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What Compensation Can Brain Injury Victims Recover?

By: Allan M. Siegel

While modern medicine has unlocked many mysteries of the human body, the mysteries of the human brain still remain elusive. Although research efforts have helped scientists explore the ways in which we think, learn, and remember – medical professionals still have difficulties in understanding the dynamics of the brain. This includes the difficulties in identifying, treating, and resolving issues that arise after traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

As the center of the human body's nervous system, the brain is a highly complex and fragile organ. Victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries during car accidents, slip and falls, and other sudden forms of trauma can suffer from debilitating symptoms that persist for weeks, months, years, or in some cases permanently. For victims and families who confront these unfortunate experiences, the repercussions of serious brain injuries can impact all aspects of their lives, including their physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

Compensation for Brain Injury Victims & Families

Brain injuries are among the most difficult for medical professionals to treat. They are also among the most expensive. From emergency care and diagnosis to specialized treatment and the costs of meeting daily needs, brain injury expenses can accumulate and increase exponentially. In some cases, financial strains are only surpassed by the emotional toll brain injuries can have on victims and their families.

Because each brain injury is unique and unpredictable in its consequences, it is difficult to put a value on a case without personally reviewing the particular situation and the needs of victims. To better understand how compensation works and what you may be entitled to recover from an at-fault party, consider the following:

  • Economic Damages – Brain injury victims can show the extent of their losses, in part, through the economic damages they incurred as a result of their accident and brain injury. These costs may vary depending on the unique circumstances and needs of a victim. Generally, economic damages can include medical expenses and projected costs of future medical care, lost work wages and lost future earnings caused by a diminished ability to work, and other necessary financial expenses. In order to establish these economic damages, our legal team works with a network of medical experts who can provide testimony as to the expected medical needs of a victim and any projected costs of these needs.
  • Non-Economic Damages - Non-economic damages are more intangible damages, meaning that they do not come with a fixed dollar amount. Additionally, they are difficult to equate into monetary sums. In every case, our team works to highlight the emotional damages brain injury victims suffer. Examples of non-economic damages may include a victim's pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent impairment, loss of quality or enjoyment of life, and the emotional injuries suffered by family members.

Like any other personal injury matter, brain injury cases are unique. This is why our lawyers make it a point to work personally with each of our clients and to assess their cases on an individual basis. Selected as “Preferred Attorneys” for the DC Metro area by the Brain Injury Association of America, our team understands the issues involved in these cases and how to help clients pursue the medical treatment they need and the compensation they deserve.

If you have questions about personal injury cases involving brain injury, contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC.