October 28, 2022 Posted In Brain Injuries
Suffering a brain injury is devastating, not only physically and emotionally but financially as well. Both victims and their families can experience the stress of bills piling up. Fortunately, there are financial assistance resources available to brain injury victims.
Two federal programs assist individuals unable to work due to injuries.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI provides funds for food, housing, clothing, and necessities to those with little to no income. The eligibility requirements are as follows:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI pays monthly benefits to people unable to work for a year or more due to a disability. To qualify, you must have:
Benefits typically continue until you can work again on a regular basis.
The California State Disability Insurance (SDI) program provides short-term Disability Insurance (DI) if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related brain injury.
Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits may also be available to a brain injury victim’s family if they must take time off from work to care for them.
Various local organizations and foundations offer financial assistance in Riverside and the surrounding area. For example:
If another party’s negligence was the cause of your brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
Medical Bills & Expenses
Including current and future bills for acute care, surgical procedures, physical and occupational therapy, prescription medications, medical equipment, in-home care, and any other treatment you may need.
A severe brain injury may leave a victim unable to work again or force them into a different line of work. However, compensation can be recovered for both current and future loss of income, as well as lost earning capacity for the difference in income that can be made now compared to before the injury.
Pain and Suffering
Compensation for the physical pain caused by the brain injury and emotional distress suffered by the victim and their family. Emotional distress can refer to mental anguish, depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and any other resulting psychological effects.
Loss of Consortium
Compensation paid to the spouse or family of a brain injury victim for the loss of love, affection, companionship, comfort, society, or sexual relations.
If the incident leading to your brain injury causes property damage, you are entitled to payment for repairing or replacing your damaged property. (e.g., vehicle, cellphone, clothing, etc.)
If the at-fault party’s behavior was intentional or extremely reckless, the court may award punitive damages as a form of punishment for the defendant (at-fault party) and deter others from similar conduct. If you are considering legal action, contact Hanson & Mouri. Our Riverside Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve.