When a person is injured, be it in a work accident or as a result of someone else’s negligence, the road to compensation will be complex. A number of factors need to be accounted for in order for the individual to get the compensation they deserve, but attorneys are very skilled at helping someone get a fair deal for their injuries. This process is never easy, but it’s simpler when there are more defined injuries, like a broken ankle, the loss of a thumb or a temporary back injury that knocks a person out of work for three weeks.
Things become even more complicated when the brain is involved, because the extent of the injuries are much more difficult to quantify. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at TBI injury claims and what you should do in the event you or someone you loved has suffered a brain injury.
The Complexity Of Brain Injury Cases In Minnesota
You can’t put a price on your health, but Minnesota lawmakers can. That’s right, they’ve compiled a chart that helps calculate how much compensation you may be eligible for in the wake of certain injuries. For example, if you had to have your thumb amputated after a work accident, permanent partial disability benefits suggest you could collect about $95,000 given your impairment rating. They have compensation amounts for a number of standard traumatic injuries, like finger amputation, lung diseases or heart problems, but the brain is a much more difficult area to accurately quantify.
One of the reasons it can be so difficult to put an accurate price tag on a brain injury is that symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Two fractured ankles will likely have similar symptoms and healing expectations when treated with the similar surgery techniques, but two head injuries can have vastly different symptoms and treatments. One person may experience dizziness, fainting spells and sensitivity to light for the rest of their life after a TBI, while someone else may have balance issues, chronic headaches and short-term memory loss. Quantifying these symptoms with a dollar amount is no easy task.
Projected future medical expenses also play a role in your compensation award, and these too can be hard to project after a head injury. If your head injury was treated and you eventually made a full recovery, it’s easier to quantify the medical expenses you incurred, but if you’re expected to have more medical appointments or treatments in the future, it’s difficult for an individual to be able to put a fair figure to this amount.
There’s also the possibility that the head injury limits or negatively affects your earning capacity. If you can no longer hold the same job because of your head injury or you won’t be able to advance in your career as originally expected, you’ll want these factors included on a compensation package.
This is where an injury compensation lawyer is a huge asset. We can handle all of the above factors so that you can focus on your health and not worry about ensuring that you get a fair deal. We know how to calculate current medical expenses, we can work closely with doctors and other medical experts to get a fair gauge on future medical needs, and we know how to negotiate an open settlement that can account for the types of issues you may deal with in the future as a result of your head injury.
Don’t get taken advantage of by the insurance company who wants to offer a quick and final resolution to your case, because you could be leaving six-figures or more on the table by not understanding the severity of your injuries and what you’re truly owed. With so much at stake, it’s imperative that you connect with an injury compensation firm like Dean Margolis and the team at Margolis Law Firm. We’ll advocate for your rights and fight to get you every penny you deserve in the wake of a devastating head injury.
For more information about filing a workers’ compensation or personal injury lawsuit after an accident that resulted in head or brain injuries, reach out to Dean and his team. We only get paid if you win, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by connecting with a member from our team. To set up that initial consultation and get some peace of mind about the future of your case, give Margolis Law Firm a call today at (952) 230-2700.
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