Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Expert Help for Traumatic Brain Injury Accident Victims
Your brain plays a vital role in everything you do. It’s essential for thinking, memory, consciousness, movement, and regulating your bodily functions. If your brain is seriously injured by physical trauma, it will have a devastating impact on your life.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes life-changing injuries that drastically reduce your ability to take care of yourself. People who suffer TBIs may require a lifetime of medical treatment and assisted living care. In many cases, the victim will be unable to go back to work or resume their regular day-to-day activities.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe TBI, your family may be facing serious financial hardship. To help you recover your losses, the experienced litigators at Butler Prather LLP will file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
Call (706) 322-1990 to schedule a FREE consultation today.
Why Choose Our Georgia TBI Injury Lawyers?
Since 1988, Butler Prather LLP has been providing justice and compensation for accident victims. We represent clients who have been injured due to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, big rig truck accidents, and other types of personal injuries.
Our firm has enabled several clients to recover settlements in excess of $100,000,000. We’ll help ensure that you recover the full amount you’re entitled to receive. If a fair settlement cannot be negotiated, then our team is always prepared to take your case to court.
We have recovered compensation for clients in over 30 states. For your convenience, Butler Prather LLP has offices located in Columbus, Savannah and Atlanta.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury occurs when forceful contact or physical trauma disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Major causes of TBI include falls, motor vehicle crashes, and sports injuries. When TBI is caused by a blow to the head, it’s referred to as a concussion.
A concussion may result in a loss of consciousness. If you suffer a head injury, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Symptoms of a concussion are not always apparent right away, and the condition may grow significantly worse over time.
To determine the damage caused by a TBI, doctors will provide a neurological exam that measures thinking, eye movement, reflexes, and brain functions. Imaging tests such as CT scans and MRIs will also be used to assess the damage to brain tissue.
The brain is protected by outer membranes and your skull, which is a hard shell of bones. TBIs often cause swelling and bleeding, but there’s no room for the brain to expand. That’s why immediate surgery is often required after a TBI.
Injuries that cause a TBI can be open or closed. With an open injury, there may be some type of foreign object that’s penetrated the brain. A closed injury harms the brain by creating an impact that forces the brain to collide with the skull.
A TBI may include the following complications:
- Skull fractures
- Penetrating objects
- Bone fragments
- Skull depression
- Brain bleed
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI can impact all facets of your life. It’s extremely disruptive, affecting your physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being.
Symptoms of a TBI Include:
- Memory loss
- Sleep issues
- Vision loss
- Mood disorders
- Reduced mobility
- Lack of empathy
- Behavior changes
- Lack of coordination
- Weakness and fatigue
- Loss of concentration
- Ongoing seizure disorder
- Speech and language problems
- Inappropriate aggressiveness
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Any type of collision that causes blunt force trauma to the head or upper body may result in a TBI. This can include:
- Automobile collisions
- Motorcycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck collisions
- Bicycle crashes
- Workplace accidents
- Boating injuries
- Sports injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Falling objects
Treatment for TBI
A TBI can be devastating. But it may become less severe over time if the patient receives the proper treatment. Immediate emergency care is focused on treating the patient’s injuries, stopping the bleeding, and making sure you receive enough oxygen to prevent further damage.
Long-term treatment for TBI includes surgery, medication, and rehabilitation:
- Surgery for a TBI may involve repairing skull fractures, removing blood clots, treating the bleeding, and reducing pressure on the brain.
- Medications. Anticonvulsants may be used to suppress seizures; antidepressants may be used to combat anxiety and depression; motor system medication may be used to treat muscle spasms; memory and cognition drugs may be used to combat dementia and memory problems; anti-psychotic drugs may be used to treat psychosis and other disorders.
- Rehabilitation for a TBI may include psychiatric care, speech and language therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, and physical therapy.
Your Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Looks Out for Your Interests
Insurance companies are in business to make money and they know that patients with TBI are likely to require extensive treatment and years of personal care.
A Georgia personal injury claim for a TBI includes the following types of damages:
- Past, current, and future medical treatment
- Medical devices
- In-home nursing care
- Loss of income
- Reduced earning potential
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?
Your Georgia personal injury lawyer will investigate the accident using the following types of information: witness interviews, expert testimony, accident scene photographs, surveillance video, forensic evidence, and accident scene re-creations.
When their investigation is complete, your attorney will file a claim against all parties whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries. This may include:
- Unsafe drivers
- Manufacturers of defective products
- Someone who physically assaulted you
- Landlords who refuse to make necessary repairs
- Companies that allow or encourage unsafe behavior
- Businesses that fail to adequately maintain their vehicles
- Public officials and companies responsible for highway safety
- Businesses and homeowners that fail to remove fall hazards
The Person Who Harmed You Should Have to Pay for It
At Butler Prather LLP, we know how to take on the big insurance companies and win. Our firm has won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million. We’ve also won over 60 verdicts and settlements that were larger than $10 million.
It’s nice to have someone on your side who’s looking out for you. And we never stop fighting for our clients.
Call (706) 322-1990 to learn more today.