No one understands how serious a traumatic brain injury is until they go through it themselves—or see a loved one go through it. Brain injuries are not only devastating, they can also be incredibly expensive, often with years of treatment. You may not have to pay for this treatment yourself. If you or someone you love is suffering from a brain injury in Augusta, you may have a right to recover money. The traumatic brain injury lawyers of John Foy & Associates can help.
For more than 20 years, John Foy & Associates has been helping brain injury victims and their families navigate the complex and difficult process of recovering money. If your injury was not your fault, there’s a high chance that someone else is responsible—and that means you have legal rights. We work on a contingency basis so that you pay nothing if we don’t get a financial recovery for you. And our team includes many of the most experienced, most respected brain injury attorneys in the state.
Let John Foy & Associates give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How do I know if I have a valid claim for my traumatic brain injury?
In Augusta-Richmond County, and all of Georgia, injury claims are based on negligence. In other words, was someone careless, and did that carelessness cause your brain injury? If so, then you have a claim.
In some cases negligence is obvious. For example, we have worked with crime victims who have suffered a blow to the head. In these types of cases, there is no question that the criminal’s actions caused the injury, and the criminal was certainly negligent—even reckless.
But in many cases, you may not even realize that someone was negligent. For example:
- When a baby is born with a brain injury, it’s often from inappropriate use of forceps or suction by the doctor delivering the baby. The parents may not realize that this tragedy was avoidable.
- When you’re injured in a fall, you may immediately blame yourself. But this can be a mistake. Falls happen because of a hazard—a railing that was too low, a staircase that was poorly lit. These are cases of negligence.
- Car and truck accidents often involve very unclear circumstances. Even police investigators struggle to figure out who was at fault, let alone whether they were behaving in a careless way at the time.
What makes traumatic brain injuries different from all other injury claims is that they are so severe and life-changing. The impact of the injury can last for years. Never make the mistake of blaming yourself—or chalking it up to bad luck. The best way to find out whether you have a valid claim is to get a professional opinion from an attorney.
What if I have a mild traumatic brain injury?
We have worked with many clients that suffered from mild TBIs, and we know that these injuries are seldom as mild as they sound. From a legal perspective, there are two important questions to ask about any mild TBI:
- Is “mild” the correct designation in your case? Brain injuries can be subtle, and moderate brain injuries can sometimes be misdiagnosed as mild ones. Insurance companies will always push for a mild designation, because it justifies paying less money in your claim. We do not tolerate insurers who underpay patients or marginalize their claims.
- Are you receiving sufficient care for your mild TBI? Mild brain injuries are difficult to treat—and hard to live with. Our first goal in every brain injury claim is to make sure you’ve gotten a full diagnosis from a qualified specialist, and that your treatment plan is meeting your needs. You may be experiencing subtle symptoms that aren’t clear at first and only become obvious later. You deserve to be listened to, and to have your treatment adjusted or extended if needed.
These questions take time to answer. That’s why it’s a mistake to accept a fast offer from an insurance companies. You need to have a sense of the true, long-term cost of your injury before you can agree to an amount. We take mild brain injuries seriously, and we will help you get the recovery you deserve.
How much money will I recover for my brain injury in Augusta?
State law allows you to recover money for both your economic losses and non-economic losses. That means that your total financial recovery should be much higher than just the cost of your medical bills. It should include enough extra to address the way your injury affects your life.
As a result, many traumatic brain injury settlements will include:
- Your medical costs
- Missed work time or money for your lost earnings if you can no longer work
- Pain and suffering (including emotional pain and physical symptoms)
- Loss of enjoyment of life, if you are unable to take part in activities you once enjoyed
If you lost a loved one to their traumatic brain injury, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. This allows you to recover many of the costs above as well as final expenses and money for your own personal losses.
Financial recoveries for brain injuries tend to be much higher than other types of claims. This is because both the medical costs and the non-economic costs are so great. It is not uncommon to see traumatic brain injury claims settled in excess of $1 million.
Talk to an Augusta Brain Injury Lawyer for Free
Every brain injury is a potential tragedy. Don’t allow yourself to miss out on your rights as well. Get help from experienced, compassionate lawyers. John Foy & Associates will work with you and your family to help you get the insurance money you truly deserve. Let us give you a FREE consultation to get you started. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your free consultation today.