When it comes to Personal Injury Cases in Georgia, there are various types of accidents and injuries that can take place. No one wants to be injured, but, unfortunately, when it comes to accidents, it is almost inevitable.
The value of each case is dependent on particular factors. This can include the egregious nature of the at-fault driver's actions (i.e., DUI); but, in large part, the type of injury and accumulation of medical expenses, both past, and future, tends to govern the value of your case.
One type of injury that incredibly serious and severe, and more likely to occur than you would assume, is Traumatic Brain Injury.
So what causes Traumatic Brain Injuries, the value of that claim, and which factors are taken into consideration when determining that valuation?
What Leads to Traumatic Brain Injury?
There are many events and accidents that can lead to Traumatic Brain Injuries, such as falling/slip and falls and assaults.
However, a very common situation that leads to TBI is motor vehicle collision. When you consider the duration of time individuals spend in vehicles combined with the typical speed cars are driven, it makes sense that traumatic brain injury cases are so prevalent in auto accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Nearly 1.7 Million people experience Traumatic Brain Injuries annually, and 275,000 are hospitalized
- Traumatic Brain Injury contributes 30.5% of all injury-related deaths in the United States of America
- Motor vehicle crashes are the third leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries and the leading cause for individuals aged 20-24.
Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
A Traumatic Brain Injury can be significantly damaging to an individual's life, and as a result; a Traumatic Brain Injury case should always be valued highly.
This is true based on a number of factors, the primary factor being the long-lasting effects TBI has on the life of the injured person along with their loved ones.
Additionally, brain injuries and the long-term effects have become
This is especially true in light of the substantial media attention surrounding player safety and brain injuries to current and former football players in the National Football League (NFL).
- Concentrating on tasks
- Remembering newly learned skills and material
- Slow speech
- Confused easily when normal routines are disrupted
- Executive functioning
- Major personality shifts
- Irritability, aggression, and lethargy
- Blurred or loss of vision
- Chronic headaches
- Balance and basic motor functioning issues
As the concern over brain injuries and the long-lasting effects continues to garner more national focus and attention, there has been an increase in awareness and appreciation surrounding brain injuries throughout society regardless of the cause.
Value of a Traumatic Brain Injury Personal Injury Case
If you or a loved one have suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury, you must be aware that the value of your Personal Injury Claim may be substantially higher than other personal injury cases with lesser injuries, such as a soft-tissue/whiplash injury case.
Factors taken into consideration when determining the value of a Traumatic Brain Injury include, but are not limited to:
- Physical rehabilitation
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Psychological rehabilitation
- Life Care Costs
- Past, present, and future physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning capacity
The costs associated with physical, neurological, and psychological rehabilitation along with Life Care can be significant, especially considering the fact the need for the same will likely be present throughout the remainder of the injured individual’s life.
In Georgia, future medical care costs are a legitimate item in the estimate of damages that an
Concerning pain and suffering and Traumatic Brain Injuries, the mental pain and suffering can be just as important as the physical pain and suffering when considering the value of the case.
This is because in severe cases of Traumatic Brain Injuries, there can be instances of loss of cognitive function including memory or attention; loss of motor function including extremity weakness or impairment; and emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety, personality changes and aggression, which can all justify a large award of damages.
Finally, still with respect to loss of future earning capacity, when considering damages to award an injured party, Georgia law specifically allows damages to an injured party if his or her earnings will be permanently reduced or destroyed, and with a Traumatic Brain Injury, there is a high likelihood that this will be the case.
These multiple factors contribute to why the value of a Traumatic Brain Injury is substantially higher than most other personal injury claims.
A Traumatic Brain Injury can completely derail a person’s life and their ability to thrive in the future and enjoy life to their fullest potential, which must be taken into consideration when resolving the case.
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