A brain injury can have immediate and long-lasting consequences. After sustaining a traumatic brain injury or TBI, you can face mounting medical bills and a sudden income loss. Plus, insurers will do everything to devalue or deny your injury claim. That is why you need to seek help from an experienced injury attorney, not handle your case on your own.
While you concentrate on your recovery, your attorney can collect evidence associated with your case, investigate the circumstances surrounding the injury, identify all liable parties, and work with brain injury specialists. Also, they can negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company or take your case to court.
What are TBIs?
A TBI is head trauma that disrupts your brain’s normal functioning. This can occur due to a closed head injury when your brain moves violently inside your skull. Also, a TBI can be a result of a penetrating head injury when your skull gets broken or fractured. Symptoms of TBIs include confusion, loss of consciousness, tremors, loss of sensation, poor balance, slurred speech, and others. TBIs can happen in vehicular accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective products, assaults, sports accidents, and construction accidents.
Determining the Value of Your Claim
Your brain injury claim’s value depends largely on how serious the injury is and its long-term consequences. The more catastrophic the TBI and the more it alters your life, the more its value. You need to talk to a lawyer with extensive experience in brain injury cases.
The Damages You May Recover
If you sustain a TBI due to the negligent actions of another party, you may be eligible for economic and non-economic damages. Your economic damages can include medical bills, rehabilitation and therapy, nursing care, medical devices, lost wages, property damage, and disability. Economic damages include pain and suffering, disfigurement, reduced quality of life, and loss of consortium. Your attorney will make sure your financial award reflects your case’s total value.
The Comparative Negligence Rule and Your TBI Case
The other party involved in the accident may try to blame you for the TBI you have suffered. If you don’t take action, you could lose your chance to obtain compensation. In Nevada, you should be 50% or less at fault for the accident to get compensation. Your percentage of fault will reduce the amount of compensation or financial award you may get. Your lawyer will defend you against tactics that the insurer may employ.