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How Much Does It Cost for a Brain Injury Lawyer?

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:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Behavior or mood changes
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • 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.

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  • What Are the Most Common Causes of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Brain injuries can occur in many different scenarios, often accidents. They can also happen as a direct result of someone else's criminal actions. According to the CDC, some of the most common causes of brain injury include:

    • Car Accidents. Serious car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Traveling at high speeds combined with not paying attention to the road often results in a serious accident with injuries. This is especially true if the accident involves pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcycle riders. These groups of people are more susceptible to brain injuries because they do not have the frame of the car to help protect them from serious injury. 
    • Slip and Fall Accidents. Falling accidentally can result in a traumatic brain injury more often than one might think. These accidents happen very quickly, and there is little time to react. It is not uncommon for a person to hit their head on the ground when they fall, causing a serious injury.
    • Sports Injuries. Research into sports injuries has increased over the last decade, especially regarding football injuries. There is growing evidence that suffering from repeated blows to the head or violent jostling of the head can lead to permanent brain trauma. Just because there are no immediate signs of injury and a loss of consciousness does not occur does not mean there was no brain trauma.
    • Violent Crimes. Many people don’t think about suffering a brain injury from a violent crime. However, victims of domestic violence, beatings, and other violent crimes can suffer from a traumatic brain injury during the attack.
    • Work Injuries. Suffering from a traumatic brain injury while on the job is very common. Construction sites are often full of hazards that can potentially cause an accident. However, there are other workplaces that can be dangerous as well, including retail stores, restaurants, warehouses, and factories. Even if you follow all the safety guidelines at work, this does not mean all your co-workers are being safe as well. Accidents can happen at work even if everyone is taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • How Do I Hire a Brain Injury Attorney?

    It is less complicated to hire an attorney than you think, and the cost of a brain injury lawyer may not be as much of an issue as you first imagined. You can ask people you know for referrals or do an internet search to find brain injury attorneys in your area. Try to pick several attorneys you would like to talk to about your case. Most brain injury lawyers will offer a free initial consultation. This will allow you to meet with a lawyer at no cost to you, and they will be able to assess your situation and determine if you have a valid claim. If you are still in the hospital or otherwise unable to get to a lawyer's office, they will often come to you.

  • Do I Need an Attorney?

    Yes. Traumatic brain injuries are complicated cases. When someone else is at fault for your injury, their insurance company may want to settle with you quickly without a lawyer. However, not having representation is a bad idea. You may be thinking only about your current needs, including medical bills and lost wages while you are in the hospital. But what if you will never be able to go back to work? What if you are permanently disabled as a result of your brain injury? The insurance company will often not offer you a settlement that considers these long-term issues. Hiring a lawyer to ensure your short-term and long-term needs is essential. They will be able to negotiate with the insurance company or take your case to trial if an agreement cannot be reached. 

  • What Kind of Compensation Can I Expect?

    Compensation varies widely depending on the severity of your brain injury and what potential long-term effects there will be. In general, most brain injury cases do not settle for less than $100,000. However, it greatly depends on your specific case. If you become disabled and are unable to work in the future because of your brain injury, compensation can be much higher. It is not uncommon for a qualified and experienced brain injury attorney to recover a monetary award that is $1,000,000 or more. Having an initial consultation with a lawyer can give you a better idea of what your case is worth. They will have experience with these kinds of cases and will be able to provide you with an idea of what kind of compensation is possible in your case.

  • Morgan & Morgan Can Help You with Your Brain Injury Case

    When you're trying to find a firm to help you with your brain injury case, it's crucial that you choose one who is experienced with this particular type of case. Brain injury claims are complex. You need an attorney who can explain the nuances of this injury to the judge and the jury in a way that they can genuinely understand the long-lasting consequences this injury will have on your life or the life of your injured loved one. 

    At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys have been helping brain injury clients win their cases for decades. We are experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and taking cases to court when needed. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about the cost of a brain injury lawyer. There are no upfront costs to you. We also offer a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case. Call Morgan & Morgan today to schedule your free consultation

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