The Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Guide was created by Paul Boone Law to help residents who have been injured by a traumatic brain injury obtain maximum compensation for their claim.
Jacksonville Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Have you been seriously hurt and left with a traumatic brain injury? We are so sorry that you have to go through this and that you are a victim of someone else’s negligence. Carelessness and negligence that lead to injury and harm are never acceptable. Our Jacksonville traumatic brain injury lawyer will fight for your rights to full and fair justice when you have been wronged by someone else and left with a traumatic brain injury. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us as soon as you possibly can. We will set up a free consultation with you to go over the details of your case and give you the guidance you need to know what you’re getting into when you bring a claim against the person or entity that harmed you. Call us today and set up your first free consultation.
How a TBI Case Works from Beginning to End
After you are involved in an accident or an incident that left you with a traumatic brain injury, you need to seek medical care. When you get the medical care you need, we are then able to understand the full extent of your injuries and establish what your maximum medical recovery will be. From there, we will work to value your claim out and fight for your rights to full compensation.
Your compensation comes from the insurance company who represents the liable party. It’s your lawyer’s job to defend your rights to a fair result that the insurance company will provide for you. More often than not the insurance company comes back to you with the first settlement offer that is very low. The right lawyer for you should recognize that settling for a low offer is not acceptable and not an option. From there, there will be negotiations and, if an agreement is not met, then the case will go to trial. The key is to find Jacksonville TBI lawyers who are ready to go to trial if need be.
Schedule your first free consultation with our Jacksonville traumatic brain injury lawyer Paul Boone as soon as possible. You will go over the details of your case with Paul himself to determine what your rights are and what legal action you should be taking to get the justice that you deserve. You are not just another number to Paul and your case is going to be treated like a priority. We recognize that you are not just a file number— you are a person who deserves justice for the wrong that has been committed against them and the pain and suffering that they had to endure.
How Do People Get TBIs?
TBIs are traumatic brain injuries. The way these injuries happen is there in the name itself. When someone suffers trauma to the head bad enough to affect the brain, it could be a TBI— hence, the name traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can happen in just about any type of personal injury case. They are seen in car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, and so on. Any accident that involves your physical body colliding with another object or the ground could potentially involve a TBI. TBIs can be categorized as concussions, brain bleeds, etc. Even a minor concussion could technically be referred to as a traumatic brain injury because the injury was a result of trauma to the head.
What to Do if You Think You Have a TBI
If you’ve been involved in an accident or incident that left you harmed in any way, you should seek medical attention. If you were hit in the head during your accident or incident, you absolutely should seek medical attention specifically for your head. TBI’s can often go hand-in-hand with other injuries like fractures and spinal cord damage and neck injuries. The sooner you get yourself in front of a doctor the better. You need to know what is going on with your body and what you can do to get the treatment that you need.
When you delay seeking medical attention, you are putting your life at risk. Traumatic brain injuries are not something to take lightly. They can affect you for the rest of your life even if you did get immediate treatment. When you don’t get immediate treatment for a TBI you could cause yourself a lot more suffering. The last thing that you want to do is be in more pain then you need to and have your life impacted even worse than it already has been.
When you delay seeking medical attention, not only is your well-being at risk, the success of your case is also in jeopardy. The way personal injury cases work is you bring your claim against the liable party, a.k.a. the person who caused the accident and your traumatic brain injury. That liable party is going to be represented by their insurance company, which is financially responsible for your damages. When you are going head to head with the insurance company and they see on your medical records that you delayed getting medical care, they are absolutely going to try to use this fact against you. They don’t care that you didn’t seek immediate medical attention because you needed to take care of your kids or you were afraid that if you missed more work you would be fired. They care that they see an opportunity to save themselves money by undermining the value of your case. They can claim that, if you delayed seeking medical care, your injury obviously wasn’t as severe as you say they are. They could also say that with this delay there is reason to believe that you got your injuries in another way that does not involve the person that they insure. They would be able to wipe themselves clean of responsibility if they can manage to say that you lied about how you were hurt.
Lastly, if their insurance company contacts you, you should never give them a recorded statement. They are likely going to be reaching out to you shortly after your accident or incident to try to get you to give them a recorded statement. There is nothing in the law that says that you need to give them a recorded statement. It is simply a tool for the insurance company to use against you. They are specially trained to ask you questions and direct your answers in a way that what you say devalues your case or lets them throw your case away all together.
Our Jacksonville traumatic brain injury lawyer does not want that to happen to you. You deserve full and fair compensation so let your lawyer handle communication with the insurance company so that your rights are protected.
How a TBI Case is Valued
When your lawyer is looking at how your claim should be valued, we need to know what your medical recovery is going to look like. Determining maximum medical recovery refers to how much you are expected to recover and how soon that should happen. Some people will be good as new after two months if it is a very mild case. Sometimes a TBI will cause someone suffering for the remainder of their lifetime. We need to know how badly you were harmed so we can set up a case accordingly.
From there, your damages are split up into two categories, which are your economic damages and your non-economic damages.
Typically, your economic damages would include things like your medical bills and lost wages if you had to miss work. If you end up needing to be on disability and you can’t work for the rest of your life, that would be an economic damage that includes your lost wages for the future, as well as what you’ve already missed out on.
Non-economic damages include your pain and suffering and loss of normal life. This is a little bit harder to put a number on because there are no receipts and charges specifically for something so subjective, but rest assured our Jacksonville traumatic brain injury lawyer will fight for every bit of compensation that you are entitled to including your non-economic damages in the fullest and fairest amount.
Be aware that some lawyers will promise you a certain amount the first time you sit down with them. Those are not the lawyers that you want to hire. There’s no way to know the value of your claim until you have reached maximum medical recovery and we’ve done a thorough investigation of the accident or incident that left you with this TBI.
Definition of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries occur when a sudden start/stop, causes the brain, which floats in fluid, to smack up against the inside of your skull, which is not smooth. If there’s twisting, there is something called shearing that occurs, all of which damages the brain. It bruises the brain, makes the brain bleed.
Sometimes, this results in very subtle changes; sometimes, you’ll see dramatic changes. Subtle changes need to be identified by an experienced doc and can include a change in behavior, change in memories, and sometimes loss of consciousness. A client or their family might not even notice these changes.
If you have a head injury, a traumatic brain injury, a closed head injury, call our office today. We practice in Nassau County, in Duval County, and in the surrounding areas. We’ll sit down; we’ll talk about things. We’ll develop your case and map out a plan that’s best for you.
Traumatic Brain Injury Case Timeline
When a client comes in with a traumatic brain injury resulting from the negligence of somebody else, we tell them at a very minimum, 9 to 14 months, if they ask how long the case is going to take. We want to set proper expectations with the client.
Traumatic brain injuries can be complex. Many times, we will wait to have the injury develop because these are very subtle type changes sometimes. If we move too soon, we will miss the depth and severity of the traumatic brain injury. Sometimes, we’ll wait a year, maybe two years; it depends on the case.
This is not going to be over in a couple of weeks; this is not going to be over four to six weeks. This is going to take a while, a long while. Our advice has always been that our clients should focus on getting back on their feet, getting back to some semblance of the normalcy that existed before this injury occurred.
These cases take a long time, but they’re worth it. They’re necessary. That’s why you should get an experienced lawyer who knows these things and can advise you properly from the beginning.
If you have an injury like that and you have questions like that from accidents that happened in Nassau County, in Duval County, or neighboring counties, call us. We’ll go over things, answer those questions, and all the other questions that you may have. We’ll map out a plan that’s going to help you the best.
Expenses Recoverable in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case
When clients come to us and they have a traumatic brain injury, many times, they’ll ask what they can recover. Typically, you can recover your medical bills, your lost wages if you’ve lost time from work, property that was damaged or lost in the event, and intangible damages such as pain and suffering.
There are 17 different claims you can make. Some of those are intangible like loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life. Whether it’s tangible like a medical bill or intangible like pain that won’t go away, all of those are rolled up into your claim. We make your case for you.
If you’ve got a claim where you think you’ve got a traumatic brain injury along with any other injuries, call us today. If it’s occurred in Nassau County or Duval County or any of the outlying areas, we can handle your case. We’ll sit down with you, talk to you about your case, and see how best we can help.
Offers to Not File a Brain Injury Lawsuit
Sometimes, we have clients who come in and the insurance company for the other side has already gotten to them and has made an offer to settle the case. Should they take it?
Typically, it’s a very small amount because you are on their turf; you are in their territory. They are the experts. They know what they’re doing; you don’t have a clue.
No matter how smart you are, you’re no match for an insurance representative. If they are offering money “to not file a traumatic brain injury case,” then you should call a lawyer who’s experienced in these matters to advise whether you should take it. Chances are that you should not take it because it’s going to be an amount that probably doesn’t even approach a rough value of your case.
If you have that situation, call us before any decisions are made because once a decision is made and you have signed off on the dotted line, your case is over.
If you’ve had something like that happen to you in Nassau County, in Duval County, or any of the surrounding areas, call our office. We’ll meet with you and go over your entire case. We’ll map out a plan that fits you the best.
Traumatic Brain Injuries From a Car Accident
In automobile cases, many times, you can have a traumatic brain injury. It’s part of your damages. You’ve got an injury to your brain; you likely have injuries to other parts of your body, as well. An experience I will see, especially if it’s so – the answer is you can; it’s part of your damages. Whatever your damages are, you can make a claim against the at-fault driver in an automobile case.
It’s up to the medical providers and your lawyer to not miss the traumatic brain injury. That’s why you need a seasoned lawyer to represent you. If you have that kind of a case in Nassau County or Duval County, call our office. We’ll sit down; we’ll talk about your case where we’ll get all of the subtleties out on the table. We’ll figure out a plan that’s going to help you the best.
Brain Injury Claims Against a Property Owner
In slip and fall cases, many times, there is a head injury, a brain injury. It happens fast. You crack your head on that pavement, or that linoleum floor, or that tile. It’s a dangerous situation.
It’s an action that you can bring against the property owner, the premises owner, landlord, whoever is in possession of that property. The traumatic brain injury or TBI is part of your damages, along with all the other injuries that you may have sustained in that slip and fall. Yes, you can process it against the responsible landowner, possessor of the property, along with all your other damages.
If you have a case like that in Duval County or Nassau County, or any of the surrounding areas, call us right away. We’ll make an appointment, sit down with you, and map out the things that we need to do to help your case.
Choosing The Right Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
When looking for an attorney on a TBI case, remember these are different kind of cases. These are advanced damages cases. They require the expertise of someone who has been around and has tried these cases and handled these cases.
There is no substitute for experience. A traumatic brain injury case is not for a young lawyer. It must be handled by someone who’s had experience in handling them because traumatic brain injuries are not readily apparent many times. It takes a seasoned, experienced lawyer to see the signs of a traumatic brain injury so that appropriate healthcare providers can be brought into the process, all of which helps the client. It’s likely the client’s first traumatic brain injury. They don’t know the behavior changes. Other things change— personalities change, work habits change, sometimes very subtly.
It requires an experienced eye and an experienced ear to assess these cases. That only comes from an experienced lawyer. We have handled many traumatic brain injury cases. We know what to look for. We know the people to bring into play, if necessary.
If you have a case where you have suffered a head injury of any kind, call us. If this happened in the Duval County, Nassau County, or surrounding areas, call our office. We’ll sit down; we’ll go over things. We’ll map out a plan for your recovery and for your case.
Call Our Jacksonville Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today
Our Jacksonville traumatic brain injury lawyer will fight for the rights of victims who have been wronged by a liable party. It is our mission to give justice to those who are due it. We fight tirelessly to ensure that the wrongful harm done to you is compensated in the form of damages. Traumatic brain injury can leave you with a lifetime of suffering, in some instances. We know how much this impacts victims lives and for you to not get the full justice you deserve is inexcusable. When you work with our lawyers, you’re choosing someone who is going to fight with everything they have to give you the compensation that you deserve.