Monterey Brain Traumatic Injury Lawyers
It goes without saying that a traumatic brain injury is devastating not only for the victim but also for his or her loved ones. Even a minor TBI can cause memory loss, personality changes, speech problems, and depression. In severe cases, a brain injury can cause permanent cognitive and physical disabilities that affect every aspect of life. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand the tragic impact that a TBI can have on the entire family. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to the negligence or intentional act of another person, we want to hear your story. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future healthcare expenses, home care, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and ot-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a case evaluation.
Our Monterey Brain Injury Lawyers Will Help You Fight for the Maximum Compensation
No respectable brain injury attorney would guarantee a specific outcome for a particular case. Our lawyers practice with integrity, and they will be honest with you regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your claim as well as the strategies they will use to help you fight for the highest possible compensation. One factor that sets our law firm apart from others is our willingness to perform thorough investigations into every case we handle. We intentionally limit our caseload so we have enough time to devote to each client. Our goal is to help you recover the full compensation you deserve as quickly as possible, but we are not afraid to take a case to trial if the insurance company or opposing party refuses to cooperate.
Damages in California Brain Injury Claims
In the state of California, personal injury claimants can pursue compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include economic damages, which are objectively verifiable losses, as well as non-economic damages, which are more subjective in nature. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for egregious or especially reckless behavior and to deter similar misconduct in the future. Depending on the facts surrounding your case, the following compensatory damages may be recoverable:
- Lost income;
- Loss of future earnings;
- Past and future healthcare expenses;
- Property damage;
- Other objectively verifiable losses such as home care, childcare, and home and vehicle modifications;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of consortium;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
If the defendant acted with fraud, oppression, or malice, punitive damages may be awarded. If you’re not sure which damages to pursue, contact a Monterey brain injury attorney from Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Our lawyers work closely with a team of medical experts who can evaluate your condition, asses your medical records, and determine the long-term cost of care. We also work with financial and vocational specialists who can provide testimony regarding the impact of the injury on your ability to earn an income. The importance of hiring an attorney with an extensive background in brain injury claims cannot be overstated. We will prepare for settlement negotiations as if we are going to trial, gathering all available evidence and consulting with the appropriate experts to ensure your case is as strong as possible before negotiations begin.
Am I Entitled to Non-Economic Damages?
Non-economic damages often make up a substantial portion of monetary awards in brain injury cases. However, there’s no way to determine the types of damages you may be able to recover and their potential value until our Monterey brain injury lawyers have investigated your case. Generally speaking, non-economic damages may be recoverable if:
- You suffered intense pain due to the injury;
- You suffered grief, mental anguish, shock, or shame;
- Your injury resulted in a permanent disability such as paralysis or blindness; or
- Your injury has affected your ability to provide moral support to your spouse or domestic partner or to be intimate with him or her.