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How a brain injury can impact future earning capacity

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Suffering from a brain injury can certainly lead to immediate costs, often that are unexpected. For instance, say that you get involved in a motor vehicle accident, hit your head and have to spend a week in the hospital. That time in a medical center, along with the treatment that you receive, could create an incredible amount of debt in a very short amount of time.

It is important to consider these immediate costs when thinking about potential options for seeking compensation from the other driver who caused the crash. But it’s also important to think about the future costs, such as how that traumatic brain injury could impact your future earning capacity.

The long-term symptoms

It is really going to depend on what long-term symptoms exist. For example, say that you develop memory problems or you find yourself unable to concentrate and focus on certain tasks. You may have been an executive at a fast-paced tech firm before, but will you be able to continue working effectively in that environment? Your brain injury may not be severe enough that you can’t work at all, but it can still lead to a drastic reduction in wages and a change in the course of your career.

Sometimes, people who have suffered from a TBI will develop very specific symptoms. Maybe you have trouble with balance and fine motor skills, making it impossible to work in your career, whether you are an artist or a construction worker. Perhaps you struggle with cognitive tasks like doing complex mathematical equations, or maybe you just have trouble finding the right word when speaking. These things can significantly hold you back, depending on your career.

It’s important to consider all of these costs when seeking compensation. Be sure you know exactly what legal steps to take at this time.