Jackson Brain Injury Lawyer
Most personal injuries get better, given time and treatment. But head injuries are different. These wounds are always permanent. Once brain cells die, they never regenerate. So, although a combination of surgery and therapy can usually reduce the symptoms, nothing can “cure” a brain injury. Furthermore, brain injuries are usually degenerative. Unfortunately, many victims don’t get the medical treatment they need until their injuries are advanced and more difficult to treat.
The experienced Jackson brain injury lawyers at Keith B. French Law know how important prompt medical treatment is in these situations. So, we quickly connect victims with doctors who know how to diagnose and treat accident-related head injuries. Usually, these doctors charge nothing upfront for these services. Since these bills must eventually be paid, we also work hard to obtain maximum compensation for serious injury victims.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
Sports-related brain injuries get most of the media attention. However, vehicle collisions are far and away the most common cause of head injuries. Car wrecks combine all three major head injury causes, which are:
- Noise: Most witnesses say most car wrecks sound like explosions. Such sudden, loud sounds produce shock waves which disrupt brain functions. Many Afghanistan and Iraq veterans with head injuries were wounded in this way. So, even if you weren’t otherwise hurt in a wreck, you could have a brain injury.
- Trauma: This cause is the obvious one. Advanced seat belts, airbags, and other restraint systems can only absorb so much force. So, in most car wreck cases, head injuries are almost inevitable.
- Motion: Contrary to popular myth, the brain doesn’t fit inside the skull like a head in a helmet. Instead, the skull is like a water tank which is filled with cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid suspends the brain. The motion of a car wreck causes the brain to violently slam against the insides of the skull. If you jump up and down, you can feel that effect for yourself.
Falls and assaults also cause a number of brain injuries. Legally, property owners are usually responsible for these injuries. Owners usually have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. This duty includes removing fall hazards and providing adequate security.
As mentioned, our Jackson brain injury lawyers promptly connect victims with doctors in these situations. Immediate treatment is not only necessary for medical reasons. There’s a legal reason as well. If victims don’t quickly see doctors, insurance company lawyers often later argue that their injuries were not that bad.
Your Claim for Damages
Almost all personal injury claims settle out of court. These resolutions significantly benefit victim/plaintiffs.
Once medical treatment is at least substantially complete, attorneys usually send demand letters to insurance companies. These letters demand compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
If there are no significant liability questions and the two sides are close together on a settlement figure, many brain injury claims settle at this point. However, in most cases, attorneys must file legal paperwork, to pressure the insurance company into settling and to protect the victim’s legal rights.
Settlement negotiations usually continue. If they break down, most Hinds County judges refer the matter to mediation. During mediation, both sides have a duty to negotiate in good faith. Essentially, this responsibility requires them to sincerely work toward a settlement agreement. Because of this good faith duty, mediation is about 90 percent successful.
Reach Out to a Hard-Working Hinds County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced brain injury lawyer in Jackson, contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.