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What Types of Damages May I Be Entitled to After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted on in Brain Injuries

IL accident lawyerInjuries to the brain can be some of the most life-changing types of injuries. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be suffering from a range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. Your injury may have prevented you from working or living your life as you normally would have. You may also be left with massive medical debt and other expenses because of your injury. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the costs incurred by your TBI. The amount and types of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the severity of your injury, your prognosis, and other circumstances.

Past, Present, and Future Medical Expenses

Unlike other injuries, injuries to the brain are not outwardly visible. In order for doctors to diagnose your TBI, you may have needed to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test, computerized tomography (CT) scan, cognitive and neuropsychological tests, or other testing. You may have also needed extensive hospitalization, treatment from medical specialists, rehabilitative care, and other medical treatments. Through a personal injury claim, you may be compensated for your past, present, and expected future medical costs. This may include costs associated with long-term care, home health care, and any medical devices you require.

Lost Wages From Missed Work

A traumatic brain injury can cause vision problems, sleeping difficulties, headaches, nausea, reduced concentration, memory lapses, depression, anxiety, and a host of other problems. These symptoms can be debilitating. You may have been off work for days, weeks, or months after your TBI. You may have even suffered permanent injuries that will prevent you from returning to work at all. Compensation for your lost wages from missed work as well as future lost wages and your reduced income-earning capacity may be available in an injury claim.

Intangible Losses Caused By Your Injury

The losses caused by a traumatic brain injury cannot always be measured in dollars and cents. Your injury may have prevented you from pursuing your chosen career, enjoying the hobbies you used to love, caring for your children, or completing everyday household tasks. Non-economic damages in a traumatic brain injury claim may include physical pain, mental suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Many states have instituted caps or limits on the amount of compensation an injured person can receive for non-economic damages. However, Illinois does not cap damages unless you are bringing a claim against the state of Illinois.

Contact a Waukegan Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

If another party’s negligent, wrongful, or unlawful actions caused you or a loved one to suffer a traumatic brain injury, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to discuss your legal options. Call our office at 847-662-3303 today and schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment with a skilled Lake County personal injury attorney from our firm.

 

Source:

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/tbi/conditioninfo/symptoms

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