Determining Compensation After a Traumatic Brain Injury in Texas
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect nearly every aspect of your life. It can impact you physically, mentally, and emotionally, making it difficult for you to engage in normal activities or maintain gainful employment. If your TBI was the result of another person’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for your injury-related losses.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we provide compassionate representation for traumatic brain injury survivors. Our nationally-recognized legal team can help you understand your rights and calculate your losses related to the accident that caused you harm. We have over a century of collective legal experience to help you get the largest possible recovery on your case.
If you sustained a TBI after an accident, contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation.
What Types of Damages Are Awarded in TBI Cases?
A traumatic brain injury survivor may be able to collect compensatory damages after an accident caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing. Compensatory damages may include both economic and non-economic losses related to the accident.
In order to determine how much you should request in damages after a TBI, it is strongly recommended that you speak with an attorney. It is imperative that you act fast as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages based on personal injury.
What Are Economic Losses?
Economic losses, also referred to as special damages in Texas, are out-of-pocket expenses that a TBI survivor incurs as a result of the accident that caused their injury. Economic losses are generally easier to calculate than non-economic losses.
Types of economic losses include expenses related to:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Vehicle repair
- Property damage
- Therapy, counseling, and rehabilitation
In order to prove economic losses you will need to provide documentation of any accident-related costs. It is important to save all medical bills, vehicle repair receipts, income documents, and any other evidence that shows your out-of-pocket expenses.
What Are Non-Economic Losses?
Non-economic losses or general damages are often harder to calculate than economic losses. An attorney may use an expert in the field to help determine the amount of general damages you should request.
Examples of non-economic losses include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Disability and disfigurement
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
Because proving non-economic losses can be challenging, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney if you were seriously injured. Many TBI survivors have valid claims for general damages.
Will I Receive Punitive Damages After a TBI?
In limited cases, a court may award punitive damages (exemplary damages) to a TBI survivor. Punitive damages are designed to punish egregious behavior by a defendant. An attorney can help you understand whether you are eligible to receive punitive damages based on the circumstances of your case.
Contact Our Office for More Information
Were you diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after an accident? Contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you get the recovery you deserve.