Did you or a loved one recently suffer a traumatic brain injury? If the
answer is “yes,” you may not be familiar with what proper
steps to take. You may be emotionally overwhelmed with medical bills and
knowing that you are no longer able to work and earn a living.
However, if your injury was caused by the negligent and reckless actions
of another party, you may be entitled to financial compensation. It is
imperative to obtain legal representation from an experienced
personal injury lawyer immediately.
What are the Damages Available to Me in a Brain Injury Claim?
You must understand that there is no way to know how much your injury lawsuit
will be worth until a settlement has been reached or a judge declares
a final verdict. Nevertheless, you are able to figure out what types of
damages you may be entitled to and how much you may be eligible to obtain.
The value of your claim will be determined by how much the injury affects
your life. The damages included are either economic damages, which refers
to monetary losses as a result of the injury, and non-economic damages,
meaning aspects of the harm suffered (physical and emotional pain and
suffering). Due to the catastrophic circumstances of most brain injuries,
the victim may be entitled to past and present expenses based on how much
life has changed after the accident.
The following are the damages that may be included in your brain injury claim:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Constant, ongoing physical rehabilitation
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish and distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life or consortium
What If the Insurance Company Offers a Settlement? Should I Take It?
It is a fact that the majority of personal injury cases are settled without
court litigation. Spending months or years undergoing a hotly contested
legal battle can be emotionally draining and frustrating. However, that
does not mean that you should accept the initial settlement offered by
the at-fault party’s insurance provider because they are only looking
out for the best interest of their client - not you. The only person you
can trust is your attorney.
If you suffered a brain injury as a result of negligence by another party
contact our Louisville personal injury attorney at
Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC and request a free consultation today.