Alablama Brain Injury AttorneysThe experienced brain injury attorneys in the Alabama offices of McCutcheon and Hamner Accident and Injury Lawyers P.C.have decades of combined legal experience helping accident victims of traumatic brain injuries recover due compensation for their injuries. If you or a family member are worried about the costs of medical treatment from your injury and personalrehabilitation or the future costs of living with a brain injury related disability, a brain injury lawsuit may provide you with an opportunity to regain personal financial stability. While each brain injury case is different, our attorneys have recovered verdicts and settlements to help our personal injury clients cover extensive losses that were incurred because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another party. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain related injury or accident, the attorneys in our Alabama offices can help you learn about your legal rights and available options for recovering compensation.
To contact us, please fill out our free consultation form or call 256-764-0112. There can be time limits in which a brain injury lawsuit may be field, so it is important that you contact our office as soon as possible.
The Alabama Brain Injury Lawsuit ProcessYour personal injury attorney must first determine whether you have a valid claim for relief. To have a valid brain injury case, you must have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another, such as a careless doctor or a drunk driver.
If the parties to the brain related lawsuit do not reach an out-of-court settlement, your McCutcheon and Hamner personal injury attorney will prepare for trial by working with various medical experts and other related witnesses to explain to the court how the defendantís negligence caused your brain injury. Medical experts may be used in order to demonstrate to a jury just how your injuries were caused by the malpractice or negligence of another party. The medical neurological expert may offer testimony in regard to the treatment and rehabilitation that will be needed in the future to help you recover. An economic forcast expert may be used in order to explain to the jury the financial value of your lost wages and diminished earning capacity as a result of your brain injury or accident.
Brain Injury ClassificationsA personal traumatic brain injury may be legally or medically classified as mild, moderate, or severe. When evaluating brain injury claims, many insurance companies often attempt to classify the brain injury as "mild." While some injuries are clearly more severe than others, any attempt by an insurance company to downplay the seriousness of a brain injury is unacceptable. The brain injury attorneys in our Alabama offices are experienced in dealing with insurance companies in these brain injury related cases and will work to develop a plan that seeks adequate compensation for a brain injury victim. Even when an injury seems minor at first, the victim may develop serious disabilities or personality changes as a result of the injury.
Mild traumatic brain injuries can at times be the most difficult to diagnose and to treat. Many of the symptoms of mild and even moderate brain injuries can be subtle and may not be detected by routine medical tests. In some cases, mild brain injuries can remain undiagnosed for several months.
Symptoms of a mild brain related injury can include:
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Memory loss
- Impaired sight, smell, or taste
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Short–term memory loss, decreased attention span, or trouble concentrating
- Sleep related disorders
- Unusual anger, depression, or other personality changes
What are brain injury verdicts and settlements worth?While each case is different, a brain injury victim and his or her family may be eligible under Alabama law to receive compensation for the following types of damages:
Medical Related Expenses: Through a brain injury lawsuit, a victim may receive compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses. In addition, a brain injury victim may be eligible to receive compensation to cover the costs of in-home care and rehabilitation expenses, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapists, as well as home health aides.
Lost Wages and Loss of Future Earning Capacity: A brain injury victim may receive compensation for work missed while they are recovering from a brain injury. If the brain injury reduces the victimís ability to perform the essential function of his or her job, he or she may be able to recover damages for their diminished earning capacity.
Pain and suffering: Victims may be eligible to receive compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by a brain injury. This may include chronic headaches, lifestyle changes resulting from the injury, and an overall reduced quality of life.
Loss of Consortium: If the brain injury victim is married, the brain injured personís spouse may have a possiable claim for loss of consortium. Loss of consortium is intended to compensate a victimís spouse for deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship.
Punitive Damages: In some brain injury cases where particularly egregious or reckless conduct has occured, a court may award punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the person or persons whose egregious or reckless conduct contributed to the brain injury and discourage other individuals or entities from engaging in similar types of behavior in the future.
If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury, please complete our free, no-obligation case review form to learn about the legal options that may be available to you. Or call our office at 256-764-0112 for a free no obligation consultation.