If an accident victim is in a comatose condition, he or she has undoubtedly suffered a severe brain injury as well. A coma is defined as a general and profound lack of responsiveness to external stimuli. While most coma patients appear to be unconscious, others are able to perform everyday activities such a walking, talking, standing and eating, others accomplish such tasks without any recognition of their surroundings.Because the state of comatose can vary greatly, personal injury and catastrophic injury lawsuits involving a person who is faced with a coma should be handled with the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer. Failure to do so can leave a victim and his or her family suffering from a lifetime of medical expenses and ongoing care, both of which can be extremely costly.
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Understanding The Recovery Process
In most cases, comas last a few days or weeks, and many patients pass quickly through the stages of coma from more severe to less severe. However, the chances of a full recovery decline with the duration of the comatose condition.
A brain injury patient whose coma lasts for four months or longer is very unlikely to progress beyond a vegetative state. The depth of a coma is another key factor in projecting the patient’s recovery. A longer but less profound coma is usually better for the patient than a shorter but broader lack of responsiveness.
The Compensation You Can Recover
If another person or entity is responsible for a victim’s traumatic brain injury and coma, the victim and his/her family may be eligible to recover financial compensation for the following.
- Medical expenses
- Doctor visits
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Emotional distresses
Generally, in a lawsuit for damages where coma is one of the
victim’s injuries, the key issues are likely to involve the patient’s prognosis for a full recovery based on two leading diagnostic tools:
- The Glasgow Coma Scale: This test focuses on symptoms and is used to rate coma and traumatic brain injury.
- The Rancho Los Amigos Cognitive Functioning Scale: This test places more emphasis on the patient’s recovery of cognitive function as he or she passes through various stages of coma.
For over 20 years, the attorneys at Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation have focused our practice on recovering maximum compensation for the victims of severe brain and spinal cord injuries. As nationally recognized practitioners of neurolaw, we have developed extensive experience with the investigation and proof of brain injury cases involving coma. Additionally, we maintain consulting relationships with some of the leading experts in the field of coma treatment and recovery. Their involvement in your case can make a significant difference in both the resolution of your claims and your physical and psychological rehabilitation.
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