Several factors determine what someone can expect when filing a brain injury claim. These include the type of brain injury, its severity, the circumstances surrounding the injury, and the strength of the evidence the claimant submits.

Some of these factors are beyond a claimant’s control. Others, however, such as the evidence one gathers and how one presents it, often depend on the skill and knowledge of the legal team assisting the claimant.

Those considering filing a brain injury claim can learn more about what to expect below.

Types of Brain Injuries and Their Effect on a Claim

Traumatic brain injuries can occur due to various events such as a car accident, slip and fall, abuse, or negligence on the part of a medical professional.

There are two types of head injuries: closed and open. The type of brain injury you suffer
can affect severity, damages, and how an attorney approaches your claim.

Open Head Injuries

Penetrating: An object penetrates the skull and impacts the brain. This type of injury often has a more severe prognosis than a closed head injury and will likely have higher damages.

Closed Head Injuries

Contusion: An impact to the skull causes bleeding within the brain. Contusions often heal on their own but can still cause long-term effects.
Coup-contrecoup contusion: An impact causes a second impact between the brain and the skull, resulting in another contusion on the other side of the brain.

Because it affects both sides of the brain, this injury can have a marked limitation on functioning.

Diffuse axonal injury: Violent shaking or other trauma to the skull causes tears within the brain tissue. A diffuse axonal injury can affect different parts of the brain and even cause the victim to go into a coma.

Anoxic Brain Injury: The most serious type of oxygen deprivation to the brain. It  results in the complete shutoff of your brain’s oxygen supply. Anoxia is often fatal, and even when it is not, it usually leads to permanent disability.

Hypoxic brain injury: Characterized as partial oxygen deprivation, hypoxic brain injury can also be fatal or lead to disability, as it results in the loss of brain cells.

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Most common accidents leading to brain injuries

From vehicle accidents to workplace disasters, sports injuries to simple slips, these events can dramatically alter a person’s life in an instant.

Our attorneys recognize the terrible impact of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, and we are dedicated to fighting for our clients’ justice and recompense. Understanding the most frequent causes of brain injuries in-depth allows us to pinpoint the guilty parties and craft a calculated plan of action to get you the right compensation.

We are prepared to take on your case and work for the justice you deserve thanks to our extensive expertise and experience in looking into all kinds of brain injuries, including those caused by auto accidents, slips and falls, and other cases of carelessness.

How to Calculate Damages from a Brain Injury Claim

Because so many variables determine the value of a brain injury claim, we ask juries to put a dollar figure on these claims and award money damages. That said, victims can expect to receive compensation for some or all the following:

Medical Costs

Medical expenses include hospital stays, doctor visits, surgeries, medications, medical devices, and so on. How much a brain injury sufferer can recover will depend on the severity of the injury as well as the treatment required. A claimant who suffered a concussion that kept him in the hospital for two days will receive less than someone who suffered a severe head injury and requires round-the-clock care.

Earnings Loss

If a claimant must miss work to recover from his injury, or if he must take a lesser-paying job or retire completely, he is entitled to compensation for those losses. What a claimant can expect to recover depends on how long he is out of work as well as the salary he
made prior to the accident.

Lifetime Care

Brain injuries often result in a need for lifetime care. Claimants can expect payment for the total cost.

Life Enjoyment/Pain and Suffering

A brain injury can also cause substantial pain and suffering. Claimants can request compensation for this as well.

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How much money can you get from a brain injury?

Injuries can escalate into severe and costly damages as time progresses. A significant portion of the largest personal injury settlements involves cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with compensation amounts typically ranging from $3 million to $10 million. Additionally, approximately 2.5% of TBI claims result in settlements exceeding $1 million.

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What Challenges Might a Claimant Face?

Brain injury claims can leave an insurance company paying out hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible; to do so, they will challenge a claim any way they can. This might involve:

Accusations of Fault

Virginia is a contributory negligence state, which bars injury victims from recovering compensation if they are even just one percent responsible for their injury. Insurance companies often use this to avoid a claim altogether. This can be especially problematic in brain injury cases as the injury might make it impossible for the claimant to remember the incident in question.
Tronfeld West & Durrett defends brain injury victims against these tactics and gathers the
necessary evidence to prove they deserve compensation.

Proving Brain Injury

At Tronfeld West & Durrett, we recognize the complex nature of proving a brain injury in a legal case. This task requires a strong and convincing presentation of evidence.

Our approach prioritizes the thorough collection of medical records, which includes advanced imaging like CT scans and MRIs, alongside comprehensive neurological assessments. In addition, we leverage the expertise of medical specialists such as neurologists and cognitive therapists, whose testimonies can provide additional support for the presence and impact of the brain injury.

We also place value on documenting any less apparent symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion, and behavioral changes, which can serve as strong evidence of the severity of the injury.

Tronfeld West & Durrett Can Help After a Brain Injury

There can be a lot of money at stake in a brain injury claim. Thus, it is important to choose the right legal team. Brain injury claimants can trust their case to the team at Tronfeld West & Durrett. To schedule a free consultation with our Richmond traumatic brain injury attorney, victims and their families can call our office today at 804-358-6741.

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