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Every year, a staggering 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. Tragically, 52,000 of these individuals die and another 275,000 of them need to be hospitalized. Also known as a TBI, a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a wide variety of issues, including a car accident, a cyclist accident and a slip and fall that happens as a result of unsafe premises.
No matter how your TBI happened, it is vital to take action immediately to protect your future. Contact an award winning Fresno brain injury lawyer today for your free consultation.
Fresno has more than 520,000 residents, so the city also naturally has a larger accident and personal injury risk than smaller areas. Car accidents are very common here, as are injuries from dog bites, defective products and unsafe premises. No matter what the exact cause was of your traumatic brain injury, statistics indicate that your risk of battling serious depression and having a difficult time holding a steady job spiked after the incident occurred.
Therefore, it is in the best interests of you and your family to hold the negligent party legally responsible for your injury.
A brain injury often hinders your ability to think clearly, and it can also have a serious impact on your emotions. Additionally, it is normal for family members to go through an adjustment period when one of their loved ones sustains such a serious injury.
We know that it may seem intimidating to add a lawsuit into the mix, but we pledge to treat you and your family with compassion, respect and kindness at all times. It is our primary goal to protect your legal rights while making it as easy as possible for you to navigate the legal system.
With a case as important as this, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Our extremely skilled and experienced team of personal injury lawyers has a firm understanding of the Fresno legal system, and we have helped clients just like you receive a combined millions in damages. Several individual cases have resolved for $1 million or more.
The attorneys at The May Firm have been honored with several legal awards as a result of our high level of competence and customer service.
The recovery process for a traumatic brain injury can be long, painful and expensive. To help relieve some of the stress that is associated with all of this, we offer a free, no obligation initial consultation. The May Firm is also pleased to work on a contingency basis, and this means that you owe nothing unless we win your case.
Our Fresno office is on N. Palm Avenue, and we work with clients from throughout Fresno County and the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Of all types of bodily injuries, brain injuries are amongst the most complex. The brain is responsible for sending messages that control all of the body’s functions and involuntary responses. Despite its importance to the body’s ability to function and survive, the brain has only a limited ability to heal from injury. Thus, a brain injury can often result in permanent disabilities. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentional behavior, we don’t need to tell you how serious brain injuries are or how difficult they can make even the most routine daily tasks. We can tell you about a legal process for obtaining compensation for this type of injury. Below, we answer some of the questions our brain injury clients most frequently ask us about their injuries and the legal process for seeking compensation.
You are definitely not alone, but brain injuries often result in disabilities that can cause the injured person and their family members to feel isolated and no longer fit into their former community. In truth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 2.87 million individuals are treated for traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. each year. Of those brain injury patients, hundreds of thousands acquire lifelong deficits that impact their quality of life and their ability to earn an income.
In California, individuals injured by someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentional actions can pursue compensation through a traumatic brain injury lawsuit. This is a legal claim that the victim files in civil court to prove who was liable for the accident that resulted in the injury and provide evidence of the expenses and the quality-of-life impacts the victim and their family have experienced as a result of the injury. You must file your brain injury lawsuit within two years of the date on which your accident occurred.
The term “damages” refers to compensation from the at-fault party for the harm they caused you. In California, traumatic brain injury claimants can pursue both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred or will incur because of your injury.
Examples of expenses commonly included in economic damages claims are:
Non-economic damages are compensation for impacts to your quality of life that were caused by the injury.
Common types of impacts included in claims for non-economic damages are:
Liability is the legal responsibility that the at-fault party has to pay for the expenses you incurred from your injury.
To prove that a party is liable, you must establish:
Brain injuries are high-impact injuries that often greatly impair the sufferer’s ability to lead a normal life. These impacts generally don’t come with an invoice or a price tag. Attorneys and insurance companies generally use standard formulas to calculate non-economic damages based on how severe your injury is and how much it has impacted your life. An experienced attorney can consider the facts of your case and give you an estimate for how much you should request in non-economic damages from the at-fault party based on the circumstances of your accident and injury.
Settlements in brain injury cases vary widely, depending on factors that are unique to each case. Because of this, there really isn’t an “average” settlement amount.
Some of the factors that can impact the value of your case include:
According to the Internal Revenue Service, the settlements and damage awards received through traumatic brain injury cases are not considered income and therefore are not taxable. The exception to the rule is when you receive punitive damages. California courts will sometimes award punitive damages to punish a defendant for particularly reckless behavior. Because this portion of the award is not related to the expenses or impacts you incurred from the accident, it can be taxed.
If you claimed your medical expenses from your injury as itemized deductions on your taxes and then later received a settlement or award that covered those medical expenses, you will need to repay the amount you deducted.
Yes. Brain injuries can result in a myriad of complications and permanent deficits. Just as the injury itself is complex, cases involving brain injuries are also complex. An attorney with experience with brain injury cases can provide help with and information about the legal process of obtaining compensation for your injuries, as well as the expenses and impacts that you are likely to continue to incur throughout your life due to the serious and permanent nature of brain injuries.
Your attorney can ensure that you have the best chance of obtaining the maximum amount of compensation you can receive.
Some of these services include:
The experienced brain injury lawyers at The May Firm can provide the guidance and understanding you need to pursue the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Let us help you understand your legal options. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact us today.
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