Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP Your Chico TBI Lawyers
At Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP, we fight for our clients that suffer serious injuries such as a TBI due to the fault of another party. We know how a traumatic brain injury can completely upend your life, leaving you unsure of how to move forward and whether you can or will heal.
As a victim of a TBI, you deserve to know your rights and seek justice and compensation for your injuries whenever possible. Our team of lawyers and professional legal staff want to help victims of traumatic brain injuries pursue the compensation they need for their medical expenses and rebuild their lives following a traumatic and life-changing injury in Chico.
Successful results involving our clients with a TBI include:
- $19.7 million verdict in a case involving a child sustaining a TBI
- $2 million recovery for a victim of a TBI from a motor vehicle accident
- $1.5 million for a victim in a pedestrian accident that suffered a traumatic brain injury
Our convenient Chico office location is between Highway 32 and Highway 99 within the Hyde Park Professional Complex. We offer free case evaluations for TBI victims in Chico to review your case and what legal options may be available to you.
Compensation for Victims of Accidents Resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury
The amount of money you may be eligible for in a TBI accident case varies from one case to another. You cannot know from the outset of a case how much money you will receive in an insurance claim or legal action. The reality is that there is no guarantee when it comes to TBI accident claims. However, as your attorneys, we can help you sort through the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury and calculate your maximum damages.
Determining the compensation to pursue after a traumatic brain injury is a complex process that can require expert input and other evidence. The complexity of calculating TBI damages is that these injuries can have far-reaching impacts on your life beyond what you may even expect.
To seek the amount of compensation that will meet your needs as you move forward, a lawyer can help you reflect on the potential future impacts and losses due to your injuries as part of your damages claim.
TBI damages may include:
The Risk of a TBI in Chico
A traumatic brain injury is not exclusive to any one type of accident. A brain injury can develop in many kinds of accidents and scenarios.
In Chico, dangers can pop up at any time that increase your risk of involvement in an accident and, subsequently, your likelihood of a TBI.
For example, you may suffer a TBI in a car accident while traveling along Highway 99 or Highway 32. You could suffer a slip and fall and strike your head while frequenting stores like Safeway or Costco or while attending an event at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. You may purchase a product online or at a nearby store that malfunctions and harms you.
Traumatic brain injuries happen across the U.S. daily, resulting in deaths, severe injuries, and disabilities. The CDC estimates that over 64,000 individuals will lose their lives every year year because of a TBI.
Two leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in the country are falls and motor vehicle accidents.
Accidents That May Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries
The risk of a TBI increases when you are in an accident where you experience a sudden jolt, shock, or external impact to your head area or you sustain a direct strike to the area from an object or another person. Your risk of a TBI can depend heavily on the actions of those around such as other drivers, property owners, and other parties.
When another party acts negligently and in a manner that endangers the life and safety of others, you may recover compensation when you suffer harm due to those actions.
Examples of scenarios where a TBI might occur following an accident include:
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
are serious injuries, but the type of TBI a victim suffers can influence how likely they are to recover and whether they may continue to experience impacts and difficulties from the brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury has many challenging aspects in rating its severity and in diagnosis. In some instances, doctors may not identify a TBI immediately following an accident as it can take time after an accident passes to develop symptoms that cause the victim complications, pain, and/or discomfort.
If you suffer a TBI, you may not know it initially. Some factors, such as losing consciousness or having visible head injuries, may lead you or a doctor to suspect a TBI. However, there can be instances where neither of these is present, and the victim later begins to exhibit signs of brain involvement due to an accident.
Accident victims may experience delayed onset of symptoms due to a TBI from a personal injury accident. If you are a victim of an accident and develop TBI symptoms following the incident, you may have a claim for damages stemming from a brain injury.
Penetrating versus Closed Head Injury
When it comes to traumatic brain injuries, the medical community will at first determine whether the injury is penetrating or non-penetrating. A penetrating head injury is one in which there is a visible impact and intrusion through a victim’s skull by an object impacting a specific location of the head and brain.
A non-penetrating brain injury, also called a closed head injury, is one in which there is no penetration of the skull, but rather a significant force causes the brain to rattle, jolt, or move within the skull leading to harm to the brain.
Beyond differentiating between penetrating or closed head injuries, doctors can evaluate a victim’s symptoms to determine whether the TBI is mild or severe. Although a mild TBI is not likely to be life-threatening to a victim, it can still cause many challenging effects on your brain function and day-to-day life.
A severe TBI increases the chance of a patient’s death and often requires quick and intensive medical interventions to save a victim’s life and preserve their brain function in light of their injuries. Severe TBIs often end in the death of a victim or cause lifelong disability and complications due to loss of brain function in an accident.
What to Expect When Filing a Claim With an Insurer for a Traumatic Brain Injury
The care associated with traumatic brain injuries costs more than $40 billion in a year. Traumatic brain injuries require extensive medical support and care. Early intervention following an accident can improve an individual’s likelihood of healing and to help a patient recover brain function when possible.
The costs of a TBI can make negotiating a claim with an insurance company a significant challenge. Insurance companies do not want to lose money, and TBIs are expensive injuries that can require a lot of money for claims involving damages for medical care, income losses, and personal impacts. Insurance companies will put up a fight when it comes to negotiating cases involving TBIs. They may reduce liability whenever possible and lower the damages available to you as they try to mitigate their potential losses on a claim.
A traumatic brain injury lawyer is necessary to help you navigate this complex and challenging process to ensure you can fight for the maximum compensation the law entitles you to after a TBI due to negligence. Our TBI lawyers understand what it takes to represent a client with a TBI against an insurance company or another responsible party and reach a successful outcome for our client.
What Should You Do Following a TBI Accident?
It is difficult to understand the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury unless you are a victim of one. The chaos, confusion, and frustration can be overwhelming, making it difficult to decide and act following a negligence accident. To help you manage your case and protect your rights, keep things as simple as possible and get support from available professionals to help you move forward after a TBI accident.
Continue With Your Medical Care and Rehab
The healing and recovery of traumatic brain injuries can be full of ups and downs. Depending on your symptoms and complications following a TBI accident, your medical team may need to adapt and refocus your treatment as time passes. Meet with your doctors, attend follow up appointments and continue with your therapy and rehabilitation to help you reach the maximum recovery possible. It takes time to heal from a TBI; depending on the extent of your injuries, you may require continuous medical support and treatment.
Gather Evidence of the Accident, Your Injuries, and Recovery Timeline
The impacts of traumatic brain injuries are not always visible. In fact, most of the difficulties an individual faces in the aftermath have to do with their ability to function and meet the demands of their daily life. Gather any information you can that may help your case as you go through TBI recovery.
This may include a journal, videos, or photographs of your experience, healing, and rehabilitation. Also, collect records relating to your care and/or employment status to provide to your lawyer as you move forward with your claim for damages.
Hire a TBI Lawyer
After a traumatic brain injury, you must use all of your energy and effort to focus on your treatment and recovery. You should not and need not deal with the daily stress and challenges of dealing with a claim for your damages against the insurers or parties responsible. Hire a traumatic brain injury attorney that has experience representing clients in your position, and that has a successful track record in reaching positive resolutions for TBI victims.
After a TBI in Chico, Call Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP for a Free Case Evaluation
Our team at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP strives daily to help our clients move forward after devastating personal injuries in Chico. You should not have to worry about paying for your medical bills and how you will pay to meet the needs of your daily life after an injury due to another party’s negligence.
We want to help our clients get the compensation they need after a TBI accident in Chico. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Chico at (530) 891-1909 for your free case evaluation, where you can speak to a member of our team about your case and the compensation possible for your traumatic brain injury.
Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel – Chico Office
631 W East Avenue,
Chico, CA 95926
Phone: (530) 891-1909