Every year, over one million Americans sustain head and brain injuries, otherwise known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The majority of head injuries are caused by a blow to the head, which is often the result of a car accident, motorcycle crash, bicycle accident, slip and fall, assault, and defective products or product liability. Brain injuries are devastating and life altering for both the injured individual and the family. If you or someone you love have suffered a brain injury as a result of being involved in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced Savannah brain injury lawyer for a free legal consultation ASAP.
Brain trauma is usually the result of a direct blow to the head, which can bruise the brain and damage its internal tissues and blood vessels. The severity of a head or brain injury can range from a mild concussion to a severe injury that results in coma or even death. In a closed head or brain injury, there is no break in the skull and the brain is jarred against the sides of the skull, shearing (or tearing) the internal lining, nerves, tissues, and blood vessels, causing bleeding, bruising, or swelling. These types of injuries are often classified as subdural hematomas, subarachnoid bleeds and epidural bleeds. In a penetrating or open head injury, the skull is broken.
The sudden and profound injury the brain sustains at the time of the accident is called the primary brain injury. It can be followed by secondary brain injury, a cascade of cellular, chemical, tissue, or blood vessel changes that evolve in the hours to days after the accident. These changes can further destroy brain tissue.
Causes of Brain Injuries
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States, are from auto accidents. In an auto accident, a brain injury can occur when a victim’s head strikes an object such as a windshield or when the force of an accident causes the brain to move around violently within the skull, without a direct impact. Damage to the brain can occur at the time of the accident, or it can develop over time as tissues swell and bleed within the head. Brain injuries are more likely to occur in side impact auto accidents, due to the likelihood of the head striking the window.
Other brain injuries occurring in auto accidents are caused by defectively designed airbags. These injuries have killed and paralyzed innocent adults and children in collisions in which no one would have been injured if the airbag didn’t deploy.
Falls are another common cause of brain injury and are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury overall in older adults and young children.
About 20 percent of traumatic brain injuries are caused by violence, such as gunshot wounds, domestic violence or child abuse. Shaken baby syndrome is traumatic brain injury caused by the violent shaking of an infant that damages brain cells.
If you or a family member are struggling with the effects of a brain injury, or think you may have sustained a brain injury there is help. Brain injuries may severely affect an individual’s ability to function. They can result in paralysis, mental handicaps, loss of muscle control, speech impediments, amnesia, coma, and more.
When a negligent or careless party is responsible for these types of brain injuries, you or your loved one is entitled to compensation. An experienced Savannah brain injury attorney can help the victim of a brain injury claim the proper amount of compensation needed for the victims full physical and or emotional recovery in Georgia. Injuries of this nature can cost hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of dollars in medical care. Some victims need constant daily professional care, others need to attend therapy and take medications for the rest of their life.
Contact a Savannah Brain Injury Lawyer | Roden + Love
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Whether your brain injury was sustained in a motor vehicle accident or construction accident or a as a result of a defective product or unsafe premises, you can bring a claim against the responsible party. The Savannah personal injury attorneys at Roden + Love can help you recover compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact our office today at 844-RESULTS for a free legal consultation with an experienced and successful brain injury lawyer in Savannah, Georgia.