So, you’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident. There’s a strong chance that you are stressed and uncertain about things like how long you’ll be out of work and who is going to pay for your medical bills. That’s completely understandable, and the good news is that the Indianapolis personal injury attorneys of the Law Office of William W. Hurst are here to help. Here are some basic facts about legal claims stemming from TBIs that will help make the processes a bit clear. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case with a lawyer, call our office today or contact us online.
When TBIs are the Result of Another Person’s Negligence, Victims are Entitled to Compensation
Under Indiana law, when someone else’s negligence causes an injury, victims are typically able to recover compensation for their losses. Negligence is the failure of someone to use the degree of care that a reasonable person would in the same or similar situation, so whether negligence occurred depends very much on the context of an accident. The best way to determine whether you have a claim is to speak to an attorney.
You May Suffer Symptoms for Weeks or Even Months
The brain is an extremely delicate organ, and scientists are still learning about what exactly occurs when it is injured. What is known is that it can take a person weeks, months, or even years to fully recover from a TBI. The symptoms that people experience can vary and are strongly related to the severity of the initial injury, but often include headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and sleep disturbances.
The Representation of a Lawyer Can Have a Significant Impact on Your Settlement
If the cause of your accident is clear, it’s almost certain that the insurance company will resolve your case through a settlement agreement. In a standard settlement, you agree to release the at-fault party from further liability in exchange for a lump-sum payment.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that you do not need a lawyer because your case is not going to court. Insurance companies often lowball unrepresented victims and take advantage of the fact that they do not know the actual value of their case.
A lawyer familiar with personal injury litigation, on the other hand, will be able to determine all of your losses—including your noneconomic losses like pain and suffering and lost quality of life—and make sure that any settlement you accept adequately compensates you for your injuries.
Call an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If someone else’s negligence has left you with a TBI, you should speak to an attorney about your legal options as soon as you can. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst, we’ve been protecting the rights of the injured since 1981 and know how to get our clients the compensation to which the law entitles them. We are here to help, so don’t hesitate to call us at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney.