When you woke up in the hospital, you remembered little about the vehicle crash that put you there.

As the victim of a collision, you sustained a traumatic brain injury. Your focus now is on recovery, but that will be expensive. How will you pay for it?

TBI explained

A violent impact, such as that experienced in a motor vehicle crash, may result in a blow to the head, which can cause the brain to push against the inside of the skull. The result could be anything from a concussion, a mild form of TBI, to a severe injury with long-lasting effects.

About recovery

A serious brain injury can cause issues such as impaired balance, spasticity or even partial paralysis. After such an injury, the brain begins to repair its cells, or neurons, but extensive repair is often impossible without a program of rehabilitation. This kind of treatment has two goals: first, to assist the patient in relearning forgotten skills, and second, to compensate for more lasting impairment. Rehabilitation helps with exercises to improve cognitive skills such as concentration, memory and communication.

What to expect

As an accident victim, you have the right to expect full and fair financial compensation. Your focus should remain on recovery from your traumatic brain injury while a knowledgeable advocate manages insurance company negotiations on your behalf. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, you may face a long period of treatment. Your compensation should be sufficient to cover both your current and future medical expenses, lost wages and more.