The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 155 people died each day from traumatic brain injuries and their effects in 2014, and numbers have been steadily increasing in recent years. While a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a terrible condition for the injured victim, the horrific results also impact the families and loved ones of those who sustain these serious injuries. If you or a loved one is struggling through the aftermath of a TBI, you may be wondering how to pay accumulating medical bills, how to handle daily expenses, and how to deal with other stressors. These conditions are complex and can be overwhelming.
TBIs change the lives of their victims and families, adding mental, emotional, and physical pain to your world. At Robert Wilson & Associates, we realize the lasting effects that TBIs can have, and we want to help you get the justice you deserve. If the negligence of another party caused you or your loved one to suffer a TBI in the St. Paul area, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Robert Wilson & Associates is here to help. We will put our decades of experience to work for you and hold the responsible parties accountable. For a complimentary review of your case and to discuss your legal options, call Robert Wilson & Associates today at (612) 334-3444.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
A TBI is a complex injury and requires special legal attention. An experienced attorney has direct knowledge of how to best handle a TBI case so that you can achieve the best possible results. This means that you need a comprehensive approach that will take into account all of the impacts that the TBI has on your life and the lives of your loved ones. At Robert Wilson & Associates, we achieve the kind of legal support that a TBI victim needs by performing an immediate investigation of your case so that we can gather all available evidence about the cause of your injuries and who should be held responsible.
Doctors and researchers learn new information about brain injuries on a regular basis. Often, TBI cases require the use of expert witnesses to fully understand the severity of your injuries. A knowledgeable lawyer will assist you in finding the best available experts for your case and will make sure that their testimony is used in the most impactful way to benefit you. At Robert Wilson & Associates, we have contact with many of the highest-level medical professionals who provide legal testimony, and we also have the ability to find other specialists if necessary for your case. These relationships are well-established and you will achieve better results in finding the best team to support your case with a lawyer by your side.
TBI accident victims often rely on insurance settlements to reimburse them for their medical bills and other expenses. However, trusting the insurance adjusters is often a big mistake. They want you to trust them, and they want you to accept low settlements, but this leaves injured victims without the funds they need to pay all of their bills. An experienced lawyer will advise you on the settlement process and can let you know what to accept, or refuse, in favor of a better option.
In any kind of legal action – including TBI actions – your goal is to achieve a settlement or favorable verdict to award you compensation for your injuries. These are not areas that many people understand unless they have negotiation or courtroom experience. A lawyer has special training in negotiation, and that can help to achieve out of court settlements, which are often faster than trials. Good personal injury lawyers also know when a favorable settlement is unlikely, and they are always prepared to take a case to court. At Robert Wilson & Associates, our St. Paul TBI lawyers are skilled in both settlement negotiation as well as trial practice, and we can pivot according to the needs of your case so that you can see the best possible results for your case.
Why Choose Robert Wilson & Associates?
At Robert Wilson & Associates, our attorneys are dedicated to helping severely injured victims fight for their rights. This means that we will be by your side at all times during your case seeking financial compensation from the parties responsible for your pain and suffering. As one of Minnesota’s largest workers’ compensation law firms, we advocate with skill and loyalty to each and every client. We have a talented staff of lawyers, paralegals and law clerks who are dedicated to helping injured victims as if they were family members.
As a member of the Robert Wilson & Associates family, each and every client is treated with respect and personal attention. This kind of courtesy is paired with proven legal skill and has yielded clients millions of dollars in compensation over the years in successful case outcomes. As a result of the high level of legal services provided at Robert Wilson & Associates, our lawyers are recognized as Super Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, which are all titles extended only to the top percentage of lawyers in the United States.
The results you achieve from legal action will affect your life now and into the future, so it is best to have a team by your side who can optimize the results of your case. At Robert Wilson & Associates, our St. Paul personal injury attorneys are ready to make your goals our priority.
About Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs are often the result of serious accidents. These accidents most frequently include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common causes of TBIs. TBIs can occur when a victim hits their head during impact or suffers from severe whiplash that can cause the brain to move violently inside the head. Pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are especially at risk for TBI.
- Workplace Accidents: Injuries on job sites, especially falls from ladders, scaffolding or other heights, are notorious for causing TBIs. Other workplace hazards, including getting struck by tools or heavy machinery, can also cause TBI.
- Slips and Falls: Slips and falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, but many people do not realize that a simple slip and fall can cause severe head injuries like TBIs. Slips and falls are most often the result of negligent property owners who allow hazards such as ice, slick floors, spilled liquids, uneven footing, stairways in disrepair, or poor lighting to make their premises dangerous to others.
- Medical Negligence: Medical negligence can cause multiple types of brain injuries, including TBIs. Babies are frequently affected by TBI during births that are negligently handled by medical staff, and adults can also suffer TBI during medical procedures.
- Sports Accidents: TBIs in professional sports are gaining more coverage in the media, but it is important to note that all levels of athletes—including children—can be affected by TBIs in sports, even if they are not considered to be “contact” sports. It is the responsibility of coaches, trainers, and safety officials to enforce the usage of proper protective equipment to prevent these injuries.
- Assault or Other Criminal Activity: Victims of assault, battery, or other bodily harm can suffer from TBIs. Even if a criminal case is underway, you may pursue the attacker in civil court for compensation for injuries they caused.
No matter the scenario under which you suffered a TBI, at Robert Wilson & Associates, we will help you build a case that outlines the severity of your injuries so that the responsible party will be held accountable.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries are classified into two main categories:
- Acquired Brain Injury: These injuries occur because of lack of oxygen or other internal factors, and are often the result of medical malpractice. While these injuries are technically different from TBIs, you may still have a claim for compensation if you or a loved one has suffered from an acquired brain injury caused by someone else’s negligent actions.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: A TBI occurs from external factors that affect the brain, typically an impact of some kind, that damages the brain’s structure and affects normal functionality.
Brain injuries are extremely sensitive injuries, and no matter the classification of the injury in your situation, medical attention is essential. The next best move you can make is to have a St. Paul brain injury lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates review your case.
Some brain injuries can take time to fully emerge. If you suspect a TBI—either in yourself or a loved one—you should begin to watch for symptoms:
- Racing Thoughts
- Slow Reaction Time
- Fatigue and Drowsiness
- Behavioral Changes
- Blurred Vision
- Ringing in the Ears
- Mood Changes
- Memory Problems
- Vomiting or Nausea
- Slurred Speech
- Numbness or Tingling in Extremities
- Convulsions or Seizures
These symptoms all warrant medical attention, and it is important to let your doctor know if you suspect they could be the result of a TBI.
Call Robert Wilson & Associates Today
At Robert Wilson & Associates, we have a dedicated team of St. Paul traumatic brain injury lawyers available to assist you with your case. You deserve the best medical care and the best legal representation for your needs, so call us today at (612) 334-3444 for a free consultation.