After sustaining a head injury from an accident, you might have a legal claim. If another person or party was at fault, you have the right to seek compensation in Columbus. Our team of Columbus head injury lawyers is here to help.
John Foy & Associates has a reputation as the “Strong Arm” because we’re not afraid to stand up for what you deserve. We fight tirelessly against insurance companies and their tactics.
A Columbus personal injury lawyer can help with all your legal needs.
What Compensation Can You Expect After a Head Injury?
If you were not at fault for the injury, the law allows you to pursue financial recovery. You should be able to seek recovery for all of your injury costs.
Here are some damages you can typically recover.
Head injuries can take a long time to treat and heal.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a head injury requires comprehensive testing and evaluation. An accident victim might not know the full extent of a head injury right after the crash.
Head trauma can cause various problems that require short- and long-term treatment. You might need:
- CT scans
- Blood tests
Cost-wise, these add up quickly.
The medical expenses for a head injury can be catastrophic, leaving an accident victim with financial stressors. But if you didn’t cause your accident, the at-fault party is responsible for the costs.
A head injury can affect your personality, productivity, and functionality. If you’ve suffered head trauma, you’ll probably need to take time off work to recover.
Thankfully, you can claim lost work time when you file a personal injury claim.
You can also claim lost earning potential if the injury forces you to work less or make less.
Vehicle repairs can cost thousands of dollars. Some accidents leave you with a totaled car. If you have property damage, you can include that in your injury claim.
Before getting any repair work done, talk to a Columbus head injury lawyer. Depending on the details of your accident, you might need to choose from a list of insurance-preferred mechanics.
Medical costs, lost income, and property damage are economic damages. But there is another category: non-economic damages.
These damages are about the physical and mental effects of the accident and your injuries. You might experience:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Embarrassment or fear
Emotional damages are more challenging to put a dollar value on. Your lawyer will use a formula to determine what you deserve for these losses. Although no money can truly make up for emotional trauma, financial compensation is the only way the law has to “make things right.”
Every accident case is different. If you were injured, it’s best to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can calculate what you probably deserve based on your situation. To get a free consultation with John Foy & Associates, call or contact us online today.
Should You Take the First Offer?
You might get a quick offer from the insurance company after your accident.
Do not take the first offer without talking to an attorney first.
The insurance company hopes you’ll take the offer and close your case. But this will leave you lacking in compensation. You likely deserve a much higher recovery for what you’ve lost.
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When to Contact a Lawyer for Help
Anyone can benefit from legal advice after a car accident. And it’s really never too early to speak with a lawyer. Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations where you can learn your options.
It’s best to call an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. That way, you can have a professional evaluate your situation and help you decide what’s best. Having a lawyer’s eye on your case will also protect you from unfair insurance tactics.
Here are some ways a lawyer can help you.
Facts are everything when building an injury claim.
You’ll need to gather evidence to prove that:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- That someone failed in their duty of care.
- The person’s or party’s negligence led to your accident.
- You suffered injuries and damages from the accident.
Evidence from the scene and your injuries help back up your claim. The law requires proof that the other party is responsible for your damages.
These concepts can be confusing for those not well-versed in personal injury law.
An experienced lawyer knows how to gather the best evidence. They’ll start working immediately to obtain what’s helpful to your claim.
Talking to Witnesses
There are often witnesses when a car accident happens. Your lawyer can interview witnesses and get helpful statements for your claim.
An experienced law firm will also have connections with expert witnesses to support a case.
Handling the Insurance Companies
If another driver caused your accident, their insurance company should pay. In Georgia, the at-fault party’s insurer is responsible for the damages.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are rarely fair to accident victims. The insurance company might seem to care about your needs, but really, they’re looking for ways to pay you less.
Your lawyer will step in and help. They’ll speak with the insurer on your behalf and work to negotiate a better offer.
Most accident claims end with an insurance settlement. But if you cannot reach a fair agreement, you might decide to go to court. If so, your lawyer will represent you and help you prepare for trial.
Get a Free Consultation with a Columbus Head Injury Lawyer
Get the power of the “Strong Arm” after your accident. Call John Foy & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call or contact us online to get started for free today.