How Much Compensation Will I Get for a Brain Injury?
By Chris Dixon
Brain injuries can be caused as a result of a medical condition, such as a stroke or seizure, or in severe accidents involving blunt-force impact. If you suffered brain injuries because of another person’s negligence, you could be eligible to file a brain injury claim in Missouri and recover a settlement for damages.
Common Catastrophic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can range in severity, depending on factors such as what caused it, the victim’s age and health, whether there are pre-existing conditions, and if the injury is treated right away. Catastrophic brain injuries are typically the result of motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and other high-impact accidents such as falls. The degree of damage caused in each of these accidents can vary significantly, but the most common types of catastrophic brain injuries include:
- Concussions – concussions can be moderate or severe, depending on the level of force that caused it. For example, a car accident could cause a concussion in one victim, without loss of consciousness, that heals within a matter of months. But, in another victim, a direct blow to the head could cause skull damage, brain bleeding, and other severe complications that lead to severe mental and physical damages
- Contusions – bruises and brain bleeding that, depending on the severity, could require surgical removal to heal
- Coup-Contrecoup – wounds on both sides of the brain, caused by blunt force trauma that causes the brain to move and slam into the side of the skull
- Diffuse Axonal Injury – tearing of nerve tissue in the brain caused by shaking or the severe, blunt impact of a car accident or fall. DAI’s can cause mobility and functional issues linked to the site of injury, and be temporary, permanent, or even fatal
- Penetrative Brain Injuries – when a sharp, foreign object punctures the brain. Depending on where the injury occurred, and the level of impact, this could cause brain vessel ruptures, stretching of brain tissue, or permanent or fatal brain damage
If you suffered brain injuries, depending on the type of injury, what and who caused it, and the injury’s status (temporary or permanent; partial or complete), you could recover a settlement that includes general and special damages.
Brain Injury Claims in Missouri
According to the Missouri Department of Health, approximately 14,000 Missouri residents are treated for injuries or hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries every year. Under Missouri’s Injury Statute, if another person causes someone’s TBI’s, they are legally required to compensate the victim for damages caused in the accident. While there are several State-funded rehabilitation and support resources for brain injury victims in Missouri, this doesn’t cover all brain injury damages. Eligible brain injury victims can bring personal injury claims against the people that caused their harm, and recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, distress, and other expenses linked to the victim’s brain injury.
Brain Injury Lawyers in St. Louis
If you are one of the hundreds of Missouri residents that suffer preventable brain injuries in car accidents, sports accidents, and other accidents every year, you deserve justice. Consulting the St. Louis Brain Injury Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm about your case ensures you’ll get treatment for your injuries and there’s someone on your side fighting for your brain injury claim.
Christopher Dixon cares about the well-being of clients and is always available to answer questions about your case’s settlement. Chris Dixon and the Missouri Brain Injury Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm can make sure that your family has support during this challenging time, access to resources that can alleviate financial or rehabilitation-related stress, and a strong argument for recovering compensation for your brain injury claim in Missouri.
For a free case review or consultation with Christopher Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm’s Brain Injury Lawyers in St. Louis, call (314) 409-7060, 855-40-2724 (toll-free), or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to discuss your case.