North Georgia Brain Injury Lawyer
Securing Your Future After Traumatic Brain Injuries in Georgia
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the hardest injuries to recover from after an accident, and some people never recover fully.
When a traumatic brain injury is severe, it can permanently change someone’s life, and the individual in question might never return to their old job and hobbies. More minor TBIs, like concussions, are easier to recover from but could leave a victim impaired for many months.
At our firm, we help TBI victims and their families get the compensation they need after a devastating accident.
If you need help, contact a brain injury attorney at Pritchard Injury Firm for a free consultation.
Common Cause of TBIs
A TBI can be caused by any hard blow or jolt to the head that makes the brain jiggle around inside the skull. Any hard blow to the body can also cause a TBI if it causes the head to whip back and forth and damages the brain.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Car accidents: It is very easy to suffer whiplash in a car accident or slam your head against the steering wheel or a passenger. TBIs from car accidents can be some of the worst that we see.
- Slip and falls: After falling, a person can slam their head on the floor or hit an object, like a desk or a filing cabinet. Falls cause almost 50% of all TBIs.
- Sports injuries: TBIs are common in football, soccer, and other contact sports. You could even suffer a TBI in baseball if hit with the ball or the bat.
- Criminal activity: An assault can cause a TBI, especially if the victim is struck in the face or head.
Traumatic brain injuries can be “open” or “closed.” Open simply means that something has penetrated the skull or cracked the skull open. Open TBIs can be especially devastating, and many victims cannot recover from them.
A TBI is closed when the skull remains intact. One common misconception is that closed TBIs are less severe. In reality, closed TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the circumstances.
You might be unsure whether or not you have a TBI after an accident. Not everyone who falls or gets into a car accident suffers a TBI. To determine if you have a TBI, look for common symptoms. If you blacked out after the accident, chances are very high you suffered a TBI. The longer you were unconscious, the more severe your head injury. Still, you can suffer a head injury without losing consciousness.
Other traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Trouble thinking
- Poor memory
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Impaired movement
- Lack of coordination or balance
- Sleep disturbances (sleeping too much or too little)
- Mood swings
When you go to the hospital, a doctor will ask you questions about your injury. Your answers will help the doctor determine whether you have a TBI. He or she might also order imaging tests, such as an MRI.
TBIs can have many complications, including bleeding in the brain that might require surgery. For that reason, you should go to the doctor immediately after an accident, even if your TBI symptoms have not yet manifested.
Reach out to a Brain Injury Lawyer Today
The days and weeks after a TBI are confusing. You and your loved one might not know what steps to take or even be thinking about a lawsuit. However, the sooner you reach out to an attorney, the better.
The traumatic brain injury lawyer at our firm can meet with you for a free consultation. Please contact Pritchard Injury Firm today. Our compassionate legal guidance has helped countless people in their darkest hour get the money they need to start over.
Call us at (470) 577-8152 today for a free initial consultation.
How a Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
TBIs are expensive injuries, and a brain injury attorney can help you get the compensation you need, so you are not bankrupted trying to get well. Without a lawyer, you will be left to navigate the complicated insurance claims process and possibly handle a lawsuit on your own. It is best to have a brain injury attorney by your side to simplify the process and maximize the amount of compensation you can receive.
Medical care for a TBI is often much higher than people expect. To treat a moderate or severe TBI, you might need to spend days in the ICU having your vital signs monitored. You also will need to pay for diagnostic tests, which can be expensive. If you need surgery, medical bills can quickly add up.
Even after leaving the hospital, many brain injury clients need months of physical therapy or rehabilitation to help manage their TBI symptoms. Some of our clients have required:
- Physical therapy to improve strength, mobility, and coordination.
- Occupational therapy to help them learn new ways of tackling the tasks of daily living.
- Behavioral therapy to manage personality changes.
- Speech therapy, which can help someone with a severe TBI relearn how to talk.
All this medical care and therapy adds up. With a severe TBI, victims and their families quickly amass $100,000 or more in medical bills, and many of them have no way of paying. A brain injury attorney can help you and your family obtain compensation to cover these costs.
The next biggest economic cost associated with head injuries is lost wages or lost income. TBIs often keep people out of commission for months, even those with a relatively mild concussion. People who have difficulty thinking, speaking, or processing information cannot return to work until they feel better. Also, the risk of a second TBI makes returning to manual labor jobs unrealistic.
A traumatic brain injury lawyer can work to obtain you the compensation you need to pay all your bills, including your rent or mortgage, while you recover. You can also receive a sum of money to cover pain and suffering along with emotional distress.
Traumatic brain injury lawyers are skilled at finding the evidence you need to build a case against the defendant for your injuries. The fact that you suffered a brain injury does not mean someone is responsible. Instead, you need to show that they fell short of their duty of care and how this conduct led to your injury.