A brain injury is one of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer. This type of injury often results in permanent impairment and disability and may severely affect the victim’s ability to live a normal life. If you or someone you love has suffered brain damage in an accident caused by another’s negligence, contact an Albany brain injury lawyer to find out if you may be entitled to compensation. Roden Law’s Albany personal injury attorneys understand the difficulties brain injury victims suffer. We have helped accident victims obtain millions in verdicts and settlements and will not hesitate to pursue maximum compensation for your claim.
Contact our Albany brain injury lawyers to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will discuss your claim and the brain damage you or your loved one suffered during the accident. Our team of dedicated attorneys has more than a decade of experience helping injury victims. We will help you understand which legal options may be available for you to pursue. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not be charged any fees unless we help you recover compensation.
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Types of Brain Injury Cases We Handle
The brain is the most vital organ in the human body and controls nearly every cognitive and physical action we perform. When the brain suffers damage from an external source or a traumatic event, it may cause severe disruption that prevents you from living a normal and functional life. This is often referred to as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
There are several types of TBIs that victims can suffer during an accident. These include:
The most common type of brain injury victims suffer during an accident is a mild TBI. Similar to a concussion, the effects of a mild TBI may last for less than 30 minutes. These symptoms may include:
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Memory loss
- Visual impairment
- Emotional outburst
Accident victims who suffer a mild TBI may experience more severe symptoms that may occur several hours after acquiring the injury. This may include symptoms such as:
- Sharp pain
- Pupil dilation
- Numbness in the hands or fingers
- Difficulty processing language
- Speech impairment
- Loss of coordination
- Involuntary movement
- Blurred vision
- Impaired depth perception
- Memory loss or difficulty forming new memories
When an accident victim suffers loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours, he or she has suffered a severe TBI. This often causes the victim to experience major memory loss, physical pain and emotional instability.
The symptoms of a severe TBI include:
- Loss of sense of smell, taste or hearing
- Difficulty balancing
- Visual impairment
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty balancing
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Often, TBIs go unnoticed after an accident or are commonly mistaken for other adverse medical conditions. For this reason, you should always seek medical attention after an accident to report any symptoms that may indicate you suffered a brain injury.
Once you have received medical attention and diagnosed your condition, you should immediately contact an Albany brain injury lawyer. He or she will understand the severity of your condition and how your life may be affected as a result of the brain injury. This will help your attorney value your claim and determine an accurate estimate of the compensation you may be owed.
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Compensation for a Brain Injury
Suffering a TBI can have a significant impact on a victim and his or her loved ones. Often, brain injury victims lose their ability to function independently and may suffer permanent impairments that affect their physical, emotional and cognitive capabilities.
For this reason, brain injury victims may be entitled to several types of compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This may include compensation for:
- Past, current and future medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical assistive equipment
- Cost of a caregiver
- Doctors’ visits
- Medical testing
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral or burial costs, if applicable
During your free, no obligation consultation, our Albany brain injury attorneys will review the circumstances of the accident that caused you or your loved one to suffer a brain injury. Depending on our review, we will help you determine if you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to receive maximum compensation for your claim.
Brain injury victims may be awarded punitive damages if a court determines the at-fault party’s actions were intentional or especially negligent or reckless.
However, the amount of punitive damages awarded to personal injury victims is limited to a maximum of $250,000, according to O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1. The only exception to this damages cap is when a victim is injured as a result of the at-fault party’s intentional actions or he or she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In this situation, there is no limit to the amount of punitive damages a victim may be awarded.
Nevertheless, punitive damages are intended to financially punish the at-fault party and deter others from acting in the same manner. It is not meant as a form of compensation for the victim and can only be awarded by a court through a personal injury lawsuit.
Modified Comparative Negligence in Georgia
In Georgia, courts use the standard of modified comparative negligence to determine the amount of compensation a victim may be entitled to receive, according to O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33.
Under modified comparative negligence, victims may still recover compensation as long as they are less than 49 percent at fault for causing the accident that resulted in their injury. However, if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for your injury, you will not be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
Additionally, the amount of compensation you can receive will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned for the accident. For example, a victim may file a personal injury lawsuit seeking $100,000 in compensation. If his or her negligence is found to be 25 percent of the cause of the accident, the maximum compensation he or she can receive is $75,000.
To ensure you receive fair compensation for the brain injury you or your loved one suffered, contact Roden Law’s Albany brain injury lawyers. We will help you understand the true amount of compensation you can pursue for your financial losses and pain and suffering.
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Common Causes of Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 2.6 million people each year suffer a brain injury in the U.S. As a result, approximately 52,000 people die due to the effects of a brain injury.
Some of the leading causes of brain injuries in the U.S. include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Being struck by an object
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
An Albany brain injury lawyer will help you build a case that helps you pursue the compensation you need to recover.
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Contact Roden Law for a Free Consultation
Roden Law’s Albany brain injury lawyers have helped numerous accident victims take legal action against negligent parties that caused their injury. We understand how to build a case that proves the at-fault party acted negligently in causing you or your loved one to suffer a brain injury.
During your free, no obligation consultation, an Albany brain injury attorney will review the circumstance behind your accident and how your injury has affected your life. We will then help you determine which legal options may be available to hold the at-fault party liable for compensation.
All of our services are provided at no upfront charge and you will only have to pay us if we recover compensation on your behalf. We will have your best interest in mind throughout the claims process and will not settle for any amount of compensation that is less than what you deserve.