How to File a Claim For a Traumatic Brain Injury
You didn't do anything wrong. You deserve to be compensated for your injury
The financial impact of a traumatic brain injury can be staggering. Depending on its severity, a brain injury sustained by you or a loved one could cost your family thousands or even millions of dollars. This is especially true if the person who was injured had a sizable income and can no longer work to support your family.
Expenses associated with a brain injury can add up fast. Emergency medical treatment, brain surgery, physical therapy and long-term, around-the-clock nursing care are just some of the services people with severe brain injuries often need.
Spokane attorney Richard E. Lewis can help you apply for the compensation you deserve for your TBI in Washington state. He understands how the legal system works and he has the case results to prove it. Simply contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation today.
"How do I file a brain injury claim?"
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may need to file a claim with different companies to receive the money you deserve. An insurance company may be the one responsible for compensating you. Or you may need to deal with the United States Social Security Administration.
Whatever the circumstances, we can help. Simply follow our step-by-step suggestions. And make sure you contact our law firm as soon as possible. Helping people who need our help drives us to work hard every single day.
- Seek medical treatment - Even if you feel fine, make sure you have a doctor or a medical professional examine you right away. Head injuries often have few symptoms. And if you don't get your TBI treated right away, you could experience long-term health problems as a result.
- Document your injury - The more information you have about your brain injury, the stronger your claim. Having a doctor diagnose you or a loved one with a brain injury can significantly improve your ability to obtain compensation. But don't stop there. Gather as much evidence as you can documenting your TBI. Take photographs. Keep a journal. Every piece of evidence matters.
- Contact your insurance company - If your brain injury was suffered in a car accident, contact your insurance company to notify them immediately. However, do not answer any of their questions. They may use the information you provide them to deny your claim. Instead, tell them to direct their questions to us. We know how to deal with insurance companies and protect your legal rights.
- Take immediate action - You normally have up to 3 years to take legal action after an accident, according to Washington's Statute of Limitations. However, the rules vary widely depending on what type of head injury you or your loved one sustained. And the longer you wait, the harder it often becomes to find the facts you need to build a strong legal case.
- File for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits - If you or a loved one has a permanent brain injury, the injured party may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Such benefits exist for people with a long-term disability who can no longer work or can only work in a limited capacity. Applying for SSD benefits can be complicated. But the benefits could be the lifeline your family needs to remain financially stable.
- File an appeal if necessary - The Social Security Administration (SSA) often denies SSD applications for benefits. You only have 60 days to appeal your denial. And even then, many appeals are denied. That's why it's important to contact our law firm and get the experienced legal advice you need.
- File a second appeal - If you first appeal is denied, you can appeal your SSD claim again. This time, an administrative law judge will hear your appeal. We can represent you in court and make sure you have a strong legal case.
- File a lawsuit if necessary - You may have other options for obtaining compensation besides applying for SSD benefits. And one of those options may be to file a personal injury lawsuit against whoever's responsible for your accident. Attorney Richard E. Lewis has years of experience taking such cases to court. Find out how he can help you.
- We can help - From filing lawsuits on your behalf, to negotiating with insurance companies and filling out forms, our law firm can help you every step of the way. We understand the importance of such cases and we truly want to help. Simply schedule a free case evaluation with us today. Your needs truly come first here.