Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on victims and their families. Some people recover in a few days, but others struggle to remember how to do basic tasks or must fight to regain the motor skills needed to care for themselves. Treating a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can require extensive hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and in-home care, leaving victims unable to work as they face costly medical bills.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to file a claim and recover compensation for your damages. At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we can help you understand your legal options and pursue the payout you need. Contact us today at 865-546-1111 to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment to talk with one of our Johnson City brain injury lawyers about your case.
Why are brain injuries so costly to treat?
Brain injuries sustained in a car accident can require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. The cost of an ambulance ride, emergency room visit, and transfer to an acute care ward can all wrack up thousands of dollars in medical bills, just during your first few hours of treatment. After doctors and surgeons stabilize your condition, you may need a month or more of inpatient rehabilitation. Other care-related costs include:
- Outpatient therapy;
- Home health care;
- Prescription medications;
- Follow-up visits to your doctor and specialists;
- Medical equipment; and
- Disposable medical supplies.
While undergoing treatment, it is likely that you will miss significant time at work. Some people are able to return to their previous job after recovering, but some never regain the physical or cognitive abilities to go back to work. Many continue to live with family members who provide around-the-clock support and are unable to work or go to school. Many victims struggle to live independently and return to their previous social and occupational lives.
Our lawyers can help you recover damages to make up for the wages you lose out on during your recovery. We will work hard to make sure you and your family receive the support you deserve.
How can I recover compensation for my brain injury after a car crash?
If a careless or negligent driver caused your car accident, you have the right to file for compensatory damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses, as well as your ongoing care costs. We can recover the compensation you deserve by filing an insurance claim based on the at-fault driver’s auto liability policy.
After we file your claim, the insurance company will review your case and make an offer. We ensure your rights remain protected throughout this process by managing all communication with the insurance company and protecting you from the tricks they use to lower your payout.
Often, the initial offer from the insurance company will not cover all your accident-related damages. If this occurs, we can counter their offer and work to negotiate a fair amount of compensation. If they refuse to increase their offer, we may need to file a lawsuit and ask the court to award a judgement in your case.
How can I prove the other driver acted negligently?
When you receive a Tennessee driver’s license, you agree to obey all traffic laws and to drive in a reasonable and safe manner. If a driver breaks a traffic law or otherwise acts carelessly behind the wheel and causes a crash, they may be guilty of negligence and are liable for your damages.
Imagine your brain injury occurred in a wrong-way crash on a divided highway. We would need to show the driver was traveling in the wrong lane and failed to recognize their error in time to avoid a crash. The evidence might include the accident report, eyewitness statements, and images from the scene of the crash. This evidence, when paired with your medical records and other proof of your injuries, usually provides enough documentation to hold the at-fault driver financially accountable.
Do I need a lawyer to file my claim?
Serious brain injuries require intense rehabilitation to recover as many skills and abilities as possible. As the accident victim, you need to focus on getting better, while your family works to get their lives back to normal despite their emotional and financial stresses. The last thing you want to worry about is filing an auto insurance claim or dealing with an insurance company. That is why you need us on your side.
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve, working to collect evidence and maximize your payout. We handle the claims process with the insurance company with your best interests in mind. If this is not effective, we can take your fight to court. There, we will represent you to the judge and present a compelling case to ensure you receive a just judgement.
Our brain injury lawyers offer free case evaluations and handle all claims on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay until we recover the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 865-546-1111 to schedule your initial consultation.