The brain is one of the most important organs in the body, responsible for regulating nearly all life-sustaining functions and cognition. As such, any sort of damage to the brain can have catastrophic consequences and potentially result in a permanently reduced quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury at the hands of a negligent party, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Generally speaking, the amount of damages you may be eligible to receive will vary depending on the severity of your injury and the extent of your resulting physical and financial losses.
A brain injury can be suffered under a variety of circumstances, including:
What Damages Can I Receive?
Damages in brain and head injury cases are divided into two types: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are damages for which money is a comparable substitute for what was lost, such as calculable out-of-pocket expenses.
Awarded economic damages may include:
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Funeral costs (in wrongful death cases)
Unfortunately, brain damage often affects a person’s life far greater than what any amount of money could ever replace. For this reason, brain injury victims may also be eligible to receive compensation for non-economic damages, for which money is only a rough substitute. Non-economic damages are usually calculated by applying a multiplier to a plaintiff’s total economic losses based on the severity of their injuries.
Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Shock and anguish
Seek Compensation with Metzger Wickersham
Since 1888, Metzger Wickersham's Pennsylvania brain injury lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of catastrophically injured clients. Our firm is one of the most widely respected and trusted legal practices in the state of Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury caused by another party’s negligence, our aggressive advocates can provide the strong legal support you need to ensure your rights are protected.
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