Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most serious injuries that a person can sustain, as they significantly impact an individual’s quality of life and often prove to be deadly.
These injuries also occur at an alarming rate, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that about 2.87 million people visited the emergency room or were hospitalized for TBI-related injuries in 2014 alone.
Fortunately, those who sustain TBIs in accidents through no fault of their own can often recover damages compensating them for their losses.
In many cases, the parties are not even required to go to trial, but can agree to a settlement award in an out-of-court setting. To learn more about the average settlement for traumatic brain injury in Georgia, please contact our personal injury legal team today.
Defining Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are the result of a sudden blow to the head that is severe enough to disrupt the brain’s normal function. These injuries can range in severity from mild, which usually manifest as a brief change in consciousness or mental status, to severe, which often involves an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss.
Unfortunately, even mild TBIs can have a significant effect on a person’s life, making it difficult to focus on work and maintain personal relationships. In serious cases, individuals suffer from permanent brain damage or could even lose their lives.
Damages in a TBI Settlement
When referring to the losses experienced by an injured party, courts, lawyers, and judges refer to damages, of which there are two types. Economic damages are losses that are relatively easy to calculate, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more difficult to quantify, as this term is used to describe the pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of personal relationships that a person experiences as a result of his or her accident.
Settlement offers, while they may be a bit lower than what a person could recover in court, will almost always involve a discussion of these calculations.
What to Consider During Your Own Negotiations
Ultimately, how much a person can expect to recover as a part of a settlement award depends on a few different factors, including the severity of the injury. Generally, the more severe an injury, the higher a person’s medical bills will be, and the more that an individual can expect to recover in a settlement.
This amount, however, will also vary depending on the parties’ degree of fault in causing the accident. If, for instance, one person was entirely at fault for the victim’s injuries, he or she will most likely be required to compensate the injured party for close to the full amount of his or her losses.
When an injured party contributed in some way to an accident, that individual can expect to see a reduction in the settlement amount reflecting that contribution.
Call Today for Help with Your Case
To learn more about settlement amounts for traumatic brain injuries, please contact one of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. today. You can reach a member of our legal team at (706) 354-4000, or via online message.