Closed Head & Brain Injuries

Head & Brain Injuries

How Do I Know if I Have a Closed Head Injury?

Although a closed head injury is considered a serious medical issue, it is often hard to diagnose. Closed head injuries can cause subtle to severe damages, including frequent blackouts, personality changes, seizures, and even death.

At The Law Office of Vern D. Richards, we understand how closed head injuries can change lives forever. We are committed to representing clients who have experienced closed head injuries, concussions and other brain injuries.

How Closed Head Injuries Change Lives

Closed head and brain injuries usually occur as the result of a non-penetrative blow to the head. They can be caused by any number of accidents, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents

A closed head injury causes brain swelling, increasing the pressure within the skull, which causes damage to the brain. The signs of a closed head brain injury may not be outwardly recognizable. Some potential signs of a closed head injury are:

  • Changes in personality
  • Unexplained blackouts
  • Lower degree of cognitive functioning
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss

These and many other symptoms of a closed brain injury may become evident immediately following an accident, or they may develop over time. If you suspect a loved one has suffered a closed head injury, seek medical help immediately. After that, your next step should be contacting an experienced personal injury attorney.

How We Can Help

At The Law Office of Vern D. Richards, we treat closed head traumas as serious injuries. When we handle a brain injury case, we frequently consult neurological experts, economic experts and vocational rehabilitation counselors to offer their expertise regarding a case. In order to craft the most compelling defense possible, we take into account every aspect of a client’s claim.

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Back & Soft Tissue Injury

 Soft Tissue Injury

A back, soft tissue, or spinal cord injury can be a difficult thing to deal with. You know you’re hurt and that you need compensation, but you may have trouble proving it to an insurance company or other organization. You need the help of a lawyer who can take your side and force them to give you what you deserve.

Texas Soft Tissue & Back Injuries

Our attorney has helped thousands of people with personal injury battles in Frisco, Dallas, and the surrounding areas of Texas. He can meet with you in a free initial consultation, and if you have a case, he will never charge you a single attorney’s fee until you get a settlement or verdict.

We help people who have suffered back, soft tissue, and spinal cord injuries in all kinds of accidents, including:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall / Premises Liability
  • Animal / Dog Bites

An injury must not be a tragic one to justify a personal injury case. Injuries can involve anything from chronic back pain, whiplash, or sprains to debilitating spinal cord injuries involving herniated discs and spinal impingement. If an injury cost you money, time and/or pain, you should get compensation.

What Must You Prove in a Personal Injury Case?

 Soft Tissue Injury

Unfortunately, it is not enough to know that you deserve compensation after an injury — with the help of an attorney, you must prove several things:

  • You must prove that another person or organization is at fault for an accident. For example, you must prove that another driver was negligent in their driving and caused an accident.
  • You must prove that there were damages. For example, you must show that your injury is real.
  • You must prove that the damages were caused solely by the actions of the guilty party. This is crucial. For example, if you were rear-ended and suffered a ruptured disc, you must show that it was the accident that caused the injury and not your own actions later in the same day.
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Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

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On our firm overview page, we talk about how our lawyer’s approach is different from than other personal injury lawyers. But you might be wondering, “Why I should hire a personal injury lawyer at all?” Isn’t my insurance company supposed to help me out?”

Well, insurance companies are contradictory by their nature: We pay them to help us in case of a tragedy, but insurance companies make more money when they give us as little help as possible. If they can get away with giving you nothing at all for your claim, well, that’s a lot of money they get to add to their bottom line.

In fact, insurance companies have entire systems designed to get you to agree to tiny, insufficient settlements and avoid personal injury litigation. This is how they make money, and they do it well. Insurance companies have powerful forces on their side:

Professional adjusters, who are carefully trained to find ways to deny your claims. Although they act nice, they exploit your trusting nature and your need to get money. Even if you don’t agree, they will use whatever you say against you later. A simple, self-deprecating comment like “eh, it’s not so bad, really” can be used as proof against you in personal injury litigation.

Attorneys on staff, who will use picky little legal points to “prove” that your claim is invalid. Say you hurt your leg badly in an auto accident, but thought you could tough it out. But after a day, you realize you can’t and go to the emergency room. In a lawsuit, an insurance company lawyer might say that you weren’t really hurt in the accident because you waited a day to see a doctor.

These people are paid whether you get helped or not – in fact, they are usually rewarded if they are good at denying insurance claims. Basically, it’s not insurance companies’ job to take care of you. It’s their job to make money off of you, and that means not giving you money.

Why do I need an attorney? Why can’t I handle this myself?

Hire a Personal Injury

The truth is, your legal issue is too important not to seek experienced legal counsel. There seems to be a stigma attached to hiring an attorney. Many people feel their issue is too trivial, too unimportant to hire a lawyer to handle it.

But look at it this way – A lawyer is just a professional you hire to handle legal issues, just like you’d hire an accountant to do your taxes, or a realtor to sell your home. Attorneys are familiar with the ins and outs of law. They understand how legal processes work.

How is a Personal Injury Attorney Different?

Personal injury attorneys are on no one’s side but yours. Good PI lawyers aim to make you whole again so that you can recover from your severe injury and get on with your life. Even the most unscrupulous lawyers have a clear incentive to get you as much money as possible.

Personal injury attorneys who work on contingent fees are only paid when you get a settlement or verdict. Then they get a percentage of the money. The more you get, the more they get.

But they must be able to stand up to the insurance company’s adjusters and trial lawyers. These are formidable foes, and you need an attorney who can combat them, blow for blow.

Personal injury litigation attorney Vern Richards has experience with more than 2000 personal injury lawsuits. He has fought and won against countless insurance companies. He not only will fight for as much money as you truly need – he will also give you the care and attention you deserve.

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