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What damages can our family recover for our child’s brain injury under Georgia law?

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You only get one brain for your entire life. Brain injuries can result in lifelong complications, changing a child’s future in the blink of an eye. This leaves parents wondering what they can do to make things right for the person they would give up everything to help.

If your child has suffered a brain injury in Georgia, it’s important to make sure you obtain the full compensation you child is entitled to. This means making sure your child has the financial resources necessary to facilitate recovery now and ongoing needs for the rest of their life.

The first step in determining what damages can be recovered is to examine the circumstances of the injury. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury in motor vehicle accidents, but can also occur as a result of unsafe premises, animal attacks defective products. A personal injury claim will be the best way to obtain financial compensation in those circumstances.

Types Of Personal Injury Compensation

The parents of minor children who have suffered a brain injury due to another’s negligence can recover for:

  • The child’s medical expenses
  • Loss of services
  • The child’s pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses after age 18
  • The child’s loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost future earnings

Building The Case For Maximum Compensation

This compensation is available via personal injury claim but the insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid providing it. To actually obtain this compensation, it is necessary to build a strong case, often with the help of expert testimony from life care planners and other professional experts. Such experts will evaluate the child’s physical situation and create a plan that addresses a full range of components, including:

  • Primary care visits
  • Medical care from specialists
  • Home and vehicle modifications (wheelchair accessible bathrooms, ramps and vans)

Life care planners also address issues that are hopefully far into the future, such as residential options if and when the parents are no longer able to care for the child.

The Right Lawyer Is Key To Obtaining The Right Compensation For Your Child’s Damages

Making sure your lawyer has the experience, skills and resources to take on a complex brain injury claim is a must. It’s just as important to make sure you choose an attorney who can answer your questions and provide you with peace of mind during the legal process. The right attorney will be someone you can count on to make sure your current needs are being met while they focus on making sure you and your child have the resources you need in the future.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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