In July 2014, actor Tracey Morgan filed a major lawsuit against retail mega-giant Walmart after a crash with one of their trucks left him with a traumatic brain injury and put his career on hold. After almost a year of litigation, the two reached an undisclosed settlement. While it can be argued that Morgan was not in financial jeopardy due to his high net worth at the time of the crash, the injury caused him to place his career on hold, taking 16 months away from his position as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Between this, the pain and suffering he experienced, and the costs of the ongoing treatment he is still receiving even today, Morgan’s settlement is estimated to be worth millions more.
This is just one example of the costs associated with suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The brain is an incredibly important part of the body, but it is also extremely delicate, meaning even a slight amount of damage can lead to long recovery times and possibly permanent consequences physically, emotionally, and even financially. These costs are why you should discuss your case further with a Dallas personal injury attorney when you or a loved one suffer from a TBI.
The financial costs of a brain injury are perhaps the easiest to comprehend, but also probably the hardest to calculate. Brain injuries are unique in that it’s almost impossible to diagnose their true nature. How severe is it? What impact will have in the short term, as well as the long term? Will you ever fully recover? Will there be any lasting side effects? Each of these questions could have an impact on the financial damages sustained through this injury.
Medical care is the first cost you incur as part of your TBI. Brain scans, examinations, and continual procedures needed to properly treat a brain injury add up quickly, particularly because much of the technology used to treat brain injuries is still new and cutting-edge, involving highly-sophisticated equipment. It’s easy to run up large medical expenses in this way, particularly if you’re going to need continual treatment for months or even years after the injury initially occurs. By some measures, the lifetime costs of treatment for a TBI are estimated to vary anywhere between $85,000 for a mild issue and $3 million for a more serious condition.
The second-largest cost is the earnings you have missed out on as a result of your injury. Suffering a TBI often means you have to miss work, losing out on potential income you could use to pay your bills, care for your family, and continue to live. This is also fairly easy to calculate, based on your wages and the amount of time you missed.
Brain injuries have been shown to have a number of other effects and consequences as well. The unemployment rate for average adults two years after their diagnosis is 60 percent. People who suffer from brain injuries may lose the ability to work in the same capacity as they did previously, meaning they may never be able to return to work again. This can substantially complicate your case and dramatically increase the cost of the injury.
A TBI also has other costs that do not necessarily have a financial value but could make you eligible for financial compensation. Pain and suffering and emotional trauma are two of the largest costs of TBI, as they often lead to turmoil physically and emotionally.
TBIs also can lead to other side effects, such as mood swings or changes in personality, which can have a dramatic impact on your relationships with everyone from your spouse to your kids to your co-workers. Sometimes a brain injury can lead to these relationships eroding for one reason or another until they collapse, resulting in a loss of companionship or consort.
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Perhaps the biggest problem with TBI is that people are eligible for costs when they suffer from these injuries, but they believe they are unable to get the help they deserve. It’s not uncommon to face significant resistance from insurance companies or other parties responsible, and those who do not have legal assistance often are unable to overcome the objections to their case. However, unlike Tracey Morgan, you don’t have to be a celebrity to get high-quality advocacy from a skilled attorney.
Lyons & Simmons provides clients of all types with the reputable and aggressive legal help they need after suffering from a brain injury. No matter how large or small your case may be, our boutique-style approach provides you with personalized, individual attention and quality client service throughout each step of your case. However, our experience and knowledge is anything but small, as we have represented individuals and major global corporations across a wide range of suits, and earned a remarkable level of success and numerous industry recognitions and accolades.If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion or skull fracture through no fault of your own, call Lyons & Simmons today at (844) 297-8898 and review your legal options with a member of our staff!