Lifelong Expenses Must Be Accounted for in Brain Injury Claims
Although many types of accidents and injuries have the potential to cause victims a lifetime of pain, suffering, disability, and expenses, traumatic brain injuries are often in a class of their own—especially when it comes to medical costs. People who suffer traumatic brain injuries may become profoundly disabled and require live-in medical care for the rest of their lives.
The cost of this care can be financially devastating at best and outright unreachable at worst. The burden of caring for a person with a serious traumatic brain injury can then fall on family members who usually lack the training, experience, and ability to give them the care they need. In turn, their health and wellbeing may dramatically suffer and their lifespans may be significantly shortened.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we look at all aspects of TBIs to determine exactly how much they’ll cost victims and their loved ones. And when TBIs result in permanent disability and loss of independence, we push hard to get victims and their families maximum compensation. Insurance companies often balk because of how much money we demand, but we refuse to let TBI victims be “paid off” with lowball settlements that run out in a matter of years or months.
If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve every penny you’re owed—especially if your TBI is expected to impact the rest of your or your loved one’s life. Contact our Roanoke brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
What Types of Accidents Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries?
When bodily organs are damaged in accidents, victims often suffer much more profoundly than if their injuries only involve skin, muscles, and bones. Most organs are vital to life, and when they’re damaged, it can impair their function—which can be life-threatening.
It can be strange to think of the brain as simply an organ, as it’s where memories, personality, skill, and emotions are formed and stored. But like any organ, it can be damaged in accidents, and when it is, victims can experience a wide range of complications, ranging from personality and behavioral changes to motor skill deficits and impairments.
Accidents that can cause traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motorcycle accidents—Many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets simply because of the extreme likelihood of a traumatic brain injury or death in riders who aren’t wearing them when they crash. TBIs can occur even to riders who wear helmets, although their risks are much lower.
- Car accidents—Although people in cars, trucks, and SUVs are protected by seatbelts and airbags, they can still suffer TBIs in crashes. Victims don’t even need to impact their steering wheels, dashboards, or seats to suffer TBIs, as the forces generated in a crash are enough to cause them.
- Truck accidents—Big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds—that’s up to 16 times more than even some of the biggest passenger vehicles on the road. It’s no surprise that semi-trucks generate more force in crashes, the more force involved, the greater the likelihood of a TBI.
TBIs aren’t just traumatic and disabling, they’re also expensive. At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our job to help victims get full compensation. Contact our Roanoke brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence.
Are Traumatic Brain Injury Claims Worth More Than Other Injury Claims?
When injured victims file compensation claims or lawsuits, they typically want to get as much money as possible for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But the amount of money they can get is limited by the severity of their injuries, including how expensive they are to treat, how much they impact their lives, and how long they are expected to last.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are at the upper end of the scale on all of those factors. Because the brain has only partial healing capabilities, people who suffer TBIs typically suffer from the effects of them for the rest of their lives. And unfortunately, those effects can be profound and even disabling. For example, some TBI victims are incapable of living independently, let alone working and earning a living.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we do in-depth analyses of our clients’ injuries to determine exactly how much they’re owed for what they’ve gone through and what they will go through in the future. Then, we create demand letters that we send to insurance companies that spell out every penny our clients deserve in compensation.
TBI victims often need substantial settlements to even come close to compensation them for their losses. That’s because TBIs profoundly change victims’ lives and even the lives of their loved ones. If you or someone you love is a TBI victim and was injured by someone else’s negligence, we want to help.
Contact our Roanoke brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll give your claim the respect it deserves, and we won’t rest until the insurance company knows your story and how much money you need to move forward.