After a car accident, victims suffer various types of injuries. One of the most devastating is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.4 million Americans suffer some kind of brain trauma each year. Treating a TBI can be extremely costly, and this injury may make it difficult for you to return to work for a significant period of time or may make it impossible for you to ever work again. If your accident results in a TBI or other brain injury, it’s important to understand your legal rights when filing a personal injury lawsuit and the compensation you may receive.
Compensation for a TBI
When the head of a driver or passenger hits the dashboard, steering wheel, or window or is struck by flying objects inside the vehicle, the sudden impact can result in a brain injury. This type of injury is often serious and can negatively impact your life and may cause a permanent disability. Additionally, recovery from a TBI can be costly. If you’re able to prove negligence on the part of the at-fault driver, you can obtain compensation for:
- Past and future medical costs. It’s possible that a TBI will require lifetime medical treatment and in-home help, and the surgery, rehabilitation, and follow-up care can exceed $1 million in a few short years.
- Lost wages now and in the future. If you’re out of work while recovering from a TBI, lost wages and any in the future may be compensated. Your attorney can help estimate the amount of any lost future income, benefits, raises, and bonuses that would have been yours had you not suffered the injury.
- Pain and suffering. The victim of a TBI often experiences significant mental suffering as well as physical pain. Your attorney will help assess and quantify your pain and suffering to be part of your compensation.
- Economic damages. Your travel costs to and from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and doctor appointments may be recoverable damages. Additionally, any alterations you need to make to your home or car may be compensable in a TBI personal injury case.
Other damages that may be recoverable include loss of consortium with your partner, as well as how the TBI has diminished your ability to enjoy life, join in social functions, and engage in your hobbies and other daily activities. Under Florida law, it’s possible for these to be compensated.
Contact the Browning Law Firm
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI due to a car accident with a negligent driver, your recovery could cost a significant amount of money, and you may be forced to stop working during your rehabilitation. You need an experienced Florida traumatic brain injury attorney who will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
You only have one chance at making a full recovery. You can’t go back and fight for additional compensation after a settlement is reached or a court verdict is issued. Contact the Browning Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation and to learn more about protecting your financial recovery.