Flagstaff Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
While some injuries heal over time, an injury to the brain may never heal. This can leave the victim with life-altering physical and cognitive problems that result in costly medical bills and other financial damages.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident caused by someone’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. At Phillips Law Group, our dedicated personal injury attorneys have collectively obtained more than $750 million in compensation for our clients, including a $7.65 million recovery for a motorcycle rider who suffered a brain injury and $3.1 million for a client who suffered brain trauma and a broken neck in an auto accident.
The founding partner of our firm, Jeffrey Phillips, is in the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers – Top 25 and has served as lead counsel in over 40 jury trials.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation with us during a completely free case review. If you do decide to pursue a case with us, we do not charge for our services unless we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf.
Call us today to learn more at 1-800-706-3000 in a free legal consultation.
Do I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury Case?
To establish negligence, your attorney must prove the following four things about your situation:
Duty of Care
The duty of care is the legal duty to act in a reasonable manner that prevents harm to others. For example, drivers have the duty to follow traffic laws and doctors have the duty to act in accordance with the accepted medical standards in their practice areas.
Breach of Duty
You must show that the at-fault party breached the legal duty of care. For example, a driver may have been distracted when he or she collided with you or your doctor deviated from the standard of care.
You must prove that the at-fault party’s breach of duty was the direct cause of your traumatic brain injury.
You must establish that you suffered damages. If you suffered a TBI, you likely are facing significant medical bills. You may have also lost wages while recovering from your injury. These are some of the damages that you sustained.
During your free case review, our Flagstaff traumatic brain injury attorneys can determine if all four of these elements are present. If you have a case and decide to pursue legal action, our lawyers can discuss further steps to take to build a strong case.
What Damages Are Available for My Claim?
The value of your potential case depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injury and the estimated cost of your medical treatment. Additionally, some traumatic brain injuries can cause you to suffer memory loss or personality changes that can negatively impact your life for years to come.
Injury victims may be eligible to receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are directly linked to a monetary value, such as:
- Costs of past medical treatment
- Costs of future anticipated medical treatment
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Burial and funeral costs
- Property damage
Non-economic damages do not have a defined monetary value. They include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Speak to our team at Phillips Law Group today to better understand the types of compensation that may be available to you and the potential value of your traumatic brain injury case.
Call 1-800-706-3000 to schedule your free consultation.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a violent blow to the head. They can also be caused when an object penetrates brain tissue. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of TBIs include:
- Auto accidents
- Sports injuries
- Combat injuries
These injuries can also occur due to medical malpractice, medication errors, assault or being struck by an object.
Classification of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are often classified in one of the following categories:
A mild TBI may cause temporary loss of consciousness of no more than 30 minutes or a brief change in mental status. Symptoms of this type of TBI include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- Mood changes
- Speech problems
- Confusion or disorientation
Even though this TBI is categorized as “mild,” you should seek medical attention if you suffer these symptoms. Suffering one TBI can make you more susceptible to suffering another one, which is likely to be more severe.
Moderate TBIs may cause temporary loss of consciousness. Symptoms may mirror those of mild TBIs but be more severe in nature. For example, you may suffer prolonged headaches or persistent nausea or vomiting. You may experience these symptoms for several hours.
In addition to the symptoms associated with mild TBIs, you may suffer the following symptoms if you sustain a moderate TBI:
- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of coordination
- Weak digits
- Fluid drainage from your ears or nose
- Feeling combative or agitated
Some of the negative effects of moderate TBIs may be long-lasting or permanent.
Severe TBIs can result in a significant period of unconsciousness from a few minutes to several hours or amnesia. You may experience the same symptoms as moderate TBIs or additional symptoms such as:
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty speaking
- Visual impairment
- Ringing in the ears
- Problems balancing
It is critical that you seek immediate medical attention after sustaining a TBI so that you can mitigate the damage and establish the connection between the accident and your injuries. TBIs that are not treated promptly can result in permanent brain damage or disability.
After you have sought medical attention, you should then contact a knowledgeable Flagstaff traumatic brain injury lawyer for help with your legal claim. Our lawyers understand the impact brain injuries can have on our clients and we are ready to pursue full compensation, if you have a case.
We are available 24/7. Call us at 1-800-706-3000 today.
How Can Phillips Law Group Help?
Traumatic brain injuries often cause life-altering effects, so it is important that you have a qualified legal advocate who can address your legal claim while you focus exclusively on your recovery.
If you retain Phillips Law Group for your case, we may assist in the following ways:
- Collect your medical records – Medical records are an integral part of traumatic brain injury claims. They demonstrate the severity of your injury, its link to the accident and your prognosis.
- Compile evidence – There may be various forms of evidence available to help establish liability and your damages. We are prepared to identify and gather evidence to help substantiate your claim, including photos or videos of the accident scene, the police or accident report, eyewitness statements and other evidence.
- Handle all communication – Our lawyers can handle all communication with insurance companies and third parties so you can focus on your recovery.
- Hire medical experts – In some cases, it is necessary to hire medical experts who can describe the TBI and estimate our clients’ future medical needs.
- Negotiate for maximum recovery – We know how to determine the full value of a potential case and are committed to securing full compensation. We also prepare for trial in case the other side does not offer fair compensation.
Give us a call to learn more about how we can help.
What Is My Time Limit to File a Lawsuit?
If you are considering taking legal action to pursue compensation, it is important that you act fast. In Flagstaff, you must file your claim within Arizona’s two-year statute of limitations. If you do not file your case within this time period, your case can be barred.
However, each case is unique and there may be exceptions. For example, Arizona follows the discovery rule so the clock on your time to take action will not start ticking until you discover the injury or should have reasonably discovered it. Contact a knowledgeable lawyer from our firm to learn what deadline may apply to your particular case.
Reach Out to a Flagstaff Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today
At Phillips Law Group, we help our clients recover the compensation they need after incurring significant medical bills and losing wages because of an injury.
During your free, no obligation consultation, we can determine if you have a case and discuss your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid if we help you secure compensation for your case. We charge no upfront costs, so there is no risk in contacting us to learn about your options during a free consultation.