Traumatic brain injuries result in not only medical losses but devastating financial losses to victims of accidents each year. Often times, these injuries result from an accident that was caused by someone other than the victim. The victim can and should protect themselves by hiring legal representation in the form of an accident attorney. Accident attorneys can seek repayment for all of the losses due to traumatic brain injuries directly with the negligent party and their insurance, or via a lawsuit on behalf of the victim.
The victim has every right to expect repayment. Without legal repercussions to the other party, the other party often will either choose not to pay, or their insurance company will minimize their repayment to the victim.
The financial burdens of testing and treatment for traumatic brain injuries are huge and often financially crippling to the victim and their family. Not only will there likely be lost wages, but often the injuries result in the patient being unable to do things that they would normally. Effects of traumatic brain injuries can include memory issues, lost or changed vision, emotional and relationship issues, changes in personality, and sometimes an inability for the person to even live independently, much less work successfully. Some other issues might include:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Anxiety issues.
- Loss of function of body parts or organ systems.
- Loss of reasoning function.
- Inability to communicate; speech difficulties.
- Aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness.
In addition, traumatic brain injuries predispose a victim to other issues such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other organic brain disorders. As these effects last a lifetime; shouldn’t care for the victim last that long, too?
The insurance company may try to offer an early settlement, but these settlements rarely come anywhere near suiting the needs of the victim. The insurance company and their lawyers will either minimize their responsibility, or push the blame (and financial responsibility) solely onto the victim at their most vulnerable time. The understanding is that the victim will usually be so overwhelmed, medically and financially, that they will simply accept any offer. But a personal injury lawyer can protect the victim from such shameless tactics and push, in a lawsuit or otherwise, for a suitable settlement. An appropriate settlement will not only cover past losses, but will also take in to consideration financial burdens in the future including wage compensation and future rehabilitation and treatment.
Within and outside of the courtroom and lawsuit, an experienced personal injury attorney understands the workings of insurance company and can present their case in a way that helps the insurance company eventually pay the settlement more readily and quickly.
If you or your loved one is the victim of an accident due to another which may have resulted in traumatic brain injury, you and your family deserve care and recompense. Protect yourself with a personal injury attorney who is qualified to take the claim into a lawsuit if the negligent party is reluctant to pay for losses due to the traumatic brain injury.