Throughout 2016 in Georgia, 28,292 people experienced traumatic brain injuries. Of those, 7,324 required hospitalization. Brain injuries are often debilitating to victims, whose lives can change in an instant. From elderly who fall to children playing contact sports, people of all ages are at risk.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in the metro-Atlanta area, you may be eligible to file a claim against the responsible party. Contact the attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. for more information about brain injury claims in Atlanta and the legal options available to you.
Brain injuries range in severity and symptoms. Mild brain injuries occur more frequently. Some of the physical symptoms include:
Because brain function impacts the entire body, symptoms are not just physical. Unlike many other injuries, they have sensory symptoms, as well. Some of the possible sensory symptoms include:
Someone who suffers a mild brain injury may also struggle with concentration or memory issues, mood swings, or depression and anxiety.
Less frequent but more serious than mild brain injuries, moderate to severe brain injuries have a higher chance of doing permanent damage to the victim. Some of the physical symptoms of moderate to severe brain injuries include:
Cognitive symptoms may include: confusion, agitation or combativeness, slurred speech, or coma and other difficulty with consciousness.
The symptoms of any brain injury may take days or weeks to appear. Instead of waiting for symptoms, visit a doctor immediately after any significant impact to the brain. If you have a traumatic brain injury, it is important a doctor diagnose it as soon as possible.
Brain injuries can occur anytime, anywhere. Any severe impact to the skull can cause a brain injury. One of the most common causes of brain injuries are falls. Brain injuries caused by falling are especially common in elderly people, as their bones are often weaker and they may struggle more to stay upright.
Car crashes are a frequent occurrence in the United States. They can cause an array of injuries, some of which include mild to severe brain injuries.
Violence is also one of the more common circumstances that can lead to a brain injury. Gunshot wounds, domestic violence, various types of abuse, and other assaults can all cause issues in the brain. With infants, shaken baby syndrome often causes traumatic brain injuries because the brain hits the sides inside of the skull multiple times.
Concussions, one of the most common mild brain injuries, often occur during sports activities, especially in young people. Whether it is a ball or a body part, any impact to the head during an athletic activity can cause a brain injury.
If the court determines another person or organization caused your brain injury, it may award you a certain amount of compensation. One of the things the court may award compensation for medical expenses, which include hospital bills, cost of doctor visits, personal therapy, and any other past or future expenses you may have because of the injury.
The court may also award you damages for loss of income. The defendant may need to compensate you for any wages you lost because of days you needed to take off work, or a difference in earning potential if you are no longer able to earn the same salary as before the incident.
The defendant may also have to compensate you for reduced quality of life and pain and suffering. If your overall quality of life is worse than before the incident, the court may assign a monetary value and award you compensatory damages for your loss.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in Atlanta, you need an attorney who understands Georgia’s personal injury law and who treats clients with dignity and respect. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for dedicated and experienced representation in your Atlanta brain injury claim.