After the Accident – You Need to Hire a Head Injury Lawyer


Head Injuries and the Need for a Lawyer

Head injuries can have a dramatic effect on an individual, sometimes bringing a lifetime of health problems. A personal injury lawyer with experience in litigating head injury claims is necessary to get the appropriate financial damages.

The first step after an injury is, of course, to get medical assistance. Brain injuries can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s memory, speech and ability to function. A surgeon can recognize those symptoms – most of the time. However, the complexity of the brain sometimes means that some damage is not physically apparent, or can manifest itself after a period of time.

The nature of brain damage can also make it much harder to heal than fractures or other types of injury.

The most prevalent cause of brain injury is car accidents but head injuries are also significant in other vehicular mishaps, most notably with bicycles. There are also slip and falls, blows to the head as a result of violence, and – now being recognized more and more – injuries to the head as a result of sports contact.


The Brain Injury Association of Canada estimates that Canadians suffer over 200,000 brain injuries annually – more than breast cancer, HIV Aids, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis combined. And Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) – ones with long term effects – happen to more than 50,000 Canadians a year. Inside the skull, the brain can bleed, swell and even shut down. Such conditions can also result in a Traumatic Brain Injury.


Time Limitations for Claims

In addition to seeking medical help, a victim of a head injury should consult a lawyer as soon as possible. Whether you are making a claim for compensation through the Ontario Insurance Act or through a negligence suit – or both – there are important deadlines that a lawyer must meet on your behalf.


Hiring – and Paying - Your Lawyer

Cost is often the first thought that comes to mind when considering a lawyer. The need to make a legal claim and have it shepherded through what could be a convoluted process could be a deterrent for some people – but it needn’t be.

Recognizing that claimants’ financial situations can vary and that many people simply cannot afford to pay a lawyer as a case progresses, lawyers often take on cases on a contingency basis. This means that your cost is a percentage of the settlement. You don’t pay the lawyer until an award is made. Hand in hand with this, some head injury lawyers will also underwrite the costs of the case as it progresses, so you are never forced into making a settlement prematurely for an amount that is less than what is warranted. 


If you have been in an accident that resulted in a head injury, you should consult with a head injuries lawyer. Inquiring with a lawyer is usually at no cost to you and it may get you the compensation you need.