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Traumatic Brain Injury & Accident Attorneys
More than 2 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. More than 50,000 people die from these injuries and another 300,000 people are hospitalized each year in the U.S. Traumatic brain injury occurs when brain function is disrupted by a blow, jolt, or penetration. A traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, though any type of TBI may have long-term detrimental effects. No matter the circumstances, sustaining a traumatic brain injury due to another’s negligence or carelessness is difficult and can have lasting effects.
If you or your loved one have suffered a TBI due to a workplace accident, traffic accident, fall in a nursing home, as a result of a defective product, or any other type of negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company or owner for recovery of economic damages. Ramos Law, a personal injury law firm in Colorado and Arizona, boasts years of experience handling TBI cases. Our skilled traumatic brain injury attorneys are ready to fight for the financial compensation you need to ease the stress and anxiety caused by the accident. The exact timeframe you have to file a TBI claim varies from state to state. Contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.
National Brain Injury Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of all TBIs are caused by falls. 81 percent of all TBIs suffered by adults age 65 or older are caused by falls. The second leading cause is unintentional blunt trauma, being struck by an object, which makes up 15 percent of TBIs. Nearly a quarter of all TBIs in children under age 15 were related to blunt trauma.
Other major causes of TBI include traffic accidents and assaults. Traffic accidents making up 14 percent and 10 percent of TBIs are due to assaults. Traffic accidents are the leading cause for children and young adults aged 5-24 years. Assaults are the leading cause for children aged 0-4.
Many TBIs that take place each year are mild and commonly referred to as concussions. High school football is the cause for 47% of all reported sports concussions, 33% of all sports concussions happening during practice. Following football, soccer and ice hockey hold the most significant risks for TBIs.
What Sets Our Brain Injury Lawyers Apart From the Rest
After a brain injury, many victims face overwhelming financial problems from lost work, medical bills, and their recovery. Our compassionate attorneys will invest our time and resources into building your claim and handling all of the details so you can focus on healing, rather than worry about paying the mounting medical bills or dealing with insurance companies.
Dr. Joseph Ramos is an emergency medicine physician and attorney with many years of experience guiding the treatment of the injured, including those who have suffered brain injuries from various accidents. Dr. Ramos began studying law because, as an ER doctor, he wanted any injured person or wronged party to have access to proper legal counsel if they chose to pursue it. Dr. Ramos and our entire team of traumatic brain injury lawyers have a deeper understanding of your case from medical and legal angles, and our traumatic brain injury lawyers will work diligently to achieve the best outcome possible.
Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation
The amount of damages you may be awarded is determined by the court and based upon the specific facts of your case. Generally, you can seek damages to recover:
- Lost wages or reduced earning capacity
- Property damages, vehicle repairs or replacement, etc.
- Medical expenses, assisted living expenses, medications, etc.
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If the person or entity is particularly negligent, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Only some states permit punitive damages in TBI lawsuits. These types of damages work to punish the negligent party for their behavior, and also may deter others from similar negligence.
Discuss Your Brain Injury Claim With Our Lawyers
At Ramos Law, our clients are our first priority and we are proud of our reputation for honesty, hard work, integrity, and fairness. Our personal injury attorneys in Colorado and Arizona truly believe there is no one better to represent you in your brain injury claim, help you protect your rights as a victim, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you or your loved one have suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, contact our brain injury attorneys as soon as possible for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions
To help you understand the law and the circumstances where financial recovery may be an option, we have included below some of the most commonly asked questions.
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that affects the brain’s function. It may be disrupted by a blow, jolt, or penetration and can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Property owners may be held responsible if they failed their duty of meeting the standards set by safety officials including adequate lighting on their premises and the assurance that all hazardous conditions are promptly repaired or clearly rendered dangerous prior to repair. Property owners are responsible for the safety of their premises and it is their duty to ensure things like their floors are free of any substance that may cause a slip and fall.
If the defective product was unjustly dangerous, did not supply adequate warnings, or failed to provide complete and vivid instruction for the proper use of the product you may be able to take action against the manufacturer of the product. If the manufacturer of a product does not take great care to properly design, manufacture, and test and inspect the products they create they can be held responsible for the injuries caused by their negligence.
Sudden physical damage to the brain resulting from traffic accidents and negligence of the operator of the motor vehicle may result in a personal injury settlement. Brain injuries that result from hereditary or congenital or degenerative circumstances and brain injuries induced by birth trauma, toxic chemicals, or disease-producing organisms are the only types of brain injuries that do not apply when seeking compensation for injury.
In 2011, Colorado created the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. This law requires public and private middle, junior, and high schools to complete an annual concussion recognition course and it is the duty of each coach of a youth athletic interscholastic activity to make sure each student completes the course.
The law also requires the student athlete to be restricted from reentering the game, competition, and practice if the athlete has sustained a concussion or if there is suspicion they have. The student may not be a participant in any team activity involving physical action until the athlete has been evaluated and received written permission from a health care professional.
Yes, if you suffered a TBI during your work shift the company may be liable to pay for the damage sustained. You may be eligible for a substantial damage award. A serious brain injury may require you to have a continuing and long-term cognitive, physical, or psychological therapy which may be beyond your financial means. Also, your injuries may leave you unable to work, or reduce the efficiency of your work to a point that it limits the potential for future earnings.
The amount of time you have to file a TBI claim varies from state to state and ranges from a year to several years. It is always best to contact a brain injury lawyer right away to ensure that you do not miss your state’s timeframe to file a claim.
The amount of damages you may be awarded is determined by the court and based upon the severity of your injury and the specific facts of your case. A general estimate for brain injury settlements may be around $100,000 at the minimum. Due to the brain’s highly sensitive nature and how impactful injuries to it are, it is not uncommon to see TBI claims settle for more.
TBIs can result in permanent and lasting damages and all factors must be taken into account when determining what is a fair value for your settlement. For economic damages, you must keep all financial documents (receipts, bills, etc.) because you essentially get reimbursed for what you lost due to the accident that caused your injury. Non-economic damages (loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, etc.) are a little more complex to calculate; however, our attorneys will do everything we can to secure the best possible outcome.
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