According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be defined as “a form of acquired brain injury [that] occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. [such as] when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.” Our Atlanta brain injury lawyers have an extensive track record with cases involving severe medical traumas such as these.
Three Classifications of Traumatic Brain Injury: Mild, Moderate, and Severe
In the mild cases, the victim may suffer a temporary loss of consciousness as well as headache, ringing in the ears, light-headedness, lethargy, and change in attention and thinking patterns. In more severe cases, these aforementioned symptoms may occur but may also be accompanied by problems such as slurred speech, pupil dilation, seizures, numbness, and convulsions.
Medical Evaluation of Brain Injury
Unfortunately, damage to sensitive neurological tissue and brain structures cannot easily be undone. Physicians can use advanced technologies, such as skull and neck x-rays and computed tomography scans to image the damage and suggest a best course of treatment or rehabilitation. In serious head injury cases, contusions – the bruising of brain tissue – as well as hematomas (blood pooling in the brain) may occur and may require immediate medical intervention to prevent further damage, coma, or even death.
Common Causes of TBI
Head injuries can occur in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to:
- Sports injuries (such as football related concussions)
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Fights, particularly encounters involving weapons, such as knives or pointed objects
- Infection or disease
- Birth injury
- Slip and fall accidents
Who can be blamed, and how can this responsible party be held liable?
Whether you are a victim of mild brain injury, or a family member of a victim of severe TBI, you likely want to collect damages from the person or company that caused this horrific damage. Winning a brain injury claim is no small task. You must carefully and convincingly demonstrate that the individual (or other party) contributed to or caused the damage through an act of recklessness, carelessness, error of omission, or other misbehavior.
If your husband suffered TBI during a surgical procedure, for instance, you and your Atlanta brain injury lawyer need to provide evidence and arguments that link the surgeon’s negligent conduct to the damage suffered. For instance, perhaps the surgeon failed to check to see whether a certain medication was contraindicated by your husband’s chart; by prescribing this medication to your husband, the surgeon accidentally caused excessive bleeding, which led to the formation of a hematoma.
For a concise, compassionate, and free case evaluation of your Atlanta brain injury case, talk to the Atlanta brain injury lawyers at Broughton Law at 877-268-0808, or review the firm’s credentials and background at atlantatriallawyers.com.