What Damages Are Available for Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Personal Injury Attorney Serving TBI Victims throughout New Jersey
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury – whether in a vehicle collision, fall, or other accident – recovering fair compensation could be critical to your and your family’s long-term recovery. From cognitive impairments to headaches and changes in behavior, traumatic brain injuries can have wide-ranging effects, and these effects can impact virtually all aspects of victims’ personal, professional, and family lives.
When seeking compensation for a traumatic brain injury, one of the first steps is figuring out how much you are entitled to recover. This will not only (i) prevent you from settling with the insurance companies too soon, but also (ii) ensure that you can meet your financial needs while returning to as normal of a life as possible.
Financial Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Jersey
The following are the main types of compensation available to victims of accident-related traumatic brain injuries in New Jersey:
- Medical Bills – If someone else was at fault in the accident – whether an individual (such as a distracted driver) or a company (such as the owner of a building) – the at-fault party will be liable to reimburse the victim for any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident.
- Future Medical Expenses – The at-fault party will also be liable for the victim’s future medical expenses. For severe traumatic brain injuries, this will often be one of the largest components of the award of compensation.
- Loss of Income – Traumatic brain injury victims are entitled to compensation for any income lost due to their accidents and injuries. This includes wages, salary, paid-time-off, and benefits lost while seeking treatment or following a doctor’s treatment plan.
- Lost Future Earning Capacity – If the victim will be unable to return to work, either entirely or in a position of previous employment, his or her claim for compensation should include damages for lost future earnings, as well.
- Other Past and Future Financial Losses – In addition to medical bills and lost income, accident victims are entitled to seek compensation for any other financial losses stemming from the accident. This could include the cost of making modifications to the home, hiring help for daily or household tasks, child care expenses, and much more.
- Pain and Suffering – Beyond financial losses, individuals diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries are also entitled to compensation for their non-financial losses. This may include physical or emotional pain that requires treatment, but it could also include “lesser” forms of physical or mental distress that have damaging effects on the victim’s life.
- Emotional Distress – Emotional distress is another category of non-financial loss that covers the lasting psychological consequences of being seriously injured in a traumatic accident.
- Scarring and Disfigurement – In addition to past and future costs for medical treatment, individuals treated for accident-related traumatic brain injuries are entitled to compensation for the life effects of permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Loss of Companionship, Consortium, and Enjoyment of Life – Traumatic brain injury victims are also entitled to financial compensation for the effects their injuries have on their relationships with their friends and family.
Were you or a loved one diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury following an accident in New Jersey? If so, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Hackensack so that we can help you understand your losses and pursue a personal injury claim for just compensation.
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