What Is My Concussion Case Worth?
Determining the value of a personal injury case is always a bit challenging, especially when the injury in question has to do with the head. Head injuries are particularly tricky because there is always the potential for brain damage, emotional damage, personality changes, and other serious, lasting repercussions. Because of the nature of these injuries, the resulting damaging can be extremely serious, which can make a legal case even more imperative.
If you suffered a concussion due to someone else’s negligence or error, you have the right to pursue justice and compensation from the liable party. But, in order to pursue legal action, you need to know the potential value of your case.
In order to determine how much your concussion case is worth, consider the following:
What Did You Pay in Medical Bills?
After a concussion, you need to seek medical attention. When you go to the hospital for a head injury, the doctor will likely order tests to check the condition of your skull and brain. These tests, whether they be X-rays, MRIs, or other scans, can be very costly, even if you have good health insurance. Plus, emergency transportation, such as an ambulance, can cost thousands of dollars. The more you pay in medical bills, the more money you will need from the liable party, thus increasing the value of your concussion lawsuit.
Will You Need Ongoing Care?
Immediate medical attention aside it is possible that certain types of head trauma can require ongoing care. You may need to book a follow-up appointment with your doctor, visit a specialist, or schedule some type of procedure, like physical therapy or surgery. Also, depending on the nature of your accident, you might require counseling or therapy to help you cope with the aftermath of the ordeal. When you require ongoing care of any type, that also increases the overall cost of your injury.
Did You Lose Work?
Someone who suffers a serious head injury should never return to work immediately. Depending on the damage and the type of head injury, the injured person may be able to return to work a few days after their incident, or they may be unable to work for months, or even years. In cases where the individual suffers severe brain damage, they may not be able to return to work at all. Even if the damage is minimal and the individual has to miss a few days of work, the cost of those missed wages adds up fast. Make sure you keep track of your lost work, that way you can seek compensation for your potential earnings.
Will You Be Able To Return To Your Previous Profession?
Even if the injured person is able to work again, they may not be able to return to their previous profession. For example, a construction worker who suffers a major head injury might no longer be able to work on his feet all day. In this scenario, the worker would need to find a new career, potentially going to school, or taking a wage cut in order to work in another, less profitable profession.
Did You Suffer Lasting or Permanent Damage?
While billable damage is an important aspect of any personal injury case, its also important to consider the lasting impact of the injury. Head injuries can be very damaging, and can lead to memory loss, decreased physical control or agility, diminished mental abilities, personality changes, chronic pain, and more. These types of damages are often the worst, because they affect how you live your life and the way you connect to those around you. These types of damages are immeasurable and unique, which makes the losses invaluable. Head injury cases of this nature typically hold the most monetary value.
Seek Legal Help, Today
Did you or someone you love suffer a serious concussion or traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence or error? If you were wrongfully injured, you may have a personal injury case. Concussions can occur in physical sports, car accidents, slip and fall cases, and more, and can be extremely traumatizing and damaging. If you were harmed, make sure you know your rights.
Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. to discuss your concussion case with our experienced attorneys.