Head injuries are tremendously expensive. The hospital bills alone often exceed $100,000. Brain injuries are incurable. However, doctors can perform surgery to reduce brain bleeding and swelling. Such procedures are incredibly delicate. Follow-up medical care, including physical therapy, may cost tens of thousands of dollars more. Physical therapists must train uninjured areas of the brain to assume lost functions. This process is extremely painstaking.
The dedicated attorneys at Holland & Holland make sure you receive the medical treatment you need, when you need it. We partner with medical providers throughout Marion County, so we connect you with top injury doctors. Additionally, these providers usually charge nothing upfront for this care. That arrangement significantly eases the financial burden that victims feel. The substantial injury settlements our Indianapolis brain injury lawyers often obtain ease that pain even more.
A large number of Iraq and Afghanistan fighters sustain brain injuries. In fact, many practitioners call Traumatic Brain Injuries the “signature wounds” of these campaigns. These service members face all three kinds of head injury risks:
Motor vehicle collisions are nothing like a war injury, but they do combine all three types of causes. During the crash, victims’ heads often slam against windshields and other solid objects. Furthermore, their heads violently snap back in a whip-like manner, causing whiplash. Finally, many witnesses say that the sound of a car crash is like the sound of an explosion. Therefore, the shock wave effect may apply.
As a result, motor vehicle collisions are by far the leading cause of head injuries in Indianapolis. Other causes include slip-and-fall injuries and assaults.
Head injuries, especially car wreck-related head injuries, are difficult to diagnose. Not all victims exhibit signature symptoms, like vomiting and unconsciousness. Furthermore, if the victim is disoriented, many doctors dismiss this symptom as a shock from the accident. Finally, the brain is adept at concealing its own injuries. So, many victims tell doctors they “feel fine” even though they sustained a serious injury.
So, the compensation process begins with a good doctor. As mentioned above, our Indianapolis brain injury lawyers have this part covered.
Once the full extent of the injury is apparent, most victims pursue negligence claims. Negligence is basically a lack of ordinary care. So, the car crash or other incident may have been unintentional, but it was not “just an accident.” Sometimes, the negligence per se doctrine applies. If tortfeasors (negligent drivers) violate safety laws, like the DUI law, they may be liable for damages as a matter of law.
Damages in a head injury case usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, as well as noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Not just any lawyer can build a successful case for head injury compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced brain injury lawyer in Indianapolis, contact Holland & Holland. Home and hospital visits are available.
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