Brain Injury FAQs
How Much Does It Cost to Meet with an Attorney?
Your consultation with an attorney at Proner & Proner is free. We don’t get paid unless we get money for our clients. We will pay expenses and get a percentage of the recovery at the end, consistent with local bar association rules.
What If My Injuries Don’t Show on an X-Ray or Cat Scan?
While an x-ray typically will show a fractured skull, a CAT scan is the standard test to assess the brain right after injury for evidence of trauma. Often, initial testing does not show any damage. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the patient may suffer from permanent brain injury. Cognitive testing done by a neurologist and neuropsychologist may reveal decreased memory function, decreased executive skills, or other functional impairments.
At Proner & Proner, we maintain that an accident victim is entitled to financial compensation for all brain injuries — from catastrophic to mild traumatic brain injury — to the extent that the claimant is not at fault for their accident. We can put together a team of trained physicians to assess and diagnose all brain injury and subsequent impairment. These talented practitioners can present these injuries for insurance carriers to offer fair settlement. We will also be prepared to show evidence of the impairment to a jury if the case is to go to trial. We are very experienced in handling closed head injury cases.
How Much Is My Brain Injury Case Worth?
Typically there are several issues that go toward the value of a case. The first issue is determining fault for the accident. Even though you may be partially at fault for the accident, you could still be entitled to compensation.
A second issue is the extent of initial damage and the permanency of your injuries. The degree of permanency of symptoms that cause suffering, anguish, depression, mood swings, sleep loss, or other impairments, along with any loss of earnings or work capacity, will affect the value of the case. Additionally, if someone loses the ability to pursue a hobby or skill, such as a head injury limiting someone’s ability to play guitar, the value of the case could also be affected.
Lastly, sometimes recovery is limited by the amount of insurance or assets which the individual or company that caused the injury has readily available to pay damages. The financial background of the party we are claiming form and how much insurance they purchased may affect the ultimate value of the personal injury claim.