Expenses Connected to Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury occurs when a head injury is severe and the normal function of a person’s brain is affected. The recovery from this type of injury can be long and painful. Plus, the expenses can be high.
According to one estimate, a patient treated for a traumatic brain injury is likely to incur medical expenses ranging from $85,000 to $3 million. With expenses running this high, it is important for a victim to have the best legal representation. A skilled Bucks County personal injury attorney can work to get a fair settlement awarded.
An Array of Medical Professionals Are Needed
Expenses in personal injury cases vary from individual to individual. One of the reasons that traumatic brain injuries can result in high bills is because there may be a variety of professionals needed to pave a road to recovery. These professionals are all part of the healing process, with some immediately at a patient’s bedside while others are needed later in recovery.
Some of the professionals that may be necessary for healing:
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Social workers
- Traumatic brain injury specialists
- Speech pathologists
A portion of these expenses will be covered by insurance companies, but typically an individual’s coverage will not pay for all of the expenses. If the injury is the result of an accident, it is important to secure the compensation needed to settle expenses. An aggressive Bucks County personal injury attorney can help.
Damages Beyond Medical Expenses
The bills collected from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and doctors offices are simple to calculate. It is not always easy to collect all of the information, but once you have what is needed you can total up the cost. But there are often noneconomic damages in cases involving traumatic brain injury.
Some of these damages include ongoing physical pain and emotional suffering. These are things that are more difficult to quantify. That said, with an experienced attorney at your side, it is possible to be compensated for damages that have caused you ongoing emotional, physical, social, and professional damage.
In order to secure the compensation package a victim deserves, a jury trial might be necessary. Sometimes even the discussion of a trial can help in an insurance company offering a settlement amount that is fair. It can be less costly for an insurance company to settle out of court, so they may agree to a higher settlement amount to avoid trial.
A lawyer can negotiate for you. In many instances an amount that is fair will be reached through the negotiation process. If it is not achieved, your lawyer can take the case to court. While going to court takes longer, it may end with a much larger award for the victim.
Were you in an accident and experienced brain trauma? The personal injury attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand will work with you for the best possible outcome, whether that is filing a claim against an insurance company or taking the case to court. Schedule your free consultation today, call 215-968-6602.