Representing Victims of Brain Injuries in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) pose significant challenges for victims and their loved ones. Personality changes, sensory impairments, and loss of memory or just some of the many consequences someone living with a serious brain injury may face for the rest of their life. No matter the extent or severity of the symptoms, brain injury victims deserve justice when their conditions were caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing.
Our Chattanooga brain injury lawyers at The Hamilton Firm have obtained millions of dollars for victims and their families based in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. We strive to provide our clients with an exceptional level of personal attention and service, and our compassionate team will work aggressively to secure the maximum compensation you are owed under the law. That starts with acting quickly in our effort to meticulously investigate your situation and preserve important evidence. With nearly a century of combined experience, we understand how to build a strong, compelling case, and our respected legal professionals will be available to offer detail-oriented support every step of the way.
We exclusively operate on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay legal fees unless we win in court or obtain a settlement for you. Call (423) 454-3288 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation today.
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Brain injuries can occur in many ways, most commonly from motor vehicle collisions, physical assaults, falls, sports injuries, and other accidental traumas. When an accident results in a brain injury, it is often the result of a sudden jolt or blow to the head, which causes the brain to unnaturally move inside the skull and collide with its hard inner surfaces. This type of trauma can produce bruising and swelling of the brain as well as disruption of neural impulses responsible for proper functioning. Brain injuries can range from mild cases that may cause temporary cognitive impairment to severe cases that cause permanent damage and even death.
In many instances, brain injuries are preventable outcomes of accidents caused by another party. If a party owed you a legal duty of care and you suffered a brain injury because of their violation of that duty, they become liable for your injuries, and you have the right to sue. For example, a truck driver owes a duty of care to everyone else on the road, and they violate that duty when they drive while fatigued, drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise fail to follow the rules of the road.
You should not wait to get legal advice if you or someone you love suffered any level of brain injury because of the actions of another person or entity. Our Chattanooga brain injury attorneys can evaluate your circumstances and walk you through your rights and options.
Consequences of Brain Injuries
Injuries to the brain can result in long-term physical, cognitive, and emotional effects that may require lifelong medical attention or even a complete lifestyle change. Brain injury survivors also often face great financial hardship due to medical expenses as well as lost productivity related to their condition.
Short-term consequences of brain injuries may include:
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
Long-term impacts of injuries to the brain may include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Behavioral changes
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Cognitive problems
- Communication difficulties
- Mental health problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sensory issues
How Long Do I Have to File a Brain Injury Lawsuit?
The amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit will depend on where you sustained your brain injury, as state laws vary. If you were injured in a jackknife accident in Tennessee, for example, Tennessee’s laws apply.
In Tennessee, you have only one year from the date you suffered a brain injury to take legal action. In Georgia and Alabama, you have two years from the date you were injured to start the legal process.
Many brain injuries are not initially detectable after an inciting accident or incident. In these scenarios, discovery rules give you additional time from the date you discovered or should have reasonably discovered the brain injury and its cause. In Tennessee and Alabama, you get one year from the date of discovery to bring a claim, while in Tennessee, you get two years.
What Damages Can I Recover for Brain Injuries?
A personal injury lawsuit is meant to put you back in the financial position you were in before you sustained your brain injury. This means you can potentially secure compensation for both quantifiable expenses related to the injury (known as economic damages or compensatory damages) as well as money for other consequences resulting from your condition (referred to as non-economic damages). Our team at The Hamilton Firm can assess your case and help you understand what you can expect to recover.
Our Chattanooga brain injury lawyers will vigorously fight to get you full compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning potential
- Long-term impairment and disability
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Disruption to your life
If you or someone you love is suffering from the consequences of a brain injury caused by someone else, do not hesitate to explore your legal options with our knowledgeable, dedicated team. Call (423) 454-3288 or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help.
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