Like brain injury itself, brain injury lawsuits are complex, requiring special expertise and the most up-to-date techniques for success. A personal injury attorney may be sympathetic and willing to learn more, but if he does not have significant experience with brain injury cases, he may discover too late that he is in over his head, delaying or destroying your case.
Interviewing your prospective attorney
If you have not worked with an attorney before, you may find your first visit a little intimidating. Choosing the right attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make after brain injury, and the first step to putting your life back together. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure that the attorney you hire will be able to competently handle your case. Questions you should ask include:
- What percentage of your practice is devoted to traumatic brain injury cases?
- How many brain injury cases have you handled and/or tried?
- What were your results?
- Will you be handling my case personally?
- Are you an active member of the state brain injury association?
- What brain injury seminars have you attended?
- Have you spoken or lectured at any brain injury seminars, conferences, or bar associations?
- Have you written and published any articles or books on traumatic brain injury?
- Have you received any professional honors or awards for your brain injury work?
- Does your law firm have the financial resources to see this through trial?
Brain injury recovery
The long term results of brain injury are unpredictable. Rehabilitation can take years, and for some will be a lifetime process. You may require long term care. Even with a significant recovery, your earning potential may never be what it once was. Your best chance for recovery is through the most advanced medical treatment.
Most hospitals will not deny a patient acute care during the initial stages of brain injury, but rehabilitation and long term care are a different story. Most brain injury patients can only afford the care that they need and deserve if they receive just compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation which you may be entitled to include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Long term care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced brain injury attorney today