If you or someone you love has had a serious head injury at it was caused by the negligent act of another, our Atlanta traumatic brain injury lawyer can help you seek justice. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a violent physical force causes the brain to move within the skull. Bruising, tearing and swelling can result from the brain’s rotation against the skull.
The brain controls our thought processes, voluntary movements and emotional well-being. When the brain suffers traumatic injury, it can lead to permanent disability, seizures, memory loss, headaches, behavioral problems or depression.
When You Need a Lawyer for a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has suffered this type of brain damage due to the suspected negligence of another, it will be important to have your potential case thoroughly reviewed by an attorney at the earliest possible date. The personal injury law firm of James M. Poe, P.C., can provide this review and examine:
- The cause of the brain injury
- The extent of brain damage suffered
- The costs involved with caring for and treating the condition.
Please read on to learn more about each of these areas. You can also contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our Atlanta traumatic brain injury lawyer about your case.
We have an established record of helping serious injury victims and their families in Atlanta and across Georgia. If we determine that a valid claim exists in your traumatic brain injury case, will work hard to seek the justice and accountability that you deserve.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or a family member has suffered traumatic brain injury, you are not alone. The Brain Injury Association of Georgia estimates that 50,000 residents of the state suffer some form of brain injury each year, including more than 3,000 cases that result in permanent disabilities.
An attorney will investigate your case to determine the cause of your brain injury and who should be held responsible for it. Causes may include:
- Falls – A property owner’s negligence may have led to hazardous conditions that caused a fall such as slippery floors or loose balcony railings. Falls can also result from a caregiver’s failure to properly supervise a high-risk patient such as an elderly person or from the lack of safety standards at a construction site or other workplace.
- Motor vehicle accidents – A driver may have caused a car, truck or motorcycle accident by failing to drive in a reasonably safe manner. Anywhere from mild concussions to severe TBI can result from crashes. Even wearing a helmet may not spare a motorcycle or bicycle rider from harm. In some cases, brain injuries can be caused by defective safety equipment such as air bags, seat belts and child seats.
- Sports – Concussions are common in contact sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse and basketball. While there is generally no claim for the impact itself, there may be liability if an injury is promptly and correctly diagnosed and treated.
- Recreational vehicles – Falls from personal watercrafts (Jet-Skis) or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in accidents caused by others’ negligence or due to defective parts can lead to serious brain damage.
- Child abuse and neglect – Childcare providers may allow young children to suffer brain injuries when they fail to keep proper watch over their activities. In some instances, a childcare provider may intentionally harm a child out of frustration and cause permanent damage. This is commonly called “shaken baby syndrome.”
When a traumatic brain injury results from wrongdoing or negligence, victims who sustained injury have a right to pursue compensation. An Atlanta traumatic brain injury attorney will focus on evidence that establishes a causal connection between the other party’s acts and the victim’s brain injury.
Extent of a Victim’s Brain Damage
The amount of damages sought in a traumatic brain injury case will depend, in part, on the extent of the harm suffered. This can often be determined through a series of tests, including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, as well as through an independent evaluation by a qualified medical expert.
The most common types of brain injuries are:
- Diffuse axonal injury – This commonly involves tearing of nerve tissue within the brain and may result in permanent impairment, coma or death. It may be caused by a sudden impact or shaking.
- Concussion – This commonly results from violent shaking or a direct blow to the head. Blood vessels and nerves may be damaged. The victim may lose consciousness briefly and experience symptoms such as headaches, confusion, dizziness and nausea. Long-term effects can include memory loss, difficulty with concentration and sensitivity to noise and light.
- Contusion – This is essentially a bruise on one’s brain. It can lead to hemorrhaging and must be treated promptly to avoid extensive brain damage.
- Coup-contrecoup – This occurs when the brain slams into the one side of the skull and bounces against the opposite side. Bruising occurs on the side of the impact and on the side of the brain directly opposite from the impact.
- Recurrent TBI – This is when a brain injury occurs prior to the healing of a previous TBI, raising the risk of swelling.
- Penetrating injury – This results from an object forcing hair, skin and bone into the brain.
- Anoxic brain injury – This involves the brain being entirely deprived of oxygen due to a loss of blood pressure or available oxygen.
- Hypoxic brain injury – This involves the brain being partially deprived of oxygen.
Costs of Brain Damage
Because of the wide range of damage that can result from trauma to the brain, the costs of treating TBI can vary dramatically. The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that the general cost range for severe injuries is between $600,000 and $1,875,000 per year. In addition to medical costs, TBI can prevent an individual from being able to work or can permanently reduce their earning potential.
Contact Our Atlanta Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer for Help with Your TBI Case
As a father-and-son legal team, attorneys Jim and Matt Poe offer a unique blend of skill, experience and energy to their clients. They also offer the personalized attention that clients should expect from working with small law firm.
To learn more about how we can assist you or your family with your traumatic brain injury case, please contact us today. Our initial consultations are timely and free of charge.
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