A traumatic brain injury is unlike any other injury. A brain injury can change your personality dramatically and leave you mentally incapable of performing once-simple tasks. Your problems may not appear for months. No two brain injuries are alike, and no two recoveries are alike. At John Foy & Associates, we are too keenly aware that brain injuries may result in any number of our cases—car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home abuse.
“A Traumatic brain injury is life altering and is going to impact really every part of your life,” says our firm founder, John Foy.
Call John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 for a free consultation. Our goal is to get you the medical and financial help you’ll need in the coming days.
How do I know if I have a brain injury lawsuit?
It’s very important to communicate with your doctor about all of your symptoms and why you believe you have a traumatic brain injury. In lawsuits we see two types of injuries—the first is from an obvious incident like crashing through a windshield or getting hit on the head by a falling box off a grocery store shelf. The other is more complicated and usually comes from a much lower impact injury. That’s why after any accident our team will continue to ask you if you have any numbness, tingling, reoccurring headaches, dizziness, or blurred vision.
Describe your issues to your physician and attorney. Do not minimize these symptoms because you think they might go away.
What are some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the top causes of traumatic brain injury are falls, assaults and car accidents. Falls are especially serious for children and people 65 and older. Each year 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries fall into these categories:
- Open injury – The brain has been penetrated, usually by a bullet or other instrument.
- Closed injury – The skull is not penetrated but the brain is injured, generally from a fall or car accident.
- Deceleration injury – The brain is slammed against the skull.
- Chemical/Toxic – A harmful chemical, such as a pesticide, lead or carbon monoxide, penetrates the brain.
- Hypoxia – Lack of oxygen, often from a heart attack or stroke, but also can take place during a water accident.
- Medical reasons of tumors, infections and strokes.
Our own team has found that nursing home falls are especially bad for the elderly. Additionally concussions, especially in young people, have profound affects throughout one’s lifetime. If you are a former high school, collegiate or professional athlete and you’re experiencing dizziness or spells, there is a chance that you might have a brain injury. Contact us at 404-400-4000, we can see if there’s any type of legal recourse to take.
What are the symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury?
Symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may not be apparent for weeks or months after an injury. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to your symptoms. Symptoms can be physical or emotional. Here are a few:
- Trouble concentrating
- Recurring headaches
- Memory loss
- Emotional outbursts
- The inability to perform everyday tasks
- Balance problems
- Sensitivity to noise or light
Why are economists involved in traumatic brain injury losses?
A traumatic brain injury can impact your ability to participate fully in your life. You may not be able to keep your job, drive, take care of yourself or even take care of your children. John Foy & Associates is interested in getting you compensation to pay for your medical help and any assistance you’ll need after the lawsuit is completed. Brain injury patients often have lifetime costs of hospitalization and permanent medical care, lost wages, psychiatric counseling, home caregivers, rehabilitation and emotional and financial support for family members. An economist helps us calculate these costs so we can us put a price tag on your loss and your future needs.
“These are really severe debilitating issues in your life,” says our founder John Foy. “It could be a very significant claim and huge damages.”
How does your firm handle traumatic brain injury losses?
Traumatic Brain Injury cases are devastating, says Foy. “We take them very seriously.”
The aftereffects of such an injury can be horrific both to the client and his or her family and loved ones. Over the years, we’ve seen mothers who can no longer take care of their children and fathers who can no longer provide for their families. “We’re very honored to be the one chosen to try to help them through this difficult time,” says Foy. “We realize that our clients are at a very, very difficult point in their lives and they’re putting a lot of faith and confidence in us that we’re the right attorneys to help them.”
You only have one opportunity to pursue a claim; we’re going to be very sensitive to your loss and we’ll be relentless in our pursuit of compensation.
Is it necessary for the attorney to have special life knowledge of my specific injury?
The law is so broad, that it’s impossible to be the best at every aspect of it. That’s why we only practice personal injury law. For more than 20 years we’ve been committed to only one thing—practicing personal injury law in the state of Georgia. We keep on top of changes in the law, and we know when we can fight aggressively on your behalf.
We’ve got a team of lawyers, legal professionals, economists and investigators to work on your case. We’ll find you the best medical care possible to help you recover as well as you can. We are one of Atlanta’s largest personal injury firms with networks throughout the state of Georgia. If you have a problem, we’ll work hard to get you a solution. As personal injury attorneys, we understand the seriousness and intricacies of Traumatic Brain Injury cases. You only have one chance at recovery; it’s important hire the best. As our founder Foy succinctly put it, “This is what we do.”
Can my insurance company and the defendant insurance company obtain my past medical records?
Insurance companies can obtain all of your medical information, relevant or irrelevant, if you sign a waiver allowing this. We urge you to engage us, or any personal injury attorney, before talking to an insurance company, including your own. We do not want any current or future John Foy & Associates client giving medical records to anyone, especially insurance companies, without our advice.
“That’s all very, very private information to each of us,” says John Foy. We’ll control and monitor any release of information so that unnecessary material won’t cloud our case. When something bad happens to you, your insurance company is right there to take a recorded statement. Their goal is to make you sign away your rights with a quick settlement. In all cases, but especially a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to take the necessary time to let all the symptoms reveal themselves.
What happens if the insurance after receiving the results of my medical examination refuses to pay my bills or to terminate my care? What if they refuse to pay my bill or terminate paying for my care?
We can help. First we’ll contact the insurance company and fight on your behalf. After that, we’ll file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your injury. Our goal is always to reach a settlement before we have to go to court. We’re not afraid to fight for you, and our office is large enough that we can afford to fight as long as it takes.
What resources are available in Georgia for people with traumatic brain injuries?
If your injuries are the result of a crime, the state of Georgia has resources to assist you. To pursue a personal injury case there must be a liable person or entity that can pay a settlement. Crime victims often don’t know their perpetrators and if the criminal is caught he or she often does not have any assets to pursue. Our firm has been able to help crime victims find resources so that they can get help.
The Atlanta Victim Assistance at (404) 588-4740 is available during business hours. Our firm is available 24/7 at 404-400-4000 to help you with any question.