Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are common in car accidents in Valdosta. A TBI can affect your life in many different ways. Plus, you might not notice all of your symptoms immediately. To protect your rights after the accident, contact a Valdosta traumatic brain injury lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we work exclusively for accident victims (and we have been for 20-plus years). Our goal is to fight for the full compensation you deserve after an accident you didn’t cause. And we’ll get you started with a free, no-risk consultation.
You should not have to pay for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Contact us today to learn your rights.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started for free.
The Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A brain injury can impact every area of your life. Working, maintaining relationships, and your overall life might look different. If you were not at fault for the accident that injured you, the other driver is responsible for what you’ve lost.
According to the Mayo Clinic, TBIs happen after a “violent blow or jolt.” The impact of an accident can cause sudden and severe damage to the brain.
Brain injuries can range from mild to severe. Mild injuries heal over time, but severe damage may be permanent. Objects that penetrate the brain during an accident can also cause a TBI. Let’s look at the range of TBI symptoms an accident victim might experience.
Mild TBI Symptoms
Although “mild,” minor TBIs are still brain injuries. They require immediate medical attention.
Signs of a mild TBI can include:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Losing consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Memory problems
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Being sensitive to sound or light
- Depression or anxiety
- Mood swings
It’s easy to brush off these symptoms as you’re recovering from an accident. But don’t ignore anything that feels different. See a doctor who can evaluate you for all potential injuries.
Moderate to Severe TBI Symptoms
More serious TBIs can have any of the above symptoms. After a few hours or days, you might also have symptoms like:
- Headaches that stay or worsen
- Losing consciousness for several minutes or hours (or coma)
- Trouble waking up from sleep
- Nausea or vomiting that doesn’t stop
- Clear fluid drainage from the ears or nose
- One or more dilated eye pupils
- Slurred speech
- Aggression or other unusual behavior
- Serious confusion
Everyone is different. You could have various symptoms depending on your situation. It can also take hours, days, or weeks for all of your signs to show up. The best way to understand what’s going on is by seeing a doctor.
It’s also best to speak with a lawyer after your accident. Traumatic brain injuries are serious, and it can be difficult to know where to turn. Our lawyers at John Foy & Associates can handle the details while you focus on healing.
We’ll investigate your accident and determine your damages. From there, we can build a strong injury claim for the compensation you deserve. We are not afraid to stand up for your rights—from start to finish. To get a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
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Seeking Full Compensation for a Brain Injury
After a car accident you didn’t cause, the law is on your side. Georgia is a fault state, meaning the at-fault person in an accident pays for the costs. Any losses that result from your injuries are your personal injury damages.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-2, there are two main types of damages:
- Special damages that you must prove to recover
- General damages that you can recover without proof of any amount
After an accident, it can be difficult to know what you deserve. You can seek a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company. But you might wonder how fair compensation looks for you.
Understanding your damages will help. When we work on a case, we evaluate every damage and its worth.
Special damages are your financial losses like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repair costs
- Future medical treatment
Brain injuries often need ongoing medical care. Even if your injury heals completely, your doctor will want to monitor the process. Severe TBIs can require years of treatment and rehabilitation.
You’ll want to fully understand your treatment needs after the accident. That includes past, current, and future medical care. Also, consider all lost income, property damage, and other costs you’ll have.
Not all damages are financial. A TBI can leave you with a lot of emotional suffering, too.
Brain injuries can be frustrating and even heartbreaking. Since the brain controls everything, brain damage can make every part of life difficult. General damages are about how the accident and your injuries affect your life.
Examples of general damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Talk to your doctor and lawyer about how your injuries affect you. Your Valdosta traumatic brain injury lawyer will determine your general damages based on your experience. Your lawyer and the insurance company will use a formula to determine the value of these losses.
Knowing what compensation you deserve can be challenging. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. Our team can handle the legal details while you recover. From start to finish, our goal is to recover your costs as fully as possible.
Talk to a Valdosta Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve seen firsthand the challenges a TBI can bring. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, don’t wait to get help. We’re here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Don’t wait to get started. In Georgia, you typically have two years or less to file your case. Reach out today, and we’ll handle the details. Plus, there are no upfront or out-of-pocket fees for you.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to take your call.