How Lawyers Help Head Injury Victims Recover
Although a Tampa personal injury attorney is not a doctor, an attorney helps victims recover from serious head injuries and other wounds.
These injuries are expensive. The average hospital bill from a head injury exceeds $100,000. Frequently, health insurance companies refuse to pay these expenses, citing liability questions. Most people do not have the funds to cover these costs. Thankfully, an experienced attorney can provide insight and assistance with complex hospital bills.
Head injuries are not just physical injuries. They also affect quality of life. Therefore, head injury damages usually include compensation for noneconomic losses, such as loss of consortium (companionship), pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and emotional distress.
What Causes Head Injuries?
Frequently, the first step toward obtaining fair compensation is determining the cause of a head injury. This determination is not always easy to make. Frequently, these victims do not experience unusual symptoms for several weeks.
Motor vehicle collisions cause most of the head injuries in Florida. However, many doctors misdiagnose collision-related head injuries as shock from the accident. These incidents usually feature all three underlying head injury causes, which are:
- Trauma: Today’s motor vehicles are much safer than the ones available in the 1990s. Yet even the most advanced safety system can only absorb so much force.
- Motion: Whiplash is one of the most common car crash injuries. The sudden, whip-like motion does more than cause nerve damage in the neck and shoulders. This motion also causes the brain to slam against the inside of the skull.
- Noise: Most witnesses say that high-speed car crashes sound like explosions. These sudden loud noises trigger shock waves which disrupt brain functions.
Falls and third-party assaults also cause a number of head injuries in Hillsborough County. Generally, the property owner is legally responsible for medical bills in these situations. That’s assuming there was a legal duty involved and the property owner knew, or should have known, about the hazard which caused the injury.
What to Expect in a Head Injury Claim
Eventually, the aforementioned medical bills must be paid. Medical providers do not defer their fees forever. The good news is that most claims settle out of court, and many head injury claims can settle quickly if the right kind of work is done early on in the case.
Most head injury claims begin with a “demand” letters to the at-fault party’s insurance company. The demand should provide a comprehensive picture of the head injury claim, arguments on liability, and ultimately should request a specific dollar amount of money to settle the claim.
If the claim does not settle during this initial negotiating stage than a formal lawsuit will be required to seek justice. Litigating a head injury claim is a complex piece of lawyering. Seek only experienced counsel who have a proven track record handling head injury claims.
Reach Out to Aggressive Lawyers
Head injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa, contact The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. We do not charge upfront legal fees in personal injury cases.