Here at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman in Portland, OR, we provide legal services for the victims of accidents that were not their own fault. We have had many years of successful experience with pursuing cases of serious injuries like those to the head and brain. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after an accident.
The incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the U.S. is one occurring every 20 seconds in every 24 hour period. Brain injuries are occasionally only mild, but never a desirable injury. Surprisingly, some of the commonest kinds of accidents cause the worst sorts of traumatic brain injuries. These can lead to serious brain damage and result in long-term disability and sometimes early death.
Brain Injury Overview | Attorney, Jonathan Friedman
If you or a loved one is in need of a skilled and experienced brain injury attorney in Portland, OR, call the Law Offices of Jon Friedman for your free, confidential assessment (503) 242-1440
Brain injuries are often hidden injuries, and they’re difficult cases to bring because it’s not like you’ve broken your arm and I can slap an x-ray into an x-ray projector and show a jury your broken arm. Closed head injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injury, they all mean the same thing. They are difficult to treat. Sometimes just the passage of time is the only form of treatment.And really sometimes in a “mild traumatic brain injury” there’s nothing mild about it. It can be completely life altering. It can cause you to have issues with concentration, have difficulty in remembering virtually everything. You can do strange things. You can put your groceries in the dresser and your checkbook in the fridge.
The way a brain injury is typically proven is through people who knew you before and after the wreck that gave rise to this injury. One would look to your work history, your educational background, maybe even GPA’s and transcripts from various schools that you’ve attended. To make a brain injury case is difficult as a consequence of the fact that it’s not sometimes apparent.
And sometimes very high-functioning people, really smart people, if you’ve met them today for the first time and they’ve sustained a brain injury, you might not know it at all, because they’re able to compensate for the shortcomings and injury by virtue of accommodations they make. And the fact that they were smarter or more capable would be a better way of saying it, better organized, better able to execute their normal daily living activities before they got into a wreck which wouldn’t necessarily be discernible to you.
Brain injury cases are difficult in the sense that proving something that’s kind of an invisible injury makes them a harder case than some others to prove.
The cause of brain injuries
They may be caused by:
- medical errors
- motor vehicle accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- something heavy falling on the head from a height
- simple slip and falls anywhere
- assault with a sharp or heavy weapon on the head
Brain injuries might be caused by negligence
Brain injuries are routinely caused by accidents due to the negligent or careless behavior of another person. This could occur on our highways where motorists are not paying attention to the road rules including: speeding restrictions, running a red light, and driving carelessly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Employer negligence is often a cause of workplace accidents; for example, a slippery substance spilled on a workshop floor has not been removed by the time workers start making their way through the area to go home. A slip and fall could cause a serious brain injury if the head is not protected in time. The employer may have been fully aware of the hazard, but did nothing about it. In this situation, a victim who sustained a brain injury has every right to put in a damages claim from the employer.
The financial burden of a brain injury
The expenses accumulated as a result of a brain injury can be very high. Initial medical requirements may amount to tens of thousands of dollars every day following the injury, and long periods in hospital for rehabilitation are certainly not unusual. If the brain injury is very severe the victim could be disabled for the rest of their life. This not only means adding up the cost of additional care requirements but also the emotional deprivation that has occurred as a result of the brain injury.
The drastic reduction in the quality of life for all concerned can be life changing and ruin the enjoyment of life for both the victim and family members.
Finding someone at fault for a brain injury
Loss of earning potential is only the start when it comes to the true effect of a brain injury. Houses and apartments might need adaptations so that they can be more easily occupied by someone with a brain injury. In spite of the clear costs of financing a brain injury victim, it is not always that easy to win appropriate compensation for this type of long term damage. Unfortunately, guilty parties are rarely willing to admit guilt and they are even less willing to pay any cash compensation to a victim of their negligence.
Often, the cause and the fault in any type of accident can be hard to prove and those people who are really responsible for the accident will try and ensure they are not found guilty.
What can a Portland Brain injury victim do?
Taking on the services of a brain injury attorney is the only guarantee that the victim of a brain injury will finally receive a financial settlement that is their legal right. Personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to establish who was really at fault when it comes to a brain injury. They accumulate and compile the necessary evidence so that they can convince all those concerned that their client has a just cause for a compensation payment. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, then contact an attorney quickly as there are deadlines that have to be met or the claim will be deemed invalid.
If you or a loved one is in need of a skilled and experienced brain injury attorney in the Portland area, please contact the Law Offices of Jon Friedman now at (503) 242-1440 for your free, confidential assessment.