Albuquerque Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Every brain injury is different. No matter how they occur, they can lead to serious consequences for an entire family. The financial and emotional burden of a brain injury can leave victims feeling like they’ve run out of options. That’s why the Fine Law Firm is dedicated to helping families gain compensation for the losses they suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. Contact our Albuquerque traumatic brain injury attorneys today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Why Choose Us?
Albuquerque residents have been turning to the New Mexico personal injury attorneys at Fine Law Firm for over four decades for many reasons, including:
- In our forty years of practicing law, we’ve helped victims of personal injury, including brain injury, with a 99% success rate.
- We prioritize our client’s needs over our own, maintaining a consistent fee that is never more than 33% of the final settlement, and we sometimes even reduce our fees to ensure that our clients receive more compensation than we do.
- We have a reputation as leaders in law. When judges and adjusters have family or friends that may have a personal injury claim, they refer them to us. Additionally, our attorneys regularly receive requests to speak to members of the Bar Association and teach at law schools.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Brain injuries involve complex medical care and ongoing support or therapy may be necessary. As a result, these types of claims tend to have high damage amounts. An attorney can help determine the exact value of your claim and demand maximum compensation from the parties responsible. This allows you and your family to focus on the healing process while your attorney takes on the business of negotiating with the insurance company.
Types of Brain Injuries
Several different types of brain injuries exist, and they all affect functioning in different ways.
- A traumatic brain injury is one of the most common with regard to negligence claims. These occur when an outside force makes contact with the skull and damages the brain underneath. The impact a TBI will have depends largely on the area affected. The most common causes include motor vehicle accidents, falls, and physical violence.
- A congenital brain injury is one that is present at birth. These may occur as the result of a traumatic labor or from failing to monitor an infant’s vital signs. A common example is brain damage resulting from hypoxia, or lack of oxygen.
The Impact of Brain Injuries
The impact that a brain injury has will depend on its severity and area of the brain it affects. For example, some injuries affect a person’s ability to move, read or speak. Others affect the sensory areas of the brain and can affect a person’s ability to feel or regulate emotions. No matter how they affect a person, a brain injury is often long-term or permanent.
The Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain is a vulnerable organ that can easily sustain damage in many types of accidents. Any situation that involves the head striking something or something striking the head could cause a brain injury. The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries are blows to the skull. The skull is thin and cannot always protect the brain from risks such as falling objects. Certain types of accidents result in traumatic brain injuries and related lawsuits in Albuquerque more often than others.
- Motor vehicle accidents. A car accident can cause a traumatic brain injury from the brain bouncing around inside the skull in the collision. Forces exerted on the human body can whip the neck and head around rapidly, causing brain injuries such as diffuse-axonal injuries. A car accident could also cause blunt-force trauma from the head striking an object inside of the vehicle, such as the steering column.
- A victim could sustain a traumatic brain injury in a fall if the head strikes an object on the way down. The skull hitting an object, such as the corner of a desk or the ground, at the velocity of the fall could be enough to bruise the brain, cause it to bleed or make it swell. Common causes of falls include slippery or wet floors, unsafe staircases, obstacles in walkways, uneven curbs, and snow and ice.
- Sports accidents. Some brain injuries in Albuquerque arise from sports-related impacts. A common example is a game of football in which one player tackles another, colliding with the helmet and head with enough force to injure the brain. Another frequent sports incident is diving into a shallow pool and the swimmer striking his or her head on the bottom of the pool.
- Acts of violence can lead to life-changing brain injuries in Albuquerque. These include gunshots, stab wounds and forms of asphyxiation that cut off oxygen to the brain, such as strangulation. Physical abuse can also cause brain injuries, such as blows to the head or Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Most brain injuries are avoidable. Negligent and careless parties can inflict traumatic brain injuries on unsuspecting victims. If you or a loved one has a brain injury from a preventable accident in New Mexico, talk to an attorney at The Fine Law Firm about a possible lawsuit. Bringing a claim against the negligent party could bring you justice and fair financial compensation for what may be a lifetime of damages.
Determining Liability in Brain Injury Cases
Liability in a brain injury case will require a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding it. When a car accident causes injury, for example, the at-fault driver will often be responsible. A fall at work may give rise to a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim based on negligence. An Albuquerque brain injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and demand compensation for the harms that resulted from the accident.
How Much Is My Brian Injury Case Worth?
A brain injury case typically involves compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Examples of economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, loss in earning capacity, and the projected cost of continued care. General, or non-economic, losses include physical pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss and life quality, and more. An Albuquerque traumatic brain injury attorney can help you determine the exact worth of your case and seek compensation from the parties responsible.
What Damages Can I Recover for My Brain Injury?
The severe nature of most brain injuries means a high capacity for compensation in many personal injury cases. The courts will award compensatory awards based on the exact amount of money the injury cost you. You could recover for your past and future medical bills, for example, by showing these bills to the courts as proof. If the brain injury caused permanent damage, such as a lifelong cognitive disability, you could seek future damages for medical costs, therapies, rehabilitation, medications and live-in care you will need later.
- Medical expenses
- Losses of income
- Property damages
- Lost future ability to earn a living
- Pain and suffering
- Mental or emotional damages
- Legal fees
- Punitive damages
The courts may also grant you a noneconomic damage award for a brain injury case in New Mexico. Unlike economic damages, which use hard evidence, the courts will award noneconomic damages by listening to your story and determining how the injury affects you personally. You or your brain injury attorney can make a case for emotional distress, mental anguish, post-traumatic stress disorder and lost enjoyment of life, among other noneconomic damages, as a survivor living with a brain injury. The ability of your lawyer to prove your damages can determine how much you recover in financial compensation at the end of your claim.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury and you believe someone else is legally responsible, contact the Albuquerque brain injury lawyers at The Fine Law Firm and schedule a free review of your legal options today. (505) 243-4541.