A head injury is usually caused by a violent blow to the head, and it can permanently change someone’s life. Minor injuries can cause long-lasting effects that will impact the victim’s life and source of income for years to come. As for catastrophic injuries, the challenges and consequences are even greater. According to California law, a person who is suffering from a head injury sustained in an accident caused by another person’s negligence can demand compensation through a personal injury claim. If the claim is successful, it can provide the money the victims need to rebuild their lives, cater for all the accident-related expenses and plan for their future.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Some of the common types of TBI include contusions, hematomas, and concussions. TBIs can be discovered by a wide range of symptoms such as persistent nausea and vomiting, blurry vision, dilated pupils, loss of consciousness, and changes in personality and emotions.
How much is my case worth?
Generally, the more severe your wounds are and the more expensive the treatment is, the more compensation you may be entitled to get. For instance, someone who has a concussion may only need rest and monitoring to make a full recovery and may get less compensation compared to someone with massive internal brain bleeding, who may need emergency care and may have a higher risk of suffering from permanent disabilities. However, if you want to know the exact compensation amount you can receive, you should contact an attorney who can document and calculate your losses to come up with the settlement amount you are entitled to. You can recover money for:
You may be entitled to receive compensation covering all your medical expenses, including present and future bills. This could include surgery costs, physical therapy bills, meals and lodgings, and prescription drug expenses.
Pain and suffering
A TBI can cause physical and emotional suffering. Thus, after an accident, you can pursue compensation for emotional suffering, physical pain, mental anguish, lost enjoyment of life, and PTSD by filing a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Lost income and disability
If you are unable to continue working after getting a TBI, you can pursue compensation for your lost income and diminished earning capacity.
They are awarded to plaintiffs to punish the defendant for excessive recklessness and gross negligence. For example, if a drunk driver hit someone and they have been involved in other drunk-driving accidents in the past, a court may award the victim punitive damages to prevent and discourage the negligent party from doing something similar in the future.
You can also seek compensation for property damage, vocational training, childcare, domestic services, and other services you need because of the accident. In California, if you have suffered losses from an accident caused by another person’s callousness, you can definitely file a lawsuit against them. Moreover, if you want to increase your chances of winning your case, you should gather all the relevant evidence to show that the other party is responsible for your accident.