Damages Recoverable for Brain Injuries
The Consequences of a Head Injury
Head injuries are among the most severe forms of trauma. They can adversely affect your life long-term. If you have suffered a blow to the head in a car accident or because of a slip and fall, you will need immediate medical care.
In most severe cases, the treatment can be extensive, invasive, and expensive. If the accident that caused the injury is due to negligence or recklessness, you should seek compensation. Our head injury lawyer in Los Angeles can help you recover the money you need to get your life back on track.
Not all head injuries lead to unconsciousness. But if your head has suffered a severe blow and your brain has been damaged, you will feel the effects in various ways. Here are some of the consequences of a head injury:
- Chronic pain
- Complete loss of balance
- Gradual loss of senses
- Loss of memory
- Loss of ability to concentrate
- Loss of speech and elocution
Why You Need a Head Injury Lawyer
It may take you some time to recover from your head injury. In the most serious cases, you may never fully return to the way you were before. However, there will come a point when you are well enough to speak to a legal professional before you speak to anyone else.
If it is proved that someone else is responsible for your accident, then their insurance company will want to get ahead of the situation by offering you a settlement. It will be much lower than what you deserve, and you should not accept it. In fact, you should turn the matter over to our lawyer for severe head trauma accidents. We will handle all communication and negotiation with the insurance company to get you the kind of settlement deal that is fair and adequate.
The Damages You Can Claim
Your legal counsel will focus their efforts on recovering economic and non-economic damages. Among the economic damages, you can claim money for:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Costs of surgery
- Expenses associated with assisted living devices
- Expenses for rehabilitation and continuous treatment
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
The non-economic damages you can claim include:
- Mental distress and anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of reputation
Evaluating the Value of Your Case
One of the first things your personal injury attorney in Los Angeles will do is determine the value of your case—that is, how much the lawsuit is worth. You need not file a lawsuit straightaway. Typically, a lawyer will enter negotiations with the insurance company by demanding the amount they would file for before going to court.
Damages are calculated by adding up your medical costs, wage loss, and loss of future income. The physical pain and mental strain you have suffered will also be part of the settlement. Your attorney will consult with your doctor and your family, and they will also consider similar cases they have handled in the past.
To maximize the damages you receive, your head injury lawyer will need to depend on the analysis and testimony of certain experts. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, we know how to get information concerning the nature of your injury and prognosis from your doctor. We might also arrange for independent experts to testify if needed.
In cases where our plaintiff has lost their ability to perform daily tasks, a caretaker might be called upon to testify. They can share insight into future medical costs, including the medications you will need, the assisted-living devices you will require, and the physical therapy sessions you will need to attend. They can also tell the court why you might require full-time live-in care and the expenses associated with this.
We will not enter settlement negotiations without having such evidence and testimony ready to go. The last thing that any insurance company wants is to face a severely injured plaintiff in court. At Gutierrez Law, our legal team has been helping clients recover a reasonable and fair settlement for over 40 years.