Suffering a serious brain injury is a life-changing event. Even after you have recovered from the initial trauma, there will likely be a lifetime of complications related to your brain injury. There could be permanent damage that prevents you from working or doing the things you used to love. You also likely have financial burdens due to extensive medical bills and the loss of your wages. If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your brain injury, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses due to the injury.
Many people are concerned about the cost of a brain injury lawyer, and this is completely understandable. Additionally, it's probably not your first concern while you're trying to deal with a severe injury that you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of someone else. However, it can be essential to hold someone accountable for this tragic event. Not only can it help bring you closure, but it can also help you with the inevitable financial strain that this type of injury entails.
Morgan & Morgan has been handling these types of injuries for decades, and we'd be honored to help you as well. Contact us today for a free case evaluation so we can help you with your next steps.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A severe brain injury is often referred to as traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Brain injuries occur when there has been some kind of trauma to the brain. This can occur when your head suffers a severe blow or jolt, causing damage to your brain. Many brain injuries go unreported because some people do not recognize the signs and do not seek medical help. You do not have to pass out or lose consciousness to suffer a brain injury. Some of the most common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Behavior or mood changes
- Memory problems
- Loss of coordination
- Blurred vision
If you have been struck in the head, you should seek immediate medical attention right away. You may not feel symptoms initially, but that does not mean you do not have a brain injury. Do not wait to see a doctor until you have noticeable symptoms.
What Is the Cost of a Brain Injury Lawyer?
Most brain injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay no money upfront, and they are only paid if you win your case. An attorney who takes your case on a contingency fee basis will work on your behalf to get you the largest settlement or award possible based on your injuries. They will keep a portion of your settlement to cover the attorney fees. If they lose your case, they typically receive no money, which is very beneficial for people who do not have a lot of money available for legal fees, especially when trying to keep up with medical bills.
Typically, lawyers working on a contingency basis will receive anywhere from 25% to 40% of your final settlement amount. The cost of a brain injury lawyer can vary, and it may also differ depending on the complexity of your case. If your claim is relatively straightforward and is settled quickly, the percentage the attorney keeps might be lower. However, if the party at fault or their insurance company does not want to settle, your case may have to go to court. When this happens, there will be more preparation and expenses involved. During your initial consultation with your attorney, all of the fees for the various possible outcomes will be discussed so you know exactly what to expect.
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
Suffering the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Depending on the injury, you may initially have a lengthy hospital stay and extensive rehabilitation after the accident. But the costs may not stop there. You may have lasting brain damage that limits your ability to work, and it may even prevent you from working in the future. There is also the toll it will take on your relationships and the activities you used to love to do. When you suffer a traumatic brain injury, it’s possible that your life will never be the same. Seeking compensation when you have suffered a brain injury because of someone else's negligence is important because you could have a lifetime of serious problems to deal with.
Statute of Limitations
In most states, you only have 2-3 years from the date of the incident to file a claim. This might seem like a long time, but you should not wait to contact an attorney. Your lawyer needs to gather evidence and interview witnesses and experts to build your case. This becomes more difficult the longer you wait. Evidence can be lost, and memories can fade. It is advisable to speak with an attorney as soon as you are well enough to do so. If you are still recovering, attorneys will often come to your location to discuss your case. There is no reason to wait to speak with an attorney.