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Is My Unborn Child at Risk for Cerebral Palsy?

Published on Mar 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm in Birth Injury.

Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, muscle coordination, and posture.  It is a common disorder that produces more than 200,000 new cases in the United States every year.  It is typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.  It is a chronic disorder that can last for years or even a lifetime.  Currently there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, but treatment is available that may help symptoms subside.

Cerebral Palsy risk factors are events, substances, or circumstances that increase the risk of developing Cerebral Palsy.  Just because your baby has one of the risk factors, it does not mean that they will surely have the disorder.  And the absence of risk factors does not guarantee that they will be spared.  Your knowledge of potential risk factors can help keep your baby safe.

Many experts recommend meeting with a physician prior to becoming pregnant to receive a complete reproductive health assessment.  Social habits, medical history, exposure to prescription medications, and exposure to harmful chemicals and recreational drugs are all possible risk factors that can be determined before pregnancy.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving Go Beyond Texting

Published on Mar 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know about the dangers of texting and driving. Cases of drivers causing car accidents while texting have made headlines for years, and at least 46 states in the U.S. now have laws banning texting and driving. But what about other dangers of distracted driving? In today’s mobile world where we spend a fair portion of our lives checking social media and interacting with smartphone apps that make tasks easier, isn’t any form of distraction dangerous when behind the wheel?

The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes”. In 2016, numerous car crashes and accidents occurred after gamers got caught up in the Pokémon Go sensation. In a 2016 survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance, it was revealed that 70% of teenagers say they use smartphone apps while behind the wheel.

Why Do Car Accident Injuries Appear in a Delayed Manner?

Published on Mar 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents are traumatic experiences.  They can leave lingering physical and emotional damage.  Many car accident injures do not display symptoms right away.  What seems like minor or mild pain initially can develop into severe and debilitating pain over the next few weeks.

Everyone reacts to stress differently.  Some experience mental fog, some severe shock, and some a rush of adrenaline.  This can make it difficult to determine your injuries immediately following an accident.

The initial shock of the accident causes your body to produce endorphins, the brain’s natural coping mechanism when experiencing trauma and sensory overload.  Endorphins mask pain and other symptoms of injury.  In the days following the accident, the brain stops producing endorphins and medical concerns that were hidden before begin to appear and cause problems.

The Hidden Dangers of Concussions

Published on Mar 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm in Personal Injury.

We’re often told that injuries “come with the territory” of participating in team sports. Players commonly walk away from games with scrapes, cuts, bruises, broken bones, sprains, and even short-lived head injuries like concussions. Concussions, technically speaking, are usually caused by minor head trauma that can seem rather undramatic at the time. Most concussion victims recover within minutes or even right away.

As a result, most coaches, nurses, doctors, and other sport medicine professionals in Atlanta, Georgia and elsewhere have treated concussions like they had no lasting effects. New research suggests differently, however. It’s reported that as many as 3.8 million concussions happen every year between all levels of sport. In some of these cases, doctors are finding out that the accumulation of concussions—even when they’re undramatic—can lead to traumatic brain injury and even brain disease.

Facts You May Not Know About Birth Injuries

Published on Mar 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm in Birth Injury.

Birth injuries are the result of damage to the tissues and organs of a newly delivered child and are often caused by physical pressure or trauma during childbirth.  There are several types of birth injuries.  There are brain-related injuries, muscle-related or physical injuries, injuries from infection during pregnancy, and injuries that occur during delivery.  The side effects of birth injuries can be temporary or permanent and vary in degree of severity depending on each child’s individual circumstances.

Brain-related birth injuries are often a result of a lack of oxygen in the brain.  The leading brain-related injury in relation to birth trauma is cerebral palsy.  Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that is caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs when the child’s brain is under development.  Cerebral palsy can develop after maternal infections, oxygen deprivation, infant stroke, and infant infection.  There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy.  In many cases, cerebral palsy could have been prevented with proper medical care.

Welcome to the New Bey & Associates Website

Published on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm in News.

At Bey & Associates, we’ve spent the last 20+ years providing our clients with expert legal counsel. We’ve recovered over $50 million for cases we’ve successfully taken to completion. We’re proud to be one of Atlanta’s trusted personal injury law firms and make it a goal to continuously improve our legal services and ways in which we can make a positive difference in our local communities.

As part of this goal, we’ve come to realize that technology is one of the greatest assets we have in regards to reaching out to our clients, to new clients in need of legal services, and to the Atlanta, GA community as a whole. We all have and depend on our mobile devices. As such, it’s vital that our website perform well on smartphones, tablet computers, and other types of mobile devices. It’s also vital for our clients to be able to quickly find us on search engines using those same mobile devices.

We’re happy to announce today that we’ve launched a brand new website that accomplishes these goals. When you visit Bey & Associates online, you’ll not only visit a site that loads quickly on any type of device you happen to be using, but one that allows you to find what you’re looking for right away and use our contact forms with ease. Our new site design focuses on accessibility and ease of access. One of the first new additions you may notice is our brand new team page which showcases all of our attorneys and legal professionals as well as the high level of talent our team consists of.

Our goal was to update our website content to make it valuable for potential clients as well as current clients. If you’re considering filing a lawsuit for an accident you were involved in, you need to know the facts. Our content aims to provide you with those facts in an approachable format that’s not overly difficult to digest. We’ll be continuing to publish blogs on a weekly basis as well. Our blogs will continue this same goal of accessibility and education.

If you have any feedback for us, we’re more than happy to hear it. Additionally, if you have any questions about a possible case you may have, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our Atlanta, GA personal injury lawyers are prepared to assist you in any way they can.