When potential clients come to us for help after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI), they understandably often have many questions. Here are some answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently from TBI victims. For more information, call our office today to schedule a free consultation to see if you may have an opportunity to recover financial compensation for your injury.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that is usually caused by a bump or blow to the head. They can also occur as a result of the head being shaken back and forth with sufficient force or the shock wave from an explosion. You have likely heard of a concussion, which is the most common form of mild TBI. More severe TBIs have the potential to leave victims with long-term cognitive and physical disabilities that can significantly affect their quality of life.
What Causes TBIs?
Any incident that can result in head trauma can also result in a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common causes of TBIs include motor vehicles crashes, bicycle collisions, pedestrian-vehicle impacts, pool and spa incidents, and slips and falls.
Can I Recover Compensation for My TBI?
If you are living with a TBI, it’s no surprise that you want to know whether you will be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Under both North Dakota and Minnesota law, people who are injured by the negligence of others are legally entitled to compensation for their accident-related injuries. Negligence happens when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Some common examples of negligence that has the potential to result in a traumatic brain injury include:
- Distracted driving
- Violating traffic laws
- Poor playground design or maintenance
- Poor road design or maintenance
- Failing to maintain commercial premises adequately
- Defective design, manufacture, or marketing of a consumer device
- Medical malpractice
As a victim, it’s important to be aware of the fact that negligence can be hard for non-lawyers to spot, so you should always have the facts of your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer. Failing to do so could result in walking away with significant compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses.
How Can I Possibly Afford a Personal Injury Attorney?
You may be wondering how you can afford to retain a lawyer, especially if you are facing medical expenses and lost income because of your brain injury. Fortunately, at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys, we offer free case evaluations and usually take our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you will not owe us anything unless we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. By utilizing this type of fee arrangement, we ensure that every injured victim has access to quality legal counsel, regardless of their ability to pay up-front.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an incident that you think was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. At O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, personal injury attorneys Tatum O’Brien, Tim O’Keeffe, and Sara Monson are committed to helping injured victims obtain the compensation they are owed under North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota law. Email our attorneys directly or contact our office today at 701-235-8000 or toll-free 877-235-8002 to schedule a free case evaluation.