There is no other type of injury with the potential to be as devastating, dangerous and life-changing as a traumatic brain injury. Every brain injury is unique, but the road to recovery is often long, difficult and expensive. If you have suffered a brain injury in Columbus, you don’t have to face this recovery process alone—and you should not have to pay the costs yourself. The attorneys of John Foy & Associates can help you.
John Foy & Associates are one of the most respected traumatic brain injury law firms in Columbus. For over 20 years we have worked closely with brain injury victims and their families to get them the best medical treatment possible—and all the money they deserve. We want to do the same for you. Let us give you a free consultation with some of the best brain injury lawyers in the state. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What types of traumatic brain injuries does John Foy & Associates handle?
Brain injuries can happen in any context, and our attorneys have experience with all kinds of cases. The most common types of brain injury claims are:
- Car, Motorcycle and Truck Accidents Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries for many age groups. Many of these crashes involve a large semi truck, which does severe damage in a crash, or a motorcyclist—but even motorists in regular vehicles can be affected.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents When a vehicle hits a cyclist or a pedestrian, the injuries tend to be extreme because of the limited protection these individuals have. These accidents are often the fault of a careless or distracted driver who was not driving responsibly.
- Severe Falls A single fall can lead to anything from a concussion to a life-changing brain injury. Falls down stairs or off of an elevated location are the most likely to cause a brain injury, but even trip-and-fall accidents can be enough to injure the head.
- Workplace Accidents Many workers are covered by workers compensation, which is supposed to pay the costs of a workplace accident regardless of fault. Unfortunately, insurers look for ways to minimize what they pay—or even to deny your claim. Never deal with the insurance company without a lawyer on your side.
- Medical Malpractice, Caretaker Neglect & Birth Injuries Hospitals and nursing homes are common settings for brain injuries. This includes infants harmed during birth, malpractice by doctors, and abusive neglect in nursing homes or elder care facilities. When a brain injury is caused by provider’s negligence, the hospital or facility is liable for the results.
Don’t let the insurance company underestimate your brain injury
Every brain injury is classified by how extensive it is: mild, moderate, or severe. This classification system is fuzzy—brain injuries don’t follow clear rules and their effects can be subtle. Many insurance companies will seek to have an injury classified as mild before there’s enough information to truly make that call. This type of “downgrading” means they can justify offering you less, even if you will end up needing extensive treatment.
There are three main reasons you should not accept this kind of downgrading:
- Initial diagnosis may not be correct. Even doctors who understand brain injuries have a hard time evaluating the full extent of the damage at first. And many doctors simply haven’t seen enough cases to make an accurate call. It’s important to see a specialist with enough knowledge and experience to give you a diagnosis—and treatment plan—that you believe in.
- Symptoms may develop over time. Many brain injury patients experience symptoms that come and go, change over time, or aren’t clear at first. In many cases, subtle symptoms may only become obvious over the course of months—or as treatment progresses.
- Initial treatment may not produce results. For brain injuries, treatment plans are always subject to revision. The injury may be more extensive than expected or take longer to show signs of progress.
All of these add up to one truth: it’s hard to know how severe a brain injury is at the start. Or how much it will cost. That’s why it’s so important never to accept an insurance offer until you know the full impact of the injury on your life.
What damages can you recover in a traumatic brain injury claim?
In Columbus and the rest of the state, a claim can be filed by the individual suffering from the injury or, in some cases, by their family. The claim may include damages (money) for any of the following:
- Medical costs: Medical costs can be exorbitant, even in a mild traumatic brain injury. You can recover money for all of these costs, including scans, medication, doctor visits and treatment.
- Lost wages: It’s rare for a traumatic brain injury patient to return to work quickly. In many cases, they may not be able to work at all. Your claim can include money for all of the time you missed at your job, or for the loss of your ability to work.
- Loss of enjoyment: The financial costs of your injury are not the only impact on your life—far from it. A brain injury may prevent you from living normally or doing the things you enjoy doing.
- Pain and suffering: Any kind of long-term pain, including physical and emotional pain, may be covered. This also includes things like amnesia, loss of senses, difficulty speaking, or other serious issues.
- Wrongful death: Some brain injuries are fatal. Immediate family members will often have a right to a wrongful death claim, which can repay all of the costs above as well as funeral costs. You may also have a right to money for your own losses, such as your pain and suffering and the loss of a spouse.
Talk to a Columbus Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer for Free
Living with a brain injury is never easy. You have a right to money for your bills, your losses, and the impact it has on your life. Let John Foy & Associates help. We have a 20-year record of winning cases and helping victims. We offer a FREE consultation to help you get the answers you need. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your free consultation today.