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The brain injury attorneys in our Atlanta office have decades of knowledge and experience helping victims of traumatic brain injuries recover compensation for their injuries. If you are worried about the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation or the future costs of living with a disability, a brain injury lawsuit may provide you with an opportunity to regain financial stability.
While each case is different, our attorneys have recovered multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements to help our clients cover losses that were incurred because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the attorneys in our Atlanta office can help you learn about your legal rights and available avenues for recovering compensation. You do not have an endless supply of time to pursue your case, though, because Georgia law mandates that brain injury lawsuits be filed within a certain period of time. To learn more about how we may be able to help, fill out our free case evaluation form.
The Georgia Brain Injury Lawsuit Process
Your attorney must first determine whether you have a valid claim for relief. To have a valid case, you must have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another, such as a careless doctor or a drunk driver.
If the parties to the lawsuit do not reach an out-of-court settlement, your attorney will prepare for trial by working with medical experts and other witnesses to explain to the court how the defendant’s negligence caused your injury.
A medical expert may be used to demonstrate to the jury how your injuries were caused by the malpractice or negligence of another. In addition, the medical expert may offer testimony regarding the treatment and rehabilitation that will be needed in the future to help you recover. An economic expert may be used to explain to the jury the financial value of your lost wages and diminished earning capacity.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
A traumatic brain injury may be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. When evaluating brain injury claims, many insurance companies often attempt to classify the brain injury as “mild.” While some injuries are clearly more severe than others, any attempt by an insurance company to downplay the seriousness of a brain injury is unacceptable.
The brain injury attorneys in our Atlanta office are experienced in dealing with insurance companies in these cases and will work to develop a plan that seeks adequate compensation for a brain injury victim. Even when an injury seems minor at first, the victim may develop a serious disability or personality changes because of their injury.
A mild traumatic brain injury can be the most difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the symptoms of mild and even moderate brain injuries are subtle and may not be detected by routine tests. In some cases, mild brain injuries can remain undiagnosed for several months. Symptoms of a mild brain injuries include:
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Memory loss
- Impaired sight, smell, or taste
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Short-term memory loss, decreased attention, or trouble concentrating
- Sleep disorders
- Unusual anger, depression, or other personality changes
What Are Brain Injury Settlements and Verdicts Worth?
While each case is different, a brain injury victim and his or her family may be eligible under Georgia law to receive compensation for the following types of damages:
Medical Expenses: Through a brain injury lawsuit, a victim may receive compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses. In addition, a brain injury victim may be eligible to receive compensation to cover the costs of in-home care and rehabilitation expenses, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapists, as well as home health aides.
Lost Wages and Loss of Future Earning Capacity: A brain injury victim may receive compensation for work missed while recovering from a brain injury. Furthermore, if the brain injury reduces the victim’s ability to perform the essential function of his or her job, he or she may be able to recover damages for diminished earning capacity.
Pain and suffering: Victims may be able to receive compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering they faced, or continue to face, because of the brain injury. This may include chronic headaches, lifestyle changes resulting from the injury, and an overall reduced quality of life.
Loss of Consortium: If the brain injury victim is married, the injured person’s spouse may have a claim for loss of consortium. Loss of consortium is intended to compensate a victim’s spouse for deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship.
Punitive Damages: In cases of particularly egregious or reckless conduct, a court may award punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the person whose conduct contributed to the brain injury and discourage other individuals or entities from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
Cases Our Atlanta Brain Injury Attorneys Handle
Our Atlanta brain injury attorneys have experience with lawsuits involving the following:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Bicycle accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Premises defects
- Sports injuries
- Accidents involving defective products
- Acts of violence
- Injuries caused by exposure to toxic substances
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, fill out our free, no-obligation case review form to learn about what legal options may be available to you.