Boca Raton Brain Injury Lawyer
Acquired brain injuries (ABIs) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. But these brain injuries are by no means the only problem. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while usually not fatal, is almost impossible to live with. Extreme stress changes the brain’s chemical composition. These victims cannot react logically to everyday stressors. As a result, they suffer from symptoms like anger, hypervigilance, and depression. About half of car crash victims sustain this brain injury.
In contrast, the tenacious Boca Raton brain injury lawyers at Smith, Ball & Báez quickly get ahead of these problems. Our team connects victims with doctors who know how to diagnose and treat PTSD and other head injuries. As victims improve, we build solid cases that establish your claims and refute insurance company defenses. Then, when the case goes to court, we never stop fighting for you.
Why Should I Work with a Boca Raton Brain Injury Lawyer?
Overall, a victim with a Boca Raton brain injury lawyer gets about three times as much compensation as a victim without a lawyer. Victims need maximum compensation to pay the huge, lifelong medical bills usually associated with permanent conditions like PTSD. Furthermore, money helps these victims pick up the pieces and move on with their lives.
Fundamentally, however, a personal injury claim isn’t about financial compensation. That’s just a bonus. Fundamentally, a personal injury claim forces tortfeasors (negligent actors) to accept responsibility for the mistakes they make.
If Mike accidentally runs over his neighbor’s mailbox, he should replace the mailbox (pay compensation). If Mike accidentally runs over his neighbor, he should pay his neighbor’s economic and noneconomic losses (pay compensation). The compensation is much higher in the latter case, since a person is infinitely more valuable than a mailbox. Nevertheless, the basic concept is the same.
In a perfect world, people would readily accept responsibility for their mistakes, and lawyers wouldn’t have to get involved. But we don’t live in a perfect world.
Incidentally, personal injury claims don’t “blame” anyone for anything. Very few people intentionally run over mailboxes or cause car crashes or other personal injuries. Additionally, individual tortfeasors aren’t financially responsible for damages and other litigation expenses, at least in most cases. Usually, an insurance company covers all these costs.
What to Expect in a Brain Injury Claim
Once medical treatment is at least substantially complete, an attorney can determine a claim’s settlement value, and meaningful settlement negotiations begin.
A personal injury claim’s settlement value is like a used car’s asking price. Both figures serve as the starting point for financial negotiations.
If all liability and damage issues are crystal clear, an injury case might settle within a few weeks. But there are usually some issues in one or both of these areas. Therefore, early negotiations often stall, and an attorney must file legal paperwork to jumpstart these talks.
Almost immediately, insurance company lawyers, who care nothing about what’s right or fair, file procedural motions and try to convince a judge to throw the claim out of court. These efforts almost always fail, as long as the victim/plaintiff has some evidence to support the claims in the lawsuit.
The discovery phase usually comes next. During discovery, attorneys often obtain game-changing smoking gun evidence, like an email that conclusively proves the owner knew about a fall injury hazard and did nothing to address it.
With this evidence in place, an attorney usually gets a better deal during mediation. A professional mediator oversees settlement talks and ensures that both sides negotiate in good faith. This responsibility means they must honestly want to settle the case and they don’t simply go through the motions.
At first, civil mediation might seem like a waste of time. But professional mediators are so skilled that civil mediation has about a 90 percent success rate.
Count on a Savvy Palm Beach County Lawyer
Injury victims are entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced brain injury lawyer in Boca Raton, contact Smith, Ball, Baez & Prather, Florida Injury Lawyers. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.