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Non-Economic Damages and Brain Injury

Generally any brain injury is hard to deal with and aren’t as obvious as other types of injuries may be. Additionally, brain injury cases, unlike other types of injury cases, are complex and are just as costly for victims. There are generally two types of damages that can be recovered when you suffer from a brain injury. These are economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages have to do with any money losses an injury creates for the person. This includes medical bills, lost income and any other direct costs of an accident or injury. However, non-economic damages are a bit different. This is because they do not have a fixed price on them. For example, putting a price on having a serious migraine headache for 10 months.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages refer to losses that an individual suffers but cannot directly be quantified into money terms. For example, trying to quantify the pain or suffering of an individual. Unfortunately, there is no equipment that has been invented to measure a person’s pain or suffering. With non-economic damages an attorney looks at previous cases as a guide. The attorney also looks at the real impact injury has on the client’s life to determine the linked damages.” However, when an individual lives with unbearable pain or suffering there are clear financial costs that result. Some examples of non-economic losses include:

  • pain,
  • depression,
  • anxiety and
  • post-traumatic stress

These all result in creating major effects on the lives of accident victims. One article stated, consider that “depression in the United States costs approximately $210 billion per year.”

Depression linked with a brain injury can lead to many other negative health problems. Such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and cardiovascular disease; these are all expensive to treat and carry their own financial costs.

By hiring a skilled personal injury lawyer this increases the amount of compensation received.

 

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