One of the most crucial decisions you will make in the wake of a traumatic brain injury accident is choosing the right attorney to represent you. The very nature of your injury or that of your loved one can complicate this process exponentially. It’s a scary time, one filled with doctor’s visits and uncertainties. One thing that is certain is: if someone was at fault for the injury through negligence or recklessness, you could be entitled to compensation.
Follow these five steps to finding the right traumatic brain injury attorney for your case.
1. Identify the Type of Incident
Start off by identifying the accident. Brain injuries can arise from all sorts of circumstances, from car and motorcycle accidents to falls and semi-truck crashes. Look for an attorney who not only specializes in personal injury law but who also has successfully handled cases similar to yours in the past.
At the same time, do some research on your type of injury and symptoms. Your injury may range from mild and severe traumatic brain injury to post-traumatic headache, vertigo or concussion.
2. Search for Potential Lawyers
Because most lawyers offer free initial consultations, it’s important to play the field so to speak and gather some information from a few different potential lawyers before making your selection. Ask friends and family, go online, and research the websites of lawyers in your area who specialize in traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases.
Research the organizations to which they belong, such as those that advocate for victims who have survived TBIs. Be on the lookout for past settlements and jury verdicts on traumatic brain injury.
3. Look for Focused Expertise
Selecting a lawyer with the resources that can maximize the value of your TBI case is critical. A good lawyer will refer you to medical specialists such as radiologists and neurologists with whom they work on every case. These professionals can better connect your injuries with future medical requirements. In addition to expertise in brain injuries, you need an attorney with extensive experience in the accidents that cause them, from motorcycle accidents to falls.
TBIs are serious and there is no time to waste. Your attorney should hit the ground running, cutting through the red tape from the insurance companies, and demanding an amount that will give you and your family the highest quality of life possible.
Depending on your situation, your lawyer can fight for damages that may include:
- Lost wages
- Medical and hospital bills
- Future medical requirements
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
4. Schedule Meetings
Schedule in-person meetings with an attorney to ask questions and outline your claim. Make a list of questions and bring it with you, such as:
- Will you be the one handling my case from beginning to end?
- What is the procedure for handling my case?
- When will my case likely be finished?
- Have you personally handled cases similar to mine?
- Have you ever represented people with traumatic brain injury before? If so, what were the results?
- Have you attended and presented at brain injury seminars or conferences?
- Do you belong to a brain injury trial lawyer organization?
Having an attorney experienced in traumatic brain injury will put you in a much stronger position to acquire the maximum compensation for your injuries.
5. Contact Kuzyk Law
The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Kuzyk Law are willing to go the extra mile to get you the compensation you deserve. The very nature of TBI means you could be facing years of medical bills and therapy. Don’t be left with a paltry payout from the insurance company. You deserve more. Contact us at 661-945-6969 for a free consultation.