- May 5, 2023
- Attorney Matt Stoddard
- Personal Injury
Head Injuries Are Serious and Life Altering
The Financial Impact Can Be Overwhelming
Painful recoveries. Costly medical treatments. Missed work. These are just a few issues facing individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. Regardless of the cause of the incident (which can range from vehicular crashes to workplace accidents to serious falls), the result is a way of life that is often unrecognizable. If you find yourself or a loved one in this position – the future can seem devastating. The recovery can be challenging and costly and your life may never be the same.
Under any circumstances, you may be disheartened; but when the injury was caused by another person or organization’s negligence your level of frustration may increase exponentially. When accidents could have been avoided, but still happen, the emotional fallout is considerable.
Questions are common for those who have suffered head injuries due to the negligent actions or inactions of another. Knowing what to do can be challenging; simply keeping yourself afloat can seem too much to handle. With a host of questions running through your mind, the most prominent may be based on finance. You are likely wondering:
If you or someone you love is struggling with a head injury that you believe was the result of another’s negligence, engaging a head injury lawyer is a valuable first course of action. Working with one allows you to focus 100% of your attention on your recovery while they manage the legal process, review the average payout for a head injury claim, and investigate what happened in your situation.
Let The Stoddard Firm investigate your accident and build a powerful legal case on your behalf. We understand the range of settlements in head injury cases and are ready to fight aggressively to maximize your settlement. Contact us today. The stronger your case, the better the payout. Our attorneys will fight aggressively for the highest payout possible for you and your family. For a free initial consultation, call us at 470-467-2200.
Maximize Your Settlement
Leverage the Knowledge and Experience of a Seasoned Head Injury Lawyer
The laws governing personal injury cases in Georgia are complex and confusing. Thus, managing the legal process yourself can result in a combination of errors and missed opportunities.
Quite simply, now is not the time to take things into your own hands. In situations like this, it is best to rely on those who have the specialized knowledge to positively impact your case. Take the necessary time to identify the professionals best equipped to help you protect your future and maximize your head injury payout.
What Your Head Injury Lawyer Can Do for You
If you are seeking damages for a head injury, managing the legal process is a full-time commitment. As a layperson, you simply do not have the knowledge to handle this enormous responsibility appropriately. The decision to engage a firm experienced in handling traumatic brain injury cases is wise.
You can count on your head injury attorney to manage the entire legal process on your behalf. This includes investigating your accident, interviewing witnesses and reviewing any submitted reports (police or medical) completing and filing all legal forms in a timely fashion (in accordance with the statute of limitations), identifying and proving negligence, calculating your losses, communicating on your behalf, negotiating with insurance company representatives, and preparing you to testify and litigate your case, in court, if necessary. Basically, they will handle everything, giving you the freedom to dedicate 100% of your efforts and energies on your recovery.
Understanding the Average Compensation for Head Injury
Identifying a figure as an average payout is complicated – and not enormously helpful. Each incident that causes a brain injury is unique, as are the impacts these accidents have on the lives of those who suffer. To be honest, quantifying losses can be incredibly challenging and payouts can vary considerably.
It should come as no surprise that the more serious the injury, the more difficult it can be to accurately quantify one’s losses. A reputable attorney will not only consider current medical, rehab, care bills, and lost wages, but will also quantify intangible losses (including loss of consortium and pain and suffering). They will also work with experts to quantify medical and care costs which can extend far into the future and to account for lost earnings potential if a return to work is impossible.
Some specific factors reviewed when calculating settlement are the severity of the injury, the cost of care (current and future), loss of income and wages, and pain and suffering. Some components are easier to calculate than others, but each should be considered to ensure the requested settlement appropriately compensates the injured for their losses.
Other factors that can have a very real effect on payouts include the severity of the injury, where the accident occurred, the individual or entities at fault, and the presence of gross negligence (which could indicate a particularly large settlement.) Overall, it is generally true that the more catastrophic the injury, the larger the payout. Payouts can range from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
It is always best to hire a tough and experienced head injury lawyer. You get one shot to argue your case. Put it in the hands of a successful legal professional.
Head Injuries Are Complicated
What Are the Causes of Accidents that Result in Payout for Head Injury?
Did you know that the type of accident that resulted in your head injury can impact your received payout? This fact may be surprising, but it is true. Some of the most common events that result in payouts for head injuries include:
- Truck crashes
- Car crashes
- Sports-related injuries
- Motorcycle crashes
- Serious falls
- Bicycle accidents.
These incidents result in a host of injuries, including those to the head. It is important for medical professionals, you, and your loved ones to pay attention. According to Healthline, there are ways to spot the symptoms of a serious head injury, but they don’t always happen immediately. Symptoms of a head injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headache
- Memory loss
- Leaking of clear fluid from ears or nose
- Balance or coordination problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of muscle control
- Inability to focus the eyes
- Changes in mood.
What Are the Major Types of Head Injury?
There are six main types of head injuries that are diagnosed by specific medical tests. While some are more severe than others, and the severity of the injury does affect the payout, any type of head injury can impact the quality of your life. The major types of head injuries include:
- Hemorrhage: Characterized by uncontrolled bleeding either in the space around your brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage) or inside the brain tissue itself (intracerebral hemorrhage), hemorrhages are profoundly serious and should be treated by medical professionals immediately.
- Concussion: Considered to be the result of the brain hitting against the hard walls of your skull, a force of sudden acceleration and deceleration, the effects of a concussion are often, but not always, temporary. Some can be very serious.
- Skull fracture: The skull does not have bone marrow, so it is unlike other bones in your body. The skull is very strong but does not have the ability to absorb the impact of a blow. This lack of flexibility increases the likelihood of brain damage when a skull fracture is present.
- Hematoma: This pooling, or clotting, of blood outside the blood vessels can be very serious when it occurs in the brain. In fact, it can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Diffuse axonal injury: While this does not cause bleeding, it does damage brain cells. This injury is not always visible but is extremely dangerous as it can cause swelling and brain damage.
- Edema: Many brain injuries can lead to edema also known as swelling which can occur outside the skull in the skin tissue and inside the skull (where it is most dangerous) because it pushes on the brain.
Brain and head injuries do not always appear immediately. In fact, you may feel fine in the minutes and first few hours after hitting your head, but then get dizzy or begin vomiting days or a week later. That is why it is so important to go to a hospital emergency room, urgent care center or your general practitioner’s office to get checked out immediately after striking your head in an accident. If you are unsure whether you have suffered a head injury, go to the doctor. Better safe than sorry.
Engage a Legal Professional Experienced in Head Injury Cases
Contact the Stoddard Firm Today
Head injuries are serious and can impact you and your family for the rest of your lives. If you or someone you love has been in an accident and sustained a severe head injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
You may wonder, “What is the average payout for a head injury claim”? That figure, in and of itself will not provide you with information as to what you may receive. The head injury attorneys at The Stoddard Firm can review your accident and share information regarding possible settlements based on the particulars of your situation.
Facing ever-growing mountains of medical bills, critical lost wages, months of rehabilitation or even permanent disability is frustrating, frightening, and overwhelming. And pursuing a settlement to help you pay your bills and live your life seems daunting.
You do not have to travel this road alone. An experienced head injury lawyer at The Stoddard Firm can manage the entire process and file a powerful legal claim on your behalf. We are committed to protecting you and your family and helping you to maximize your settlement. Reach out to our team today at 470-467-2200 and schedule a free consultation where we can determine if you have a viable case. About head injuries, time is valuable, and should not be wasted. We are ready to go to work for you immediately.