All serious injuries can have a serious impact on the life of the person injured as well as on the lives of those who love and care for them. Injuries to the brain, however, can be particularly traumatic and devastating. Everyday tasks become difficult or impossible; communication, mobility, and sensory processing become seriously diminished, or the victim may wind up in a persistent vegetative state, unresponsive condition, or coma. The life that existed before the accident is no more, and brain injury patients may require long-term care and continuing therapy that strains the emotional and financial resources of those caring for them.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced Indiana brain injury attorneys at Chapman Injury Lawyers to find out if you are eligible to collect damages for your injuries. Schedule a free and confidential consultation today by calling (812) 461-6261 so we can review the details of your case.
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Accidents that cause brain injuries are among the most complex personal injury cases. Don’t try to handle your case alone. Allow an experienced attorney to take care of all the complicated legal matters so you can focus on what’s most important: your health and recovery. The Indiana brain injury lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers know how to aggressively litigate brain injury cases and represent your rights.
Many people who suffer a brain injury will develop cognitive problems, making it difficult to go back to their normal lives. If your accident was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation help pay for your medical bills, rehabilitation, lost income, job retraining, and pain and suffering, among other damages. An attorney will be able to review the facts of your unique case and give you an idea of the types of compensation you can pursue.
Our Indiana brain injury attorneys understand how physically and emotionally traumatic brain injuries can be. We are ready to help you fight for the financial compensation you need for your recovery. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of the liability laws pertaining to brain injury cases, and we know what it takes to win financial compensation for our clients. Recovering from brain injuries is often a long and difficult road. At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we want you to be taken care of throughout your entire recovery process. In seeking the maximum compensation for you, we will consider all aspects of your life that may be impacted by the potential long-term effects of a brain injury.
The brain injury attorneys at Chapman Injury Lawyers have extensive experience handling brain injury cases caused by car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and other personal injury incidents. We also represent clients who suffer brain injuries from serious slips and falls. Our Indiana brain injury lawyers will aggressively fight the insurance companies that will try to deny the compensation you are owed after your accident.
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Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a catastrophic type of brain damage caused by an external force striking the head, whether from the skull making impact with the ground or an object piercing the cranial plate to penetrate the brain. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least 1.7 million Americans suffer a TBI each year.
Many different scenarios can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which claim the lives of 155 people each day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a disruption in the function of the brain that is usually caused by a blow or jolt to the head or an injury that penetrates brain tissue. Causes of traumatic brain injuries differ among age groups, but the elderly face the most risk. At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we handle brain injury cases stemming from a variety of incidents, including:
Brain injuries are sometimes referred to as an “invisible disability” because they may not show symptoms for days or even months, making them especially challenging for the injury victim and their doctor. If you or a loved one were in an accident that involved head trauma, you should seek medical treatment immediately. You and your doctor will want to closely watch for brain injury symptoms in the days and weeks following your accident. If you suffered a concussion, which is the mildest form of TBI, you may experience the following symptoms:
More severe traumatic brain injuries typically involve the following symptoms:
If you or a loved one have suffered head trauma and you notice any of these symptoms, head to the closest emergency room immediately for a medical evaluation.
In 2014, about 2.87 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States due to traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 837,000 of these instances involved children. Over 56,000 died from TBI-related injuries.
Slips, trips, and falls are the No. 1 cause of TBI, accounting for nearly half (48%) of all TBI-related emergency room visits. Falls disproportionately affect children and older adults.
Half of all TBI-related emergency room visits among kids age 0 to 17 were caused by falls. Four out of five TBI-related emergency room visits in adults age 65 or older were caused by falls.
Males represent 78.8% of all reported TBI accidents; females represent 21.2%.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, in 2014, 1,108 Indiana residents died because of TBI-related injuries. Nearly 75% of these fatalities were among men.
In Indiana, the rate of TBI fatalities rose from 15.1 per 100,000 in 2011 to 16.2 per 100,000 in 2014.
The highest number of TBI-related fatalities in Indiana were among those between the ages of 45 and 54, and the highest rate of TBI-related deaths were among those 85 and older.
In 2014, 4,642 people in Indiana were hospitalized for TBI-related injuries. Almost 60% of these hospitalizations were among men. There were 46,269 TBI-related emergency room visits in Indiana due to TBI.
At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we receive a lot of questions from clients regarding their traumatic brain injury cases. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have any questions about your particular brain injury case, please feel free to contact the experienced and compassionate Indiana brain injury attorneys at Chapman Injury Lawyers by calling (812) 461-6261.
Yes, while serious TBIs often involve a loss of consciousness, it does not have to occur for a serious brain injury to happen. This is a major reason why whenever a TBI is suspected, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Indiana’s statute of limitations establishes the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit at two years after the date of your accident. Because there are exceptions to the rule in certain circumstances, it is important you consult with an Indiana personal injury lawyer concerning these limitation periods, even if you think your time has expired.
Under Indiana law, both economic and non-economic losses are available. Common damages sought include those for physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost income, loss of earning potential, medical bills, and future medical expenses.
The most important thing you can do is hire an experienced Indiana traumatic brain injury lawyer who will put you in the best position to win your case. An attorney will be able to navigate the complex legal process involved in filing a lawsuit, interview and retain witnesses, research and investigate issues, and gather supporting evidence in building a case with the best possible chance of recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Brain injury victims are often hit with piling medical bills and financial stress after such a serious accident. At Chapman Injury Lawyers, we understand that you do not need additional expenses, which is why we handle brain injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you will have no out-of-pocket expenses, and if we cannot obtain a financial award on your behalf, you will not be charged for our legal services.
Chapman Injury Lawyers has provided compassionate and knowledgeable representation for accident victims and their families throughout Indiana. Our founding attorney, Neil Chapman, has been helping personal injury victims for 25 years. We will fight to make sure you receive the maximum financial recovery after your traumatic brain injury accident. If you are ready to get answers to your questions about your legal rights and have us review your case, call us at (812) 461-6261 to speak with a skilled and compassionate Indiana brain injury lawyer. We offer free and confidential consultations.