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Brain Injury Legal in Metairie, Louisiana
Anytime there is a physical impact to a person’s head, there may be a brain injury. And unlike other types of physical damage, a brain injury is not always easy to detect. In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, for example, a victim may “feel fine” and exhibit no visible symptoms of brain damage. Only days or weeks later does the victim start to realize something might be wrong and go to the doctor.
Unfortunately, even after a brain injury is detected and diagnosed, it may not be so simple to treat. While some brain injuries are considered “mild,” others produce serious lifelong effects. And if the original brain injury was the result of third-party negligence, the victim has the right to seek compensation for both their short- and long-term suffering.
A brain injury lawyer can provide you with experienced legal counsel when it comes to identifying the parties legally responsible for your condition and holding them accountable in court. Determining liability and proper compensation in brain injury cases is often quite complex. Working with a qualified attorney can therefore greatly improve your chances at obtaining the most favorable outcome.
How Negligence Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries
Obviously, not every brain injury is the result of negligence. But negligence plays a role more often than you might think. For example, let’s say a person slips and falls in a supermarket aisle. They hit their head on the ground and are later diagnosed with a brain injury. At first glance, you might just write this off as an unfortunate accident. But further investigation reveals the victim slipped on a puddle of water that the store management knew about yet failed to clean up. Under these circumstances, the victim would have a viable personal injury claim against the store due to its employees’ negligence.
Or to take a more obvious example, if a person sustains a brain injury in a car accident caused by a drunk driver running through a stop sign, few people would question the role that negligence played. “Negligence,” in legal terms, involves any situation where one person breaches a legal duty owed to another person, and as a result of that breach the latter person suffers some sort of injury.
This is a critical concept, because even when the symptoms or effects of a brain injury do not manifest for sometime after an accident, the negligent party can still be held legally responsible. Of course, the defendant may try and argue there was some “intervening cause” of the victim’s brain injury that negates their own liability. And this is precisely why you need to work with a lawyer who understands and knows how to successfully pursue a brain injury case.
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
When negligence causes a brain injury, the victim has the right to seek compensation for their past, present, and expected future medical bills, as well as their loss of income. A court can also award non-economic damages to reflect the decrease in the quality of the victim’s life due to their brain injury. Once again, it is important to speak with a qualified Metairie brain injury lawyer to obtain a specific analysis of your case. Contact the Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.
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