Injuries involving the brain can impact the rest of a person’s life. An accident can leave you feeling completely helpless, especially if you have suffered physically, emotionally and financially from a brain injury. If someone you love has been incapacitated in an accident, you will want to make sure that the settlement they are entitled to is maximized. This is especially true if your loved one is in need of long term medical care. Not only may an attorney help you gather the evidence necessary to prove your case, they may be able to help value your case so that you obtain enough money to afford the future medical care your loved one requires.
Proving Your Case
It can be a full time job to manage a personal injury case, especially when you are also caring for the person who was injured. By obtaining the assistance of a personal injury attorney, you give yourself the best chance at building a strong personal injury case. Brain injuries can impact the quality of a person’s life in a big way, especially if the injury was significant. Your attorney may be able to work with you to prove the following:
- The person responsible had a duty of care to the victim. For example, a person driving a car is responsible for driving carefully to ensure that they do not injure or harm anyone.
- The defendant did not uphold their duty of care
- As a result, someone was harmed
- The victim sustained damages from the accident
In order to pursue a personal injury case, the victim must have suffered damages in some way. Your attorney may be able to review the case and determine the value based on losses. They may also assist in collecting the evidence needed to support your claim. Examples of evidence you may be asked to gather could include:
- Police Reports
- Accident Reports
- Documentation from a physician outlining:
- Your injuries
- The Impact
- Details surrounding future care you may need
- Witness Information
- Medical Bills
- Photographs or videos from the scene
- Documentation proving you were unable to work
- Documentation from the victim’s therapist
It’s incredibly overwhelming to prepare for a brain injury case without an attorney. They may have an entire legal team available to help gather and organize the information needed to prove the case.
Long Term Care
It’s nearly impossible to speculate the ways in which a brain injury will impact a victim in the long run. An accident that results in a brain injury, may leave a person permanently disabled. Sadly, a brain injury is something that a victim may never recover from. Depending on the severity, the need for long term care may be necessary. Long term care for a brain injury is expensive. Expenses may result from the following:
- Lab Testing
- Inpatient Residential Treatment
- In Home Medical Care
- Physical Therapy
- Doctors Visits
- Evaluations on the brain’s functioning over time
It can be an expensive financial burden to shoulder on your own. This is why, an attorney will be such a necessary component to achieving the compensation your loved one deserves.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured at the hands of another you may need an attorney to help recover compensation for you. When it comes to medical care, your loved one deserves the very best. Don’t let the person responsible walk away without being held accountable in some way. Contact an attorney with experience in brain and spinal cord injuries to review case details and help draw up a plan of action.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into brain injury cases.