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Our experience with lawsuits involving permanent, severe brain damage has helped us win numerous multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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How Much is a Brain Damage Lawsuit Worth?

Compensation obtained in a brain damage lawsuit can include amounts for physical pain, emotional suffering, disability, disfigurement, medical expenses, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, loss of quality of life, lost income, and other damages. To determine how much a case is worth, our lawyers look at several factors. You can contact our law firm and request a free consultation with one of our lawyers.

Our lead lawyers for these cases are Fred Pritzker, Eric Hageman and Brendan Flaherty. They have won millions for their clients, including over 60 multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts (amounts awarded after winning a trial). Recent recoveries include $10 million (explosion), $10 million (contaminated medical product), $7.5 million (E. coli poisoning), $5 million (boat accident), $5 million (18-wheeler crash), $3 million (Legionnaires’ disease), and many more. (Please note that we take the same care with every case, large or small, and that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

For additional information, read “4 TBI Head Injury Lawsuit Settlements.”

What if I Want Money from a Settlement?

You may be able to get money from a settlement without filing a lawsuit. When you hire a lawyer at our law firm, we immediately begin an independent investigation to gather enough information to begin negotiations, which generally start with a “demand letter.” This letter outlines your case and asks for a specific amount of money to compensate you and your family. If this demand is not met, the case continues, and our lawyers work hard to build a case they can win at trial. Most cases are settled before trial, sometimes not until the date the trial is set to begin.

Our lawyers do not settle cases without consulting their clients.  At every step, our clients are consulted. For example, the demand letter is not sent without the client reading and approving it first. This is the best and only way to practice personal injury law, and one of the reasons our law firm is successful. We have great clients.

How Do I Pay for a Lawsuit?

Our law firm is paid on a contingency basis, meaning we are only paid if you win. You will not have to pay any money up-front.

Because of past successes, we have the resources to win cases against large companies that have the money to try avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. Our law firm has taken on teams of corporate lawyers and won.

Can I File a Lawsuit for My Family Member Who is Severely Injured?

Fred Pritzker

Attorney Fred Pritzker has been winning cases for clients for over 30 years.

Yes, you can file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who is unable to do so because of severe, permanent brain damage. For example, if your husband is rear ended by a semi truck and that driver is at fault, our lawyers can help you sue the semitrailer driver, trucking company, and possible others on behalf of your husband. If your loved one contracted listeriosis or another deadly food infection, we can help you sue a food manufacturer, retailer (e.g., Costco or Walmart) or restaurant (read more about product liability claims below). There are many situations where the brain damage was caused by the negligence of a business that, in many cases, could have prevented the harm.

The lawsuit would seek compensation for medical expenses, cost of care, lost income and pain and suffering, which often includes amounts for disability and loss of quality of life. Our law firm has won millions for our clients

You may also have a claim for compensation. For example, if you are the spouse, you may be able to sue for loss of consortium, meaning you can no longer have a normal husband-and-wife relationship. If you have a claim, the lawsuit would be filed with you named as the person filing on behalf of your loved one and on your own behalf.

What if My Child is Injured?

You have the right to sue on behalf of your child if there is evidence to support the claim. We recently obtained a $7.5 million verdict for a 10-year-old in this way. The money goes into a trust for the benefit of the child.

Our lawyers have handled many cases like this and will help your child get compensation.

Can I Sue a Bus or Trucking Company in Addition to the At-Fault Driver?

Semi-Truck Accident Inspection

Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman inspect a semi-truck after an accident.

Yes, you can sue a bus or trucking company if there is evidence that a driver in the company’s employment or otherwise driving for the company was at fault for the crash.

Our law firm has handled many, many cases like this, where a crash caused traumatic brain injury (TBI).

One of our clients had part of his skull crushed. He suffered permanent, severe brain damage and lost an eye. He and his wife are such lovely people, and it is tragic that the negligence of a commercial driver changed their lives. The millions of dollars Fred won for them in a settlement could not bring back what was lost, but it has helped them handle the reality of their lives with dignity.

What about a Company Whose Product Causes Brain Damage?

When a product causes brain damage, the companies that made, distributed and sold that product may be legally responsible for the harm.

Our law firm is one of the few in the United States that helps people poisoned by food. Some of our clients have suffered severe brain damage. For example, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella can cause meningitis, an infection of the meninges (lining) of the brain. We have handled a number of these cases.

E coli

This is a low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Just 10 cells of this dangerous bacteria can cause severe injury.

Many of our clients are children. We have handled cases where a product marketed to children and their parents caused brain damage. Parents purchase these products trusting that they have been adequately tested and are safe, and then the unimaginable happens. We believe companies should be held accountable for selling dangerous products.

Our lawyers also represent people harmed by medical products.

Can an Explosion and/or Fire Cause Permanent Brain Damage?

An explosion, fire and smoke inhalation can cause oxygen deprivation. When the brain does not get enough oxygen, there can be permanent damage, and in some cases, death. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman recently won $10 million for a man who was injured in an explosion.

What if a Bicycle or Motorcycle Helmet Did Not Provide the Expected Protection?

Bicycle and motorcycle helmets are supposed to help prevent brain injuries. If your loved one suffered a TBI and you think the helmet was defective, contact us and talk with one of our lawyers. You may have a product liability claim against the maker of the helmet, in addition to a claim against the at-fault driver.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Car Accident Lawyer Eric Hageman

Lawyer Eric Hageman inspects a car after an accident. In 2014, Eric won over $16 million for his clients. Contact Eric for a free consultation.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden physical damage to the brain. The damage may be caused by the head forcefully hitting an object such as the dashboard of a car (closed head injury) or by something passing through the skull and piercing the brain, as in a gunshot wound (penetrating head injury). Shaking or a sudden impact that jars the head, for example a car accident, can also cause traumatic brain injuries. The major causes of head trauma are motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, violent crimes, and child abuse.

In 1986 the Brain Injury Association of America adopted the following definition of TBI that has since been enacted as a statutory definition for legal purposes by several states:

Traumatic brain injury is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature but caused by an external physical force, that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.

Read about 4 TBI head injury lawsuit settlements.

Your traumatic brain injury lawyer should have experience with a case just like yours.

What are TBI Symptoms?

Human BrainSymptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Some symptoms are evident immediately, while others do not surface until several days or weeks after the injury.

What is Mild TBI?

Clients have come to our lawyers for help after accidents not realizing how serious their injuries are.  Our lawyers know what medical specialists should be consulted and will guide you through the process.  Even mild brain injuries can cause significant harm. Below are the symptoms of mild TBI.  A person may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • A loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes.
  • A dazed feeling
  • A general sense of not feeling like oneself for several days or weeks after the initial injury
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • A change in sleep patterns
  • Behavioral or mood changes
  • Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

What is Medium to Severe TBI?

People who experience moderate to severe TBI can have any or all of the symptoms above and any of the following:

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the extremities
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

Small children may show some of these signs as well as signs specific to young children, such as persistent crying, inability to be consoled, and/or refusal to nurse or eat.

Brain injuries may cause permanent disability or death.  If you need legal representation, contact our law firm.

The physical, behavioral, or mental changes that may result from head trauma depend on the areas of the brain that are injured. Most injuries cause focal brain damage, damage confined to a small area of the brain. This focal damage is most often at the point where the head hits an object or where an object, such as a bullet, enters the brain.

In addition to focal damage, closed head injuries frequently cause diffuse brain injuries or damage to several other areas of the brain. The diffuse damage occurs when the impact of the injury causes the brain to move back and forth against the inside of the bony skull. The frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, the major speech and language areas, often receive the most damage in this way because they sit in pockets of the skull that allow more room for the brain to shift and sustain injury. Because these major speech and language areas often receive damage, communication difficulties frequently result from closed head injuries. Other problems may include voice, swallowing, walking, balance, and coordination difficulties, as well as changes in the ability to smell and in memory and cognitive (or thinking) skills.

How Do I Get Legal Help?

Our attorneys regularly speak at legal seminars on the art of representing brain injury survivors. You can talk to them for free about your case. Call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or click here now.

Additional Information

Our law firm has won cases against large companies doing business in multiple states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.