Posted on: 14 August 2018
Were you recently in an accident in which you suffered a brain injury? Traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious types of injuries you can suffer in an accident because the symptoms can last for such a long time. Broken bones and sore muscles can mend. However, the effects of a brain injury can last for years, or even for life. You may be suffering from fatigue, memory loss, the inability to sleep, or even the loss of cognitive functions.
If someone else is responsible for your injury, you may be considering a lawsuit. After all, you could have significant expenses related to your injury. One of the most challenging parts of a brain injury lawsuit is calculating the compensation amount. It's hard to predict how long your injury may last. Here are a few expenses to consider as you develop a compensation claim:
Medical expenses. The most obvious costs that you'll want to recover are medical costs. You may have copays, deductibles, and more related to your injury for doctor visits and hospital stays. Be sure to keep all those statements, as well as receipts for any prescriptions you had to purchase.
However, it's also possible that you may need ongoing assistance. Perhaps your brain injury has left you unable to perform certain day-to-day functions. Maybe you had to spend a period of time on bed rest and needed help from family or even an in-home aide. Be sure to account for their time and expense as part of your compensation claim.
Lost wages. Did you have to miss work due to your injury? If so, you can recover any lost wages as part of your lawsuit. Brain injuries can often have a lifelong impact on wages, though. If you have a job that requires special skills or problem-solving ability, it's possible that your brain injury has limited your ability to perform. You may not be able to return to your old career. If so, you may be able to pursue compensation for your future lost wages as well. Your attorney can help you put an estimate on this figure.
Suffering. All serious injuries come with some level of suffering, but brain injuries can have a corrosive impact on nearly every aspect of your life. They can make you more irritable, which can strain your relationship with your spouse or family. You may not be able to sleep. You may exhibit confusing behavior or have trouble following a conversation. That could limit your ability to socialize with friends. It's hard to put a dollar figure on these types of symptoms, but it can be done. Again, your attorney can help you with this process.
Ready to pursue your brain injury lawsuit? The first step is finding an experienced brain injury lawyer who understands your symptoms and your needs. Talk to an attorney in your area today.Share