Scottsdale Brain Injury Lawyers
The human brain is a delicate instrument, and, unfortunately, it can be all too easy to damage. An unexpected accident, like slipping on a wet floor or being in a relatively minor car accident, can result in brain injuries that require long-term treatment. When you or a loved one experiences a brain injury because of an accident, it can be terrifying. The effects on your daily life can be lifechanging.
If your brain injury accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can hold that person or business responsible. At The Bourassa Law Group, our experienced Scottsdale brain injury lawyers are ready to help explain your legal options. We can take some of the stress off of your plate. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury because of someone’s recklessness, you could be awarded compensation for your expenses and pain and suffering.
The Scottsdale brain injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group have many years of experience helping people who’ve suffered brain injuries in accidents recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to. We want to help you as well. Contact us today at (480) 867-7177 for a no-obligation consultation about your brain injury case.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, as a “disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” In other words, any accident that causes you to hit your head could result in a traumatic brain injury.
Other common brain injuries, like strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes), and degenerative neurological diseases like dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementia, etc.), are caused by internal factors.
TBIs are caused by external forces, which can be violent. The bump or blow causes the brain to slosh around inside the skull, which can cause neural tears, bruising, and bleeding, among other things. The resulting brain injury can be anything from a mild concussion that seems like nothing serious to a severe injury that requires lifelong care. If you believe you suffered a TBI, contact a medical professional immediately.
Brain injuries caused by internal factors usually can’t be addressed by a personal injury claim. But if you or a family member suffered a TBI because of an external factor that was someone else’s fault, contact a brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Qualified legal professionals, like our knowledgeable brain injury lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group, can examine the details of your accident to determine whether you might be eligible for financial compensation from the at-fault party.
What Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Almost any accident could cause a traumatic brain injury, given the right circumstances. Whatever happened, the impact sufficiently jostled the victim’s head to cause brain damage. Most traumatic brain injuries fall into a few categories. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 288,000 patients hospitalized due to a TBI in 2014. They found that the most common accidental causes for these injuries were:
- Experiencing unintentional falls
- Being in motor vehicle crashes
- Suffering other unintentional injuries
- Being struck by or falling against an object unintentionally
Tripping on an improperly stored cord in a business or slipping on a wet bathroom floor could result in one of the unintentional falls that the CDC recorded. If you or a loved one slipped and fell and suffered a brain injury because of a business’s or person’s negligence, you can take legal steps to hold them responsible.
Similarly, if you experienced a traumatic brain injury after a car accident that was someone else’s fault, they and their insurance company may owe you compensation. At The Bourassa Law Group, an experienced Scottsdale brain injury lawyer can assess the merits of your claim with a free consultation.
What Are Common Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Brain injuries can be simple, treatable problems. Sometimes, they are so serious that they result in permanent disabilities. A small bump on the head can be a traumatic brain injury, but it would likely only result in a few, minor symptoms. However, a slip and fall accident that caused a brain injury could result in a life-threatening coma or partial or full paralysis. It’s important to pay attention to your symptoms after any head injury and to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident.
Symptoms of minor TBIs can include any of the following:
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory
Symptoms of more serious brain injuries, including catastrophic ones, can include:
- All of the above
- Disorientation and agitation
- Prolonged vomiting or nausea
- Sleeping and not waking up
- Weakness and loss of coordination
- Bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage)
- Brain swelling
- Prolonged loss of consciousness, from minutes to days (coma)
- Cranial fracture
- Brain death
Medical institutions, like the Mayo Clinic and the CDC, have more comprehensive lists that you can reference. Remember that the internet can’t be your doctor. Call emergency services if you’ve been in an accident and are worried that you have a traumatic brain injury. Regardless of the severity of your symptoms, you should consult a doctor immediately if you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury.
What Should I Do After a Brain Injury?
After an accident, your first step should be to visit a doctor. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries can sometimes have invisible or delayed symptoms. If you notice a change in your or your loved one’s disposition after an accident, you might need to return to a doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of your symptoms. Tell them exactly what happened when you were injured so that they are able to properly assess your condition.
If you are diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, follow your doctor’s treatment plan carefully. You might need to follow a rehabilitation plan that includes continual therapy. Keep any documentation you receive during these appointments. They could be important evidence if you pursue a personal injury claim.
If your TBI resulted in an ongoing disability, you can look for support from community organizations. The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona and BrainLine have both compiled lists of support groups you might contact. It can be helpful to realize that there are other TBI survivors that have found ways to live with their new realities.
Contact a brain injury lawyer to discuss your accident as soon as possible. Under Arizona law, you have two years after your accident occurred to file a personal injury claim. If your symptoms were delayed, the two years begin only after you discover your injury.
If you miss this deadline, also known as a statute of limitations, you may not be able to pursue your case or receive the damages you deserve. When you hire The Bourassa Law Group, we will keep track of all the details related to your case and be sure you don’t miss this deadline.
How Would My Traumatic Brain Injury Case Work?
When you are injured because a person or business was reckless or negligent, you can pursue a personal injury claim. This legal procedure allows you to argue that the at-fault party is responsible, or liable, for your traumatic brain injury. When the responsible party is found liable, they can be made to pay for the costs of your injury. These damages can include past and future medical expenses, lost wages or salary, loss of potential income, and pain and suffering.
When you contact a lawyer, like our compassionate Scottsdale personal injury attorneys, be sure to have all the evidence of your accident that you have access to. Keep any records from your doctor and insurance company. If you were in a car or truck accident, look for a police report and anything else related to the crash.
If you are able, take photographs of the scene of your accident. You can also take statements and contact information from anyone present. If your personal injury case proceeds, these documents will be important supporting evidence for your case.
When you hire The Bourassa Law Group, our team will help you gather all of the necessary documentation to prove your case. We’ll thoroughly investigate what happened so that we can argue effectively on your behalf. If we need to, we’ll hire experts to strengthen your case. We’ll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to make the strongest possible case on your behalf. And we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available for TBI Survivors?
Our goal is to fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. If your Arizona brain injury was the result of negligence, you can be awarded damages. Damages are financial compensation to cover the financial expenses that result from your injury and other non-financial costs. They can include money for:
- Your past medical expenses related to your TBI
- Expected or ongoing medical expenses related to your TBI
- The salary or wage you lost as a result of your accident
- Your pain and suffering
- Property damage
In some cases, you could be awarded punitive damages. These are awarded when your accident is purposeful or the result of gross negligence. Punitive damages are usually steep financial amounts intended to punish, as an example, the person or business that is responsible for your injury. Every accident is different, so contact our compassionate lawyers at (480) 867-7177 to discuss what happened and how we can help.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group to Begin Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case Today
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed by a brain injury because of someone else’s recklessness, you’ve been through enough. Let us take some of the burdens off your shoulders. We can hold the negligent parties who hurt you liable and we will work to win you the full and fair compensation you need.
We’re available all day, every day. Call us at (480) 867-7177, use our contact form, or chat with us right now.
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.