Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S. Receiving a blow or jolt to the head can lead to anything from a mild concussion to a severe TBI. If you have suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence or intent, you have legal recourse to receive compensation to pay for your medical costs and other expenses incurred due to your accident.
An experienced Mississippi traumatic brain injury lawyer will help you mount a case and fight for you to receive proper compensation for the injuries you have endured. In Pascagoula, look for help from a personal injury attorney experienced with TBIs and familiar with the local area.
How and Where Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen
While anyone can experience a traumatic brain injury, some groups are at a higher risk of receiving long-term health problems or dying from one, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Those people include:
- Ethnic and racial minorities
- Veterans and service members
- People living in correctional or detention facilities
- People who experience homelessness
- Survivors of intimate domestic violence
- People who live in rural areas are more likely to die from a TBI
Slip-and-fall accidents are the number one reason for TBI-related hospitalizations in the U.S. Motor vehicle crashes are another common accident from which some people experience a TBI.
For a free legal consultation with a Traumatic Brain Injury lawyer serving Pascagoula, call (228) 207-5266
How Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Help You?
An experienced, local traumatic brain injury lawyer will provide you with a free consultation for your potential legal case. If you are convalescing in a hospital or at home our Morris Bart attorney will come to you. Our lawyer will assess the accident and let you know if he, or she, believes you have a case.
If so, and while you are recuperating, your lawyer will get to work on your case. He or she will need:
- The date, time, and exact location of the accident
- Your accounting of how and why you believe the accident happened
- A copy of any official law enforcement report of the accident if there is one
- To know of any possible contributing factors to the accident
- Testimony from anyone who may have been with you
- Contact information of eyewitnesses
- Copies of your medical records following the accident
- Copies of medical bills and any other bills such as property damage
Each piece of information can provide crucial evidence in proving negligence or intent in your traumatic brain injury lawsuit.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Traumatic Brain Injury Case in Mississippi?
Yes. Every state recognizes its own statute of limitations, or time limit, in which you can file a legal case following an accident. In Mississippi, you have up to three years to file your claim.
That may seem like a lot of time, but it really isn’t, especially for someone who has experienced a traumatic brain injury. You need time to heal or to come to grips with the possibility of suffering a life-long disability.
At the same time, your attorney needs time to investigate your case and write a strong brief. He, or she, will file the legal paperwork for you.
Who May Be Liable in Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case?
There are several possibilities. Liability is dependent upon what was the cause of your accident. If you were in a car wreck, a negligent driver is likely at fault although a car manufacturer or maintenance repair shop could also be to blame.
If you slip and fall, a property owner, business owner, or manager could be at fault. So could a government agency.
Of course, if there was intent to harm or maliciousness involved, the individual behind that would be held liable.
What Happens If You Share the Blame for the Accident?
Some accidents are the result of more than one person’s negligence. Mississippi recognizes this.
Through the state’s pure comparative negligence rule, you can be partially at fault yet still receive compensation. The amount is equivocal. For example, if you are found 20% responsible for the accident causing your traumatic brain injury, you may still receive up to 80% compensation from the other at-fault party.
What Damages Could You Receive Compensation for After Suffering a TBI?
Suffering from a traumatic brain injury accident can be painful, emotional, and financially costly. Examples of economic damages you can expect compensation for include:
- Payment or reimbursement for medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of income and benefits from being off work
- Loss of future income and benefits due to recuperation, or disability
- Property damage as in the case of a car accident
If you have suffered non-economic damages as well, and while these are not actual monetary losses, these damages are still subjective. Non-economic damages can account for such things as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
Mississippi has a cap on non-economic damages of $1 million in compensation.
Finding the Right Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer for You
Choosing an attorney is like choosing a doctor. You don’t want to pull a name simply out of a hat or off the internet. A traumatic brain injury case is far from simple.
You need an experienced legal team to recover evidence, find and prove fault, build your case, and negotiate with the defendant’s attorney. You also want an attorney who is ready to go to court, should it be needed.
At Morris Bart when you hire an attorney, you get so much more. You get a qualified lawyer who has a whole team of associates, paralegals, and legal experts to help you win your case.
Who Should You Call for Legal Representation?
In Pascagoula or elsewhere in Mississippi, call the local offices of the attorneys at Morris Bart. We also serve Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas.
If you are the victim of a brain injury accident, do not wait. As soon as you are able, contact Morris Bart. We are ready to help you.
Questions?Call (228) 207-5266
to find a Morris Bart office near you.