Lawrenceville Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to serious and lifelong challenges and deprivations. No two traumatic brain injuries are alike, nor are the injury’s effects. Depending upon the force’s strength and nature impacting a person’s head, a victim can sustain several different traumatic brain injuries in a single accident. A serious traumatic brain injury might also leave a person in a coma or a permanent vegetative state. In the worst-case scenario, a traumatic head injury can lead to a victim’s untimely death.
If an individual’s negligence or irresponsibility led to an accident that left you or a loved one with a traumatic brain injury, you must seek legal help as soon as possible. As with the majority of personal injury cases in Georgia, the victim only has two years from the accident’s date to file a claim for personal injuries and damages. Failing to file a lawsuit within that time period precludes a victim from ever pursuing monetary damages for that accident in the future.
The compassionate and experienced Lawrenceville personal injury lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit and pursuing the monetary compensation you deserve. If a loved one passed away as a result of a traumatic brain injury, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault person or persons who caused the accident. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing and recovering the monetary compensation you or your loved one deserve.
Levels of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Broadly speaking, traumatic brain injuries separate into three different levels: mild, moderate, and severe. While these categories might help medical professionals, no two brain injuries are alike.
Many people assume that the effects of a mild brain injury will disappear after a few days or weeks, but that is not always the case. Ironically, some mild TBIs can result in lifelong disabilities, while some severe TBIs can resolve quickly. These are unpredictable injuries, and any degree of brain injury can leave a lasting impact on your health and life.
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to both short and long-term functional impairments, such as the sense of touch or the ability to speak. Studies have shown that brain injuries of this severity increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Sustaining multiple brain injuries during your life significantly increases your chances of early onset cognitive decline, as well as the deeply debilitating condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
If someone else is responsible for your brain injury, the knowledgeable and compassionate Lawrenceville head injury lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can assist you with making your claim, filing your lawsuit, and pursuing monetary compensation for your injuries.
Different accidents (for example, car accidents, slip and falls, and accidents at construction sites) can inflict the type of traumatic brain injury called a concussion. Concussions are especially common in accidents involving whiplash. When a person sustains a concussion, it often results from an injury received from a severe impact to the head. Although some concussions are relatively minor, others can lead the accident victim to experience severe impairments that last the remainder of their life. Individuals who receive a concussion of this severity may need to undergo significant periods of rehabilitation for treatment.
When a concussion occurs, the blood vessels and cranial nerves in the brain become damaged, leading to serious problems. A concussion can cause the recipient to lose consciousness for various lengths of time or leave them in a dazed and confused state of mind. Concussions can cause diffuse axonal injuries that could be temporary or permanent. A victim may take anywhere from several weeks to several months to recover from a concussion. Compounding all of this is the fact that concussions are not always readily apparent in brain imaging studies, such as MRIs or CT scans.
If another person’s negligence caused an accident in which you or someone you care about sustained a concussion, the experienced team of Lawrenceville brain injury attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm may help you with your case. We will investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, determine the exact cause of your injury, and then pursue monetary compensation on your behalf in the form of a brain injury claim or lawsuit.
Brain contusions are another common form of traumatic head injury. Like a concussion, a brain contusion results from an impact directly to an accident victim’s head. Essentially, a contusion means bruising or bleeding takes place on or in a person’s brain. These brain bleeds can sometimes be quite extensive. The worst brain contusion injuries require surgery to stop the bleeding and mitigate the damage.
Brain contusions occur when a significant amount of force impacts the brain, causing it to collide with the inside of a person’s skull. Impacts of this nature occur when a victim’s head strikes the ground in a slip and fall accident, or when the head strikes a hard surface like a windshield or dashboard in a motor vehicle accident. There are two different types of brain contusions. A coup injury occurs at the site where the impact to the head occurred. A contrecoup injury occurs on the opposite side of the brain from the accident’s point of impact.
Penetration Head Injuries
A penetration injury to the head or brain occurs when the blow from a sharp object (such as a knife or claw hammer) causes bones, skin, hair, and sometimes even parts of the object to enter into the person’s brain directly. Although slips and falls and car accidents can lead to penetration injuries, they more frequently result from an assault on the victim with a weapon.
Diffuse Axonal Head Injuries
A diffuse axonal head injury occurs when there is a strong shaking movement to the head caused by a rotating force. These abrupt head movements are common in severe car accidents, for example. A diffuse axonal head injury will tear nerve tissue in a person’s brain, releasing certain chemicals within the brain that may lead to further damage.
Whenever nerve tissue in a person’s brain becomes torn, it can disrupt the normal chemical processes and communicative functions that the brain performs. Depending upon where the tissue tear occurs in the brain, an individual who sustains a diffuse axonal injury may begin to exhibit some functional issues that could last for a long time.
If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from a diffuse axonal injury, it is vital to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. A healthcare provider can perform the necessary medical testing to ascertain the location and severity of your brain injury, as well as provide the required medical treatment. If you sustained a diffuse axonal injury in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may file a claim or lawsuit for money damages.
Losses From a Brain Injury
As discussed, brain injuries can have lasting effects, including long-term cognitive, physical, or behavioral impairments. These can cause many struggles in your life – financially, physically, and mentally. A brain injury victim can incur ongoing losses for months or even years following their injury.
Some losses from brain injuries can include:
- Medical expenses for emergency transportation, treatment in the ER, diagnostic tests, hospitalization, possible surgery, time in a rehabilitation center, and more.
- Future expenses if the brain injury was severe and impacted a victim’s ability to care for themselves.
- Lost income if the brain injury caused someone to miss work.
- Future lost earnings if the brain injury forces someone to take a lower-paying job or rely on disability benefits.
- Permanent impairments, which can affect many aspects of life.
- Physical and mental pain and suffering.
The losses from a severe brain injury will generally be much greater than those stemming from a mild concussion. However, if you incurred any losses at all, even for a couple of medical treatments, you deserve to recover for those losses from the party that caused the injury.
It is important to discuss your case with an experienced brain injury attorney who can assess the value of your case and take the necessary steps to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can occur from many types of injury accidents but some of the more common ways include:
- Lawrenceville motorcycle accidents
- Lawrenceville bicycle accidents
- Lawrenceville car accidents
- Lawrenceville truck accidents
If you or a loved one has been involved in any of the the above accidents and suffered ANY injuries learn what a skilled Lawrenceville personal injury lawyer can do for you and your claim.
Pursuing Monetary Compensation for a Brain Injury
If you sustained your brain injury while working on the job and within the scope of your employment, you may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. As part of a workers’ compensation claim, you don’t need to prove fault. You may pursue compensatory benefits for your medical bills, a portion of your lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and permanent disability.
If you received a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may file a claim or lawsuit against that person or entity to recover monetary compensation for your brain injury. To prevail in a brain injury claim or lawsuit, you must show that the at-fault person or entity owed you a duty of care, that the person or entity acted unreasonably under the circumstances, and that as a result of the accident, you sustained one or more head or brain injuries.
As part of a third-party personal injury claim, you may seek monetary redress for all of your out-of-pocket losses, including related medical bills and lost wages that resulted from the injuries you received in the accident. Depending upon the circumstances of your accident and the extent of your traumatic brain injury, you may pursue non-economic damages to compensate for all of your inconvenience, pain and sustaining, permanent disabilities, loss of use of a body part, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of spousal companionship or family support.
The knowledgeable team of Lawrenceville brain injury attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can guide you through the brain injury claims filing process. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We will ensure that your case’s strengths are well-illustrated so that you will receive just and fair monetary compensation for your traumatic brain injury and all of its resultant damages.
Call a Skilled Lawrenceville Brain Injury Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today
No one should have to make the physical and financial recovery from a traumatic brain injury on his or her own. The legal team at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm is ready to assist you with all aspects of your injury claim today. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Lawrenceville brain injury attorney, please give us a call at (678)-647-1314 or contact us online for more information.
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