Palm Beach County Brain Injury
The fact that most states have passed helmet laws highlights just how important it is to protect the head from forceful impacts. Although gloves and other safety apparel can certainly help motorcyclists in the event of a crash, only a helmet can reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Since the brain controls every bodily function through the central nervous system, a forceful impact to the head can have devastating consequences. Helmet laws are in place to reduce the prevalence of TBIs, but motorcycle wrecks are far from the only cause of such injuries. Other common causes include slip and fall accidents, physical altercations, sports injuries, and explosive blasts.
If you sustained a TBI in some kind of preventable accident, contact Donaldson & Weston. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free consultation with one of the leading brain injury lawyers in Palm Beach County.How to Calculate Damages in Brain Injury Cases
The costs of treating and then living with a TBI can be exorbitant. Fortunately, tracking them is relatively straightforward. To total your economic damages, simply give your brain injury attorney the following documents:
- Hospital bills;
- Pharmacy receipts;
- Physical therapy invoices;
- Home care invoices;
- Pay stubs; and
- Recent tax returns.
These documents will help your legal team calculate medical expenses, lost income, and loss of earning capacity; however, determining non-economic damages such as pain and suffering is a bit more complicated.
One approach to calculating pain and suffering is known as the multiplier method. It involves multiplying your total economic damages by a factor that ranges from 1.5 to 5. A moderate to severe TBI will warrant a higher multiplier while a mild TBI might call for a multiplier of 1.5 or 2.
Another approach is called the per diem method. Your attorney would assign a daily rate to your suffering, such as $200 or a full day’s wages, and then multiply this rate by the number of days you spend recovering.
If your attorney thinks $250 is a fair daily rate, for example, and it takes you six months to reach maximum medical improvement, he or she would multiply $250 by 180 days. The resulting figure, which in this case is $45,000, would provide a starting point for the settlement negotiations.Call 772-266-5555 to Speak with a Brain Injury Attorney in Palm Beach County
If you want to file a brain injury claim in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to helping accident victims put their lives back together as quickly as possible.
We have the knowledge, resources, and tenacity to take on even the largest insurance companies. Call 772-266-5555 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Palm Beach County.