A traumatic brain injury can be a life-changing event. Two of the most common reasons that these injuries happen or when people are involved in falls or car accidents. TBIs are also different for everyone because it depends on the part of the brain that was injured and the severity of that injury.
But the real reason that this can be so life-changing is that the TBI may never entirely heal. Your brain may never go completely back to the way that it was before the injury. People generally see the most healing shortly after the injury and up to two years after the event. Further healing can take place after this – some people have reported progress up to seven years later – but it is less common and many individuals get to a point where no more healing is predicted.
What does this mean for your compensation?
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, perhaps in a serious car accident caused by another driver, you may be interested in seeking financial compensation. This is going to be much different in your case than for someone who had a broken arm.
The reasoning is that compensation is often for the medical bills produced by the crash. If you had minor injuries, you probably had to pay those bills after you got treatment and then that was the end of it. But a TBI that can last for life may require far more extensive treatment, it may result in lost wages when you can’t return to work and it can lead to all sorts of alterations to your future.
As a result, it’s very important to know exactly what you can seek compensation for and how to determine if you’re getting what you really deserve.