Richmond Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injury often has lifelong implications for its victims. Not only do you face substantial trauma as a result of the accident itself, often with a long recovery time, but also some damage may never fully heal. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, whether from a slip and fall, nursing home neglect, or car accident, Emroch & Kilduff can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (804) 358-1568 to schedule your free consultation.
How Emroch & Kilduff Can Help
At Emroch & Kilduff, you will find a dedicated team of attorneys committed to aggressively pursuing a fair resolution to your personal injury claim. After a traumatic brain injury, you may find yourself struggling to convince the insurance company to provide you with compensation for the full cost of your injuries. At Emroch & Kilduff, we will fight on your behalf. Consider our past results:
- $900,000 to a child struck in a crosswalk
- $300,000 to a motorcycle accident victim
While our past results cannot guarantee future success, at Emroch & Kilduff, we are dedicated to maximizing compensation for all of our clients. Often, simply working with an attorney can help increase the amount the insurance company will offer for your injuries. In other cases, we can help collect evidence, bring in expert witnesses, and even gather your medical records to help prove the full extent of your injuries.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can cause substantial difficulty for its victims. At the scene of the accident, injured individuals may suffer confusion, disorientation, or loss of consciousness. Immediate symptoms may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Depression or anxiety
- Speech difficulty
In the case of severe traumatic brain injury, symptoms may linger long-term, impacting your life and preventing you from returning to your usual tasks. You may suffer from:
- Ongoing confusion
- Difficulty with mental processing
- Changes in mood or temperament
- Difficulty with emotional regulation
- Changes in sleep patterns, either sleeping too much or struggling to fall asleep at all
- Changed sensory perceptions; food may taste different, or you may not like the same things you did before the accident. You may struggle with increased sensitivity to lights or sounds.
- Difficulty producing or understanding spoken language
Traumatic brain injury symptoms do not always show up immediately after an accident. In some cases, you may feel fine at the scene of an accident, only for serious symptoms to show up later. If you lost consciousness or hit your head at any point during your accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Seeking Compensation After Traumatic Brain Injury
After a traumatic brain injury, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Working with an attorney can help you more effectively answer common questions about your injuries, including:
How Much Compensation Do I Deserve for My Injuries?
The compensation you receive from a traumatic brain injury will vary based on how you were injured, the extent of your injuries, and the extent of the insurance policy that covers the responsible party. Most traumatic brain injury victims, however, claim:
- Medical expenses. After a traumatic brain injury, you may need to spend time in the hospital recovering. You may need skilled nursing care even after you return home, especially if confusion remains an ongoing problem. You may also require therapy to help you learn how to function at a reduced capacity, especially if traumatic brain injury symptoms linger long-term or appear permanent.
- Lost wages. Many people cannot return to work immediately after a traumatic brain injury. You may suffer from decreased organizational capability or struggle to keep up with tasks that you could once handle easily. When you must take time off work to recover from your injuries, you can claim that lost time as part of the damages from your accident.
- Pain and suffering. Traumatic brain injury often causes substantial suffering for the victim and his or her loved ones. An injured individual’s personality may change, either temporarily or permanently. If you experience such an injury, you may experience a great deal of frustration due to your inability to complete normal tasks or care for yourself. A lack of emotional regulation may also contribute to ongoing challenges. You may miss out on activities that you once enjoyed or have to change your plans or your lifestyle to accommodate your injuries. You can include all of these factors under pain and suffering when you file your claim.
- Lost earning potential. When traumatic brain injury comes with permanent consequences, you may not have the capability to return to your previous employment. In this case, you can include lost earning potential as part of your claim.
Who Bears Responsibility for My Injuries?
Many different types of accidents can cause traumatic brain injury: sports injuries or premises liability injuries due to slips and falls, construction accidents, and auto accidents. To determine responsibility, you should ask the following questions:
- What factors led to the accident?
- Did improper labeling or lack of signs contribute to your accident? For example, if a lack of wet floor signs led to a slip and fall, the facility may bear responsibility.
- Did you suffer an accident due to someone else’s neglect? If, for example, a distracted driver crashed into your vehicle, he or she may bear responsibility for your injuries.
- Did the responsible party owe you a duty of care? To file a personal injury claim after your traumatic brain injury, you must show that someone else should have taken steps to prevent the accident, but failed to do so.
How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
Our attorneys take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so we charge nothing except a percentage of what we help you recover—and if you don’t get paid, neither do we. In most cases, moreover, a lawyer can significantly limit frustration and increase the compensation you receive for your injuries. At Emroch & Kilduff, we start with a free consultation to help evaluate your claim and give you a better idea of your costs.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Emroch & Kilduff online or by calling (804) 358-1568 to schedule your free consultation.