Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Assert your Rights
The brain is the body’s most important organ. The brain transmits signals to all the other organs, ensuring that they work properly while also controlling an individual’s cognitive functions, emotions, and perception of the world as he or she moves through it. When an individual suffers an injury to the head, he or she may face life-changing brain injuries. In some cases, these injuries can lead to death.
If you are injured in an accident that you did not cause, you could be entitled to monetary compensation. To receive this compensation, you must file a personal injury claim against the party determined to be responsible for your injury. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. This means that after you have been injured, you have four years to file a claim against the responsible party. Do not wait to begin working on your claim. After you have received adequate medical care following your injury, contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your options regarding a personal injury claim.
Potential Effects of a Brain Injury
Because the brain is such a complex, varied organ, a wide range of possible injuries can stem from an injury to the head. Examples of these injuries include:
- Loss of motor skills
- Loss of cognitive ability
Head injuries can result from nearly any type of accident. Car crashes, slips and falls, accidents sustained on the job, and sports injuries can all lead to head trauma. These injuries can lead to an individual having to leave work temporarily or permanently, needing medical devices for a short or long-term disability, or saddled with significant medical bills, and may even leave his or her family without its breadwinner. This is why it is so important to seek monetary compensation for your head injury.
Filing Your Personal Injury Claim
After an accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. You will need to show that you have received a diagnosis of your injury and treatment to support your claim.
The next step is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. He or she will determine the responsible party in your accident and will file your claim with the responsible party’s insurance provider. In some cases, both you and another party may be found to be responsible for the accident. If this is the case, the percentage that you are deemed to be responsible for the accident will be deducted from your compensation. For example, if the court finds that you contributed to the accident by 20%, you may only collect 80% of the amount of compensation you potentially could have received.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Winter Park
If you or somebody you love has suffered from a head injury in an accident, contact Hornsby Law Group in Winter Park at 407-599-8300 or on the web to set up your free legal consultation with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at our firm. We will provide you with compassionate, accurate legal advice and representation while giving your case the attention to detail it deserves.