Brain Injury Claims and Future Medical Care: What You Need to Know
Recovering from a brain injury can be a long, difficult process. The adverse effects could even be permanent. An important part of any personal injury claim is ensuring that future medical costs and necessary rehabilitative treatment are properly considered.
You should never agree to settle a serious injury claim without a comprehensive treatment plan that fully accounts for ongoing and anticipated medical costs. Below, our Buffalo brain injury lawyers explain what you need to know about catastrophic injury claims and future medical care.
Compensation Must Be Offered for Future Medical Costs and Rehabilitative Care
As a starting point, it is important to emphasize that New York allows injured victims to seek financial compensation for anticipated future damages. A plaintiff is not merely limited to recovering for medical bills and lost wages that have already been incurred. A negligent defendant should also offer financial compensation for:
- Likely future medical treatment;
- Ongoing physical therapy;
- Psychological counseling; and
- Diminished earning capacity.
As traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often have a long-lasting effect, it is imperative the victims and their families carefully consider ongoing and future costs when preparing their claim. It is your right under New York law to recover financial relief for the full value of your economic damages—including future damages.
Do Not Settle a Brain Injury Claim for Less than You Deserve
Following a serious accident, many people want to know: How much is my case worth? There is no easy answer to this question. Personal injury claims must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Before you think about settling a brain injury claim, you need to compile all of your medical bills and put together a comprehensive treatment plan. As explained by Johns Hopkins Medicine, brain injuries often require extensive rehabilitative care. What type of care will be needed varies dramatically based on the specific needs of the patient. The treatment plan should be documented.
How a Brain Injury Lawyer (and Expert Witnesses) Can Help
Defendants and insurance companies often take advantage of the ambiguous nature of future medical costs. Indeed, these parties are notorious for undervaluing ongoing costs and long-term damages. With an experienced New York personal injury attorney on your side, you can be sure that the full extent of your damages will be properly documented and accounted for. In many cases, expert witness testimony will be used to establish the severity of the brain injury and the realistic cost of future medical and rehabilitative treatment.
Call Our Buffalo, NY Personal Injury Lawyers Today
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York brain injury attorneys fight aggressively to get our clients the full financial compensation that they need to cover future medical costs. If you or your loved one suffered a serious brain injury, we are here to help.
For a free, completely confidential consultation, please contact our law firm now. From our office in Buffalo, we handle brain injury claims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Niagara County, Monroe County, and Orleans County.