Yes. Wide-ranging damages are available for people who’ve suffered a concussion or brain injury due to another person or company’s negligence. These damages fall into two main categories: economic damages, which include traumatic brain injury (TBI) related medical expenses, and non-economic damages, which cover intangible losses like mental, emotional, and psychological trauma. We call these “Human Harms.”
Here’s what you should know about non-medical compensation in Texas brain injury cases and how The Bonneau Firm obtains the full and fair justice our Dallas-Fort Worth area clients deserve.
Also called special damages, economic damages compensate victims for financial losses with objective monetary value. Examples of economic damages in brain injury cases include:
- Medical expenses (including the estimated cost of future care, assistive devices, medically necessary travel, etc.)
- Reasonable and necessary accessibility-related home modifications
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Other out-of-pocket costs related to your brain injury
Essentially, if it has—or had—a price tag, you can categorize it as an economic or special damage.
Sometimes called general or pain and suffering damages, non-economic damages compensate Texas brain injury victims for their most devastating loss, their “Human Harms.” This might include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Psychological and emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of hobbies or activities
- Loss of independence
- Reduced or lost cognitive function
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium (the negative impact or harm your injuries have had on your relationship with your spouse or partner)
- Loss of future opportunities
At The Bonneau Firm, we examine your claim from every angle when exploring potential paths to financial recovery to ensure that what was lost has been accounted for.
While economic and non-economic are the two main categories of brain injury damages, punitive damages are a third type of damages that are recovered far less frequently. Judges and juries award punitive damages to victims to punish defendants for particularly egregious conduct, which means they’re not included in every recovery.
Why You Need an Attorney With Experience Handling Brain Injury Cases
Since non-economic damages are subjective, it’s vital that you work with an attorney who can paint a vivid picture of how your traumatic brain injury has affected your life. Texas injury attorney Hunt Bonneau knows the challenges involved with recovering from a brain injury, having grappled with them himself after suffering concussions playing college football. He “gets it”—and uses his experience to help clients with head and brain injuries recover full and fair compensation.