A traumatic brain injury is more than just a little head pain. They’re serious, often life-threatening, injuries that usually lead to financial hardship due to the high cost of required medical care and treatment.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an incident that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to hold the liable party accountable for their actions. If your attorney can prove that the other party acted negligently or recklessly, and those actions directly caused your brain injury, you could be entitled to significant compensation.
Ernst Law Group has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured Californians, and we’re here to do the same for you or your loved one. Please call (805) 541-0300 to schedule your free consultation.
What to Do After a Brain Injury
If you ver hit your head in after-school sports practice, your doctor probably told you to rest and stay away from screens for a couple days. This is helpful advice, as it contains two critical parts of post-head injury care:
- Prompt medical care, and
- Refraining from physical and mental exertion.
We can’t stress enough the importance of visiting your primary care doctor, a hospital, or urgent care facility after experiencing a head injury. In the initial hours after impact, you might feel a little disoriented but otherwise fine – do not, under any circumstances, assume that this is a sign of quick healing or that there hasn’t been a serious injury. That’s not how brain injuries work – in the hours after impact, the brain is in a state of shock which slows down electrical currents in the brain, which in turn causes your brain to swell.
That swelling could be fatal if left untreated or if it’s treated too late. So even if you feel mostly fine after hitting your head, always consult a health care professional right away.
After visiting a doctor and getting a treatment plan, call a San Luis Obispo brain injury attorney at Ernst Law Group. An attorney will inform you of your rights and will help you obtain compensation to pay for your expensive medical bills, lost income, and more. If you suffered a head injury, Ernst Law Group is here to help. Call (805) 541-0300 now.
Damages You May Be Able to Claim
California law allows injured persons to recover compensation from the liable party for the damages (losses) that they sustained as a result of an accident.
Damages or compensation available to the injured party may include:
- Hospital and ambulance bills
- Doctor appointments
- Transportation costs to and from the doctor
- Physical and cognitive therapy
- Modifications to your home
- Emotional distress
Remember, the exact types and amounts of compensation vary from case to case, so if you suffered a brain injury, speak with your San Luis Obispo brain injury attorney to determine what damages you may be able to recover.
Traumatic Brain Injury is Often the Result of Someone Else’s Negligence
Brain injuries may be caused by slipping and falling in a store. If the fall was caused by the store’s negligence, such as faulty flooring or improper signage when the floor is wet, the owner of the store will be liable for your damages due to their negligence.
The damages can be sought through a civil lawsuit brought against the store which details the facts of the accident, that the store was negligent in the duty they owe to their customers of maintaining a safe property, the injuries sustained, and the damages sought including compensation for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Your claims must be properly brought before the court in order to collect the damages you’re seeking.
The Ernst Law Group is a plaintiff’s rights law firm that represents injured clients and has recovered millions of dollars for their clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Prevalence of TBI
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the U.S., 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year. Other facts about traumatic brain injury, or TBI:
- TBI is a contributing factor in about one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
- Adults 75 or older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death
- Even mild concussions fall within the brain injury category
Treatment For Brain Injuries
Brain injuries require expensive treatment which generally includes:
- Extensive, continual, long term medical care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Psychiatric and/or psychological treatment
- Intensive motor skill therapy
- Other treatments for maintenance and recuperation
- Disability programs and services
Medical treatment for brain injuries can easily run into the high hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, because treatment may be required for the remainder of the injured person’s life. It’s essential to obtain compensation from the liable party so that the injured person has the resources to recover as much as possible and to receive aid for long-term effects the injury caused.
The Ernst Law Group is a premier law firm that knows how to make the responsible party and their insurance company pay for their negligent conduct. Insurance companies are known to give miniscule offers and will rarely offer what’s even close to a satisfactory amount, especially if the injured person isn’t represented by an attorney. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a reasonable or satisfactory settlement, your San Luis Obispo brain injury attorney will immediately proceed with a lawsuit to obtain a verdict and monetary award in court.
Why You Should Choose Ernst Law Group
No Up-Front Fees And A Free Case Consultation
After you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic brain injury that was caused by someone’s negligent, intentional, or reckless behavior, you might have medical bills that you don’t know how to handle and might still need more treatment–the last thing you need to worry about is legal fees.
At Ernst Law Group, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there’s no fee for your consultation, and you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case. Call 805-541-0300 for a free case consultation.
What Our Clients Say About Us
“I could not be more satisfied with Ernst Law Group. Over the course of my case they were nothing but kind and friendly. When you’re in a situation where you need a lawyer it can be a very stressful time…Samantha Spelman
“Enough cannot be said for the amazing job done for us by the Ernst Law Group. Their compassion and dedication to ‘doing what is right’ makes them go above and beyond in all that they do. After spending time and money on other local attorneys, Don, Taylor and Terry were a blessing to us. They never backed down even though our case was a very unusual case. Thank you Ernst Law Group.“Mary Barrett
“Best personal injury and wrongful death attorneys available! The whole team is friendly, works very hard, is knowledgeable, and will do their best to take care of their clients. The Ernst team is the best around!“Hannah W.