When the human body undergoes serious trauma such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, sports injury, or any type of violent crime, one of the most dangerous areas injury can occur is the head. The brain is extremely delicate and protected by the skull, but even the skull cannot protect the brain from a devastating blow to the head or deep puncture wound. There’s a reason helmets are so important.
Any time the brain sustains damage due to a traumatic blow or wound, we call these types of injuries traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Recovery options from most TBIs are limited. Once the brain receives damage, there is often no way to repair that damage. Surgical options may be the patient’s only option, but brain surgery is risky and may lead to various outcomes. In many cases, surgery isn’t even an option.
Victims of severe brain trauma experience a life afflicted by pain and debilitating symptom such as violent mood swings, motor/bodily function limitations, speech impairment, and more. For a victim of a TBI and their family, it’s difficult to imagine a future where recovery is an option. When the trauma occurs at the fault of another human being—whether it be a car accident caused by a drunk driver or a slip and fall accident that was caused by negligence—the victim’s outlook can seem even grimmer.
At Bey & Associates, we’re here to help TBI victims of tragic accidents take the first steps towards enjoying life again. By reaching out to our personal injury law firm, we can pair you with an Atlanta, GA traumatic brain injury lawyer who can help you receive financial compensation for injuries that were not your fault. Taking legal action can give your family peace of mind and ensure no one gets harmed in the same way.
The First Step: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
Severe brain trauma is more common than many people believe. According to research conducted by the CDC in 2010, TBI causes more than 50,000 deaths, 2.2 million E.R. visits, and 280,000 hospitalizations every year in the U.S. These numbers suggest that over 1.4 million people in America currently suffer from some form of TBI.
Traumatic brain injuries are also more complex than many doctors and other medical professionals believe. Many professionals in the healthcare industry are under the impression that a concussion, also commonly referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or minor head trauma, doesn’t cause lasting damage. As medicine and technology continue to advance, we are learning that concussions can lead to severe, lifelong brain damage and disease when more than one occur over time.
One of the most well-known areas where this research is being done is sports medicine. Contact sports—American football, especially—are notorious for causing concussions. It’s estimated that as many as 3.8 million concussions happen every year between all levels of sport. Concussions are somewhat stealthy in nature because many victims do not feel immediate symptoms. However, the buildup of multiple concussions over time can have a detrimental effect on the brain.
What Causes Severe Brain Trauma in the State of Georgia?
According to the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. In Georgia alone, approximately 150,000 residents have permanent disabilities that were caused by brain injuries. 50,000 Georgia residents suffer from TBIs every year—3,000 of which result in permanent disabilities.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injury in the state of Georgia have been found to be the following:
Almost 50% of all brain injuries in Georgia are caused by falling. Slip and fall accidents (when someone trips, slips, or stumbles, resulting in a fall) are extremely common and do have legal recourse if the fall occurs on someone else’s property and the owner can be found negligent.
24% of all brain injuries in our state are caused by car accidents. The brain and head are susceptible to blunt force trauma which commonly results after a major crash.
Being Physically Struck
14% of TBI cases in Georgia are due to being struck by a person or object—whether intentionally or unintentionally. This includes most contact sports.
Finally, 11% of TBI cases in our state are caused by violent crimes such as gunshots or knife wounds.
Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are a wide variety of symptoms TBI victims experience. Many victims experience symptoms in a delayed manner due to the way our brains process pain. Many other victims will only experience minor symptoms when there is a much larger issue at hand. Since most TBI-related conditions occur due to direct trauma, it’s highly recommended to seek medical attention after any sort of head injury and/or trauma—no matter how minor the immediate symptoms may seem.
Here’s a list of the most common TBI symptoms, ranging from mild to severe:
- Persistent headache
- Extreme tiredness/fatigue
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Inability to concentrate
- Difficulty sleeping and/or staying awake
- Ringing sensation in the ears
- Mood changes
- Weakness in the extremities such as in the fingers or toes
Find Recovery Options with a Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
It’s estimated that only 20% of individuals who suffer from brain injuries are able to receive rehabilitation and other necessary recovery services due to the high cost of most brain injury treatment options and the fact that most insurance companies do not cover all costs. As a nation, we pay over $48.3 million a year in medical costs associated with TBIs. It’s a simple fact that without financial assistance, a traumatic brain injury diagnosis can significantly impoverish a family.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident that wasn’t the victim’s fault and suffered from TBI symptoms, you may be comforted to know that you have legal options. By filing a traumatic brain injury lawsuit against the individual, party, or company that caused your injuries, you can potentially receive financial assistance to help ensure your family’s needs are met and that recovery is affordable.
For more information, contact Bey & Associates today. With the assistance of an Atlanta, GA traumatic brain injury lawyer, hope remains an option. We can provide Georgia residents with a free, zero-obligation case consultation and will be happy to offer our legal counsel however we can.