Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries are one of the most serious types of injuries, regardless of whether it is an open or closed head injury. Open head injuries typically require immediate medical care, while closed head injuries can go undiagnosed and can turn into a traumatic brain injury (TBI)–which are more difficult to diagnose.

There are many detrimental consequences to any type of head injury, including:

  • Extensive rehabilitation
  • Loss of the ability to complete daily tasks
  • Impaired speech
  • Personality changes
  • Medical bills
  • Paralysis
  • Chronic pain
  • Home care
  • Fatigue, inability to focus or memory loss

If you or your loved one have been in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury, a Beaverton head injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Read our most commonly asked questions regarding traumatic brain injuries and contact us for a free consultation. There is no fee if we do not win your case.

  1. Because traumatic brain injuries are complicated to diagnose, how long do I have from the date of the incident to file a claim?

The complications of traumatic brain injuries does not affect the statute of limitations. Similar to other Portland personal injury accidents, you generally have two years since the date of the accident to file a claim against the negligent party.

We recommend that you consult a doctor immediately for a TBI (traumatic brain injury) assessment following your injury. Even if you think you do not have a traumatic brain injury, it is better to trust your health to a professional rather than rely on gut instincts. Lack of medical examination can result in further injury and potential loss of compensation on your traumatic brain injury claim.

  1. How do lawyers calculate pain and suffering for traumatic brain injury victims?

Unfortunately, there is no scientific way to calculate pain and suffering. At Galm Law, we ask juries, “How much do you think its worth for this victim to suffer from this injury year after year?”

In addition to pain and suffering, there are there are economic damages that one suffers through.  For example, if someone must be hired to care for a car accident victim, an expert can testify to the amount it will cost to pay for the victim’s continued care. If the victim is unable to work and requires around-the-clock care, the economics associated with their lost wages and need for continued care can be a huge factor in determining a settlement or verdict number.

Comparative negligence can also affect how much compensation a victim receives. If a victim is partially at fault for his or her injuries—be it not wearing a bicycle helmet in a bicycle accident or not wearing a seatbelt in a Beaverton car accident—then juries can find victims partially at fault through comparative negligence. A Portland personal injury attorney can walk victims and their families through factors associated with determining settlement amounts.

  1. Are there any major considerations for minors with traumatic brain injuries?

From a legal standpoint, minors don’t receive any major considerations. However, traumatic brain injuries can have more adverse effects on minors since their brains are still developing.

  1. What are some examples of head injury cases you’ve had before?

Due to Portland being a bike-friendly city, many traumatic brain injury cases are due to bicycle accidents. Under Oregon bicycle laws, bicycle riders are not required to wear a helmet. The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, which Paul Galm is a proud member, advocates strongly for helmets as they could prevent major head injuries. Aside from Portland bike accidents, we have also dealt with head injury and traumatic brain injury cases caused by:

Paul Galm is an experienced Beaverton personal injury attorney who can assist you with your traumatic brain injury claim. With specific knowledge of head injury cases and vast resources, he will do whatever is necessary to ensure that you and your family receive full and fair compensation.

Call today or fill out a form online to schedule an appointment for a free consultation (503) 641-6000. Our office is located near Washington Square Mall in Beaverton, Oregon 15 minutes from downtown Portland.

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