Significant brain injuries have the potential to result in permanent disabilities that may leave a brain injury victim requiring assistance and care for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one suffered such an injury in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault party to provide you with the financial resources you may need for lifetime care.
Which Brain Injuries Might Require Lifetime Care?
While people who suffer mild brain injuries often make a full recovery, moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can lead to permanent physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional changes that often require some amount of lifetime care.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, only 26 percent of people who suffered a moderate to severe TBI saw improvement in their condition within five years of their injury. Twenty-two percent of individuals saw no improvement of their condition five years after their injury, while 30 percent of people experienced a worsening of their condition.
Moderate and severe brain injuries can lead to significant complications even years after the initial injury. These complications can include:
- Drug poisoning
Of people who suffer a moderate to severe TBI who live more than five years after initially suffering their injury, 57 percent of individuals remain moderately or severely disabled, while 55 percent of those who had a job prior to their injury remain unable to return to the workforce. Thirty-three percent of individuals require assistance with daily activities, and another 12 percent reside in long-term care facilities.
What Types of Compensation Could You or Your Family Be Owed If You Require Lifetime Care?
If you’ve suffered a brain injury from an accident caused by someone else’s legal fault, and you’ve been left needing lifelong care for the consequences of your injury, you may be entitled to recover compensation for expenses, such as:
- Continuing medical expenses, including hospital visits (about half of moderate-to-severe TBI victims return to the hospital at least once), physical rehab, occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioral therapy, and mental therapy.
- Long-term care services, such as in-home health services, or placement in a long-term care facility or nursing home
- Lost earning capacity, whether it’s a reduction in income if you can perform some kind of gainful employment, or complete loss of income and employment benefits if you are totally disabled from working
- Physical pain and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to physical disabilities interfering with daily living or participating in activities you previously enjoyed
- Reasonably estimated reduction in life expectancy
- Loss of consortium, which may compensate your spouse or your family for the loss of your companionship
How Barney Injury Could Help
When you’ve been the victim of a serious brain injury that has left you needing lifetime care, let Barney Injury Law help you by:
- Investigating the accident that caused your TBI to determine if a party or parties can be held legally responsible for compensating you for your injuries and resulting care
- Collaborating with medical experts to understand the severity of your injury and what kind of long-term or lifelong care you may require so that we can calculate the full value of your legal claim for compensation
- Filing your claim with the appropriate at-fault parties and insurance companies, aggressively pursuing a negotiated settlement that provides you with the financial resources you may need to pay for lifelong care for your brain injury
- Taking your case to court and to trial, if necessary, to pursue the results you deserve in your case
If you are the victim of a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burdens of lifetime care that may be necessitated by your brain injury.
Contact Barney Injury Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Virginia Beach brain injury attorney. Don’t wait to learn about your rights and options for pursuing the financial resources you need from those at fault for your injuries. Call us today at (757) 965-7200 or get in touch with us online.