When the brain is injured, it doesn’t heal quickly, nor does it often return to full function. The consequences of a brain injury can devastate the rest of your life and your finances. That’s why you need to fight for compensation with a brain injury attorney.
If someone else caused your brain injury, you need to swing for the fences to get the most compensation possible. Pendleton Law knows how important it is for brain injury victims to get treatment. Let us help you get it with our experienced brain injury lawyers.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over two million people have brain-related emergency room visits each year. Not all of these visits are caused by negligence, but many are. Here are some of the common causes we’ve seen in our practice.
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, accounting for nearly half of all ER visits with a brain injury. If your head hits the floor or an object on the way down, your brain could be damaged. Children and the elderly are the most likely to fall.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Seat belts and airbags do a lot to protect our brains, but they’re not perfect protection. You could strike your head against the door frame, the window, or even the steering wheel. If you’re a bicyclist or a motorcyclist, you may only have a helmet for protection.
Helmets help reduce the risk of serious or fatal brain injuries, but with enough force or just the right angle, you could still receive one. It’s vital to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment if you’ve fallen off a bike or a motorcycle after an accident.
Falling or Flying Objects
Construction workers often find themselves in situations where their heads are exposed to falling or flying objects. It’s no wonder that the symbol we teach children to recognise a construction worker is the hard hat.
But it’s not just construction workers. A warehouse worker could have objects on a high shelf fall on their head, or an industrial worker could be caught in an explosion that sends shrapnel into the brain.
Another source for brain injuries are sports accidents. These have gotten a lot of attention, especially for children. A blow to the head during any sport can cause a brain injury. Plus, thanks to second-impact syndrome, a coach could be held liable if a player is sent out to play too soon after a previous brain injury.
These are not the only sources for brain injuries. If you’re unsure whether your brain injury could be connected to someone else’s negligence, our brain injury lawyers can sort the matter out to see if you have a case, and help you pursue compensation if you do.
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Signs of a Brain Injury
The symptoms of a brain injury may not become apparent immediately. You need to know the signs of a brain injury so you can protect yourself. See a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following after your accident:
- Loss of coordination
- Vision problems
- Sensitivity to light
- Mild amnesia
- Trouble concentrating
- Behavioral changes
- Headaches and nausea
It could take months or even years to recover from these and constant rehabilitation to regrow the damaged neural pathways. Few victims ever achieve 100% recovery. Thus, you have a strong case for damages if we can prove someone else caused your brain injury.
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What Expenses Could I Cover With a Lawsuit?
You’ll have both economic and non-economic damages for your case. You can bring a claim against the responsible party for things like:
- Present and future medical expenses, including surgery and rehabilitation
- Lost wages and future earnings thanks to your incapacity to work after your accident
- Pain and suffering, along with emotional distress
- Your family may could receive loss of consortium damages
These are just a few of the damages you could be eligible to receive. Part of our work as brain injury lawyers is to investigate what happened and how it affected you thoroughly. That way, when we approach the insurance company, we know how much you truly deserve to get.
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How Long Do I Have to File?
Under Virginia law, you have two years to file a claim for personal injury. Since brain injuries can take a while to show up, see a doctor as soon as you can after your accident to check for damage.
The sooner you start your case, the more time your attorney will have to build one before they must present a case to the court or explain to the court why you need an extension to the statute of limitations (called “tolling” in legal speak).
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Get Brain Injury Representation in Chesterfield
If you live in Chesterfield and were involved in an accident that caused an injury to your brain, do not wait any longer. Call Pendleton Law to get a free case consultation and find out if you can get compensation for what happened to you. A family member can call on your behalf if you’re too injured.
Your consultation is absolutely free and without obligation. If you hire us as your lawyer, we will take your case on a contingency-fee basis. This means you do not pay us anything unless you get compensation. Call or email us today to schedule your appointment.
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