What types of damages are recoverable in a brain injury lawsuit?

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation. Brain injuries can be caused by traffic accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries and many other circumstances. Brain injuries can range from mild or moderate injuries to severe, lifelong damage.

Damages in a brain injury lawsuit may include what are called economic and non-economic damages. Both types of damages involve monetary compensation to the victim. Economic damages involve a measurable dollar amount, and may include medical bills, lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Non-economic damages may include such things as pain and suffering, disability or impairment and mental anguish.

In a small percentage of brain injury cases, punitive damages may be available. These damages also involve payment to the victim, and they are intended to punish the wrongdoer. Punitive damages generally only apply when there is intentional misconduct or gross negligence.

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