Iowa City Brain Injury Lawyers
Counsel for Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
When you’ve been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the future ahead of you can feel shaky and concerning. How are you supposed to take care of yourself? More pressingly, how are you supposed to keep your finances stable while you are trying to recover and make sense of what your life will look like now?
One way to seek financial stability is through a brain injury lawsuit filed against the party that caused your TBI. Here in Iowa City, people trust Ball, Kirk & Holm with all of their complex and difficult personal injury cases. Why? We have been around since 1958 and, throughout all of those years, we have won numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and awards for our clients. With experience like ours, we think we should be your first choice for legal representation.
Call (319) 220-0416 to talk to an Iowa City TBI lawyer.
On This Page:
- What Is a TBI?
- How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?
- How Much Can You Sue for a TBI?
- How Do You Prove a Brain Injury?
- What Is the Average TBI Settlement Amount?
- How Long Does a Brain Injury Claim Take?
- Get The Help You Need Today
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that causes significant and/or permanent disruption of its typical functions. Some TBIs will cause minimal problems for the survivor while others are extremely dangerous and can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Mild to severe consequences/ symptoms of a TBI can include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Speech impediments
- Learning disabilities
- Anxiety and
- Deafness or blindness
- Loss of skeletomuscular control
- Semi-permanent comatose state
More often than not, traumatic brain injuries are caused by violent accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that TBIs caused by violent circumstances are one of the leading causes of permanent disabilities and preventable deaths in the country each year.
Accidents and incidents that can cause a TBI include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Medical malpractice
You can sue for a traumatic brain injury if the accident or mistake that happened was caused by someone else and it could have been avoided had they been more careful or reasonable with their actions and decisions. This is the core concept of liability laws and lawsuits, and it applies to even catastrophic injury cases like those involving TBIs.
What Are The Different Types of TBI?
Closed brain injury. Closed brain injuries happen when there is a nonpenetrating injury to the brain with no break in the skull. Closed brain injuries are usually caused by car accidents, falls, and increasingly, in sports.
Penetrating brain injury. Penetrating, or open head injuries happen when there is a break in the skull, such as when a bullet pierces the brain.
The value of your TBI claim is how much it is “worth” when you demand compensation from the party that caused the injury. The worse your brain injury and the more it has impacted your day-to-day life, the higher the value your claim will probably have. Our Iowa City brain injury attorneys can calculate the full value of your TBI case for you, so you don’t have to worry about the details.
Your case’s value will comprise of:
- Past and future medical costs
- Past and future income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
The best way to prove a brain injury stemming from an accident is through a variety of different types of medical tests. This can include anything from answering a series of medical-related questions, to taking several types of imaging tests (CT scans, MRIs, etc.) This medical evidence can help back up your claim for compensation. Another valuable method for proving a brain injury is through the use of professional witnesses (doctors, surgeons, therapists, etc.) in the courtroom. These witnesses can testify to the extent of your injuries and the impact they may have on the rest of your life.
Guessing the value of a TBI case is extremely difficult and often fruitless because every case is unique. The money that one TBI claimant gets for their case could be much more, much less, or nearly identical to the amount the next claimant sees through a settlement or verdict. What’s more important than guessing an “average” amount is that you work with a traumatic brain injury attorney in Iowa City who knows how to maximize the value of your claim based on all the factors that make it unique.
However, it is not unusual for a TBI case to have a significant overall value due to the severity and permanency of the injury. There is a good chance that your case could be worth upwards of six figures if your life has been completely shaken up by your brain injury and its consequences.
Similar to other personal injury lawsuits, brain injury lawsuits can take anywhere from 1-3 years (or more) to resolve. The majority of this time is spent gathering evidence, building your case, and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf. While this may seem like a long time to wait for compensation for your injuries, you do have options when it comes to getting your medical bills covered until you finally receive your settlement. If you are worried about making ends meet, you should speak with your injury attorney about your concerns. We're here to help!
Managing a personal injury case is rarely easy. Trying to deal with legal complications and a brain injury at the same time is almost unthinkable. Please let our Iowa City TBI attorneys help you if you need to file a case in Iowa City. We can manage all aspects of your case on your behalf, so you never need to worry about how your case is developing because you’ll have trusted professionals working on it for you.