TBIs, or Traumatic Brain Injuries, impact the brain’s functioning. A TBI is caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, or by other types of physical trauma. It can also be caused by an object going through the brain, such as a bullet or other projectile. They vary in degree based on the impact.
A mild TBI, such as a concussion, is usually temporary. But a more severe blow can leave physical damage to the brain, like bleeding, torn tissues, bruising, and other damage that leads to long-term damage, or even death. The CDC reports that about 190 Americans die every day from a TBI.
A TBI can result from any type of accident, including:
• Vehicular accidents
• Sport-related accidents
• Assaults and violence, i.e., domestic violence
• Workplace accidents, i.e., falling objects, heavy equipment accidents
West Virginia’s mining industry leaves workers at an increased risk of a TBI.
A diagnosis of TBI can be life-changing, and not for the better. No matter what the cause, you may be left unable to work, or forced to work at a much lower pay rate. At the same time, you need considerable medical care while the bills for that care pile up.
If your TBI (and any other injuries) were caused by someone else’s negligence, The Love Law Firm will fight to help you recover the compensation you need.
How Much Is Your Injury Worth?
There is no hard-and-fast formula that will give you a dollar amount on your case. But several factors go into a settlement for compensation:
• The severity of your injuries
• Your age
• Your projected medical expenses
• Loss of income/loss of future income
• Gross negligence of the defendant
• Pain and suffering
• Insurance policy limits: This involves finding all the insurance policies involved and seeking damages up to each of their limits. We can advise you on all the applicable policies so that you can get the biggest payout possible.
There are two possible outcomes to a TBI case: settlement, or a jury trial. Most claims settle before they go to court, but some will end up going to trial instead. Because these cases are complex, it’s important to begin working with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Insurance companies do not want to give you fair compensation. They want to close your claim without paying you enough—or nothing. Settling too quickly is not wise, because it can take weeks or months to understand the long-term effects of TBI. The offer you take today won’t cover your financial needs long-term, especially when the lifetime cost of TBI treatment ranges from $85,000 to $3 million.
A TBI attorney can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation to ensure your recovery and future medical needs are covered.
The Love Law Firm Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case
We’ve been helping West Virginians for over 25 years who have suffered traumatic brain injuries obtain the compensation they need to pay for their medical care and other additional expenses.
If you’ve been involved in a Charleston car accident and need help, contact us at The Love Law Firm, or call us at (304) 344 5683. Your consultation is free, and we only collect if we win your case.