Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
According to the Center for Disease Control, 1.4 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year. A half million of these head injuries require hospitalization and there are 50,000 brain injury deaths each year.
At Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C., our Georgia brain injury attorneys help victims obtain fair compensation. With offices in Atlanta and Columbus, our personal injury attorneys have obtained billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain or severe head injury, contact a Georgia traumatic brain injury lawyer today.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability in the U.S. every year. According to the CDC, at least 5.3 million Americans require long-term care as a result of these injuries.
A head injury consists of damage to the scalp, skull, or brain that is caused by a traumatic event. A head injury can take the form of anything from a minor bump on the skull to a devastating brain injury. At our firm, you can find a Georgia brain injury lawyer who can help you obtain compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Common Brain Injury Causes
Brain injuries are caused by blows to the head or penetrating head injuries that disrupt the normal function of the brain. Common causes of brain injury include traffic accidents, falls, physical assault, and accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sports. The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:
- Falls. Slip-and-falls account for approximately 28 percent of new brain injuries each year. Falls are the leading cause of brain injury for children under age four or adults over age 75 years.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Auto accidents account for 20 percent of brain injuries.
- Struck by/against events. Struck by/against events, in which the head is jolted by a collision with a moving or stationary object, account for 19 percent of brain injuries.
- Assaults. Violent encounters (often involving gunshot wounds) account for 11 percent of brain injuries.
Statistics provided by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Brain Injury Classifications
Brain injuries are generally classified into two categories: mild and severe.
A brain injury is considered mild when a person suffers loss of consciousness, confusion, and disorientation for a period shorter than 30 minutes. Symptoms of mild brain injuries include headaches, cognitive problems, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings, difficulty thinking, and frustration. Three-quarters of brain injuries are concussions or other mild forms of TBI.
A severe brain injury is one that results in a loss of consciousness lasting more than 30 minutes and a loss of memory lasting longer than 24 hours. Severe brain injuries can cause anything from the impairment of cognitive functions to comatose states. Severe brain injury victims may also experience decreased function in their extremities, abnormal speech, or emotional problems.
Brain Injury Lawsuits
Traumatic brain injury victims who have been injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of others have the right to file a personal injury claim and recover damages. Because brain injuries are among the most expensive injuries to treat, settlements and jury verdicts in these cases are often sizable.
If you have suffered a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses – hospital, surgical, and ambulance bills
- Rehabilitation costs – physical therapy and future medical care
- Diminished earning capacity – compensation for future earnings lost due to the injury
- Lost income – payment for wages lost
Contact a Georgia brain injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
Contact Our Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe head injury or brain injury, a personal injury lawsuit may be the best means of obtaining the compensation you deserve. At Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, P.C., our Georgia traumatic brain injury lawyers provide victims with thorough and experienced representation. Contact our Atlanta or Columbus office today.