Traumatic Brain Injury
Calgary Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
A traumatic brain injury is a complex medical issue that can have a devastating effect on a person’s emotional, physical, and cognitive state. The long-term care and treatment required by this type of injury can cause significant financial hardship for the injured person and their family. Traumatic brain injuries caused by a person or entity’s negligence create complicated legal issues and may give rise to a claim for compensation.
The personal injury lawyers at HMC Lawyers understand the upheaval a serious injury causes to our clients’ lives. We develop tailored legal strategies to protect our client’s rights and obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible so that they can focus on their recovery and healing.
Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
Traumatic brain injuries (or “TBIs”) happen in a variety of circumstances, including workplace accidents, motor vehicle collisions, or as a result of medical malpractice. Recovery from a TBI is usually complicated by emotional, cognitive, physical, or behavioural side effects, creating stress for both the injured person and their family. The victim may need to take an extended leave of absence from work or may be unable to return to their job at all.
In many traumatic brain injury cases, the injured person requires costly in-home care and long-term medical treatment. Insurance companies may deny coverage for part or all of these costs, causing substantial financial hardship for the victim and their family. When this occurs, the injured person must file a legal action against the insurer and the person or entity whose negligence caused the injury.
The presence or severity of a traumatic brain injury may go undetected for some time after an accident. Once the injured person learns of their injury (or should have known of it, had they made reasonable inquiries), they have two years to file a claim. If the injury victim is a minor, the limitation period generally begins to run once they turn 18. These timelines can be challenging to calculate, so it is essential to seek legal advice as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury
A claim for compensation for a traumatic brain injury may include the following damages (monetary awards):
- Income loss in the past or in the future
- Medical expenses and treatment costs
- Housekeeping and caregiving assistance
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages against those responsible for the injury or the denial of insurance benefits
The amount of compensation a traumatic brain injury victim is entitled to increases with the severity of their symptoms and the amount of disruption to their daily life. The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury have a substantial effect on an injured person’s quality of life and include:
- Confusion or memory loss
- Recurring migraines
- Slurred or abnormal speech
- Loss of coordination
- Impaired physical function
- Personality changes
- Diminished mental capacity and cognitive ability
An injured person’s family members can also suffer a significant amount of financial loss and upheaval to their daily lives, particularly when they must care for their injured loved one. For example, the parents of a child who has suffered a traumatic brain injury may need to take time off work to care for them, which can devastate the family’s financial stability.
Determining the amount of compensation requires a detailed legal analysis, particularly as some types of damages are limited under the law. The team at HMC Lawyers will review all of the circumstances of your traumatic brain injury and provide an estimated range of potential compensation for your claim.
Contact HMC Lawyers in Calgary to Recover the Maximum Compensation for your Traumatic Brain Injury
The experienced personal injury lawyers at HMC Lawyers have advocated on behalf of injured clients in all levels of court in Alberta. We work efficiently to secure fair compensation for clients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, allowing them to focus their efforts on recovery and healing. Call 1-800-480-3534 or contact us online for a consultation.