It all depends on how badly you were hurt and what’s happened to you. Generally speaking, though, what you’re entitled to is medical bills and that means medical bills that you incur right after this incident and then anything that you might need in the future. Say you’re settling your case but you still need more treatment. Same with wage loss. So any wage loss that you’ve suffered, any in the future that’s a result of this. If you need extra care or extra services or something like that, extra therapies that’s covered. The big one is really, general damages. It’s pain and suffering. How is your life different now because you’ve had a brain injury?
You have a couple of options. Even if you don’t have health insurance you may have a type of coverage called personal injury protection, or PIP protection, that may pay for you. Also, under some circumstances, the car that ran into you may have PIP insurance that will pay your bills, or at the end of the day the driver who is at fault will have to pay all of your medical bills, but not until the time of settlement.
Many brain injuries are defined as mild traumatic brain injuries, but the word mild really is misleading. It doesn’t mean that it’s insignificant, it doesn’t mean that’s it’s minor, and it doesn’t mean that you can’t be compensated for it. It’s just a way of telling brain injury differences on a big, big scale. Mild traumatic brain injury are the things that we deal most often with and it can be quite profound and it can be quite life changing and you can get compensated for it. Please call us if you think you’ve suffered a brain injury because we can help you with that.
A neurologist is an M.D., a medical doctor, and I like to think of them as the quarterback for your medical case, because they will do the diagnostics and determine what you suffered, what your problems are, and what treatment you need. They can do much of the treatment themselves, whether it’s prescriptions or ordering MRIs, but then they also know the people who can best help you: cognitive therapist, neuro-psychologist, other people who can really help you recover from a brain injury, but it’s really important to have a neurologist quarterbacking your care so that you get the best recovery.
A neuropsychologist is a PhD psychologist with special training in brain injury and their role is to do a comprehensive set of tests to determine exactly how the brain injury is affecting you. Their tests pin point the areas of your life that you’re having trouble with as a result of the brain injury and then based on that, then they can make recommendations for specific treatment to help you get the very best recovery that you can.