Car accidents are the third leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are very serious injuries and can result in decreased brain function, inhibit the use of language, and can lead to depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses. These effects can be temporary or permanent. Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injury, and all concussions damage the brain in some way.
In Virginia, as many as 200,000 people are living with brain injuries. 28,000 of those brain injuries are the result of a car accident. This number is unsettling, as traumatic brain injuries can alter your life in a big way.
What is more unsettling is that brain injuries are the hardest to pursue in a trial. Generally speaking, it is harder to “see” a brain injury without MRI imaging or x-rays. A jury is less likely to grant a high settlement for an injury they cannot see or do not understand.
There are websites that state a traumatic brain injury is likely to see $100,000 to well over a million for a settlement or damage award. However, no attorney should “guess” the settlement value for such a case. Some traumatic brain injuries are temporary and considered mild. For example, athletes who participate in contact sports, like football, are likely to suffer a concussion at some point in their career.