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?
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. Our Salmonella legal team recently obtained a multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of a family whose 5-year-old son suffered from a massive brain abscess caused by a Salmonella Heidelberg bacterial meningitis infection after eating Foster Farms chicken.
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.
Read about 4 TBI head injury lawsuit settlements.
What are TBI Symptoms?
Symptoms 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
- 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.
Lawyers Win Multiple Multi-Million-Dollar Settlements
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.”