There is so much more known about traumatic brain injury than there was 20 years ago when the Georgia voters created a Trust Fund for these injuries funded using a portion of fines recovered from those cited for driving under the influence. As Atlanta brain injury lawyers, we know the day to day struggles that many injured victims work so hard to overcome. We have helped brain injury victims and their families for over two decades.
Since 2003, the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission leads the way in administering this fund. This fund helps to provide additional resources for things that insurance might not pay for or will only pay for a finite period of time. The fund is marking its twentieth anniversary this year. This is truly a remarkable milestone for those who have been injured in an accident or otherwise, with a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury. The fund helps those who have suffered these injuries to receive care that improves their quality of life. And many of those injured Georgians have been instrumental in advising the fund about what is needed to improve the long term quality of life for those who have suffered these traumas.
The Trust Fund is administered by a 16-member board. It is partly composed of experts in the field and partly composed of those who have suffered this type of injury. Some members have family that have suffered injury and know first hand about the challenges faced. In recent years, the fund has collected about 1.5 million dollars annually from these fines. After a court conviction for a DUI or reckless driving, there is a surcharge to the fine imposed by the judge in that individual’s case. The court collects this and remits it to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) which then transfers these funds to the Georgia treasury which credits the funds to the Trust.
This Trust fund is open to injured Georgia residents or those who have moved to Georgia to be cared for by family and plan to remain in the state. There are specific parameters for those wanting to apply for this fund’s support. To apply for Trust Fund support, the brain injury cannot be the result of a disease or event such as a stroke. Those who have suffered a brain injury due to transportation or a vehicle accident are qualified to apply. Additionally the injury can be the result of one of these categories and must all applications must be supported by a letter from a medical professional. Those who have suffered an accidental fall or accidental strike on the head, an assault, a self-inflicted or sports injury. Over the lifetime of an injured person, the Trust can provide a maximum benefit of $10,000 to support various things that are not covered by medical or other insurance.
Scholle Law applauds the citizens of Georgia for establishing this fund. We know the importance of support and the value of quality of life when a severe injury occurs. Victims and their families who are dealing with this type of injury, can reach out to us after an accident or injury for the legal support needed. We do not charge for consultation and our legal fees are paid to us only after we win for you and you receive money from the person or entity responsible for your injuries.