Brain Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury
As a member of the board of the Brain Injury Association of Maine, Attorney Peter Thompson understands the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties that survivors of severe brain injuries face during their long recovery. Peter Thompson & Associates fights on behalf of brain injury victims throughout the state.
When a person's head strikes an object, is violently shaken, or is pierced by an object, the brain can suffer major damage. Brain injuries can also occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen or exposed to toxins or electric shocks. People who suffer head injuries may be left with severe limitations in their ability to reason, feel sensations, communicate, and remember. They may be rendered incapable of moving parts of their body or regulating various bodily functions. Traumatic brain injuries can also lead to marked changes in behavior. At worst, they can lead to coma, life in a vegetative state, or death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. 52,000 of them die each year, and 275,000 are hospitalized. The people most likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury are very young children, teenagers between 15-19 years old, and adults who are over 65.
Common causes of brain injury in the U.S. include falls, sports-related incidents, assaults, and traffic accidents. If the victim's brain injury was caused by someone else's negligence--for example by the negligence of a property owner who did not eliminate a dangerous condition on his property, or did not provide adequate security for guests--the injured person may pursue compensation for all the harm suffered.
Unfortunately, treatment for brain injuries can be both expensive and lengthy. Even the tests required to diagnose a brain injury are costly, and subsequent treatments may include hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and extensive rehabilitation therapies. As a result, injured victims often seek compensation for their medical bills (both past and future), lost wages, diminution of their ability to earn a living, pain and suffering, loss of ability to enjoy life, and more.
Some of those expenses are hard to anticipate with precision, and some of the harm, such as pain and suffering, may be difficult to translate into monetary terms. Our firm uses the very best experts to determine the full extent of our clients' injuries and to assess the impact of those injuries on our clients' lives. Being able to demonstrate clearly how a brain injury will affect the rest of our clients' lives is key to success at trial. Moreover, we find that providing this type of detailed and comprehensive analysis to insurance companies usually leads to the case settling favorably for our client, without the stress and expense of trial.
If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury and would like to find out more about pursuing compensation, or if you are interested in filing a wrongful death claim related to a brain injury, please contact Peter Thompson & Associates right away. We offer a free consultation, don't get paid unless we obtain recovery for our clients, and represent injury victims throughout Maine.
For a free consultation, please call 800-804-2004 or fill out and submit our online form.Recent Example of a Brain Injury Case We Handled