Las Vegas Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s important that you retain a brain injury attorney as soon as possible.
Although some brain injuries may appear to be accidental, they can often occur because of an individual or a business’s irresponsible or reckless behavior. At The Bourassa Law Group, we will find out who is responsible for your brain injury and we will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (702) 851-2180 for a no-cost consultation where you can tell us about your brain injury and we can discuss your legal options.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Brain injuries are serious injuries that, at best, require time to rest and recover or, at worst, are life-altering and make require lifelong medical care in your home or in a skilled medical facility. Deciding your next steps after sustaining a brain injury can be complicated and stressful. However, an experienced brain injury lawyer can help you by taking care of the legal aspects of your brain injury to make sure you are fairly compensated for what you’ve lost.
Brain injuries often present complicated legal and medical questions that a lawyer specializing in brain injuries can answer. A brain injury attorney can also thoroughly investigate all the evidence in your brain injury case to determine what kind of compensation you can expect to receive.
Why Choose Us?
At The Bourassa Law Group, we are highly experienced brain injury attorneys who treat every case with individualized care and attention. We have an excellent track record of reaching personal injury settlements worth hundreds of thousands of dollars: we recently reached an $850,000 settlement in a case in which our client sustained serious injuries to the head and neck after his chair collapsed in a restaurant. We do everything within our power to get you the settlement you deserve.
We offer a 100% free consultation so that we can discuss your options without you feeling any kind of financial pressure. When you retain The Bourassa Law Group, we work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you owe us absolutely nothing until we win the compensation you are entitled to.
Brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The CDC estimates that about 1.5 million Americans suffer brain injuries each year, and about 50,000 die. About 80,000 to 90,000 endure long-term disability as a result of their brain injury.
Brain injuries are caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head that disturbs the brain’s ability to function. They are ranked on a scale of “mild” to “severe,” based on the seriousness of neurological impairment after an injury. A brain injury that causes a brief loss of consciousness is usually ranked as “mild”, while a long loss of consciousness or serious memory loss is considered “severe”. The majority of brain injuries are mild and are often referred to as concussions.
The leading causes of brain injuries are car accidents, violence (such as assaults or suicide attempts with a firearm), and falls. Other causes include medical malpractice, household accidents, and defective products. In each of these categories, victims have the potential to receive compensation for their brain injuries.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose, as they are sometimes mistaken for other medical issues. If you hit your head and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of a mild brain injury can include, but are not limited to:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Problems with coordination
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in mood, like depression or violence
- Difficulty concentrating or formulating thoughts
- Memory loss
- Sensory problems, like loss of smell, unpleasant taste in the mouth, light/sound sensitivity
Moderate to severe brain injury symptoms can include
- Dilated pupils
- Severe depression
- Continued nausea/vomiting
- Clear fluid draining from ears and/or nose
- Problems with speaking or walking
Those who have suffered a mild brain injury usually experience symptoms for only a few weeks and have a complete recovery, whereas a moderate to severe brain injury can cause chronic or permanent disability. Symptoms of a brain injury do not always appear immediately after the blow to the head, so it’s important to monitor an individual who has hit their head during the weeks following their injury.
If you have any suspicion that you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, seek medical attention without delay. In addition to healing your injury, it’s important to have medical documentation of your injuries if you choose to pursue legal action. If you don’t have this documentation, the party who caused your injury may claim that it’s not as severe as you say it is, or that it was caused by something else.
Filing a Lawsuit Following a Brain Injury
An experienced brain injury lawyer will help you determine if someone can be held liable, or responsible, for your injury. If so, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in order to receive compensation for the losses you have experienced as a result of your brain injury.
Even if your brain injury was an accident and no one intended to hurt you, someone else may still be held legally responsible. The following examples help illustrate this:
Every driver has a legal responsibility to drive safely, taking steps to minimize the risk of an accident. If a driver hits another car while they were texting or speeding, then they were not upholding that responsibility and can be held legally responsible for the accident. If the victim suffered a head injury, the driver who caused the accident would be obligated to compensate the victims for their injuries.
Slip and Falls
Business owners have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their employees and anyone else who comes into their establishment. To ensure safety, business owners need to follow building codes and conduct regular inspections to verify the safety of their establishment. If someone enters a business and slips and falls on a wet floor and sustains a brain injury, the business owner could be liable for the injury if there wasn’t a “wet floor” sign warning customers to be careful.
Your lawyer will go over your case with you in detail, but it’s helpful to have an understanding of the legal concepts at play when you bring a personal injury lawsuit against someone. To bring this kind of lawsuit and receive compensation, it must be proven that the person who caused your injury was negligent. There are four key components of negligence that need to be proven:
- The person had a legal responsibility to ensure your safety, often called a “duty of care”
- The person did not uphold that responsibility
- You suffered injuries
- Your injuries were the direct result of this person’s failure to uphold their responsibility to ensure safety
To illustrate these four components, consider the above example about slip and fall brain injuries. The business owner had a legal duty to ensure your safety, they did not uphold that duty by failing to place a wet floor sign, you slipped and suffered a mild brain injury, and your injury was the direct result of that fall.
The business owner will likely try to argue that one or more of those components were not adequately proven. They may say that the floor was actually not wet enough to warrant a “wet floor” sign, or that perhaps that your injuries are not serious enough to warrant compensation. Experienced brain injury lawyers, like the ones at The Bourassa Law Group, have the resources and knowledge necessary to successfully prove negligence and get you compensation.
How Much Money is My Case Worth?
The amount of money you will be compensated depends on the severity of your injury. With a personal injury lawsuit, there are two kinds of damages you could be entitled to; special damages and general damages. Special damages are the economic losses you incurred as a result of your injuries, such as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages because of your inability to work. General damages are non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and humiliation.
It’s important to keep documentation of all of the financial costs you incur as a result of your injury. This will help prove how much you should be compensated for special damages. General damages are more difficult to assign a monetary value to, but, generally, they are equal to about one and one half (1 ½) to five (5) times the dollar amount of your special damages. In order for your brain injury attorney to make a compelling case for general damages, it’s a good idea to document in a journal the impact your injuries have on your daily life, and any emotional stress or trauma you experience.
Contact Us Now
Brain injuries can turn your life upside down. If you or a loved one has suffered one, you’re probably stressed, overwhelmed, and scared. At The Bourassa Law Group, we will take care of your legal claim while you rest and recover. We are passionate about helping those who have been in accidents or sustained injuries, and we will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (702) 851-2180.
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.