A brain injury can be a very traumatic event because it can dramatically alter someone’s quality of life, earning potential, and even lifespan. So, it’s no surprise that there is usually more of an effort put forth to determine how it occurred and who might be responsible. Because, more often than not, there is someone else responsible, even somewhat remotely. This is why the attorney that is almost always the most appropriate to seek out for brain injuries is a personal injury attorney.
Personal injury attorneys know where to look and whom to investigate when trying to determine who is at fault. In just about every personal injury matter that results in a brain injury, there will likely be someone who’s action or inaction directly or indirectly caused the injury. Keep in mind that this is a more nuanced and expansive question than it might first appear. Consider that brain injuries can be caused by numerous events including medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, and even trespassing.
It is because of this that personal injury attorneys are uniquely qualified to handle all of these different types of torts, together or individually which makes them the best choice in brain injury litigation. Even a seemingly straightforward car accident can have numerous people or entities ultimately liable for the brain injury that results. For example, if the driver of the other car was legally drunk at the time of the accident and just came from a bar, it is possible that the bar may be partly responsible because it served the driver when he was obviously intoxicated. Or, perhaps the car of the injured person had just been in for service and the mechanic failed to tighten a bolt on an axle causing the wheel to blow out on the interstate. In both scenarios, the actions of the third parties directly resulted in the brain injury.
In personal injury cases, brain injury or not, there is rarely just one person who is responsible. So, going back to the previous example, while the bar may be responsible for serving the inebriated driver when he was obviously intoxicated, the inebriated driver is equally at fault for deciding to get behind the wheel. In the case of the driver who’s wheel came off due to a mechanic’s failure to tighten the bolt, it is very possible that the bolt at issue was defective when it came from the manufacturer or the car builder identified that this bolt could become stripped and unusable yet failed to issue a recall or notify repair shops of the problem.
A qualified and experienced personal injury attorney will be able to pull apart these threads and track down all of the various parties who might have some form of liability for the injury. It is particularly important, given the high potential of significant loss of earnings and pain and suffering, to have a qualified personal injury attorney on the case. This attorney can track down every possible liable party to ensure that the victim can be made whole, to the extent that is possible, by those who did him or her wrong.