Albuquerque and Mesa Brain Injury Lawyer

Wood Injury Law, PLLC advocates for victims of traumatic brain injuries.

Brain Injury Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona

Traumatic brain injuries are life-changing. They can cause permanent disability that might impact your ability to work and your relationship with your family and loved ones. Suppose someone else’s negligence caused your traumatic brain injury. In that case, you could be eligible to collect compensation to replace lost wages, pay for medical bills, and ensure you continue to receive the medical treatment you need.

The at-fault party’s insurance company might contact you immediately following the injury to try to get you to take a settlement offer. Before agreeing to anything, consult with a brain injury lawyer. You could be eligible for more compensation than what’s being offered, so it’s important to get legal help.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

Your symptoms will depend on the severity of the brain injury. Possible symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Short attention span
  • Memory problems
  • Paralysis
  • Weakness
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Problems swallowing
  • Vision, hearing, and taste changes
  • Trouble speaking
  • Difficulty understanding speech
  • Impaired ability to dress, bathe, eat, and more
  • Trouble making and keeping friendships
  • Low motivation

This is far from an all-inclusive list. Contact us today to discuss your symptoms with our brain injury lawyer.

Steps Involved In Brain Injury Claims

Your brain injury lawyer will take a series of steps to build your case and file the claim. First, your attorney must establish who was at fault. If you were injured at work, your employer might be legally responsible. On the other hand, if you were hurt due to a motor vehicle accident, the other driver might be at fault.

Next, your lawyer must determine who will pay the claim. This is often the other party’s insurance company. It could also be your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company.

Then your lawyer must calculate the amount of money you’ve lost to date. This can include your medical bills and lost wages, as well as any other money you’ve lost as a result of the brain injury.

After calculating your current losses, your lawyer will analyze the long-term impact of your injury. For example, if you need long-term medical care, your lawyer will speak to medical experts to determine how much that will cost you during your lifetime.

Next, your lawyer will calculate your non-economic losses and file a claim. Then the attorney can negotiate for a settlement or take the case to trial if needed.

Long-Term Impact Of Brain Injuries

Unfortunately, brain injuries often have long-term effects that can impact you for the rest of your life. Thus, your brain injury lawyer will consider that when calculating the damages. Depending on the severity of your injury, you might suffer from long-term physical impairments, such as trouble speaking, swallowing, and even moving. You could also experience a lifetime of social and behavioral problems due to the injury. While filing a claim cannot reverse the long-term impact of these injuries, it can help you get the medical treatment and support you need.
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Statute Of Limitations For Brain Injury Cases

You must file your brain injury claim before the statute of limitations expires. Otherwise, you won’t be eligible for compensation through a settlement or court judgment. The statute of limitations depends on where you’re filing the case. If you are making a claim in Arizona, you must file it within two years of the injury. However, you have one extra year if you reside in New Mexico. Then you must file it within three years of the injury. It’s wise to begin your claim well before the deadline. Then your attorney will have ample time to gather and review the evidence and negotiate with the other party. Additionally, the evidence is fresh and readily available right after the injury, but it could diminish as the years pass.

How Much Is Your Case Worth?

A brain injury victim can often collect economic and non-economic damages. Additionally, the claims include money for long-term medical expenses the injured party will incur throughout the person’s lifetime. This can include at-home care if needed. Because there are so many factors to consider, consult with a brain injury lawyer before trying to settle your claim. Your lawyer will review the evidence and then value your claim. The attorney might be able to settle the claim with the insurance agency out of court. However, your lawyer will prepare for court if the insurance company doesn’t agree to a reasonable settlement.

Practice Areas

- Car Accidents -

A car accident can be both physically and financially devastating. On the one hand, you might be dealing with severe, life-altering injuries. Then you could also be suffering from the financial ramification of expensive medical bills and lost wages. When you combine the two, you likely feel as if you’ve lost all power and control.

- Motorcycle Accidents -

While riding motorcycles is a lot of fun in New Mexico and Arizona, accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, motorcycles provide little protection so that you can experience traumatic brain injuries, severe fractures, and other injuries. Sadly, it often takes a long time and lots of money to heal from the injuries.

- DUI Accident -

Numerous lawyers represent people charged with drunk driving, but our firm focuses on the victims. While drunk drivers often survive accidents, they leave their victims with devastating, sometimes fatal, injuries. Law enforcement will likely charge the driver with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver could…

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