Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others? Medical bills and other expenses associated with recovering from this type of injury can accumulate quickly. Victims may also miss work for long periods of time while recovering and the ability to earn an income may be significantly affected.
Contacting an attorney can be an important step as you look to recover from the injury. Our firm has obtained $300 million in compensation on behalf of our personal injury clients, including $600,000 for a traumatic brain injury victim who was injured in a car accident.
Our Saint Paul traumatic brain injury lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss your accident. There are no upfront fees and you are not obligated to let us represent you. This means we do not get paid unless we win fair compensation for your claim. Our goal is to protect your best interests and obtain the maximum compensation available for our clients.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
You may qualify for compensation if you or your lawyer can prove the four elements of negligence were present at the time of your accident.
The four elements are:
- Duty of Care – The party responsible for your accident was legally obligated to act as a reasonable person would to prevent harm to themselves or others. For example, drivers must follow traffic laws and avoid reckless driving.
- Breached duty of care – This happens when the at-fault party acts carelessly or fails to act to uphold its legal obligation to prevent harm. For example, if employees in a shopping center fail to clean up spills or warn customers about wet floors, and a slip and fall happens, the owner of the shopping center may have violated a duty of care.
- Causation – This means the breached duty of care mentioned above directly resulted in someone getting injured. If the at-fault party did not breach their duty of care, the victim would have been uninjured.
- Damages sustained – The injury sustained created damages for the victim such as medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Proving negligence is a complex task that requires extensive legal knowledge, experience and resources. Our firm has decades of combined experience building negligence cases and has a dedicated legal team ready to investigate, gather evidence and build a robust argument for an injury victim’s claim.
What is the Estimated Value of My Claim?
Since no two traumatic brain accidents are the same, this is a difficult question to answer without a review of your circumstances. There are many factors involved, such as the details of the at-fault party’s insurance policy and the amount of time it takes you to recover from your injury. Normally a claim will not be settled until your injury has stabilized so you can account for all medical expenses.
Regardless of your situation, a St. Paul traumatic brain injury lawyer from TSR Injury Law is prepared to review your situation to determine what your damages might be worth, if you have a case.
Some of the damages you may be compensated for include:
- Past, present and future medical expenses
- Assistive medical devices or equipment
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Mental/emotional anguish
- Transportation costs to and from medical appointments
- Wages lost
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Our firm has successfully recovered compensation for many catastrophic injury victims for over 20 years serving Minnesota.
Schedule your free consultation by calling (612) TSR-TIME.
How Much Time Do I Have?
You may be wondering if there is a time limit or deadline to file your personal injury claim, and the answer is – yes. Minnesota law states you have two years after the injury is discovered to file a claim.
However, there could be certain details that give you more or less time to file. For instance, if you were a minor at the time of the accident, you have two years from your 18th birthday to file your claim. However, if your claim happens to be against a government entity, you only have 180 days to give that entity notice of your intent to file legal action. If you miss the deadline for your claim, you run the risk of having your case dismissed.
The clock could be running on your claim. Our St. Paul traumatic brain injury lawyers are ready to review your situation and determine the deadline that may apply.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries (also known as TBI’s) are commonly caused by a blow or bump to the head that creates some type of disruption to the brain’s normal ability to function. TBI’s are commonly separated into the following two types:
Closed Head Injuries
These types of brain injuries are caused by blunt force trauma to the head, causing the brain to move around inside the skull. For example, if someone slips and falls and bangs his or her head on the ground, they may suffer from a concussion or worse. Closed head injuries could cause lifelong cognitive problems.
Open Head Injuries
These happen when an object pierces through the skull and hits the brain, which usually causes severe damage. If the object is made of metal, the injury could be much more difficult to treat because the victim will not be able to go into an MRI machine because these machines have magnets that could pull on the metal object and cause more damage.
Some of the more common types of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Brain contusion
- Coup/contrecoup brain injury
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Penetrating injury
TBI’s can result from a variety of different accidents, such as:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Sports accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
Common Symptoms of a TBI
If you were injured in an accident and suffered a brain injury, some common symptoms might include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory loss
- Blurry vision
- Mood swings
- Slurred speech
- Sensitive to light
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sudden aggressive behavior
- Constant fatigue
- Difficulty walking
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms after a head injury, we highly recommend you seek immediate medical attention, if you have not done so already. If your accident was the result of another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.
The trusted lawyers at TSR Injury Law are here to answer any questions you may have about your claim.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
The experienced lawyers at TSR Injury Law understand how this may be a difficult time for you and your family. Suffering a traumatic brain injury can have unforeseen affects on your everyday life. If you have a valid case, we are prepared to handle the legal process on your behalf so you can focus on healing with your family.
Some of the things our lawyers are prepared to assist you with include:
- Investigating the accident scene – Sometimes a lawyer can go back to the scene of the accident and find something that may have led to your injury. For example, if you were injured in a car accident and the lawyer notices a flaw in how the road was designed, you may be able to file a claim against the company or government entity responsible for designing and maintaining the road.
- Collecting evidence – Your lawyer can also collect additional evidence at the scene of the accident by taking pictures or recording video. He or she can also try to obtain a copy of any possible surveillance videos that may show exactly what happened at the time of the accident.
- Interviewing witnesses – Your lawyer can interview witnesses and record their statements on video, if granted permission. This could help boost the validity of your claim.
- Communicating on your behalf – Be careful with what you say to insurance companies. They are looking for any possible way to devalue your claim. We recommend letting your lawyer speak to insurance companies to protect the value of your claim.
- Negotiating a fair settlement – As mentioned above, the insurance companies are in the business of saving money for themselves. They want to avoid making a big payout for your injuries. If the insurance companies make a lowball offer, our attorneys are prepared to go to trial and fight for fair compensation on your behalf.
Call Our St. Paul Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
At TSR Injury Law, we understand the extra burden a serious injury can put on you and your family. We are here to help ease the burden of the legal process for Minnesota injury victims and pursue damage compensation. For over more than 20 years, we have obtained $300 million in compensation.
Multiple partners at our firm have been recognized by Super Lawyers, including partner Nate Bjerke, who has tried and won catastrophic injury cases all over the nation.
Call us today to discuss your possible legal options in a free consultation. There are no upfront fees and we do not get paid unless we recover fair compensation.