St. Lucie County Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause permanent damage that poses lifelong challenges. Even mild to moderate TBIs can result in the loss of certain physical or cognitive functions, which means the injury impacts not only the accident victim but also his or her loved ones.
The family members of those who suffer a TBI can find themselves struggling to cover the healthcare expenses. Medical bills can add up quickly, and if the victim was a primary source of family income, the loss of wages could lead to overwhelming debt.
If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of another party’s negligence, your family may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, contact Donaldson & Weston.
Our compassionate personal injury lawyers are well versed in the laws governing accident claims in the state of Florida. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of the leading brain injury attorneys in St. Lucie County.How to Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages
In addition to economic damages like medical expenses and lost income, many brain injury settlements include compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Since there are no receipts or invoices for such damages, though, quantifying them can be challenging. Fortunately, there are two widely accepted formulas for doing so.
The first formula is called the multiplier method. In this approach, you simply multiply the total economic damages by a factor that typically ranges from 1.5 to 5. More severe TBIs warrant a higher multiplier.
The second formula is called the per diem method. To apply this formula, your attorney would determine a daily rate for your pain and suffering—such as $100 or a full day’s wages—and multiply it by the number of days you spend recovering. If your lawyer thinks $150 is fair, for example, and you take six months to reach maximum medical improvement, your attorney would multiply $150 by 180 days to get $27,000.
It is important to note that just because you use one of these formulas does not mean you are guaranteed to recover the amount you arrive at for pain and suffering. The insurance adjuster will likely challenge whatever number your lawyer proposes, which is why it’s important to enter settlement negotiations with the strongest case possible.
One of the most effective ways to prove the extent of your pain and suffering is to keep a daily journal. Diagnostic images and statements from medical experts and loved ones can also contribute to the strength of your claim.Call 772-266-5555 for a Free Consultation with a St. Lucie County Brain Injury Lawyer
If you want to file a brain injury claim in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We are dedicated to getting our clients the results they deserve. Call 772-266-5555 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in St. Lucie County.