The very essence of our being is contained within our brain. Our brain determines our personality, our character, our likes and dislikes, and, of course, our physical ability to function.
Brain injuries, whatever the cause, are not like other injuries. If you suffer a “mild sprain to your ankle” it is considered a minor injury that will heal completely over time
Unlike other parts of our bodies, mild injuries to the brain often have lasting impact and
Severe brain injuries can leave victims devastated, dependent on other people for day-to-day routine care. Some survive for years on life support without ever regaining consciousness. Due to the severity of these injuries, the ﬁnancial and emotional impact on the victim and their family can be extreme.
Our Georgia brain injury lawyers will work to get you and your family the compensation needed through this difﬁcult time.
Brain injuries are very hard on the other people in the victim’s life who provide the required care. A severe brain injury can strain the fabric of families, increasing the likelihood of divorce and very often producing psychological problems in the caregivers. For the many severely brain injured people who lose the ability to empathize, the family sacriﬁce goes unappreciated.
Traumatic Brain Injuries can be caused by:
Slip and Falls
Lack of oxygen
Work related injury
The victim and family must deal with income loss, an ever-growing mountain of medical and rehabilitation costs, and a future shrouded in the kind of uncertainty that most people never experience. This can lead to an enormous amount of anxiety and stress.
The last thing a family needs is the additional pressure of dealing with the legal issues involved in obtaining compensation from someone who caused the injury.
Our attorneys can help recover the resources that you need to cover the costs and services required to treat and care for victims of TBI injuries
Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year
1.365 million are treated and released
275,000 are hospitalized
52,000 die (about 30 percent of all accident-related deaths
TBIs are most common amongst:
Children 4 and younger
Minors 15 to 19 years old
and seniors 65 and up
Victims of TBI, even severe TBI, now tend to live long periods of time. As a result, the cumulative total of TBI victims grows annually. It’s estimated that nationally there are several million people living with some degree of disability related to a TBI.
Overall costs of TBIs can be extreme and include:
Diagnostic tests and scans
The high medical costs and ongoing treatment for a TBI makes it imperative to hire a skilled brain injury attorney.
TBI victims can have various degrees of disability—intellectual, physical, emotional, and behavioral–that diminish the quality of the rest of their lives. Even mild TBIs can have lasting effects on the victim’s mental and emotional health.
Physical deﬁcits depend on which area of the brain is affected and how severe the injury is. Consequences may involve:
Diminished vision, hearing, balance and/or coordination
Problems with memory
Trouble with cognitive processing
Inability to think logically and coherently
Psychological consequences can include depression, emotional volatility, impatience, anger, and more.
In the most serious TBI cases, it’s not uncommon for the family to report that the victim is simply not the same person.
TBIs present considerable obstacles to employment, education, social activity, and virtually any other activity that plays a part in most human lives.
A TBI in a child can present unique problems. It can be difficult to assess the extent of the injury and how the victim will be affected long term. Many symptoms that TBI victims display–volatility, difﬁculty concentrating, impaired learning, etc.—are also caused by other conditions common among children, such as ADHD and developmental delays.
Every person who is directly affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) needs 4 things:
Good medical doctors
A good attorney
You need a lawyer who understands the legal process of getting compensation from the person at fault, the medical and related issues that determine what the future costs of care will be, and the special problems facing the victim and family members.
Starrett & Harris Law is a top-rated ﬁrm. Call us today if you or a family member has suffered a TBI. Wesley Starrett and Kevin Harris are respected personal injury attorneys who are well known in Georgia. Consultations are always free and there are no upfront costs or fees. You will never pay a dime until we win money for you.