A traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Not only does it lead to physical and emotional trauma, but it can also have significant financial implications. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI in a car accident, you should understand how to assess the value of your case.
Consider these factors as you determine how much compensation you deserve.
Traumatic brain injuries typically require extensive medical intervention. Start by assessing your medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgery costs, rehabilitation expenses, medications and therapy costs. Factor in any ongoing or long-term treatment costs as well.
A TBI that keeps you out of work, especially if you face long-term disability issues, is significant. You can seek compensation for your lost wages and any effect on your future earnings as well.
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering may seem hard to quantify, but they are important to a brain injury case. The severity of the injury, emotional distress and effect on your quality of life all factor into this consideration. Think about how the injury alters your relationships and independence, too.
One in 60 people in the United States lives with a long-term disability as a result of a TBI. Consider how your injury affects your future, including ongoing care, adaptive equipment needs and any changes to your home or vehicle for your own safety.
Brain injury care adds up quickly, so take the time to consider your expenses and the effects of your injury extensively before you agree to any settlement. Advocate for fair compensation to address even the long-term complications you might experience.