Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the brain is damaged in such
a way that normal function is disrupted, and constitute one third of fatal
injuries suffered throughout the nation. The worst types of these injuries,
severe TBIs, tend to have extensive effects on the victim's body,
with side effects often continuing for more than a year.
Severe traumatic brain injuries can occur in one of two ways: the first,
a closed injury, occurs when the brain moves within the skull on account
of blunt trauma or another forceful collision; the second, a penetrating
injury, occurs when an object enters the victim's skull. Both of these
can hinder a person's capacity to maintain normal cognitive or motor
Effects of Severe TBI
A severe TBI can affect a person in a number of ways. Many severe brain
injuries lead to an indefinite period of time in a coma. After this period
of unconsciousness ends, the person may demonstrate a number of notable
changes. The most obvious effects of severe TBIs include impaired cognitive
function, including limited memory and attention, and partial or complete
loss of various motor skills.
Over time, other problems may be encountered, including loss of senses
or various emotional changes. Any or all of these symptoms may be experienced
simultaneously, leading to variable degrees of impairment. The widespread
effects of severe TBIs make it difficult to estimate in advance how a
brain injury might affect a person.
Causes of TBI
In many cases, legitimate accidents are at the root of severe traumatic
brain injuries. This is demonstrated in the increasing number of fall-related
TBIs suffered by children and elderly adults. Car accidents are another
primary cause of TBIs that affect every age group.
On the other hand, many severe injuries are the result of negligence or
maltreatment. Many children die as a result of Shaken Baby Syndrome and
inflicted traumatic brain injury, among other types of abuse. TBIs are
also suffered on account of drunk drivers, defective machinery, unsafe
property, and a myriad of otherwise avoidable problems. If you have been
injured as a direct consequence of another person's actions, a Georgia
brain injury lawyer can guide you to appropriate legal action.
Work with an Attorney
As with any traumatic injury, severe TBIs are costly and emotionally damaging.
The widespread effects of such an accident may affect the victim and their
family permanently. At Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., we understand the
terrifying nature of a brain injury, and are ready to help your family
through this time. Our legal team has more than 55 years of combined experience
in injury cases, and we can help you seek fair damages at this time.
Contact our firm today for compassionate, professional counsel.