BRAIN INJURY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | CLOSED HEAD WOUND | CONCUSSION | TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
If your loved one has suffered a brain injury, you may have a lot of questions about how you take the right steps to get full and fair compensation for their losses. This page answers basic questions about brain injuries and brain injury claims.
At Blackman Legal Group, we have protected the rights of personal injury victims for nearly 33 years. We bring a vast amount of knowledge, skill and experience to every case, and meticulously prepare for trial, carefully examining every detail. We will fully explain the law and process, as well as your options and likelihood of success. Our lawyers often settle personal injury claims at or above insurance policy limits, and have obtained numerous judgments and recoveries in excess of $1 million.
To arrange a free case evaluation, contact Blackman Legal Group by e-mail or call our office at 415-585-5200 (toll-free at 866-692-8126) to set up an appointment.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BRAIN INJURY
- What is brain injury? A brain injury is any trauma to your brain caused by an external event, including a blow to the head or sudden movement affecting the brain, such as the unexpected acceleration or deceleration of a motor vehicle. The injury can be to any one or a number of the lobes of the brain. The injury can be a closed head injury, where the exterior of your head remains intact, but there is injury inside your head only.
- How is brain injury diagnosed? Particularly with closed head injuries, brain trauma may be difficult to diagnose. Externally visible symptoms may include swelling, hemorrhaging or bruises. Injuries may be detected on a CT scan or an MRI. In most instances, however, the diagnosis comes from the behavior of the victim and from other reported symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, confusion, depression, personality changes, or cognitive difficulties. The best way to diagnose a brain injury is often through the work of a skilled and experienced neuropsychologist.
- What damages can I recover for a brain injury? In a personal injury lawsuit, including a brain injury claim, you can recover for any lost wages or income resulting from the injury, any medical expenses, your physical pain and suffering, and loss of companionship or consortium.
- Is there a time limit to file suit? The time in which you must file a lawsuit for damages, also known as the statute of limitations, is governed by state law. In California, it is two years from the date you knew or should have known of the injury. Nonetheless, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible, so that evidence supporting your claim is not lost.
- How much will it cost me? Personal injury claims, such as brain injury, are generally handled on a contingent fee basis. You won’t pay attorney fees unless and until you recover compensation for your injuries. However, you may be required to cover out-of-pocket costs, including filing fees and expert witness fees.
- Who can I sue for damages? You can sue anyone whose actions were a “proximate cause” of your injury. If it was reasonably foreseeable that your type of injury would result from their negligent act, it was a proximate cause.
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We represent accident victims from our law offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento, and provide legal representation throughout California including Oakland, Redwood City, San Rafael, Mountain View, Walnut Creek, Long Beach and Santa Ana, CA.. Our experienced personal injury attorneys also serve injured out-of-state travelerswho are hurt on vacation and Americans who are injured while traveling abroad.
CONTACT BLACKMAN LEGAL GROUP
We offer a free case evaluation to anyone with a brain injury claim. To schedule an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call our office toll-free at 866-692-8126. We have offices throughout California. To find the location nearest to you, see our Office Locations page.