According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States.” As a result, 80,000 to 90,000 people experience long-term disability. Protecting Yourself and Your Family Brain injuries can impact your life in many and often costly ways. If you or your loved one’s brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, medical malpractice, or a traumatic accident, you need to take steps to protect yourself and your family. Finding the right brain injury attorney is a main priority. A brain injury, from either a concussion or a major trauma to the skull and brain tissue, changes the way you interact with your everyday life. Some questions that many people have after suffering a brain injury include:
- How can I manage day-to-day tasks?
- Will I be able to work and provide for myself and my family?
- How long-term are these changes?
- How can I protect myself and my family from the negative financial effects of my brain injury?
After a brain injury, the professional services of a brain injury attorney can mean the difference between effectively maintaining your lifestyle and struggling to get by. Your lawyer can help you navigate the process that is necessary to protect you and your assets if you have suffered a brain injury. You may also be entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses, as well as money to take care of you for the rest of your life. Essential Attributes of Your Brain Injury Attorney It is especially important to choose an attorney you trust when it comes to pursuing action involving a brain injury. Three of the most important things to keep in mind when interviewing prospective brain injury attorneys are: 1. They should be experienced in Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Make sure that your lawyer has experience in traumatic brain injury lawsuits, as they can differ from other personal injury and malpractice suits. You want a lawyer with experience in dealing with neurologists, rehabilitation specialists, life-care planners, and economists to determine the true extent of compensation to which you are entitled. 2. He or she understands how the symptoms of brain injuries affect your day-to-day life You are not seeking compensation for mere medical bills and an injury from which you will recover–you are seeking compensation for a drastic interruption to your way of life. The long-term financial costs associated with a traumatic brain injury can be astronomical. You need a lawyer who is dedicated to protecting your financial future, not just seeking reimbursement for costs related to the accident itself. 3. Your attorney has prior experience involving clients with brain injury in your particular jurisdiction Laws may vary on the particulars of process depending on the jurisdiction of the case, so be sure to find someone familiar with both your type of brain injury and your jurisdiction’s court. You do not want your case thrown out because of a technicality. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, contact the Edwards and Kautz Law Firm located in Paducah, Kentucky or call 270-908-4914. We serve all of Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Northwest Tennessee, and Southwest Missouri.