How should brain injury victims be compensated for their lifestyle changes?

With certain serious brain injuries, victims may be left unable to take care of themselves. In fact, they may require ongoing medical care and in-home assistance. Additionally, they may not be able to work or perform their job duties as they did prior to their brain injury. This is why brain injury victims are often impacted for life.

Because severe brain injury victims suffer changes to every aspect of their lives, they should be compensated for the following losses they have suffered:

  • Lost income. Traumatic brain injuries may make it impossible for victims to return to their jobs or even do the same type of work they did before their injury. It isn’t uncommon for severe brain injury victims to never be able to work or make a living again. As a result, these victims should be compensated for lost income and future lost wages.
  • Medical costs. Brain injuries often require ongoing doctor’s appointments, rehab, and therapy. Additionally, new treatments are developed from time to time that could help a brain injury victim recover. This is why it is critical that brain injury victims receive enough compensation so that they can get the medical care and help they need.
  • In-home care. When accidents leave people with the inability to care for themselves, they may need professionals to provide assistance in the home. Brain injury victims need to collect compensation for in-home care costs or for living in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life. Brain injury victims typically cannot participate in the things they once did, such as sports, hobbies or traveling. Because the way they live their lives has changed, it is important they are compensated for their loss of enjoyment of life.

Costly medical bills, coupled with a victim’s lost income, can add up quickly. As a result, brain injury victims are financially impacted, which shouldn’t be the case. While brain injury victims might not be able to physically or mentally recover from a traumatic brain injury, they should be able to recover financially.

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