Halifax-based Lawyers Supporting You Through Your Brain Injury Claim
Serious injuries to the head are precisely that – serious injuries. The brain and nervous system are the control center that keeps our bodies moving and functioning as they should; any injury to this delicate system can cause catastrophic effects throughout the body. The aftermath caused by a brain injury can be overwhelming, so we work to provide a stable support system and legal expertise to brain injury victims so that they may recover the compensation they deserve.
A brain injury can create many challenges for a person and their family. The victim could experience symptoms like dizziness, headaches, or problems sleeping. Their short or long-term memory can be affected, or they could have mood swings and other emotional changes. Having to worry about your legal claim should not be another stressor for you and your loved ones; let us carry some of the weight while you focus on recovery, not medical expenses or legal fees.
What makes our firm unique is that we work with an in-house medical doctor who consults on all brain injury files. This makes our process faster and more accurate and makes sure your brain injury claim is well supported with thorough and detailed medical evidence.
Our firm not only wants to maximize your claim but also to maximize your recovery. We will work to have our clients benefit from a full range of rehabilitative services and compile the appropriate medical evidence to obtain the best result possible for you and your family. We treat our clients like family and make your recovery a top priority. Contact NOVA Injury Law today for your no-risk free consultation.
How Do I Know if I’m Suffering From a Brain Injury?
Brain injuries can range from a concussion to severe traumatic brain injuries, each requiring a different level of medical expertise in order to treat.
Due to the sensitivity of the nervous system as a whole and the variation seen in different types of brain injuries, no two brain injury victims will have the same prognosis, needs for treatment and rehabilitation, and lasting effects on their lives. Sometimes symptoms of a brain injury don’t emerge until weeks or months after the accident, while other symptoms will be noticeable right away. Some people will completely recover, while others will be left to deal with ongoing lifestyle adjustments as a result of their injury; in really severe cases, brain injury victims may succumb to their injuries and die. One symptom of brain injuries sometimes presents even in mild brain injuries, referred to as post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), which means that a victim may not remember the details of an accident or even their own lives leading up to it – especially if they lost consciousness during their injury.
It’s because of these wide-ranging effects and needs that we are not a large, one plan fits all injuries type of law firm. Each client and case is unique and deserving of its own personalized road to recovery.
How Will My Brain Injury Affect My Loved Ones?
The effects of brain injuries are also felt by the loved ones of the victim. Caregivers may notice that the brain injury victim now needs more assistance with planning and completing tasks, exhibits more volatile emotion or frustration, or has trouble speaking in a clear or logical manner. These changes in quality of life can be just as impactful as more physical symptoms, leading many traumatic brain injury sufferers to also suffer from depression. No two cases or injuries are the same; that’s why we offer individualized support for every client.
At NOVA Injury Law, our firm is dedicated to advancing claims for brain injuries that are caused in a variety of ways, from accidents to medical negligence. If you have been involved in an accident and believe that you may have suffered a brain injury or concussion, it is extremely important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What Kinds of Accidents Might Cause a Brain Injury?
When people think of brain injuries and how they occur, many tend to think solely of a severe motor vehicle accident or of injuries sustained during high-contact sports. However, brain injuries are diverse in their level of severity or source. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect any person of any age and can occur during even what may seem like a minor incident. NOVA Injury Law has experience with all aspects of Personal Injury Law, including brain injuries, and is prepared to evaluate your case at no cost to you.
Any time you strike your head, or any time your brain is shaken, stopped abruptly while in motion, deprived of oxygen, or compressed due to the presence of blood inside the skull, you are at serious risk for a brain injury. When a person’s head strikes a surface or object during an accident, such as a steering wheel or the pavement, in a fall, that collision can cause a traumatic brain injury.
Even if a person’s head does not collide with anything during an accident, perhaps prevented by a seat belt or a helmet in a bicycle injury, the force of a sudden stop in movement can still be enough to cause a brain injury. When the body stops moving suddenly, the brain inside its fluid-filled cavity in the skull continues to move, eventually striking the inside of the skull and causing damage. Even if your seat belt prevented you from hitting your head, you should still be evaluated by a medical professional if you have been in an accident.
Another source of injury to the brain can be a lack of oxygen. This can occur during a medical procedure or during complications sometimes experienced at birth. These types of injuries are often associated with other conditions, and it may take time to fully realize the scope of damage caused by brain hypoxia (reduced oxygen to the brain) or anoxia (complete lack of oxygen to the brain).
While not an exhaustive list, it is possible to obtain a brain injury from any of the following sources:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Exposure to Faulty or Harmful Products
- And More
Do I Need to Be Evaluated if I’m Not in Pain Following an Accident?
If you are involved in any kind of accident, it is important that you either seek emergency medical care right away or a follow-up with your primary doctor. Too often do we see a victim with a serious injury whose conditions worsen due to a lack of prompt medical attention.
Because an accident or dangerous situation causes adrenaline to course through the body, an injured victim might not recognize the severity of their injuries until after that adrenaline wears off. Additionally, due to the nature of some brain injuries like concussions, their symptoms might not reveal themselves until some time has passed. That is why most types of injury claims have a 1-2 year window of opportunity to file.
While you shouldn’t wait until the end of that window, giving yourself a little time to assess the extent of the impact your injuries have had on your life might help you build a more thorough and accurate case. If you have questions about whether or not your injury could constitute a personal injury claim, contact a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer once your medical needs have been addressed.
Should I Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer for My Claim?
Brain injury claims, especially if they are a result of medical malpractice, can be lengthy, complex, and incredibly difficult to prove without legal representation or substantial medical evidence. Hiring a professional from a personal injury law firm will help ensure that your case is treated with the utmost care and filed in a timely manner and will help you access resources to compete with insurance companies not available to most individuals. Retaining a lawyer may also help secure additional support for the injured person, such as long-term disability. However, not every claim requires a lawyer.
To actually add value to your claim, a lawyer must be able to increase your total take-home amount after all fees are paid to greater than you would have settled for independently. This means that if you would have been able to win $5,000 on your own, a reputable law firm would want to make sure that your take-home amount is greater than that, even after all of your fees are paid.
A good brain injury lawyer will make potential clients aware of this and be honest if they do not think they will actually add any value to their personal injury claim. If you are not sure if you require the representation provided by a lawyer for your personal injury case, call our office for a free initial consultation.
Are the Personal Injury Lawyers of NOVA Injury Law the Right Fit for My Case?
Aside from the free case review, the no-obligation consultation, and contingency fee agreement available for many types of claims, NOVA Injury Law is a proudly Nova Scotian law firm that offers something that other Atlantic Canadian firms do not – we are the only Halifax injury lawyers with a doctor on the team.
Dr. Laura Mitchell is a practicing emergency room physician with special training in occupational medicine. Working directly with a knowledgeable medical professional allows the brain injury lawyers at NOVA Injury Law to properly support brain injury claims with the most complete, accurate, and convincing medical evidence that is gathered by a reputable consulting expert.
We understand how devastating it can be for you or a loved one to suffer a brain injury, whether during an accident or as the result of medical malpractice. Traumatic brain injuries are serious conditions that can dramatically impact one’s ability to move, speak, work, and perform daily tasks without assistance. This can be devastating, both for the brain injury victim and their loved ones.
If you or one of your loved ones has been the victim of an accident or medical malpractice causing injury, contact the brain injury lawyers today at NOVA Injury Law. For more information or to set up an initial consultation, you can reach us by calling 1-800-262-8104. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to support you and your loved ones via email, text, Facebook messenger, and more.