. It could lead to a concussion, stroke, coma, seizure, memory loss, personality disorders, and many other complications. They can have devastating consequences on your physical, mental, and financial well-being. It can take a toll on your loved ones as you struggle to recover back to your full capacity over months or years.
Alabama sees over 100,000 traumatic brain injuries every year through a variety of accidents. From a motorcycle accident to a simple slip-and-fall at your local store, it could happen while doing any normal daily activity.
So what can you do when it’s too late to take precautions? Prepare. It’s time to prepare to seek compensation from any negligent parties that caused your injury. Mezrano’s skillful TBI lawyers will help you maximize your compensation by planning an efficient legal path.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)?
Your brain is floating in fluid and connective tissue inside your skull. So a sudden jolt could make it crash back and forth against your skull’s hard walls. This violent impact is enough to damage the soft brain tissue. Most sports injuries and car accidents lead to such traumatic brain injuries.
It’s not necessary for something to pierce your skull and reach your brain. However, there are certain accidents where a shattered skull bone or an object penetrates your brain tissue.
Seeking Compensation for TBIs in Alabama
TBIs can have severe consequences on your life, which means you need serious compensation to cope with them. Insurance companies take TBI claims much more seriously because of the size of compensation involved in these cases. But they’re serious about protecting their profits and evading liability.
You’ll face the burden of proof to conclusively show the link between the at-fault party’s negligence and your accident. You’ll also have to convincingly prove the economic and non-economic damages you’ve suffered.
Taking on this legal burden yourself in the middle of a difficult recovery period is too overwhelming. You need the guidance of a skillful Alabama TBI law firm like Mezrano. We’ve helped negotiate several six-figure and seven-figure settlements for TBI victims. We’ll ensure you recover everything you need to cover your medical bills, lost income, property damage, and other losses.
Types of TBIs: Understanding Concussions
Concussions are a milder form of traumatic brain injuries. They are caused when a high-impact accident causes your brain to rattle against the skull walls and get injured. The greater the impact, the more severe the concussion will be. They are usually caused by vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, or while playing sports.
Concussions often get overlooked by victims because the damage is not as easily visible as other injuries. They are not easy to diagnose by doctors without reviewing your medical history and imaging reports. You may need to visit a specialist with experience in treating neurological problems.
Don’t ignore your concussion symptoms or delay medical treatment after your accident. Insurers can consider this to be negligence on your part to delay, underpay, or deny your claim.
Common Causes of TBIs in Alabama
Here are the most common causes of catastrophic injuries:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Pedestrian accidents
- Violent crimes
- Sports accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
Symptoms and Consequences of TBIs
Based on the severity of the injury, here are the three types of TBIs you should know about:
- Mild TBIs – These injuries are usually limited to concussions that only affect your brain cells for a short period. They leave no long-lasting symptoms and require minimal treatment. Its symptoms include brief loss of consciousness, nausea, headache, brief memory loss, and lethargy.
- Moderate TBIs – Moderate TBIs are more likely to show up in imaging reports and require more care. They may have a longer recovery period and require hospitalization. They can cause symptoms like longer periods of unconsciousness, brain trauma, and bleeding.
- Severe TBIs – These injuries can often lead to permanent brain damage or death. They include symptoms like seizures, coma, and paralysis.
The Impact of TBIs on Personal and Financial Life
Your brain is the command center of your body. It pulls the strings for your physical movement, emotional regulation, and cognitive performance. Your ability to work, maintain relationships, and experience fulfillment are all tied to a healthy brain. So any compromise with its health is literally gambling with your life. You could lose everything you’ve worked for after a TBI.
It can cost thousands of dollars just to accurately diagnose your TBI because of the complicated series of tests and medical expertise involved.
Long-term rehabilitation and therapy can rack up massive debt for your loved ones. You may require multiple surgeries and extended periods of hospitalization. It’s not surprising that TBI cases often lead to six-figure and seven-figure settlements. It’s the only way you and your loved ones can navigate through this stressful period with some relief.
The Role of an Alabama TBI Lawyer
Still wondering if it’s worth filing a claim? Confused about how to take the first step? The decisions you make right now will impact how your life and livelihood will get back on track.
So it’s important to seek legal advice and explore your options for getting compensated for your short-term and long-term recovery.
Here’s how Mezrano’s Alabama TBI lawyers will legally empower you:
- Assess your damages
- Lead a thorough investigation to determine the cause of your injury
- Gather all relevant evidence and file your injury claim
- Ensure all documentation is filed within legal deadlines
- Negotiate with insurers
- Represent you in court if your case goes to trial
Call us for a FREE legal consultation and we’ll clear all your doubts and help you plan the next steps.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I suspect I have a TBI after an accident?
TBI symptoms are often ignored by victims. Many symptoms take time to manifest and the lack of visible damage makes victims feel that it’s not a serious matter. So it’s essential to seek medical attention urgently after an accident. Begin the treatment as soon as possible.
Delaying your treatment can sabotage your injury claim. The insurer may contest your claim saying that your neglect aggravated your medical condition.
Ensure you keep a clear record of your medical condition and expenses. They will lay the foundation for your injury claim.
How can I determine if negligence by another party caused my TBI?
Proving liability is the first step to qualify for compensation for your TBI. Your injury has to be caused by someone’s negligence for you to seek compensation from them.
You need the right set of evidence and documentation to present your argument convincingly.
Here are the essential steps needed to prove negligence of another party:
- You must prove that the party owed you a duty of care
- The party neglected their duty
- Their neglect was the proximate cause of your accident
- This accident directly led to your brain injury
What types of compensation can I seek for my TBI?
Here are the types of compensation you can seek for your TBI:
- Past medical expenses
- Projected medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy costs
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Future loss of earnings and benefits
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Expenses involved in changing homes or vehicles to support your lifestyle shift
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You can even file a wrongful death claim if you lost a loved one due to a TBI.
Here are the damages you can get compensated for by filing a wrongful death claim:
- The deceased’s medical expenses before they passed away
- Funeral costs
- Property damages
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
What is the statute of limitations for filing a TBI claim in Alabama?
Alabama follows a two-year statute of limitations for filing a TBI claim. It means you can only file a claim within two years of the date of the accident that caused your TBI. You lose your right to seek compensation if you miss this legal deadline. However, there may be some special circumstances that prevented the victim from filing their claim on time.
It’s best to consult a knowledgeable TBI injury lawyer who knows your state laws thoroughly. They’ll review your case and help you figure out if you still qualify for a TBI claim.
How much does it cost to hire an Alabama TBI lawyer from Mezrano?
Nothing. It costs nothing to reach out for a consultation and it costs nothing to hire us. We follow a ‘pay only when you win’ policy. So you won’t have to pay us any legal fees until we win your settlement.
You only have to pay us a fixed percentage of settlement once it’s safely in your hands. All our legal services and support will be handled by us until then.