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A car accident brain injury can be financially devastating


A brain injury can be one of the most serious and life-changing injuries a person can suffer in a car accident. Louisiana residents who have suffered a brain injury are often in for a long and costly process of recovery and rehabilitation.

When a person has suffered a significant brain injury they will require extensive rehabilitation. The patient will often have to relearn such basic life skills as walking and talking. A number of specialists including speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and physiatrists will typically be involved.

Brain injuries can result in significant and permanent disability. The patient may be unable to return to the person's former employment, resulting in significant loss of income. In the most devastating brain injury cases the patient may need round-the-clock medical care for the rest of the person's life.

The extensive therapy and medical treatment required after a serious brain injury can be astronomically expensive. Health insurance may not cover all of the costs. Medical bills can pile up rapidly, putting a serious strain on a family's finances.

If the injury was caused by a negligent driver, the victim can pursue a personal injury claim and seek compensation for these losses. The injured victim can seek damages for out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills and lost wages. If the victim is disabled from work, the person can seek damages for loss of future earning capacity. Finally, victims can pursue compensation for their pain, suffering and mental anguish. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help a victim pursue their claim and recover the compensation they and their family need.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Diseases and Conditions: Traumatic brain injury: Treatments and drugs," accessed Sept. 4, 2016

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