Traumatic brain injuries, commonly referred to as TBIs, are very common after car accidents, workplace accidents, and slip and falls. Despite the fact that by their very nature these injuries are classified as traumatic, many people still think they are only very minor. A recent study shows just how untrue that is.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The study tracked 15,000 Americans with head and brain injuries, from the most minor to the most severe. After tracking these individuals for 25 years, it was found that TBIs increase the risk of developing dementia later in life. The survey is very interesting, as it showcases just how serious TBIs are. It is just as important that accident victims know they can claim compensation for their losses when a TBI was caused by the negligence of another person.
Damages Available in TBI Cases
Accident victims can recover both economic and non-economic damages after suffering a TBI due to another person’s carelessness. Economic damages are concrete and have an actual value. Some of the most common include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Current and future loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damages
- Funeral and burial expenses, if the TBI is fatal
Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate, but are just as important to include in a claim. The most common non-economic damages in TBI claims are as follows:
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
Maximizing the Damages Available After a TBI
It is important to always work with a personal injury lawyer that will help you maximize the damages available in a TBI claim. An attorney will ensure you receive treatment from competent doctors, and will arrange for you to see specialists and other experts that can testify to the extent of your injuries.
Life care planners are also professionals that can be used to maximize the damages in your claim. A life care planner can testify about the medical costs you have incurred, any long-term care services you will require in the future, and whether you will need assistance accomplishing daily tasks. Financial and vocational experts can also testify as to the loss of earning potential you have suffered as a result of your TBI.
Our TBI Lawyers in Allentown Can Help You Recover Full Damages
If you have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another person, our Allentown personal injury lawyers at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin can help you recover the maximum damages you deserve. Call us today at (215) 977-4627 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.