West Palm Beach Brain Injury Lawyer
An severe injury to the brain may cause long-term impairment, permanent disability, or death. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life-altering, where the patient requires special care and becomes limited in their activities.
Whether you or a family member suffered serious harm to the brain, you are likely enduring great financial and emotional burdens. Know, too, that the law entitles injured individuals or their families to seek their needed compensation. A brain injury claim can hold the negligent party accountable, provide a sense of justice to you, and let you focus on healing.
Enlist a head injury lawyer skilled at handling difficult injury claims while being considerate of you and your family. Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney is a law firm known in South Florida as a compassionate, client-oriented team with more than 35 years of practice winning injury cases. We handle West Palm Beach head injury claims stemming from a variety of accidents such as:
- Car crashes
- Motorcyclist crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck collisions
- Slipping and falling accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Drowning or near-drowning
- Watercraft accidents
- And many others.
When you work with Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, our accomplished lawyers will strive for your full compensation while treating you like family throughout the procedure. We work diligently to take out the stress of the case for you during your recuperation from your injury. You can consult with us for free, and you won’t be charged any lawyer costs until we get compensation for you. Call the DeBerard firm at 800-299-8878.
Leading Causes and Kinds of Brain Injuries
Hundreds of thousands of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur in the US each year. The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest figures reveals 223,135 hospitalized patients in 2019 and 64,362 deaths in 2020 associated with TBI. Among the leading causes of these head injuries were auto accidents, unintentional falls, and inadvertently getting hit by or against an object.
Head injuries can be “closed,” meaning nothing has broken through the head, or it can be the “penetrating” type, where an object breaks through the head and sometimes into the brain. While closed TBI doesn’t always seem concerning on the outside, it can also have serious effects.
A closed head injury usually occurs when the head is hit by something or is violently shaken, such as in car crashes, sports accidents, and slipping and falling accidents. Sometimes, the injury may be a mild concussion that could heal on its own provided some rest. Many cases of head injury, however, involve brain bleeds, bruising of the brain, or lacerations of brain tissue. These can lead to brain damage and in more serious cases, coma, seizures, or death.
It’s critical to get adequate medical attention if you or a family member has received an impact to the head. If medical costs and other expenses make you anxious, reach out to Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney to see your legal options for financial recovery.
What You May Be Entitled To in a West Palm Beach Brain Injury Claim
Filing a personal injury claim means you’re asking for compensation from the at-fault party (or parties) for your injury-related losses. In brain injury cases, losses extend far beyond medical bills – you also lose working days, endure pain and emotional distress, and possibly deal with long-term disability.
This is why the law entitles injury victims to be recompensed for their economic and non-economic losses, known legally as “damages”. Some damages that may be covered in a head injury claim are:
- Medical expenses, including potential medical costs in the future
- Rehabilitation or therapy bills
- Assistive tools due to impairment/disability
- Lost wages
- Lost or reduced capability to earn
- Cost of household services the injured can no longer provide such as housekeeping, laundry, and others
- Pain and suffering (such as mental/emotional anguish)
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Reduced familial relationships
- Any permanent disability or disfigurement.
With the immense and far-reaching losses you incurred with the head injury, it’s paramount for you to pursue maximum compensation. Our team at the DeBerard law firm thoroughly investigates various aspects around the injury to determine the true value of your case. We don’t just sum up your bills and transmit the total to the insurer. We collaborate with specialized doctors, financial consultants, and life planners to get a fuller picture of the damages you deserve – and we’re ready to assert it, whether by negotiating for an insurance settlement or proceeding to a court trial.
Legal Options for West Palm Beach Brain Injury Victims
There are a number of legal paths to pursue compensation for a brain injury, depending on what caused it. The following are some examples. Discuss with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine the best legal option for your situation.
Car Crash Head Injury
In terms of car accidents, Florida follows the “no fault” rule, which means you would first file an injury claim from your own insurance, namely your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. If your losses exceed PIP limits – as is often the case with serious head injuries – you may be able to file a bodily injury liability claim against the negligent driver’s insurer.
Under Florida law, you are only able to file a liability claim if the harm you sustained meets the criteria for a “serious injury.” You may need a lawyer’s help to prove that your condition is serious enough and that it resulted from the other party’s negligence.
Head Injury from Slips, Trips, or Falls
If you were injured because you tripped, skidded, or fell at someone’s hazardous property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the property owner’s insurance. Under the legal principle of premises liability, property owners must keep their place fairly safe for invited persons and tenants. If they neglect to fix a dangerous condition, or if they do not warn you about this danger, they may be liable for consequent injuries.
In some cases, premises liability may also apply if you were injured as a crime was occurring on the property. For instance, if you were the victim of assault at a nightclub and the place had no security staff to stop it, your attorney may contend that the owner could have done more to prevent a foreseeable incident.
Injury to the Brain Caused by Medical Malpractice
Damage to the brain sometimes occurs when a medical provider fails to meet the medical standard of care. Some examples are when a physician misdiagnoses a TBI, or when an anesthesiologist fails to monitor an individual under anesthesia. In cases such as these, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
This claim is often challenging due to the technical nature of the case and the strong defenses of well-resourced defendants. Get legal support from a lawyer with a proven track record handling medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured patients.
Many other circumstances can result in brain injury which may entitle you to compensation. As soon as you can, consult with a trusted attorney who can fight for the repayment you need and deserve.
Reach Out to Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney in Palm Beach County
Named the Treasure Coast’s Best Personal Injury Lawyer, Philip DeBerard has earned the trust of South Floridians who were injured and needed compensation. The DeBerard team has won ideal results for clients, among them some million-dollar settlements for clients with severe injuries. Consult with us about your or your loved one’s brain injury. Your consultation is at no cost to you, and we won’t charge you any lawyer fees until we’ve obtained an amount for you. Contact us today at 1-800-299-8878.
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