Brain injuries can range from mild to severe. Although each brain injury is different and may have a different set of symptoms depending on the extent of damage to the brain, almost all brain injury survivors will need to make a physical recovery as well as an emotional recovery. But because the cost associated with making a physical and emotional recovery can be astronomical, it is important that the financial compensation a brain injury survivor receives is significant.
The truth of the matter is that making a recovery from a brain injury can put a huge financial burden on the survivor and his or her family, which is why it is critical that a brain injury victim make a financial recovery for the following things:
- Medical care expenses. The seriousness of the brain injury will determine whether extensive medical care and ongoing medical treatment will be needed. For example, if someone ends up in a coma and needs serious medical attention and rehabilitation for an extended period of time, the victim should recover these costs and more. Even in cases of mild brain injuries, survivors should recover the medical costs associated with their care and ongoing medical needs.
- Counseling costs. Because a serious injury and disability can cause emotional pain, counseling can help an injured person deal with the negative feelings and emotions associated with the injury. Sometimes brain injury survivors will need one-on-one counseling sessions for a long time, which can be costly. This is why a financial settlement after a brain injury should account for emotional pain and suffering and the counseling and therapy needed to work through such emotional distress.
- Lost income. When brain damage occurs as a result of a medical malpractice incident, a patient may suffer cognitive issues and serious disabilities that may make it difficult if not impossible to make a living. As a result, a brain injury survivor should be compensated for such lost income and future lost wages and benefits.
Because brain injuries can be costly and place families in a difficult spot trying to pay for medical bills all while they are losing income due to a lost job or inability to work, it is essential that a lawyer is immediately contacted. Not only should the aforementioned costs be accounted for in a claim, but compensation should also be collected for the changes to the victim’s thoughts, behavior, quality of life, and other adverse effects.
We know it can be a struggle to make a physical, emotional, and financial recovery all on your own, which is why we want to help you with the financial recovery so you can focus on getting better physically and emotionally. If you would like to meet with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in a free consultation, please call our office today at (703) 591-0067.