A blow to the head, a sudden jolt or shaking of the head, or an injury that breaks through the skull can cause permanent damage to the brain and its ability to function correctly. These traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can happen in car and truck accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, and in many other incidents, including cases of criminal assault.
Victims of serious brain injuries face long and difficult recoveries ─ physically, emotionally, and financially. However, if a brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, the injured person and his or her family should not bear the costs alone.
Unfortunately, profit-minded insurance companies work hard to lower their costs by short-changing even the most deserving accident victims. They know how to use the law and legalese of insurance policies to their advantage and against those whom insurance is meant to help.
If you or a loved one is coping with a severe brain injury after an accident, you need a legal team that has the knowledge, skill, determination, and resources necessary to wage the battle ahead. At the Spiva Law Group, our dedicated Savannah brain injury lawyers will stand with you to fight for maximum compensation for your losses. We will manage every aspect of your case so you may focus on what’s most important ─ your recovery.
Please contact us today to set up a free consultation about the assistance we can provide you and your family. Our attorneys can meet with you at any time and any place, including at your home or in a hospital anywhere in Georgia. We do not charge any fees to start work on brain injury cases, and we only get paid if and when we recover money for you.
What You Can Expect from Our Georgia Brain Injury Attorney
When you choose the Spiva Law Group to represent you, you will have a diverse team of talented legal professionals on your side with a shared goal of meeting your needs. As our dedicated team develops and pursues a personal injury claim for you, we will also work with you to help meet your day-to-day needs related to your injury and recovery. You can also expect that:
We will immediately draft a “letter of representation,” which can be sent to insurers and creditors to advise them we are pursuing a legal claim on your behalf. It will also advise that they should contact us instead of you with their questions or concerns.
Because of our years spent working with TBI victims in the Savannah and Coastal Georgia area, we can help you obtain certain assistance you may need, such as from medical supply and in-home care agencies, or support groups. We can also refer you to medical specialists to help you get the treatment you need.
The Spiva Law Group will dedicate its efforts and resources to pursuing a full financial recovery for you. We know how costly a traumatic brain injury can be, so we are thorough in preparing these types of claims and aggressive in our demands for compensation.
Nothing can reverse the damage that has been done to you and your family, but a full and fair financial recovery can help you move forward with your life. Contact our experienced Savannah brain injury attorneys today to set up a free consultation on your claim.
How We Calculate Compensation in Brain Injury Cases
Calculating the full extent of a TBI victim’s costs and losses requires time for the patient to achieve what doctors expect to be the best probable level of recovery. Our team takes a detail-oriented approach to calculating damages for our clients. We believe that fair compensation in a personal injury claim should leave a client with no financial burdens related to the accident.
With many years of experience handling brain injury claims, our team goes above and beyond to ensure all your losses are accounted for in your claim for compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may find that:
In addition to calculating losses up to the present, our law firm works with financial experts to make projections for anticipated future income losses due to long-term disability and/or treatment needs.
In cases of TBIs that result in full permanent disability, we work with life-care planning consultants to develop detailed plans for medical and personal care needs and their costs over the years to come.
We will also talk to you specifically about your emotional pain and suffering. Early in our association, we may discuss with family members the option of maintaining journals about your progress, setbacks, and activities or family events you miss during your recovery.
Once we have calculated the full extent of your losses, we will file claims for total compensation from the party or parties responsible for your accident. If payment is not prompt, we will file a personal injury lawsuit(s) asking the court to order payment.
At every step, we will continue to negotiate aggressively with insurers over full and fair payment. We will advise you of any settlement offers we receive, along with our honest opinion about them, but we will always be prepared to see your case through to a jury verdict. Accepting a settlement, which ends a claim, is always the client’s decision.
Types of Compensation You May Recover for your TBI
The Spiva Law Group will investigate the accident that caused your traumatic brain injury to determine how it happened and who should be held liable, as well as the compensation you deserve for the losses you have suffered. Under Georgia personal injury law, a claim may seek compensation for:
All past and future medical expenses related to injury(s) suffered in an accident, including physical therapy and psychological counseling, medications, and recurring medical supplies
Lost wages since the accident
Future income losses due to disability
Loss of consortium (loss of a spouse’s companionship and services, such as income, child care, or housekeeping assistance)
Pain and suffering
Injury to reputation (such as a damaged credit rating if your loss of income causes an inability to pay bills, default on a loan, etc.)
Georgia also allows juries to award punitive damages, which is money paid by a defendant as punishment for their egregious behavior. Contact us today to discuss what types of compensation you may be entitled to and learn how we can help.
Georgia Brain Injury Attorney: Common Types of Claims
Over the years, our Savannah brain injury attorneys have worked with many individuals and families who are dealing with TBIs suffered in accidents that could have been prevented. Some of the common types of brain injury cases we handle include:
Industrial Site Accidents
Sports and Recreation Accidents
A mild TBI is known as a concussion. Many concussion victims recover fully with rest over a few weeks.
The Spiva Law Group focuses on assisting accident victims who have suffered catastrophic injury, such as a severe traumatic brain injury. A severe TBI is usually marked by an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Mayo Clinic notes that a serious TBI may include bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain, which can cause long-term complications or death. Serious brain injuries may also be accompanied by stroke, which is caused by a disruption of the blood supply to the brain and may lead to the rapid loss of brain function.
Common long-term symptoms of a severe TBI include:
Loss of physical coordination (balance, motor skills, etc.)
Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Memory or concentration problems
Difficulty communicating thoughts or interpreting non-verbal communication
Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior
Mood changes or mood swings
Depression or anxiety
Severe traumatic brain injury can also result in prolonged or permanent loss of consciousness, awareness, or responsiveness, such as a coma, a vegetative state, a minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome (in which the individual is conscious but cannot move or communicate verbally), or brain death.
Georgia Head Injury Attorney: Types of TBI Treatment
Treating a severe TBI requires the work of an interdisciplinary medical team consisting of medical, rehabilitation, and behavioral health specialists. It may require transporting the patient from a hospital to a TBI clinic. At later stages, rehab may be pursued on an outpatient basis.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, you may expect:
A severe TBI requires emergency medical care, which often includes brain surgery to repair damaged tissue and/or relieve pressure on the brain. An accident victim may need multiple rounds of surgery.
Following recovery from surgery, the patient will enter rehabilitative therapy (“rehab”) to improve his or her ability to perform daily life activities.
Rehab after a severe TBI is often a multi-year undertaking. The CDC says that among individuals hospitalized for a TBI, almost half (43 percent) have a related disability one year after the injury.
Rehabilitation may start with exercises focused on regaining memory, strength, and the ability to walk and talk. Later, physical, speech, and occupational therapies may focus on regaining additional cognitive and motor capabilities.
People who have suffered severe TBIs will also require psychological counseling to learn coping skills for the changes brought on by the injury, as well as the loss of certain aspects of the life they once led.
The consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual’s life, including the ability to work for a living, do household tasks, drive a car, and/or participate in other activities of daily living. The effects of a severe TBI on the accident victim can also change relationships with the spouse and other family members and friends.
Some people recover fully from a severe TBI, while others learn to live with deficits caused by their injury. Tragically, many do not achieve a significant recovery and are bedridden for a life that will be shortened due to their injury.
Contact Our Georgia Brain Injury Attorney in Savannah Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious traumatic brain injury in an accident someone else caused, contact our Georgia personal injury lawyers today. We will thoroughly investigate the current and future costs of the injury and work aggressively to demand the maximum compensation available to you.
Schedule a free consultation with our respected Savannah personal injury law firm today. Meet with us to learn why individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries in Georgia have trusted their claims to us. We do not charge anything upfront to start working on a TBI personal injury claim, and we only seek payment after we recover money for you. Contact us now.
“Each of these attorneys are champions for their clients. No one cares more or negotiates harder. Backed up by a superb support team... they are always prepared and available to take my call and address my concerns.”
– Patrick Anderson
For the family of a baby who was shaken and suffered a traumatic brain injury