pproximately 165 people in the U.S. die from traumatic brain injuries or TBIs daily, according to the CDC. TBIs are life-altering for the victims but for their families as well. Some people who survive a TBI will experience a quick and complete recovery. Oftentimes, however, others will need a couple of months or years to heal, and some may not even completely recover. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to another individual’s negligence or intentional actions, you’re entitled to pursue compensation from the liable party for all your current and future losses.
Different Causes of TBIs
TBIs result from a blow to the head or other serious head injuries. They can occur anywhere, at any age, and from various causes, including the following.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some of the most catastrophic brain injuries occur when a vehicle hits a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist, who are more susceptible to devastating injuries than a driver inside a vehicle.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Customers can slip and fall inside a restaurant, the grocery store, etc.
- Workers, especially those with menial jobs, get injured in unsafe work environments
- Renters can get injured at home due to improperly maintained properties
Contact Sports Injuries
Brain injuries account for plenty of sport injury claims. These can occur from various recreational activities but are common in contact sports such as boxing and football.
- Assault and battery
- Child abuse or shaken baby syndrome
- Domestic abuse
It’s crucial to note that victims of TBIs caused by another individual’s violent actions can pursue criminal charges aside from a civil claim for damages. In Georgia, criminal violence survivors can also qualify for funds through the Victim’s Compensation Program that they can use for covering their medical bills, living expenses, mental health services, and others.
Various products, including machinery, toys, and motor vehicles, among others, are sometimes sold to the public even if they’re defective. When a TBI results from a defective product, the manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers may be held liable for damages.
Combat Injuries and Explosive Blasts
These kinds of injuries that some military personnel and workers are exposed to could likewise result in traumatic brain injuries.
Symptoms of TBIs
The specific symptoms and signs of traumatic brain injuries will vary greatly based on their causes and severity. Recovery times will likewise differ depending on the seriousness of the TBI. Broadly speaking, however, mild to moderate TBIs can cause headaches, nausea, seizures, vomiting, sensory deficiencies, cognitive issues, changes in sleep and mood patterns, increased confusion, and numbness. Severe TBIs, on the other hand, could result in severe and lifelong disabilities and even death when not treated properly and promptly.
The Experienced Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers of Slappey & Sadd Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident due to someone else’s actions, getting proper medical treatment right away is your priority. Then, you need to consult with an experienced Georgia traumatic brain injury attorney to explore your legal options. Get in touch with Slappey & Sadd today by calling 888-474-9616 or contacting us online to arrange a free evaluation of your case with one of our traumatic brain injury lawyers in Georgia.