Navigating Complex Brain Injury Cases
TBIs don’t just occur in car wrecks or skiing accidents. Studies
show that an estimated 300,000 traumatic brain injuries occur annually
in the United States due to high school and collegiate sports injuries.
In 2014, a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology demonstrated
that more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players
had signs of TBI based on MRI scans called Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Other
studies have indicated that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a
condition only verifiable on autopsy, was present in 96% of NFL players examined.
In April of 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania approved the settlement between the NFL and retired players.
The lawsuit alleged that the NFL failed to warn players and hid the risk
of brain injuries they faced. In July of 2016, a group of NFL players
sued Riddell, Inc. alleging the equipment manufacturer failed to warn
about the long-term health effects their helmets could not protect them from.
Lifetime Costs of a Brain Injury
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 it 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.
Lost Earning Capacity
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.
We're Your Attorneys For Complex Injury Cases
Handling cases involving TBIs requires an understanding of the evolving
medical science as well as sophisticated
neuroimaging. Recent technological and neuroscience developments have made it possible
to be able to quantify brain injuries to such a degree that juries no
longer have to infer from neuropsychological testing whether or not a
person has a significant brain injury. Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
and fractional anisotropy (FA) have enabled neuroradiologists and neurologists
the ability to identify and quantify abnormal patterns within the brain
that when paired with a history of trauma, can help to establish the existence
of a brain injury.
Lyons & Simmons, LLP has extensive experience with brain injury cases
and is committed to retaining respected experts in the fields of Neurosurgery,
Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosphychiatry, Vocational Rehabilitation,
Life Care Planning, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for complex
brain injury cases. Let us handle your brain injury case.
Need to discuss your case with a Dallas TBI attorney? Call (844) 297-8898.
We have handled ample amounts of
personal injury cases.