Atlanta Brain Injury Lawyers Serving Georgia
You can trust our attorneys to fight for the compensation you deserve
Sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident has the potential to change your life forever. Along with the physical, mental, and emotional toll a serious head or brain injury can take on you and your loved ones, the financial burden associated with the cost of your medical bills and treatment can have an extremely negative impact on your quality of life.
A brain injury can occur in almost any type of accident that involves a high-impact collision, from car crashes and tractor-trailer wrecks to motorcycle accidents and slip and falls. Whether you suffered a concussion (mild TBI) or a more severe brain injury, understanding what steps to take to recover full compensation for your damages can be confusing and overwhelming.
Insurance companies always want to pay you less than what your claim is really worth, and it can be difficult to calculate the true value of your case since you need to consider the long-term cost of your brain injury. The job of your attorney will be to advocate for your best interests and fight to secure a settlement or verdict that meets your needs not just now, but in the future.
At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, our caring and compassionate legal team understands how serious a traumatic brain injury claim is and what it means to the future of your health and finances. That’s why our personal injury lawyers take an aggressive stance with the insurance company and work hard to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
What are the different types of brain injuries?
If you suffer a blow to the head or your head shakes back and forth with enough force, it can result in bruising, swelling, or hemorrhaging of the brain. Common types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Concussion (the brain impacts the inside of the skull)
- Brain contusion (brain tissue is bruised)
- Diffuse axonal injury (connective brain tissue is sheered as a result of the brain’s movement inside the skull)
- Coup-contrecoup injury (one side of the brain is damaged due to blunt force trauma while the opposite side is damaged from crashing into the skull)
- Penetrating skull injury (a foreign object penetrates the skull and brain)
- Anoxic brain injury (lack of oxygen to the brain)
Any severe head or brain injury will generally require an immediate trip to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment. To diagnose your traumatic brain injury, a doctor may order a CT scan or MRI. You may also be evaluated through a neurological exam or cognitive test.
Treatment can cover a wide range and will depend on the severity and type of brain injury you sustained. Generally speaking, you may need prescription medication, surgery, physical therapy, cognitive therapy, and/or treatment from specialists following a traumatic brain injury.
What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
The warning signs of a traumatic brain injury aren’t always immediately apparent. While you may suspect you suffered a brain injury if you were knocked out or lost consciousness, you might still have suffered a brain injury even if you don’t experience symptoms right away. Common signs that you may have sustained a brain injury include:
- Persistent headaches
- Feeling dizzy
- Vomiting or feeling nauseous
- Problems concentrating (e.g., you can’t focus on reading)
- Sensitivity to light
- Slurred speech
- Amnesia or memory loss
- Loss of taste or smell
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Changes in mood or behavior (depression, anxiety)
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s critical that you don’t wait to seek medical attention. You need to be examined by a licensed medical professional to ensure you receive an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
How much is a brain injury lawsuit worth?
While there is no such thing as a “minor” brain injury, the amount of compensation you’re eligible to recover through a claim will depend on the severity of your injury and the specific details of your case. If you suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses, including doctor bills and the cost of long-term care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Replacement services (e.g., housekeeping, childcare)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
The true cost of your brain injury can easily add up to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars when every current and future expense is calculated. If you don’t know how much your brain injury claim is worth or if you received a settlement offer and you’re not sure if it’s fair, contact a lawyer for help. An experienced attorney can review the details of your case for free and give you an accurate estimate of what you’re legally allowed to pursue in compensation.
Let a brain injury attorney be your voice for justice
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to fight for the compensation you deserve after sustaining a traumatic brain injury. The reality is insurance companies are in business to make money, even if it’s at your expense. That’s not right, and it’s a big reason why we take pride in representing brain injury victims and their families.
Find out what our dedicated legal team can do for you. If you decide to hire us, we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee. That means we work for you on a contingency fee basis and you pay nothing unless we win your case. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.