A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating impacts. From medical expenses to long-term disability accommodations, the consequences of a TBI can reach to every aspect of a person’s life. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you have the right to pursue legal action to recover damages. Understanding the types of compensation available is essential to protect your financial future and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.
Recovering Damages for Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case
Immediately following a traumatic brain injury, there will likely be extensive and expensive medical interventions. Hospital bills, surgeries, and emergency care bills can quickly accumulate into overwhelming costs. Beyond the initial treatment, TBIs often require long-term care and rehabilitation. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy sessions may also be recommended as well as necessary to regain lost functions. Furthermore, there will be the cost of prescription medications and possibly the need for assistive devices like wheelchairs and other medical treatments. These expenses should all be included in any damage award you pursue following an accident that left you with a traumatic brain injury.
You may also need significant disability accommodations as brain injuries can lead to permanent disabilities necessitating modifications to a victim’s living and working environment. These accommodations can be costly but crucial to maintaining a decent quality of life. If you have sustained a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to recover compensation for expenses related to these disability accommodations. This may include the costs associated with:
- Installing ramps for wheelchair access
- Widening doorways to accommodate mobility aids
- Adapting vehicles for transportation
- Acquiring special communication tools for those who have lost their ability to speak or write
TBIs can also have a temporary or permanent impact on a person’s ability to work, leading to substantial financial losses. This means not only a loss of current income, but, in severe cases, a reduction in your future earning potential. You can recover compensation for lost wages if you have to take time off work to recover or receive treatment. If you are unable to return to your previous profession or have to settle for a lower-paying job due to your injuries, you have the right to secure a settlement for the loss of your future earnings. This is especially important because the financial impact of a TBI can persist for years or even a lifetime.
Pain and suffering damages are also compensable damages. This includes the pain and emotional suffering you have endured due to your injury. Chronic pain, mental anguish, depression, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life and more should all be included in your damage award. You must take care to document all of your damages as you will need substantial evidence to support your damages claim. TBI cases can involve significant damages and insurance companies are likely to fight you tooth and nail on paying them out. Be prepared to come right back at them.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury, know that you can count on the dedicated team at Cooper, Schall & Levy to tirelessly pursue the damages to which you are legally entitled. Contact us today.