Mark Roman | November 12, 2019 | Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to change the course of a victim’s life forever. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, the victim may be able to return to work in days to weeks, or they may never be able to live independently or earn an income again. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to know the damages you or a loved one may be able to recover for a traumatic brain injury.
Damages Recovered for Brain Injuries
Since a traumatic brain injury may force you to pay for expensive medical treatment and lost wages, it’s important to know that you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from any negligent parties that contributed to your accident.
If it can be proven that someone else’s negligence, such as distracted driving or improperly maintaining a premises, led to your traumatic brain injury, you may be able to recover damages for the following expenses:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future work wages
- Pain, suffering, and emotional anguish
These damages are quantifiable and are associated with a direct value of money lost as a result of the injuries sustained. For instance, your medical bills to treat the injury are associated with an exact amount. This is the same for lost income—you can prove exactly how much was lost.
These are economic damages and are the easiest to identify in a personal injury matter. Whether through settlement or verdict, the exact amount owed to you can be determined and ruled upon without much back and forth regarding the number.
These types of damages are what can make the award from a personal injury lawsuit more complicated to determine. These are damages that do not have a direct value and the amount of compensation is based on assumptions of the court. Non-economic damages are typically used to cover pain and suffering costs, lost companionship, and other non-quantifiable losses.
In some rare instances, Florida allows for the court to punish individuals who act in gross negligence when causing harm—such as in physical violence that causes a brain injury. These are additional damages awarded to the victim for no other reason than to punish the defendant for his or her actions.
Learn More About Your Options Today
If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by another’s negligence, Roman & Gaynor is here to help. We use our 60+ years of collective experience and resources to establish another party’s liability and demonstrate the extent of the damages you have suffered.
Contact Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212 to learn how we can assist you.