Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic brain injuries damage the busiest and most interconnected organ a person possesses - the brain. The consequences of a traumatic brain injury can linger for years. Some survivors suffer permanent disabilities, and others lose their lives due to their injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI, you understand how these catastrophic injuries invade every area of your life. Simple tasks, calculations, or communications become increasingly difficult. Changes in mood or expression make you feel as if you are "not yourself." And the idea of investigating the accident that hurt you or chasing down compensation may seem overwhelming. That's why the skilled Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Grant Law Office are here to help. For more information about your legal rights and options, please call (404) 995-3955 or toll-free (866) 249-5513 for a free consultation.
Immediately after an accident, a person who has suffered a blow to the head may experience some or all of the following symptoms. These should be checked out by a doctor immediately:
- Head or neck pain;
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting;
- Seizures, confusion, disorientation, or impaired consciousness or memory; and
- Any period of unconsciousness.
Because even mild trauma can interfere with memory, it's important to see a doctor if any of these symptoms arise in the days or weeks following an accident, even if you can't clearly remember whether or not you hit your head. Indications of a TBI that may not appear immediately, but that may develop over a few days, include:
- New or increased head or neck pain;
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting;
- Insomnia and/or fatigue;
- Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or communicating; and
- Depression, irritability, anxiety, or other changes in mood or expression.
Like the more immediate indications of a TBI, these symptoms should be examined by a doctor immediately. In some patients, they may take weeks or even months to develop, so it's important to remain aware of the indications of TBI even if you don't think you suffered any harm in the accident.
Traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain suffers damage from a blow to the head or an object piercing the skull. In some cases of mild or moderate TBI, the injured person may not realize that a trauma has occurred. That's why it's important for medical professionals to recognize indications of TBI and respond quickly. The sooner a TBI is diagnosed, the more quickly it can be treated, increasing the chances of a full recovery. Some head injuries, however, leave patients with lingering or permanent symptoms.
It's important to report all symptoms you can remember to a physician. Often, doctors will carefully question patients who may have suffered a mild TBI. The detailed questions are intended to help patients remember what happened in the incident and to gather as much information as possible, especially changes in mood or mental function that can signal long-lasting impairments.
When a traumatic brain injury results from an accident or other incident caused by reckless behavior, another person or organization may be responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Pursuing compensation means filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit in court.
If you can prove in court that another party's negligence caused your injuries, you may be able to secure money damages to cover the significant costs of a TBI. Damages typically cover losses like:
- Past medical bills, including bills for emergency care, doctor's visits, surgeries, medications, and other treatments for your brain injury;
- Future medical bills, including bills for ongoing doctor or hospital care and bills for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other forms of therapy or rehabilitation;
- The value of wages and benefits lost when a brain injury leaves you unable to work; and
- Non-economic damages for pain and suffering related to the brain injury.
If a traumatic brain injury results in death, the available damages depend on which type of wrongful death action is brought. However, between the two possible claims, damages are available for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, and the loss of value of life to the deceased person.
Like other personal injury suits, traumatic brain injury lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time after the injury occurs. For most injuries, this time period is two years. Brain injuries that are caused by medical malpractice or that result in death may have different time limits, however. When the time limit begins to run and when it expires depend on the facts of each case. Speaking to an experienced lawyer can help you protect your opportunity to go to court if needed.
After a traumatic brain injury, even the simplest tasks in life may feel overwhelmingly difficult. Severe brain trauma can disrupt basic life functions or even result in death. Although life after a serious head injury is difficult, you don't have to take on every task alone. The skilled Atlanta brain injury attorneys at Grant Law Office can help you investigate the event that caused your injury, prepare a strong case on your behalf, and fight to secure the compensation you need. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact us at (404) 995-3955 and toll-free (866) 249-5513 today.
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- Traumatic Brain Injury - Mayo Clinic
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