Arizona Brain Injury Attorneys
Brain injuries caused by external forces, also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can be some of the scariest and most damaging kinds of injuries. Not only can medical expenses be enormous, but the effects of the injury can pervade all areas of your life or the life of your loved one.
In addition, the element of the unknown adds an additional burden to traumatic brain injury victims—some effects of the injury might not manifest until much later, and there’s no definitive way to know how much recovery will be possible.
Traumatic brain injuries are defined as any injury from external causes that disrupts the normal function of the brain. They range in severity from “mild” (which might be a brief loss of consciousness or brief change of mental function) to “severe” (which could include long periods of unconsciousness or altered brain function).
Keep in mind that the classification of your injury might not be a perfect indication of how serious the effects of the injury will be—for example, your injury might render you unconscious for just a few minutes but might result in serious internal damage down the road.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, don’t face this frightening and overwhelming time alone. Let a brain injury attorney at The Bourassa Law Group be your guide to claiming the damages owed to you.
Brain injury cases can elicit high amounts of financial compensation if the legal process is navigated properly, but that can be a difficult thing to do with a competent brain injury attorney handling your case.
With decades of experience from hundreds of thousands of cases and millions of dollars recovered, The Bourassa Law Group can be a powerful ally in proving your case through the Arizona legal system. Call us today at (480) 867-7177 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Why Do I Need a Brain Injury Lawyer?
Since the damages from a traumatic brain injury can be so costly, the parties that caused the injury (or your insurance company) will likely fight vigorously to pay you fewer damages than what you deserve.
This is where the aid of an experienced brain injury attorney comes in. You’ll need an expert to collect sufficient evidence, prove the other party’s negligence or intent to harm, and use Arizona laws and statutes to your advantage.
After all of the stress and suffering you’ve experienced, don’t add a legal battle to your burden, especially when the aid of a brain injury lawyer at The Bourassa Law Group will very likely substantially increase the amount of compensation you’ll receive.
And there’s no risk—we don’t charge you anything until we win your case and the initial consultation is free as well. Call us to set up a consultation at (480) 867-7177 now.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group?
Mark J. Bourassa and his team provide not only a fierce defense of your case, but we will also listen to your story with compassion and understanding. We want to help reduce your stress during the legal process as much as possible.
That is why we offer a relaxed office environment and a dependable commitment to help you recover as much damages as possible. Over the years, The Bourassa Law Group has won millions of dollars for their clients, including several recent hundred-thousand-dollar verdicts. Experience our dedication to excellence by calling (480) 867-7177 right now for a free consultation about your brain injury case.
Types of Brain Injury Cases We Handle
We cover traumatic brain injury cases due to causes including, but not limited to:
- Slips and falls
- Work-related accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sport-related accidents
- Military combat
Some of the conditions that might accompany traumatic brain injuries include:
- Hydrocephalus (the accumulation of fluid in the brain that can cause further damage)
- Hemorrhaging (internal bleeding)
- Blood vessel damage
- Nerve damage
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I or someone I know has received a brain injury?
The most crucial thing for you to do is get medical attention as soon as possible. You might feel fine or not notice any symptoms, but brain injuries are notorious for manifesting symptoms after days, weeks, or even months have passed. By that time, your condition could be severe.
Seeing a doctor is essential for two reasons. One, brain injuries can be extremely dangerous and require immediate medical aid to detect and prevent serious, lasting damage. Getting fast medical attention might very well save the life of you or our loved one.
Two, you will need detailed medical records as evidence in your injury claim. Make sure to let the doctor know about any pain or other symptoms you’ve noticed after your injury and make sure they are recorded on your medical record. These signs include but are not limited to:
- Ringing in ears
- Blurry or lost vision
- Unequally dilated pupils
- Bruising around the eyes
- Dizziness, difficulty balancing
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Slurred speech
- Loss of cognitive ability/judgment
- Memory loss
- Irritability, aggressiveness, or other change in personality
- Paralysis, numbness, or tingling in any part of your body
- Bad taste in your mouth
Once you’ve received medical attention, your next step should be to contact a knowledgeable brain injury attorney.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after receiving a brain injury?
In Arizona, you have one year after the brain injury occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit.
How much compensation will I be able to recover?
You can receive compensation for various kinds of damages.
- Economic damages are any results of your injury that impacted you financially. These include:
- Medical bills (including doctor’s visits, procedures, and medication)
- Lost income
- Non-economic damages are results of your injury that impacted the quality of your life in non-monetary ways, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of reputation
- Wrongful death
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages are additional fees that are generally not applied in personal injury cases unless the plaintiff (i.e. you and your attorney) can prove that the defendant caused the injury because of gross negligence or that the injury was intentional. These damages are used as a punishment or to make a public example.
Also, Arizona uses the pure comparative fault rule to calculate damages. This rule states that the defendant only pays the plaintiff the percentage of damages that were the defendant’s fault. This rule is different than other comparative fault rules because it allows you to collect damages even if the accident was less than 50% your fault.
So, for example, if you received a brain injury where damages were calculated at $320,000 but it was determined that you were 25% at fault for the injury, the defendant would only be 75% at fault and would only owe you $240,000.
In Arizona, total damages can be calculated using the following formula:
(percentage of defendant’s fault) x [(economic + non-economic damages) x (1-5 depending on the severity) + lost income] + punitive damages = total damages
Traumatic brain injury is often very severe, so the total economic and non-economic damages might easily be multiplied by three and a half to five times the original amount.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney from The Bourassa Law Group?
We serve clients who might not traditionally have access to a top-notch lawyer take their cases. Because of this, we don’t charge you anything until we win your case. In addition, your initial consultation is free.
When we win your case, we will charge a small percentage of your compensation for our services. Studies show that the compensation for personal injury claims tends to be significantly higher when the plaintiff hires an attorney, so working with a brain injury lawyer from The Bourassa Law Group is in your best financial interest.
Brain Injury Statistics
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- In a 2017 study, there were 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries each year in the United States
- Of those 2.8 million, 282,000 were hospitalized
- Of those 2.8 million, 50,000 will die of causes related to their brain injury
- Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, being a factor in 30% of all injury-related deaths
- Nationwide, the most common causes of traumatic brain injury are falls, being struck by or with an object, and motor vehicle accidents
- The incidence of traumatic brain injury is highest among those 75 and older
- The economic cost of traumatic brain injuries to society is estimated to be $76.5 billion ($11.5 billion in direct medical costs and $64.8 billion in indirect costs, such as lost wages, lost productivity, and non-medical costs)
The causes and demographics of brain injuries differ in Arizona compared to the rest of the nation. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services in 2018:
- The highest cause of traumatic brain injury is child/adult abuse, followed by motor vehicle off-roading and motor vehicle-pedestrian accidents.
- Traumatic injuries were much higher among infants (60%) than any other age demographic.
Contact a Brain Injury Attorney in Arizona Now
Of all types of injuries, traumatic brain injuries might most urgently require your immediate attention—to get medical care and to take legal action. Every moment you wait, you jeopardize not only your health but your ability to win your case.
Turn your legal case over to us at The Bourassa Law Group. We want to make your burden as light as possible during this time of hurt and distress for you and your family, and we’re determined to do the job with excellence.
Call The Bourassa Law Group at (480) 867-7177 today to start making right where wrong was done.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.