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Brain Injuries Utah
Traumatic brain injuries Utah accident victims suffer are as perplexing as they are devastating. Injuries may be immediately apparent or they may be hidden deep within the brain, coming out sporadically as searing headaches or as continuing problems with memory loss, difficulty concentrating, even personality changes.
The most common causes of skull fractures and concussions are:
- Car accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Bike-car collisions,
- Boating accidents,
- From physical trauma or blows to the head, or
- Slip and fall accidents.
But traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by oxygen deprivation which can occur from near-drowning accidents, childbirth difficulties, from medication errors or surgical errors, or as a result of other types of medical malpractice.
If you or your loved one has suffered a serious head injury because of the negligent or reckless actions of another, you have a right to receive compensation for your injuries. We’re here to help.
At the Salt Lake City law office of Rasmussen & Miner, our personal injury lawyers have been helping injured people achieve financial recovery for more than 20 years. Our track record of results demonstrates our commitment to meeting our clients’ goals in negotiations and in court. To schedule a free initial consultation, call toll free: 1-800-585-6726.
Why You Need an Experienced Legal Advocate
There are two important elements to achieving the full value of your injury claim. The first is understanding the scope of the injuries and the likelihood that the injury will lead to permanent disability. The second is understanding what the injured person will need to live life as independently as possible.
These are very difficult to determine with brain injuries. That’s why the attorneys at Rasmussen & Miner work with some of the most highly credentialed physicians from leading universities in the region. Our medical experts undertake a thorough review of the medical evidence and then assist us in explaining complicated medical facts to a jury or insurance company.
What to Do if You are Injured on Someone Else’s Property
As mentioned above, slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of brain injuries in Utah. These injuries can happen anywhere. Sometimes, they are simply accidents with no real traceable cause. But defective staircases and sidewalks, falling objects, wet or sticky floors, a lack of security, or improper restraint of an animal are, most often, a case of premises liability.
What you do in the days, weeks, and even months after such an incident can determine whether or not you receive fair compensation for any injuries you may have sustained. The following steps will guide you, regardless of whether the incident occurred at another person’s home, a government establishment, a public place, or a business.
- File a Report
If you are personally injured while on a homeowner’s property, or if the incident involved an attack, you should file a police report. If, however, you were injured while at a store, government establishment, or place of business, you should speak with the manager or a member of security and request an incident report. Fill it out, to the best of your abilities, and always request a copy before leaving the premises. This is an important, but often forgotten piece of evidence by many people injured in premises liability cases.
- Gather Evidence
The sooner you can gather evidence, the better. If you are not critically injured, do so before leaving the premises; this gives you the best chance of finding everything as it was when the incident happened. Evidence can include photographs of factors that may have contributed to the incident, photos of your injuries, statements from witnesses, and shoes or clothing worn at the time of the incident. Do not clean, wash, or alter any of these items in any way.
- Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not feel as though your injuries warrant medical attention, you should visit a healthcare facility to be examined. Sometimes, the extent of our injuries are difficult to immediately detect, and without proper medical advice, you will be unable to discern the extent or long-term consequences of your injuries. This is especially true with brain injuries in Utah premises liability accidents.
- Preserve Medical Records and Expenses
To help determine what fair compensation for your injuries may be, you will need to retain any medical records and expenses. You will also want to keep track of any lost wages, property damage, or out-of-pocket expenses for medication or medical equipment needed while healing from your injury.
- Hire an Attorney
After an injury, victims are often approached by an insurance company or attorney about their injuries. Do not be fooled: these people do not have your best interest in mind; they are there to minimize damage for the store, homeowner, government agency, or another establishment. They may ask questions, and they will almost certainly ask you to sign something. Before you concede to their requests, hire a skilled premises liability attorney to ensure you have someone looking out for your rights and interests.
At Rasmussen & Miner, we understand that this is not just a court case, this is your life. We are dedicated to protecting your rights to financial recovery in accident and medical malpractice cases. Call our office to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our accident attorneys who have extensive experience in cases involving brain injuries in Utah.