Was Your Brain Injury Caused by Another’s Neglectful Action?


When another party causes an accident involving a fall or fast-moving vehicles, the possibility of a brain injury exists. If you suffered a brain injury as a result of the negligent actions of another person, you have the right to seek damages for your immediate and long-lasting health problems related to the injury. You should not have to pay your own medical bills or suffer financial hardship from being unable to work because of another party’s negligence.

The Charlotte brain injury attorneys at Sumwalt Anderson have extensive experience representing injured people over many decades. We know how difficult recovering from a brain injury after an accident can be. We will represent your interests with integrity and compassion, always fighting for the settlement amount that you deserve to receive. Call us today for a free consultation at (704) 377-3770.


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How Our Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help


Brain injuries can completely change your life. A TBI, or traumatic brain injury, could leave you unable to function normally. You may never return to the same quality of life you enjoyed before the accident. Medical care and other long-term needs could be very costly. To give you the best possible start on the next phase of your life after your injury, you should not jump at a low-ball settlement offered by an insurer.

Insurance companies rarely deliver a fair settlement to TBI accident victims without a battle. Our Charlotte car accident lawyers know that crashes resulting in brain injuries lead to tough negotiations. Insurers need to listen to your side of the story about the changes to your life. We can provide you the legal guidance you need to ensure that all of your interests are well represented.

Here are some of the ways our brain injury attorney will help you receive the fairest possible settlement. We will…

  • Take over negotiations for you, leaving you time to focus on your family.
  • Present the facts in the case to the insurance company to show why you deserve a large settlement.
  • Fight to ensure that you receive all the medical care you need, both now and in the future.
  • Estimate your future medical bills and the wages you will be unable to earn, allowing you to receive a settlement amount for these items.
  • Negotiate a settlement amount for any disability you will be facing going forward.
  • Gather evidence from the accident that shows you did nothing wrong and that the other party is fully responsible.
  • Be with you every step of the way throughout your case, including if it goes to trial.


After suffering a brain injury, you may be facing a frightening future. It can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You may wonder exactly how your life can ever be the same. We understand these feelings. Our TBI lawyers have represented numerous clients after brain injury accidents. You can count on us to treat you with the compassion you deserve.

Our team functions more like a family than as a group of coworkers. We carry our firm’s philosophy of always trying to pay it forward into our representation of our clients. We will represent you with compassion and integrity. Our thorough work allows you to focus on your healing.

Do not assume our compassionate care for victims carries over to the insurance company that is treating you unfairly, though. Our Charlotte brain injury lawyers are litigators at heart. Our attorneys are always prepared for whatever is occurring. We will fight for every penny you deserve in a settlement.

Common Questions for Our Brain Injury Lawyers

During our representation of those who suffer brain injuries in an accident, our Charlotte personal injury lawyer fields a few common questions, including the following.

  • What kind of compensation can I receive after a brain injury?

    Our brain injury attorney in Charlotte cannot guarantee you a certain amount of money in a settlement. The final settlement for you will depend on the facts in your individual case. The awards often range in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars Trust that we will fight as hard as we can to win you the largest settlement.

  • What are the most common accidents that cause brain injuries?

    Those involved in motor vehicle accidents as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian will have a chance of suffering a brain injury. The force of a car crash places significant stress on the head and neck area, often causing injuries to the brain. Falls from height, such as at a jobsite, may also lead to significant force on the head and neck areas. An assault to the head can lead to a brain injury.

  • Can the insurance company deny my brain injury claim?

    Some insurers may attempt to argue that your actions played a role in the accident. They then may try to use this information to reduce your settlement offer or to give you no settlement offer at all. Our Charlotte brain injury attorney will use the facts in the case to show what really happened. We then will fight to win the best possible settlement for you.

  • What happens if I cannot work after the accident because of my brain injuries?

    Struggling to return to work is a common issue after a car crash in which you suffered a brain injury. We will work to ensure the award from the insurance company compensates you for any wages you lost during your recovery. If you cannot work in the same job in the future because of the brain trauma, we will fight to help you receive money for these lost wages, too.

  • How long does it take to settle a TBI case?

    The settlement time required for a brain injury accident claim varies, depending on the facts in the case. A case in which the facts are clear may settle within a few months. If the facts are in dispute, or if the TBI case needs to go to trial, a settlement may require a few years. For those facing long-term health consequences after a TBI, the case may last longer than a few years.

Our firm’s desire to win the largest possible settlement for our clients energizes us every day. For a free case review, contact us at (704) 377-3770 as soon as possible.

Determining a Fair Brain Injury Settlement Award


No matter what kind of accident you suffered that led to your TBI, you have the ability to seek damages, as long as you can show another party caused the accident. Our Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer knows that motorcycle crashes can result in brain injuries, but so can bicycle crashes, car crashes, truck crashes, and collisions with pedestrians.

After a brain injury accident, some of the costs we will help you receive compensation for include the following.


After a brain injury accident, you likely will have high medical costs for emergency care. You almost certainly will have ongoing costs for treatment as well.

Whether you need surgery, home health care, a stay at a rehabilitation facility, physical therapy, prescription medications, healthcare equipment, or other items after the TBI accident, you can receive compensation for these costs.


Because TBIs often involve symptoms like short-term memory loss, disorientation, dizziness, and blurred vision, some accident victims will struggle to return to work for a few weeks. Some people may be out of work for months after the crash. Some may never be able to work again.

Our Charlotte brain injury lawyers will come up with an estimate of the wages you could not earn during your recovery. We will seek compensation for this amount from the insurer.


With a traumatic brain injury, you may have significant pain. TBIs often result in persistent severe headaches. The pain can leave you unable to earn a living or to even engage with family members and friends.

You deserve a financial settlement for your pain and suffering. We will request a settlement for the suffering you had immediately after the accident, as well as an estimate for your ongoing suffering.

Some TBI victims may experience changes in personality and mood, or they may receive a diagnosis of depression. Should you have a reduction in your quality of life, you can receive compensation for this. An inability to enjoy the activities you did before the accident would fit into this category, too.

We Can Help With Work-Related Brain Injuries

When your brain injury occurred while at work, you have the right in North Carolina to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. Our workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine whether you have a workers’ comp case.

A workers’ comp case for a brain injury works differently than a personal injury case involving a brain injury. When the case relates to your job, you are not able to seek damages for pain and suffering. You also do not have the ability to sue your employer, in most cases. A workers’ compensation settlement releases the employer from any liability in your case. The primary benefit you have in a workers’ compensation case is that you are able to begin receiving benefits almost immediately. In a personal injury lawsuit, you don’t receive benefits for your brain injury until after the resolution of the case.

Common Types of Brain Injuries at Work

Many different types of jobs could place an employee in danger of suffering a TBI or concussion. Some of the situations where someone could suffer a TBI at work that would lead to a workers’ comp claim include:

  • Tripping and falling over equipment
  • Falling from a height
  • Being struck by equipment or vehicles
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Malfunctioning tools
  • Using an improperly fitting helmet
  • Suffering a car accident
  • Slipping and falling on a spill.

Regardless of how you suffered your brain injury while on the job, you have no guarantee of being awarded workers’ compensation. You have to follow the state’s regulations for filing. You also must prove that the source of your injuries related to your job. Some aspects of going through a workers’ comp case can be extremely confusing. Our team knows how these cases work, and we will give you the service you need to reach the most favorable outcome. Mark Sumwalt works regularly in workers’ compensation law, having served clients for more than four decades.

Client Testimonial

” I was a UPS driver for 17 years who got hurt on the job and I need a lawyer because of the extent of my injury. So I got in touch with one !!! Well, long story short I didn’t have confidence in them to get me what I needed !!! So a friend from work recommended Mr. Anderson and his team and WOW is all I can say!! It was GOOD to meet such an awesome staff !!! Plus Rick Anderson is a well-educated lawyer who you would want on your Side!!! Many thanks and gratitude to the Sumwalt Anderson Law Firm!!!!! Now I can start a New chapter in my LIFE !!!!!🙏” – Daniel Brown (Google Review)

Attorney Richard Anderson

Richard “Rick” Anderson is a native Charlottean. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1993. Rick focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, medical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury cases. You will find Rick to be an honest and dedicated advocate ready to fight for his clients. When he accepts your case, Rick makes a personal commitment to you and uses his 27 years of knowledge and experience to advance your lawsuit to achieve a successful outcome. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    Challenges in Settling Brain Injury Cases Quickly


    Even if you receive what doctors call a “minor” concussion, you still may have significant long-term health issues. A concussion can leave you with ongoing pain and a loss of memory.

    Unfortunately, doctors often struggle to fully diagnose the severity of brain injuries in a short amount of time. It can take many weeks or months to run enough tests to determine exactly what is happening.


    Our Charlotte brain injury lawyer will rarely recommend that settling a case involving a brain injury within a few weeks of the accident. Although it may be tempting to accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company, this likely is not in your best interest.

    Doctors need to have a full diagnosis of your TBI before they know the future you are facing. If you settle too early and doctors discover additional injuries later, you cannot request more money.

    Count on us to work as hard as we can to help you win the settlement you deserve. We will work fast, but we will not sacrifice your financial award to finish things quickly. Call us for a free case review today at (704) 377-3770.