If you have suffered a brain injury, you may have the legal right to obtain compensation for your treatment from the party who caused the injury. For instance, if you are hurt in a car crash, you may take legal action against the driver who caused the crash that led to your injury.
What types of compensation may you be entitled to? First, you may be entitled to a cash award to pay for any medical bills that you incur. This may include the cost of your hospital room, any procedures that you undergo, and the cost of any medication that you need. If you need further care after you leave the hospital, such as an in-home nurse or physical therapy, you may be compensated for that as well.
If you are unable to work, you could be in line to receive compensation for lost wages or lost future earnings. The amount of the award will most likely be determined by considering how many years you may have been able to work if you stayed healthy as well as the odds that you would have advanced into higher-paying positions.
In addition to lost earnings, it is possible that you will receive a lump sum to compensate you for any accrued benefits such as vacation time that had gone unused. Depending on the events that led up to your injury, it may be possible to obtain punitive damages, which is a separate award to compensate an individual for another party’s negligence.