How brain injuries can change your life – and how a lawyer can help
Most of the time, car accidents result in little-to-no injury and minor property damage. Sometimes, however, car accidents can be catastrophic and result in traumatic brain damage that can change someone’s life forever. If you or someone you know suffers a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, here are some ways that it can impact your life – and how hiring an attorney can help to make your life easier while you recover.
Loss of earning capacity
Your traumatic brain injury could be severe enough that it impacts your ability to go to work and fulfill your employment duties like you used to. This inability to work could be temporary, or it could be long-term or even permanent. If this is your situation, you have the option of suing the responsible party for loss of earning capacity.
If your attorney can prove in court how much you likely would have earned in the future without your injury, the court may order the responsible party to compensate you for this missed future income so that you can continue to support your family like before despite your accident.
Increased medical costs
Every brain injury is different, and there is no way to predict all of the possible effects your injury could have. However, there are a few medical conditions that generally become more common after a traumatic brain injury.
For example, after your accident you may be up to 50 times more likely to experience seizures, up to nine times more likely to get an infection, and up to six times more likely to develop pneumonia.
These conditions will require large amounts of medication and therapy to treat, perhaps for the rest of your life. It’s only fair that the party responsible for your accident compensate you for the cost of these medical treatments, in addition to your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other conditions that you suffer on a daily basis as a result of their negligence.
Living with a traumatic brain injury is no walk in the park. Fortunately, however, a lawsuit against the responsible party could afford you the support that you need to get as close as possible to your old life.