Brain Injury Lawyers | San Jose
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The cost of medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury is staggering. Coupled with lost wages and pain and suffering, it begins to immediately affect not only the injured person, but their family as well. The purpose of personal injury law is to ensure that people who have been injured by others are fairly compensated. While money cannot make up for the devastating effects of a traumatic brain injury, it can help ease the financial burdens caused.
At Alexander Law Group, LLP, our San Jose attorneys work with experts specializing in traumatic brain injury. Our team consists of investigators, neuropsychologists, life care planners, automobile accident reconstructionists and economists who are the absolute best in their fields. Like our attorneys and paralegals, our experts have years of experience with the many types and causes of traumatic brain injuries.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages/lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Home care (medical and general services)
- Pain and suffering
It takes an experienced attorney who is willing to hire the best experts to properly calculate your past, present and future medical bills, future wage losses, and loss of earning capacity.
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Alexander Law Group, LLP is a nationally recognized and award-winning personal injury law firm with offices in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. We are passionate about our clients and our community, and we have decades of experience handling traumatic brain injury cases. We are advocates for our clients, and we invite you to read what our clients have to say.
Our Record Of Success In Brain Injury Cases
Our track record of winning results speaks for itself. Here are cases we have won for our clients:
- $10.1 million | This judgment for 12-year-old Rasheed Hilson was entered after 15 days of trial before Judge Leslie Nichols in Santa Clara County Superior Court after the defendant’s insurance company, Amica Mutual Insurance, refused to pay its $50,000 policy to put to rest this youngster’s severe injury claims, including brain damage, hemiplegia and multiple fractures. Rasheed left Morrill Middle School on Cropley Avenue, San Jose, and raced down the driveway, intent on catching a bus. A typical 12-year-old, he thoughtlessly ran into the street and into the path of a car traveling at 35 mph, according to the driver. The San Jose Police Department concluded the speed limit was 35 mph because the crash occurred at 4:30 pm and the school had closed at 2:30 pm. We proved the Morrill Middle School was in operation at 4:30 pm and the speed limit was 25 mph. Rasheed suffered profoundly severe injuries, which are permanent and will require lifelong care. The total award was $30 million reduced by 65 percent for Rasheed’s negligence in running into the street.
- $8.1 million | $8.1 million federal court jury verdict, after rejecting a $4.5 million settlement offer. Douglas Byer a straight A teenager was brain damaged in a collision when his family’s car was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer operated by Market Transport, a Safeway vendor. Safeco insurance offered $4.5 million saying “If you want more, take it away from us.” The lawsuit was venued in the federal court where a unanimous jury is required, unlike California Superior Court trial where 9 of 12 jurors can reach a verdict. The memory of this trial is daunting because I did not sleep for two weeks before and during the trial. Turning down $4.5 million to swing for the fence with a unanimous jury is a major challenge. What I do is serious for the people I represent and I only get one chance to do this right. Doing what is right is always foremost in my mind. Not sleeping before and during trial is not uncommon, but in this case two weeks after the verdict I would awake in the middle of the night fearful that I had lost. That’s the life of a trial lawyer in a nutshell. The official verdict was $7.2 million for Douglas and $900,000 for Douglas’s parents’ emotional distress.
- $2.75 million | In Singh v. National Real Estate, 2-year-old Ciera Singh suffered a brain injury when she and her father crossed a dark street and they were struck by an oncoming vehicle operated by a real estate salesman working for a franchisee of a national real estate firm. The franchisor routinely avoided liability in similar cases throughout the United States, claiming that it was not responsible for its franchisee’s torts, that it had no control over day-to-day operations and merely provided a trademark, logo and national advertising program. Fourteen expert witnesses and completed discovery of an additional 29 parties, witnesses and defense experts, for a total of 43 pretrial depositions paved the way for this challenging recovery against the franchisor.
- $4.25 million | On the eve of trial for a 5-year-old child who suffered severe brain injury as a result of being exposed to methanol fumes and arsenide dust while in utero. Extremely difficult case to prove exposure and dose sufficient to cause birth defects. Plaintiff’s mother worked for a company that received numerous citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2000 and discovery established that company health officials did all they could to conduct workplace testing to minimize reported exposures. Company officials operated such a dirty facility that it was necessary to dismantle it and ship it to China because of the inability to operate in Alameda County. Surprisingly in 2003 during the dismantling, the company was cited again for not protecting workers from exposure to arsenide dust found in the dismantling of the cafeteria ventilation system. A condition of settlement was that the company would not be revealed with regard to this settlement. American International Group paid the recovery, except as the court will approve. For details, please see Dangerous Chemicals at Work Caused Birth Defects.
- $1.9 million | In Barger v. Morrison Homes, plaintiff, an employee of a framing contractor, suffered a closed head injury when he fell from the second story of a single-family home after the frame structure was struck by his employer’s forklift. The general contractor was sued for failing to take special precautions to prevent such an injury and settled prior to trial with a waiver of the worker’s comp lien of $158,877.
- $1.8 million | A woman was exposed to toxic solvents at work while she was pregnant, which resulted in brain damage to her child. The defendant was a subsidiary of a nationally recognized chemical manufacturer. The settlement was conditioned on not revealing the name of the defendant wrongdoer who failed to warn purchasers and users of the suspected hazards of its product.
- $1.75 million | Whitely and Cox v. the State of California, a personal injury action for closed head injuries against the California Highway Patrol arising from a late-night pursuit of an escapee from the California Youth Authority who was driving a stolen vehicle. Depositions of 21 witnesses were taken in this case. The central liability issue, which was strongly disputed, was whether the CHP had activated its siren to warn the general public that it was an emergency vehicle. The fleeing escapee violated a red light and collided with plaintiffs, causing multiple fractures and brain injuries. At the time of the settlement, two years post-injury, both plaintiffs were preparing to return to work.
- $1.2 million | Wrongful death of a 35-year-old construction foreman employed by the city of San Jose who was installing curbing in a residential neighborhood when he was struck by the defendant’s car, causing amputation of both legs and injuries to his brain and spinal cord. Another sad result due to the wrongdoer having insufficient insurance coverage and a strong lesson why everyone should always purchase the highest amount of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage available to them.
- $1 million | A $1 million recovery for Nicole Freeburn represents only partial compensation for a brain injury to a 16-year-old who was thrown from a utility vehicle in a rollover. The SUV carried five teenagers, but had seat belts for only four passengers. The owner and driver carried primary policy limits of $100,000/$300,000 and a $1 million excess policy was shared with another injured passenger. This case illustrates the need for everyone, especially parents of teenagers, to purchase and keep in force excess uninsured/underinsured coverage on their own vehicles. A family excess liability and underinsured insurance rider providing coverage in excess of $1 million would have been extremely valuable in this case.
- $1 million | Kurt Clifford v. S. S. Jeremiah O’Brien settled at the beginning of trial for a 51-year-old computer technology executive who fainted due to orthostatic hypotension while climbing onto a hatch cover on a WWII Liberty Ship. He had been invited onboard with his family and approximately 600 other guests for a day-long fundraising cruise. The ship provided only 100 chairs and guests were expected to climb onto hatch covers for “seats” during the cruise. Mr. Clifford climbed upon the forward hatch cover shown in this helicopter photo taken of a similar cruise, fainted and fell backward onto a steel deck, struck his head and suffered severe closed head brain injury. The ship called as an expert the captain of an identical Liberty Ship moored on the East Coast. Aerial photos were ordered of the East Coast vessel while underway with 700 passengers. None were allowed to climb onto the hatch covers. The defense expert was forced to admit that it was unsafe for visitors to climb onto hatch covers and that all visitors were required to keep their feet on the deck. The ship’s insurer paid the full amount of its coverage the morning trial began.
- $750,000 | A woman suffered a closed head injury and suspected brain damage as a result of plaintiff rear-ending a tractor-trailer. She was cited by the CHP for not keeping her vehicle a safe distance. We proved that the truck abruptly turned into her lane of travel, lessening the claim of comparative fault.
- $500,000 | Cement truck rollover. Robert Domenichini was ordered to deliver cement to a road construction site in San Francisco. Steel plates had been installed in the road that morning to provide a transition from the concrete surface of an intersecting street to the excavated dirt road being poured by Esquivel Grading and Paving, a subcontractor of Trinet Construction. As Mr. Domenichini backed up, the steel plates gave way and shifted under his cement truck, causing it to roll. The negligent contractors claimed the rollover was the driver’s entire fault for driving close to the edge of the plates as confirmed by post-crash photos and that the driver failed to wear a seat belt. Final settlement after jury selection in San Francisco Superior Court in November 2008. The recovery in this difficult liability case was not comparable to the brain injury suffered by this husband and father of two.
- $500,000 | A Californian visiting a Las Vegas casino left his table at a casino restaurant and was making his way to the men’s room. He next woke up and found himself on the way to the hospital with a brain injury caused by a casino employee slamming into swinging kitchen door that extended into the walkway allowing it to strike casino guests. The casino settled this defective design claim on the condition its name not be mentioned.
- $1,100,000 | Post-concussion syndrome by a delightful 64 year-old woman in a rear-end collision in Palo Alto. At the time Barbara Symons was working as a personal assistant 11 hours a week and supporting herself by managing rentals that were a part of her residence. Confirmed cognitive residuals with involving complex attention, headaches, memory and verbal retrieval.
*All cases are different and these figures do not represent a guarantee of outcome.
Read Our Articles on the Topic of Brain Injury
- How to Win a Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Oppose Motions for Defense Psychiatric Examinations | October 25, 2020
- Healing Sleep and Brain Injury Recovery | September 17, 2020
- Protective Helmets Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury: Horseback-Riding Injuries Prove the Case | July 17, 2019
- New Discoveries in Traumatic Brain Injury | December 18, 2018
- NeuroNode Technology May Provide New Hope to Traumatic Brain Injury Victims | April 11, 2018
- How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Damage Other Aspects of Your Health | February 8, 2018
- Major Symptom after Brain Injury: Sleep Disturbances | October 2, 2017
- Keeping Hope from Fading after a Traumatic Brain Injury | August 1, 2017
- How Much Is a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit Worth? | June 16, 2017
- Anti-Epileptic Drug Could Help Reduce Brain Injury Swelling | April 18, 2017
- Interested in Working in Brain Injury Services? Learn More Here… | March 22, 2017
- How Does California’s Brain Injury Association Help Families? | March 14, 2017
- Study: Improved Sleep Linked with Recovery from Brain Injury | March 10, 2017
- For Families: Dealing with Your Loved One’s Brain Injury Right after the Accident | December 13, 2016
- Brain Injury: What Is a Neuropsychological Assessment? | December 6, 2016
- Common Symptoms of Brain Injury | November 30, 2016
- What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury | September 22, 2016
- ‘Virtual Biopsy’ May Detect Brain Injury | December 1, 2010
- VMC Brain Injury Conference Announced | November 17, 2010
- $10 million Judgment for Brain Injury After Amica Mutual Insurance Refused to Settle for $50,000 Policy Limits | December 19, 2008
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery | May 29, 2004
- Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury Family Members Must Know | February 12, 2004
Years of Experience in California Brain Injury Law
At Alexander Law Group, LLP, we build strong cases so our clients can successfully rebuild their lives. Our experienced San Jose brain injury attorneys have the skills and experience to calculate and present your damages to assure that you receive the compensation you and your family deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
At Alexander Law Group, LLP:
- Consultations are always free and can be done whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. We have seen clients in their homes, their offices, hospitals and our office.
- We win only when you win. No matter the case, clients pay nothing until a recovery is made. The Alexander Law Group, LLP never charges a fee or costs unless you make a recovery.
- Voted Best Lawyers by San Jose Magazine
- Named to the Top 100 California Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association
- Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year for $10.1 million judgment for bad faith refusal to pay a policy of $50,000
- Rated 10/10 “Superb” by Avvo.com an independent review site, including five-star reviews from clients