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Any injury has the potential to result in long-term consequences, but few are quite as severe as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For most, life may never be the same. A TBI patient may be unable to care for loved ones or work, depending on the severity of the head trauma. In other situations, they may require medical treatment for the remainder of their life. With all the challenges that arise with a head injury, it is essential to retain an experienced attorney who truly understands such an injury.

If you suffered a TBI in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be able to seek compensation in a claim handled by our experienced Oakley traumatic brain injury lawyers. To learn more, call our law firm at (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice today.

The unfortunate reality is that the insurance company representing the at-fault party may take advantage of you and your vulnerable situation. Do not face the challenges of a TBI and the personal injury claims process on your own. From our law firm, our attorneys will listen to your story, provide answers to your questions, and help you understand your potential legal options for recovery. Contact our legal team today for a free consultation regarding your potential claim.

National Statistics on Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year. In 2014, TBI contributed to the deaths of approximately 56,800 individuals, including 2,529 deaths of minors. Approximately 288,000 hospitalizations involved the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and 23,000 of which involved children. These hospitalizations either consisted of a TBI in combination with other trauma or the brain injury alone.

Types of Medical Treatment for TBI Patients

A traumatic brain injury may lead to various types of needs, such as:

  • In-home medical assistance and care
  • Modifications to the home
  • Special equipment like assistive technology or wheelchairs
  • Speech therapy
  • Vocational rehabilitation

A successful verdict or settlement from a traumatic brain injury case cannot undo the trauma that has befallen a claimant. However, it can help them and their family pay for all of the things they need to continue their life with their TBI. To learn about the factors that may affect the value of a bodily injury claim for head trauma, watch the video below.

Types of Personal Injury Compensation for Head Trauma

Our Oakley brain injury lawyers work diligently on behalf of our clients and their families because we understand the long road to medical recovery. We have the experience to overcome the defense tactics insurance companies, and defense counsel use to downplay the value of traumatic brain injury claims. This helps our legal team obtain the justice and fair compensation our clients need to move forward with their lives. Depending on the nature of the head injury, the following may be recovered through a personal injury case:

  • Past and future medical expenses that are deemed reasonable and necessary for the treatment of a TBI
  • Lost wages for the time an employee has missed at work to recover from a TBI suffered in a catastrophic accident
  • Loss of future earning potential if the traumatic brain injury has resulted in permanent disability or limitations for the TBI patient
  • Loss of consortium for the damage a head injury has caused to a marital relationship
  • Pain and suffering the claimant has experienced because of the head trauma sustained in the catastrophic incident
When a Traumatic Brain Injury Results in Death

The unfortunate reality of a TBI is that it can result in deadly consequences for those affected. When head trauma leads to the wrongful death of a loved one caused by negligence, specific surviving family members may be entitled to seek financial compensation for economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • End of life medical bills
  • Costs of funeral and burial services
  • Loss of a loved one's care, companionship, and guidance
  • Loss of the decedent's benefits and financial contributions

No amount of money can undo the pain of losing a family member, as it is an irreplaceable loss. However, compensation can help provide survivors with the means they need to handle the immediate and long-term financial impacts of unexpectedly losing a close relative.

Importance of Working with an Attorney on a Traumatic Brain Injury Case

Successful traumatic brain injury claims require a great deal of experience, skill, and resources. That is why such cases require a TBI attorney to establish liability and calculate damages extending years into the future. When it comes to TBI claims, experience, and resources to properly establish negligence matters.

The calculation of lost wages and loss of future earning potential often requires an expert witness such as an economist to prove the difference between a claimant's projected earnings before and after the head trauma. Expert witness testimony from a medical professional may also be needed to prove wage loss and permanent disability. If the case is taken to trial, the Oakley brain injury attorney has to translate this information so that a jury can understand.

The same is true for the calculation of future medical expenses. A TBI patient may require ongoing medical treatment for the remainder of their lifetime. A lawyer with years of experience in handling complex traumatic brain injury cases will know how to determine these figures by consulting with life care planning experts. Having this information in hand will help the attorney persuade the insurance company representing the at-fault party to settle the brain injury claim or a jury to rule in the TBI patient's favor. If you suffered a TBI in an accident caused by negligence, contact our legal team today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our skilled attorneys.

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