Head and brain injuries are costly and devastating. If a car accident in Athens led to your head injury and someone else was at fault, you shouldn’t have to pay. The other driver is responsible for your treatment costs and more. You need help from an Athens head injury attorney who will:
- Look over the details of your accident
- Calculate your total costs
- Fight for the compensation you need and deserve
Obtain the help you need today at no risk. John Foy & Associates never charges a fee unless we win you money. And you can learn your legal options today during a 100% free consultation by calling (404) 400-4000 or contacting us online.
What Is the Average Payout for a Head Injury?
Head injury settlements range from thousands to millions of dollars. Since head trauma varies so much, there isn’t one actual “average” we can point to. You’ll know what to expect best by talking to a lawyer who handles head injury cases.
Don’t underestimate how a traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects your life. After an accident, it’s common for survivors to have trouble with their work and personal lives. Head and brain injury symptoms are pervasive.
The settlement you win should reflect what you’ve lost. Talk to an attorney today about your accident and its aftermath. Your lawyer will determine what type of payout you should expect, then they will assist you in fighting for the compensation you deserve.
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How to Know If a Settlement Is Fair
You should aim for a settlement that equals what you could receive in court. The money should cover everything you’ve lost because of the crash. But getting a decent settlement offer isn’t easy.
It’s best to retain a lawyer who has experience with personal injury trials. They will know how to calculate your claim’s worth and handle negotiations. The following factors can affect the settlement offer you receive.
Your Case’s Strength
As the injured person, the burden is on you to prove that:
- The other driver was negligent (or careless).
- The driver’s negligence led to your accident.
- You suffered the head injury (and other costs) because of the crash.
Your claim with the driver’s insurance company should be as strong as possible. That means gathering evidence of the crash and the other driver’s actions. Thankfully, an Athens head injury attorney knows how to build a solid case.
Partial Fault in the Accident
If you were partly at fault, that will affect your recovery potential. The insurance company won’t offer compensation for your percentage of fault.
Before admitting any responsibility, talk to a lawyer. Even if you’re confident you were partially to blame, don’t talk about it with anyone else. Discussing the accident will hurt your settlement options.
Insurance Policy Caps
The other driver’s insurance company will have policy limits. If your damages are above those limits, the company won’t cover anything more.
Some states also have caps on the losses an injured person can recover. But in Georgia, there are no caps on personal injury damages.
Talk to an attorney about what type of settlement you should seek. At John Foy & Associates, we’ll review your case for free and discuss your compensation rights. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your free consultation.
Can You Sue for a Concussion?
If someone else’s actions caused your concussion, yes, you can sue. It’s your right to bring a lawsuit for harm done to you.
You might not have to go to trial, though. Most car accident claims settle outside of court. You can try to obtain compensation through an insurance claim first.
If you get a low settlement offer, don’t accept it. In fact, you should never take the first offer. The insurance company will lowball you, hoping you’ll take the money and move on – but a lawyer will negotiate and fight for a better offer.
How Your Settlement Gets Paid Out
Insurance companies usually pay settlements in a lump sum. Most come in the form of a check. In rare cases, an injury victim will receive structured payments over time.
Your attorney will typically get the settlement check first. They’ll deduct legal fees and handle any unpaid medical bills, then send the money to you.
What Damages Can You Claim After a Head Injury?
Your claim should include all losses from your accident. The most common damages include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription drug costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repair (or replacement) costs
- Pain and suffering
Be sure to include future medical treatment, too. Head injuries often require long-term care, and you shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket. Your lawyer will determine the total costs you can expect for treatment.
Pain and suffering damages are more challenging to calculate than the others. Talk to your attorney about how the accident has affected you. They’ll use a formula to calculate your emotional damages.
The Cost of Hiring a Head Injury Attorney
If you equate “lawyer” with “expensive,” that’s understandable. But there are misconceptions about personal injury lawyers being pricey. Here’s the truth: our lawyers cost nothing upfront – and unless we win you money, you don’t pay anything.
Head injury attorneys only get paid if they win your case. Then, they get a percentage of your settlement or court award. Since the fee comes from what you win, there are no out-of-pocket costs.
Get Your Free Consultation with an Athens Head Injury Lawyer
Learn what to do next during a free legal consultation. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call. To get your free consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.