Auto accidents are among the leading causes of brain injuries, accounting for approximately 14 percent of all non-fatal concussions and about 26 percent of all brain injury fatalities in the United States. This “small” percentage equates to thousands of TBI victims each year, including many right here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
If you have suffered any type of brain injury in a Virginia car crash, a qualified Virginia brain injury lawyer can help you understand the risks and your right to compensation. Our attorneys recognize the challenges you and your family may be facing in the wake of such an injury, and we will work hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you need to start moving forward again.
Brain Injuries Are Often Serious and Long-Lasting Injuries
Each year, around 2.5 million American visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sadly, more than 50,000 of those ultimately result in the victim’s death. The remainder eventually recover—but to varying degrees and over an unpredictable timeline. Some take months; others take years. Then there are those who never fully recover. Their memory or cognitive abilities may be permanently impaired, or they may suffer from sensitivity to light and sound. Others are unable to read for long periods of time or stare at a screen for more than a few minutes, which can greatly hinder their ability to work.
A brain injury can also increase a victim’s risk of depression and other mood disorders. Some studies have even linked it to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s later in life. Children, who are also at risk for a TBI in an auto accident, have also been found to have a higher risk of lifelong emotional, social, and psychological issues after a brain injury. Overall, brain injuries often have lasting and sometimes serious effects on the life of the victim. For this reason, it is critical that TBI sufferers understand their legal right to seek compensation, and that they know how to improve their chances of full and fair compensation.
Filing Your Insurance Claim
Whenever a person suffers an injury in an auto accident, that person generally has the right to seek compensation from a negligent driver’s insurance company. (In instances where no negligence exists, or when the other driver did not have insurance, victims may be able to seek compensation through their own insurance carrier.) This might seem like a straightforward process, but victims are at a serious risk of claim denials and low settlement offers. This is because insurance companies—who lose money when a claim is paid—often do everything in their power to avoid paying full compensation to injured parties.
With this in mind, it is important to have a skilled team protecting your rights and best interests. Your attorney can help by handing all of the negotiations with insurance companies, managing all of the necessary paperwork, and possibly facilitating your care through our external network of trusted medical providers. By having qualified legal counsel, you are much more likely to obtain a favorable outcome than if you were to try to handle everything on your own.
Contact a Virginia Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury caused by a car crash, our Virginia personal injury lawyers are ready and willing to help. Dedicated to helping you receive the compensation you deserve, we will carefully investigate your case, examine every detail, and aggressively negotiate the most favorable settlement for your situation—just as we did in securing a $340,000 award for our client who suffered a brain injury when a distracted driver caused a crash in Fairfax County. Call (833) 997-1774 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team today.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.
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