An Attorney Can Help Victims Heal After Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury is one of the most severe injuries that a person can suffer. It often not only robs the victim of their independence, but also the very traits that make that person who he or she is.
If a member of your family has suffered memory loss or serious cognitive disability, a traumatic brain injury attorney at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, in Salt Lake City, UT, can provide you with valuable counsel. In the case of brain injuries, a guardian, spouse, or adult child of the victim can file on his or her behalf. Our attorneys, Norman J. Younker, Ashton J. Hyde, and John Macfarlane understand how difficult it is when victims of brain injury are often unable to care for themselves or earn a wage, and how their personalities may be so dramatically altered as to render them strangers to their own family.
How TBI Differs from Other Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) differs from brain injuries caused by disease or a degenerative condition in that it specifically results from trauma of some sort. Any trauma to the head, such as a collision, blow to the head, or penetration of the skull by a foreign object, can result in brain injury. In moderate cases, brain injury may result in symptoms including:
- Ringing in the ears
- Mood changes
- Problems with memory
- Inability to concentrate
In severe cases, traumatic brain injury can drastically impact a person's mental capacity, leaving him or her unable to maintain an independent lifestyle, care for him or herself, and maintain employment. Sadly, the mental impact often leaves the victim in a state that is unrecognizable from his or her former self.
To accurately determine what the financial needs may be in such cases, our attorneys work with economists and medical experts to evaluate potential earning capacity, loss of future wages, future medical expenses, and future care costs to maximize damages for the victim and his or her family. Younker Hyde Macfarlane
Common Causes of TBI
A number of external factors can result in TBI. Some of the most common causes include:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Sports injury
These causes contribute to impact loading (contact) or inertial loading (non-contact) on the brain, which results in tissue damage and often permanent injury. Once the initial injury has transpired, secondary injuries may occur over an extended period of time, and it's very possible that a victim's condition can worsen over time rather than improve.
To ensure that we recover just and fair financial compensation for our clients, we prepare every case for trial and never settle for a quick settlement.
In cases involving TBI, our lawyers will aim to recover damages sufficient to cover a lifetime of care costs. In addition to compensation for financial losses, we will strive to recover damages for non-financial loss as well. This can include pain and suffering and loss of consortium. As these losses are impossible to quantify, we will take many things into consideration when seeking damages for non-financial loss, including the impact the injury has had on you and your family, and the impact that damages will have on the defendant.
Devastating Results of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In order to recover damages in a traumatic brain injury case, the lawyers here at Younker Hyde Macfarlane will work alongside experts in the fields of accident reconstruction and medicine to establish liability. Once liability can be established, a claim can be filed against the liable party or parties for financial compensation.
Our personal injury firm has spent decades handling these types of cases. We have all the resources necessary to handle your claim.
Determining liability will depend in part on the cause of the accident. Under some circumstances, the cause of the accident can play a role in the outcome of your claim. For example, in medical malpractice cases in the state of Utah, compensation is capped at $450,000, regardless of loss. Determining the cause and establishing liability are key to a successful recovery.
Seek Compensation for Your Hardships
We encourage you to seek legal counsel from our group of traumatic brain injury lawyers today. At our firm, we have the resources necessary to take on any defendant. Our personal injury group has decades of experience handling these cases and they are uniquely qualified to handle your claim. Rest assured, you can trust us to work diligently on your behalf and to provide you with unwavering representation. To arrange a consultation, contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane online or call (801) 335-6467.