More than 500,000 people experience some form of traumatic brain injury every year, and that’s just in Canada alone. Of these people, a significant number die as a direct result of their injuries and all of them require emergency as well as continuing medical care. The financial toll extracted by a brain injury can be significant, and financial compensation is necessary in the vast majority of cases. For this reason, hiring a brain injury lawyer Toronto is an absolute necessity for most anyone involved in a brain injury-related incident.
The first course of action that an injured person should take in the wake of a brain injury-related incident is to seek emergency medical attention. This is absolutely necessary in order to address immediate medical concerns, and to minimize the damage caused by the injury. But it is just as important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the incident. By hiring a competent brain injury lawyer as soon as possible, the injured person and/or his family sets in motion a sequence of legal events that will hopefully result in proper compensation for the victim.
Many cases of brain injury result from the negligence or the direct/indirect action of another party. Unfortunately, people or organizations responsible for the brain injury of an individual are not always readily willing to admit culpability. In some cases, they will offer only minimal compensation. In others, they may refuse to provide any form of assistance–financial or otherwise–at all. For people that have suffered a brain injury therefore, hiring the services of a qualified brain injury lawyer is the best hope of getting some type of compensation.
Even if the person or organization responsible for the incident is willing to provide some financial assistance–or is offering an out-of-court settlement–it is still necessary to hire a brain injury lawyer. In many cases, people responsible for an injury to another person will be eager to nip a claim in the bud, and offer a certain amount of compensation as soon as possible in order to forestall any further–and more costly–legal proceedings.
However, the compensation offered in most such cases will be much lower than that which the injured person rightfully deserves, and will probably be insufficient for the extent of the injuries and lasting physical and mental trauma endured by the victim. It would therefore be in the injured person’s best interests to reject this type of ‘informal’ settlement–or any similar overture–and to instead hire a competent brain injury lawyer and seek his counsel.
Of course, no amount of monetary compensation will ever be enough to compensate an injured person for the extent of the injuries–both physical and mental–that he has suffered, not to mention the long-term trauma, and the drastically reduced quality of life resulting from the incident. Nevertheless, the compensation that can be obtained with the help of a qualified brain injury lawyer can at least ease the financial burden on the injured, and hopefully bring about a much sooner return to a normal life.