Brain injuries are common injuries in accidents and other personal injury scenarios. A person may suffer a brain injury because of a car accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall, defective product, drowning, and many other situations. If another party caused your brain injury, that party could be legally liable for the harm they caused. A Los Angeles brain injury attorney can help you build a case for full compensation of all damages.
Brain Injury Statistics and Personal Injury Cases
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 190 people die each year from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each day in the United States. In 2019, there were roughly 611 TBI-related hospitalizations each day. The estimates do not include brain injuries treated at urgent care and doctor’s offices or cases never treated or reported.
About one-third of brain injury hospitalizations are people 75 years old and older. Elderly individuals account for about 28% of the deaths from traumatic brain injury. Males were nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized and three times more likely to die from TBI-related injuries than females.
What Are Your Options After You Sustained a Brain Injury in California?
California personal injury laws hold parties responsible for causing injuries financially liable for damages. Therefore, you could file an insurance claim with a party’s liability insurance company. The company investigates your claim to determine if its insured caused your injury.
However, beware of dealing directly with insurance companies. They routinely undervalue claims and deny valid claims. Before accepting a settlement offer, it is best to seek legal advice from an attorney. If you accept the offer and sign a release, you give up your right to file a lawsuit regarding your claim.
You can also file a personal injury lawsuit against the party who caused your injury. The case would be heard in court, and a jury would decide whether you are entitled to any money for your claim. Again, the best way to protect your rights is to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an injury and before you speak with an insurance adjuster.
What Damages Can I Receive for a Brain Injury Case?
Brain injuries can cause permanent impairments. Even a minor brain injury could require weeks or months of therapy to recover. Typically, a personal injury victim can recover compensation for financial losses (economic damages) and pain and suffering (non-economic damages).
Examples of the damages you could receive for a brain injury claim include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Past and future medical bills
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical and rehabilitative therapy
- Past and future lost wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Emotional distress
- Long-term care
- Scarring and disfigurement
- A decrease in future earning potential
- Mental anguish
- Impairments and disabilities
The amount you receive for a brain injury case depends on many factors. Typically, the value of your damages increases with the severity of the brain injury. Therefore, if you sustain permanent disabilities or impairments because of the brain injury, your case may be worth more. A lawyer can review your case to advise you how much you might receive for a personal injury claim involving a brain injury.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
A brain injury can have life-altering consequences for the victim and their family members. Contact our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve after a devastating brain injury.