A typical traumatic brain injury settlement will cover lifetime benefits as well as weekly benefits. The lifetime benefits are based on the victim’s average life expectancy. Ideally, the case should be settled before the victim requires long-term medical care. Before the case is resolved, the victim should receive a diagnosis and authorize treatment.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a number of symptoms. Depending on the severity of the injury, a patient will undergo medical treatment and rehabilitation services to manage the symptoms. Some of the most common TBI symptoms are seizures, headache with vomiting, and neck pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor immediately. A CT scan is an excellent tool for assessing the extent of the injury. It can detect fractures and blood in the skull.
There are several types of TBI and its symptoms vary from subtle to obvious. Often, patients and health care providers fail to detect subtle symptoms of TBI. However, family members will notice changes in the person’s behavior or complaints.
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Treatment options after a traumatic brain injury
Treatment options after a traumatic brain injury depend on the severity of the injury and the patient’s overall health. A mild injury may only require rest, while more severe traumatic brain injuries may require intensive care at a hospital. Medications are prescribed to reduce swelling and inflammation in the brain. These medications may also be used to prevent infections. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair skull fractures, remove bleeding vessels, or relieve extremely high intracranial pressure.
A traumatic brain injury can be a result of a variety of accidents. It can involve the entire brain or only a part of it. Some common causes of TBIs include car accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls, athletic activities, and even assaults with or without weapons. Each year in the United States, an estimated 1.5 million adults and children experience some form of head injury. Of these people, 230,000 will require hospitalization due to moderate to severe head injuries, and another 50,000 will die from the condition.
Settlement value of a brain injury claim
The settlement value of a brain injury case depends on a variety of factors, including the mechanism of the brain injury, the type of injuries, and future medical care needs. Additionally, the damages sustained are unique to each case. For example, a concussion case may be worth much less than a severe TBI case, and vice versa. Ultimately, a brain injury settlement value depends on the total damages and the long-term effects of the injuries.
While a TBI may be minor and go away after rest and medical treatment, a more severe case may be permanent. These permanent effects require life-long rehabilitation, including cognitive, physical, and occupational therapy.