Traumatic brain injuries, called TBIs for short, can drastically impact a person’s quality of life. That said, if you or a loved one has sustained a TBI due to no fault of your own, you may have a valid path to compensation, which you can then use to get the treatment and care you need. A crucial part of recovering the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled, however, is proving you’ve incurred real damages, meaning you’ll have to demonstrate the extent to which a TBI has impacted your quality of life. Read on and reach out to a Connecticut brain injury lawyer from Casper & de Toledo to learn more about how we can help you do so.
How can I prove the extent to which a TBI has impacted my quality of life?
To prove the impact of your TBI on your quality of life and daily functioning, you will need to gather and present evidence that shows how your injury has changed your life. Some of the most valuable forms of evidence are as follows:
- Medical records: Your medical records can document the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of your TBI. They can also show the extent of your physical impairments and the need for ongoing care or rehabilitation.
- Expert testimony: You may need to hire experts such as neurologists, neuropsychologists, occupational therapists, vocational consultants or other experts to testify about the nature and effects of your TBI. They can explain how your injury has affected your cognitive abilities and how it will affect your future earning potential.
- Personal testimony: You can testify about how your TBI has affected your personal experience of life. You can describe the symptoms that you suffer from, the challenges that you face in your daily activities, the limitations that you have in your work or education, the impact that your injury has had on your hobbies or interests, and the emotional distress that you endure as a result of the injury.
- Witness testimony: You can also ask people who know you well to testify about how they have observed changes in you after your TBI. They can provide examples of how your injury has affected your personality and relationships with others. We call these witnesses “before and after” witnesses.
- Pictures or videos: You’ve likely heard the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. This rings true when it comes to TBI cases as well. Videos of how someone behaved and acted prior to a TBI can starkly contrast their behavior or abilities post-TBI. These can be used to illustrate the extent to which the injury has impacted their life.
If you have any further questions or need a competent team of attorneys in your corner, look no further than Casper & de Toledo. We’ve fought on behalf of TBI victims for decades, and we’re prepared to fight for you as well. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.