However, your relative does have one hope: you.
Families of coma victims may not know that they can file an injury suit on their loved one’s behalf. The law will allow for surviving family members to seek medical payments and compensation for victims who are unconscious, unable to speak, or are in a state of altered consciousness.
You may be able to get compensation for injury costs if your loved one is experiencing:
- Coma. If your loved one is unconscious and unaware of their surroundings, he or she is in a comatose state. Many people recover from a coma in a matter of days, but some will remain unresponsive for months or even years, requiring permanent hospital residence.
- Vegetative state. In some head injury cases, the brain will “shut down” in order to repair itself. This often results in a vegetative state: patients are not conscious or aware of what’s going on, but their eyes may be open and their reflexes may respond.
- Locked-in syndrome. This is a condition wherein the brain is conscious, but the body is unable to respond. Victims are awake and aware, but they are not able to speak or move their arms and legs.
Our Fairfax coma injury attorneys know that the loss of your loved one’s income and ongoing hospital treatments are putting a financial strain on your family. That’s why we are proud to offer a FREE, one-on-one case evaluation to answer all of your legal questions. Call Shevlin Smith today at (703) 591-0067 or fill out our online contact form to get started.