The brain is a delicate and complex organ. When an accident causes the brain to bump against the skull, rattle around too quickly, lose oxygen, or bleed, the damage can be permanent. While the skull protects the brain from a lot of injuries, a serious enough impact or other harm can affect brain function for life. The traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyers at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs in Fort Lauderdale can help brain injury survivors and loved ones of the deceased fight for full and fair compensation for these severe injuries.
Brain injuries are often what the Florida courts call “catastrophic.” A catastrophic injury is one that causes permanent impairment, such as a severe brain injury that causes long-term sensory, motor, communication, neurological, or cerebral function disturbances. Other non-brain-related examples are spine injuries resulting in paralysis, amputations, blindness, or loss of reproductive organs. Most victims never fully recover from catastrophic injuries and must live with the effects for the rest of their lives.
The courts handle catastrophic injury claims a bit differently than standard claims, due to the severity of the injury. Economic damages, such as the cost of medical bills and lost wages, can refer to the victim’s lifelong losses instead of losses according to how long it will take for the injury to heal. The economic award can include estimated payments for lifelong doctor’s appointments, procedures, medications, live-in care, medical equipment, rehabilitative therapies, and home or vehicle modifications to accommodate a brain-related disability.
Non-economic damages for a traumatic brain injury can reach into the millions of dollars for significant physical pain, emotional suffering/distress, and mental anguish for the victim. A brain injury can completely change a person’s life. It can rob a survivor of his or her career, relationships, and independence. If the victim is a child, damages can be even higher, since the survivor will have more to lose. To calculate these types of damages, Florida courts will typically use the multiplier method. This entails multiplying the number of economic damages by a number from one to five that represents the severity of the injury. Permanent brain damage and other catastrophic injuries will generally receive higher multipliers.
If you or someone you know sustained a brain injury in a car crash, sports impact, assault, birth injury, medical malpractice, slip and fall, or another incident, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of attorneys. We understand the sensitivity of these cases and know how to argue for the absolute maximum compensation for survivors, family members, and someone who passed away from a serious brain injury. We’ll go after full reimbursement for medical bills now and in the future, lost earnings and ability to earn, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Our Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers can settle most cases outside the courtroom, but we’re also ready to go to trial if necessary. We have everything you need for a complex personal injury claim. Discuss your claim during a free one-on-one consultation with one of our lawyers. Request yours by calling (954) 568-3636 or going online today.