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High costs of brain injury can sink accident victims, P.2

In our last post, we spoke briefly about the high costs of brain injury for accident victims and their families. As we pointed out, it is important for accident victims to work with an experienced attorney for help and guidance in building a strong damages case. Building a strong case for damages means not only gathering detailed evidence regarding the existing costs resulting from the accident, but also the costs the plaintiff is likely to incur in the future from the accident.

Such damages are referred to as compensatory, since they are aimed at paying back the accident victim for the costs and losses he or she sustains as a result of the accident. Compensatory damages can involve past costs and future costs, and can include things like lost wages and loss of earning capacity as well. Getting an accurate measurement on compensatory damages is important in brain injury cases, and yet not always easy to do. Defendants, of course, can almost always be expected to minimize the appropriate damages award.Â

In addition to compensatory damages, non-economic compensatory damages can and should be sought when appropriate in brain injury cases. Non-economic damages, which are so-called because they are not readily measured in economic terms, include things like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. For accident victims who do not have significant compensatory damages, for one reason or another, non-economic damages are particularly important.

In some brain injury cases, punitive damages may be a possibility as well, but punitive damages are only available under certain circumstances. In our next post, we’ll pick up on this point.

Catastrophic Injuries

Common Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Treatments

A spinal cord injury is a type of serious injury that causes damage to the collection of nerves in a person’s spine, causing varying levels of paralysis. It is estimated that approximately 12,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries each year, equating to about 30 injuries per day. Injuries of this type often occur as a result of trauma from auto collisions, slip and falls, gunshots, sports-related accidents, and birth injuries,

Medical Malpractice

Important patient safety documents released

Over the past few weeks, several important documents related to patient safety in America have been released. These documents should help to give lawmakers, medical professionals and the public a clearer sense of which patient safety issues remain pressing. Unfortunately, the most recent documentation released indicates that many patient safety issues still need to be urgently addressed. First, the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health

Truck Accidents

What\’s the safest month for driving?

As everyone in Joplin knows, our weather can be brutal and it can be beautiful. Snow can fly in spring and rain can fall in winter. So which month is the safest for driving? Many might assume the safest month would be in summer when there\’s no ice or snow to make roads treacherous. But according to a recent insurance company report, the month with the fewest claims is December.

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