How Much Will My Brain Injury Settlement Be?
- September 4, 2018
- Catastrophic Injuries
Every year in the United States, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) kill 50,000 people, and more than 282,000 are hospitalized. A serious brain injury can have a devastating impact on your life. Your life may be forever altered. If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, you could be awarded damages in a lawsuit. But how much can you get?
Proving what monetary damages you are entitled to is a complicated process. It is best handled by an experienced TBI attorney who understands the different sorts of damages and the complex methods that are used to determined what a brain injury settlement should be. Damages need to be proven in a specific way, especially with brain injuries that often cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Every case is different. Some TBI cases can involve five figures, while others can be six or even seven figures. Types of damages you could be awarded in a brain injury settlement case are:
- Medical expenses: Any medical expenses you have incurred in the past for your TBI should be compensated for, as well as any that will be needed in the future. These can be proven with receipts and invoices. Future medical costs should be estimated by a medical expert your attorney will call to testify.
- Past and future lost earnings: Any income that you lose because you cannot work due to the brain injury will likely be awarded to you. An economist or other financial expert will testify about how much money you lost and will lose in the future due to your brain injuries. Some brain injuries will completely prevent you from working in the future. The calculation for how much you will receive will vary based upon your education and job.
- Loss of consortium: Many people with brain injuries are no longer able to provide affection, companionship and love after the accident. Your spouse or partner can be compensated for this loss.
- Pain and suffering: This addresses the physical and/or mental and emotional pain of having a brain injury caused by someone’s negligence. One of the major factors that influences this amount is the number of medical bills you have. Also, the nature of your brain injury is very important. If the injury involves disfigurement or was to a sensitive area of your body, you could be awarded more for pain and suffering.
As a brain injury victim, it is important to know that the insurance company will want to settle with you for as little as possible. Insurance companies know that brain injury lawsuits can be very expensive. That is why you need to be represented by an experienced TBI attorney to aggressively represent you. Guajardo & Marks can help.
Talk to a Brain Injury Personal Injury Attorney Now
People who have suffered a brain injury in an accident could be facing a daunting recovery that costs millions of dollars. Some injured parties are permanently disabled and cannot earn a living. Have you had a brain injury in a car or other type of accident due to someone’s negligence? Talk to Guajardo & Marks today. Our Dallas personal injury attorneys can obtain compensation for your brain injuries, including pain and suffering, lost wages and medical costs. Contact us now for a complimentary consultation.