Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Savannah, GA
Call (912) 234-3030 If You or a Loved One Suffered a Debilitating Head Injury in Georgia
A traumatic brain injury can change your entire life in a matter of seconds. Our team at Tate Law Group, LLC, is here to help you recover the financial compensation you need in order to live a full life after such a debilitating injury.
Brain injuries can be sustained in a number of ways, but when your trauma is caused by someone else, we strive to protect your best interests. Holding the wrongdoer accountable is crucial to preserving justice and making sure you don’t face the consequences of their negligent actions alone.
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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
“[A]disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.”
TBIs can be “mild,” like a concussion or “severe,” constituting an extended period of unconsciousness or cognitive deficiencies.
According to the CDC, approximately 2.87 million people visited the emergency room, were hospitalized, or died from TBIs in 2014. TBIs are the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults in the United States, and half of all TBIs originate from motor vehicle accidents.
TBIs may also be sustained during:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Acts of violence
- Active duty or military combat
What Are the Symptoms of a TBI?
If you’ve developed a brain injury after a traumatic accident, your symptoms will vary based on the severity of your TBI.
Symptoms for mild TBIs include:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Change in sleep patterns, behavior, or mood
- Trouble with memory, concentration, or thinking
Those with severe TBIs may exhibit the above symptoms, in addition to the following:
- Loss of consciousness lasting more than 6 hours
- A headache that gets worse or does not go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Seizures or convulsions
- Trouble waking up, walking, or speaking
- Dilation of the pupil(s)
- Drainage of bloody or clear fluids from the nose or ears
- Slurred speech
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in extremities
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion, restlessness, or agitation
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an accident, contact our Savannah brain injury attorneys today.
What’s the Difference Between a Penetrating and Non-Penetrating TBI?
A penetrating or open TBI occurs when an object, like a weapon or bone fragment, pierces the skull. In this type of TBI, the object enters (and damages) the brain tissue directly.
A non-penetrating TBI, or closed head injury, involves the harmful movement of the brain within the skull. This type of injury, also known as a blunt TBI, happens when an external force, like a car accident or fall, causes trauma to the head.
During or after either of these injuries, a secondary brain injury can unfold. This happens when the body tries to heal the initial injury and causes dangerous inflammation in the brain. The body sends extra fluid and nutrients to the brain, which causes swelling. When the swollen brain presses against the skull, it can create additional, or secondary, injuries.
Are There Other Types of TBIs?
- Concussion: A concussion is the most common form of TBI. Concussions are typically mild, are considered a temporary disruption of neurological functioning, and can heal on their own in minutes or months. Back-to-back concussions, however, can be fatal, and death or permanent damage from this type of repeated injury is called the “second hit phenomenon.”
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI): As one of the most common TBIs, DAI refers to widespread damage to white matter, or nerve cells, in the brain. The tearing, stretching, and damaging of nerve axons can disrupt normal brain activity and brain-body communication. Damage can be permanent or temporary, and recovery can be prolonged.
- Contusions: Contusion is a fancy word for bruise, and a brain contusion, or coup injury, occurs when small blood vessels bleed into brain tissue after a direct hit. Contusions can also be contrecoup injuries, in which bruising happens on the opposite side of impact. Large contusions may need to be surgically removed.
- Skull fractures: Skull fractures can be linear or depressed, and become problematic when they cause injury to nerves, arteries, or other structures; extend into the sinuses; or press on or into the brain.
- Hematomas: A hematoma is a blood clot that forms when blood vessels rupture and cause pooling of blood in or around brain tissue. Bleeding can occur between the skull and the protective membranes (epidural and subdural hematomas, and subarachnoid hemorrhage), or into the brain itself (intracerebral hematoma). Hematomas can be very dangerous and surgical intervention is sometimes necessary.
Healing from any of these injuries may require immediate medical attention, time off work, and extensive rehabilitative treatment.
If you’re suffering from a serious head injury, our firm can help you recover.
Treatment Options for TBI
When you have been in a traumatic accident, your first step should be a visit to the emergency room. The sooner your TBI is discovered, the more likely you are to recover. Medical professionals cannot do much to reverse initial brain damage, but they can prevent subsequent, more devastating injuries from developing.
Once you are stabilized, options for rehabilitation consist of:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech/language therapy
- Physiatry or physical medicine
- Special medications
- Psychology and psychiatry
- Social support
All of these treatment programs must be individually tailored to you as the patient. Because of this, they do not come cheap and may not be covered by your insurance company.
Filing a catastrophic injury lawsuit can help you obtain all the resources you need.
File Today with Tate Law Group, LLC
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the consequences of your injury, we’d like to remind you that you are not alone. The individual or entity that caused your accident should be held responsible, and our dedicated team of brain injury attorneys in Savannah is here to make that happen.
Our firm has been advocating for those affected by catastrophic injuries in Georgia since 2005, and when you retain our services, we put our decades of experience to work for you.
While we fight for justice on your behalf, we will offer compassionate legal advice and open, honest representation.
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