Brain and head injury: Brain damage can be life changing — both for the injured person and for family and friends. As one family member said, “Our daughter is just not the same.” Every head trauma, whether it is caused by a car, truck or train collision or something as simple as slipping on ice, has the potential to result in serious and permanent brain damage. While traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can vary in severity, all need careful diagnosis. The symptoms are often subtle, and the standard x-ray or CT scan at the hospital may not show the injury. So, in many cases, people with mild to moderate brain damage are not even aware of their disability.
The injury, however, is no less real and requires immediate attention and therapy. While people with a head injury may make a complete recovery, many do not. Some clients had mild limitations and others had to start life all over after the accident. As a result the injured person may be unable to work or even care for herself and a guardian or family member may have to help with finances, daily activities, self-care, and life decisions.
Whenever we represent a client with a brain injury, we work hard to obtain a settlement or verdict which will cover all past and future losses. We work with many experts to calculate the life-long cost of serious brain damage, including:
- Lost Income: We work with forensic accountants, life care planners and economic experts to determine past wage loss, impairment of earning capability, lost benefits and opportunities, and future loss of income.
- Medical Care and Rehabilitation: We work with neuropsychologists, neurologists and other medical specialists to determine the extent and severity of the injury, and the cost of past and future health care, therapy and rehabilitation.
- Pain and Suffering: We also work with family members, friends, and co-workers to show the physical and emotional effects of a brain injury and the impact a brain injury can have on every aspect of life.
Improvement begins to plateau at six months after the injury. Therefore, time is of the essence. If you suspect that you or a loved may have suffered a brain or head injury, call us as soon as possible.