Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common precursors to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 2 million individuals in the US experience TBI, with 14.3% coming from motor vehicle incidents. Every person will respond to TBI differently and people can have very different experiences with how intense the symptoms will be as well as how long they last. Some individuals that suffer from a TBI can have long-lasting effects, even permanent disabilities as a result.
Life after A Coma
A TBI can render the victim unconscious for a long time. The more time in a coma, the more severe the damage to the brain can be. Even minutes can have severely damaging effects. When a victim is in an unresponsive state, medical professionals refer to The Glasgow Coma Scale as the basis to assess the comatose patient.
Recovery from a coma or vegetative state is largely dependant on the gravity and seriousness of the initial injury. Those with mild TBIs have a much better outlook regarding recovery. Their chances of living life without permanent disabilities or sustained symptoms are much higher than those with very severe cases.
Severe TBI cases who may remain in a coma for a long duration have the highest risk of permanent disability. Those that face moderate TBI have approximately a 60% recovery rate and of these individuals, 25% will have permanent impairments. Unfortunately for about 10% of these moderate cases, the end result is death.
Settlement Outcomes for TBI Injury Claims
The best outcome is a full recovery, however for many victims recovery comes with lasting physical, psychological, and behavioral changes. While trained medical professionals may be able to evaluate the initial stages of recovery from TBI and provide adequate treatment, the rest of the victim’s life could is up in the air. Long term effects could still manifest throughout a victim’s life in a variety of detrimental ways.
Those who are the victims of TBI due to negligence or criminal activity by another individual may pursue an injury claim against the guilty party. Even if the victim themselves is unable to bring about a claim, the family members of the victim may be able to do so on their behalf.
Outcomes that can result from a TBI injury claim may include:
- Compensation for medical expenses which can include long-term treatment costs such as physical therapy, for example.
- If the victim is unable to work as a result of the injury, monetary compensation may be obtained to make up for income loss. Injuries that are severe enough to render the victim unable to work in the future may result in additional compensation for those futures lost wages.
- Permanent damages may also be compensated to account for the associated pain and suffering that can occur after the diagnosis of a TBI.
Nevada Personal Injury Lawyers
Victims and their families have enough on their plate as they work through the strain and stress of recovering from a TBI.
A skilled personal injury attorney will put together a successful lawsuit against the guilty parties to ensure you receive your rightful compensation. The Cottle Firm can be the legal representation you need. We have obtained over a quarter of a million dollars for personal injury victims in Nevada. Call our office today at 702-722-6111 and speak to one of our experienced personal injury attorneys about your accident.