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Choosing a TBI Attorney
Here at Morgenstern & Herd we handle traumatic brain injury case, and when you’re selecting a traumatic brain injury lawyer, you want to make sure that you have a lawyer who has handled that type of case before. The reason for that is that traumatic brain injuries are very specialized. Sometimes, when a client sustains a head injury, they don’t always get sent to the right kind of doctors for evaluation, so the appropriate traumatic brain injury lawyers talk to their clients. Talk to their clients about what they’re feeling, how they’re progressing. You had a concussion. Did that resolve? What kind of symptoms are you still feeling? Are you having trouble focusing? Are you able to read again? In your job, when you’re sitting in front of the computer, do you get dizzy? What’s going on in your life? How are you doing?
There are certain symptoms that your lawyer, if your doctors don’t realize them, should recognize. It may require the lawyer to talk to family members to see how you’re doing, but you want a lawyer who’s aware of that who can make sure that you get to the right providers, and if you have a primary care physician, for example, who has sent your loved one or you to a provider who’s just drumming up bills but you’re loved one or you are not getting better, that the lawyer steps in and gets you sent to somebody else who will get you cognitive therapy, neuropsychiatric evaluation. The kinds of providers who will not only evaluate your damagers but make sure that we get you the best care so that we can have as many components of the traumatic brain injury as possible resolve to get you back without sequelae to your normal state of good health. It is so important to choose the right traumatic brain injury attorney.
Cost of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case
Here at Morgenstern & Herd, we handle traumatic brain injury cases. One of the questions that comes up repeatedly with our clients is how much it is going to cost to litigate my traumatic brain injury case. In traumatic brain injuries, we have specialized areas, so we need certain kinds of experts to make sure that the – if we need to, we can have a neurologist, a neuropsychologist, depending on the extent of the brain injury, explain those damages to a jury, so they do cost more. Even when you have treating physicians who are on your health insurance, the medical bills may be covered by health insurance, and that will reduce the repayment of those bills, but in order to take the specialist, neurologist, neuropsychologist, out of their practice and into the courtroom or into a deposition to establish your damages, we have to pay them hourly for their time.
Neurologists and neuropsychologists charge anywhere from $400 per hour for preparation and deposition, upwards of $1000 an hour, so it depends on your particular case. If on the liability side you’ve got a car accident, we need an accident reconstructionist. We may need engineers as well to establish the causal link between the incident and your traumatic brain injury. Yes, they cost more, but, under the bar rules, we’re able to front the expenses for those things. If we don’t make a recovery against the at-fault party, we don’t get the money that we paid to the experts back.
We write it off, and that’s why we take a contingency fee, and the contingency fees, as laid out by Florida law, are the extent that they are, between 33.3% and 40%. We would like to be able to tell you we’ve never lost any cases ever in our lives, but that’s just not true, so we have written off hundreds of thousands of dollars in cases where the jury didn’t agree with us. It’s fortunately not a frequent event, but ever trial lawyer has lost a case or they’re not a trial lawyer. At Morgenstern & Herd, we’ll do the best to minimize the expense in your traumatic brain injury case.
What You Should Know About a TBI Case
Here at Morgenstern & Herd, we handle traumatic brain injury claims. The most important thing for injured victims and family members to know is that traumatic brain injury cases are specialized, specialized area of medicine, specialized are of the law. They require special experts, special treating physicians, to evaluate your client. All of those things mean that sometimes a traumatic brain injury can go undetected so you want a lawyer who’s handled those kinds of claims before. There are certain kinds of diagnostic studies that need to be done, scans that must be performed because they can be missed on general MRIs of the brain that are done. You want a lawyer that’s aware of those areas in medicine, that’s aware of the symptoms and the signs so that your claim, or your loved one’s claim isn’t compromised in any way, shape, or form. Find a lawyer who’s handled traumatic brain injuries and knows how to deal with the specialized areas of damages, recovery, and litigation.
Did you or a loved one experience a serious injury to the head in Florida and have questions about traumatic brain injuries? Start your TBI claim before it’s too late! Contact experienced Tampa Bay Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Morgenstern & Herd today for a free legal consultation and case evaluation.
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