Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force damages the brain, often resulting in damage to blood vessels and injury of brain tissue. The specifics of a TBI can vary widely based on severity, the cause of the injury (i.e. skull fractures, an object penetrating the brain), and where it is located in the brain. One cannot overstate the serious impact a TBI can have on a person's health. We rightly acknowledge that these injuries are often responsible for deaths and medical problems, but even TBIs that seem less serious can have a significant impact.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology showed that even what appear to be minor injuries to the brain can have long-term effects. The study observed war veterans and found that those who suffered only one mild TBI were more likely to experience dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease than were those who did not suffer a TBI. Long-term health problems place further stress on a health care system that is already at the breaking point.
TBIs don’t only extract a toll on the country’s health care system, they also extract a significant personal cost, as sufferers may require frequent doctor’s visits, medication and home health services. The family members of those afflicted with the effects of a TBI will make sacrifices to enhance the quality of life of their loved one.Our Personal Injury Attorneys Help Clients Manage Difficult Times
If you or a family member's TBI is the result of negligence on someone else's part, the law offers a way to mitigate the financial and emotional strain such injuries can cause. A personal injury lawsuit may be the best way to help you pay for health care and see that the person or organization responsible for the injury does their part. In Georgia, there are no caps on the damages a court may award you in a lawsuit, so a personal injury lawyer can help you deal with the problems created by a TBI.Possible Symptoms of a TBI
You may believe that if you did not experience a loss of consciousness when you were injured, or if you didn't suffer substantial external injuries, that you may not be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. You may still have a TBI even if you don’t show any of those symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Constant headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea or vomiting
You should contact a medical professional and ask them to examine you for any signs of a TBI. These types of injuries can arise from a variety of situations. You can get a TBI from a minor fender bender or from a slip and fall on a wet surface in a supermarket. They may also arise in healthcare situations due to medical malpractice.Long-Term Consequences of a TBI
The consequences of a TBI are wide-ranging and can vary widely depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Examples of long-term effects that can occur:
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Cognitive impairments
- Chronic migraine headaches
- Muscle stiffness or spasms
- Vision problems
These and the variety of other long-term effects than can be caused by a TBI can severely impact you or your loved one's quality of life.A TBI Lawyer can Help Compensate You
The attorneys at our law firm have experience representing clients in these often-complicated personal injury related matters. We will employ the latest technology to prosecute your personal injury lawsuit. We will rely on the neurological science experts to show the depth of the injury and the potential effect on your future and your family’s future.
We will look out for your future beyond the end of the legal matter. Our lawyers will work towards seeing that your medical bills are addressed, that your insurance company is dealt with and that your immediate needs are looked after. We can point you towards the best available medical care while we work on your personal injury case.Do You Need Help With a TBI or Personal Injury Case?
The aftereffects of a TBI are wide-ranging. You or a loved one may miss a significant amount of time from work, and depending on the severity of the injury, may not be able to return. You and your family may feel the stress and strain of handling long-term medical bills, rehabilitation, and physical or mental therapy.
Come and discuss the potential problems with our personal attorneys and we will work with you on finding a possible solution through the court system. Contact us for a free consultation today and find out how we can help you with your case.