Navigating Life After A Brain Injury?
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Expert Representation for Brain Injury Victims in Atlanta, Georgia
The human brain is extraordinary. It is a nerve center that serves as “mission control” for the entire human body. The brain plays an important role in everything we do and in defining who we are as individuals. Fortunately, the brain is well protected from physical trauma by the skull and from potentially toxic substances by a protective membrane referred to as the “blood-brain barrier.” Yet, the brain is still vulnerable and thousands of people each year suffer debilitating brain damage.
At Ponton Law, our Atlanta traumatic brain injury attorney has the professional skills and proven legal experience to handle these complex legal claims. We have what it takes to hold insurers accountable for paying out benefits—including covering ongoing, future, and non-economic damages. If you or your family member suffered a serious brain injury, we can help. Call us at (404) 418-8507 to set up a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries are a Silent Epidemic
Brain injuries are far more common than many people realize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled brain injuries as a “silent epidemic.” As many as 5 million concussions are suffered nationwide each year. The CDC notes that 223,135 were hospitalized overnight for TBIs 2019 alone. Tragically, nearly 65,000 people passed away as a result of complications from a brain injury. Every community in the U.S. is affected by brain injuries. The Georgia Department of Public Health estimates that there are 27,500 TBIs sustained in the state each year.
Know the Symptoms of a Brain Injury
All serious head injuries require prompt medical attention. Concussions are difficult to diagnose. Even more challenging, they can arise with a delayed onset. Here are some common symptoms that suggest a person has sustained a brain injury:
- A headache;
- General confusion/disorientation;
- Feelings of fatigue;
- Slurring of speech;
- Dizziness, including nausea;
- Pupil dilation, including light sensitivity; and
- Loss of consciousness.
We Have the Legal Skill to Handle Brain Injury Claims
A brain injury has the potential to cause catastrophic harm to the victim. There can be both physical and psychological impairments. The road to recovery is often long and challenging. It is crucial that victims and families are represented by a law firm that has the specialized experience needed to handle these types of cases.
Our Atlanta brain injury lawyer knows that a brain injury can come from a variety of harmful mechanisms including, among others:
- Exposure to toxic substances;
- Anoxic brain damage (total deprivation of oxygen);
- Hypoxic brain damage (partial deprivation of oxygen);
- Untreated infection;
- Burst aneurysm; and
- Traumatic brain injury or TBI (physical trauma such as that sustained from a fall, car, or truck accident.)
Concussions and TBIs Can Occur in Many Different Situations
One of the things that makes concussion/TBI claims so complex is that these injuries can happen in many different circumstances.
Brain injuries, regardless of the cause, can be physically, emotionally, and financially crippling. These terrible injuries can dramatically impair a person’s ability to function and enjoy life. When a brain injury affects a person and family due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others – whether from a motor vehicle accident, a fall, medical malpractice, a dangerous product, a near-drowning in an unsafe pool, or from some other harmful mechanism – the legal system may allow for just and substantial compensation.
Some examples of accidents that can cause traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle collisions;
- Fall accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Dangerous product accidents; or
- A near-drowning in an unsafe pool.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Brain injury claims are generally fault-based legal cases. Though, there are some circumstances —such as a workplace accident—where a victim may have a no-fault claim. An Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help you determine who bears liability for your injuries. Damages may be recovered through:
- A workers’ compensation claim;
- A car accident injury lawsuit;
- A premises liability claim;
- Another type of personal injury lawsuit; or
- A product liability claim.
Recovery Financial Compensation for a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Brain injuries may require long-term rehabilitative care. Further, the victims may suffer significant non-economic damages, potentially even permanent impairments. All of these damages must be accounted for in a personal injury settlement or verdict. Through a brain injury claim, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for:
- Ambulance costs and emergency medical treatment;
- Hospital bills and other medical expenses;
- Physical therapy;
- Mental health counseling;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning power;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental trauma; and
- Long-term disability or impairment.
Why Rely On Atlanta Brain Injury Attorney James Ponton
Our founder attorney James T. Ponton is an experienced advocate for victims and families. Taking a proactive approach, we know how to get justice, accountability, and full financial support for clients. Among other things, our Atlanta brain injury lawyer is prepared to:
- Hear your story and answer questions about the brain injury claims process.
- Investigate your accident, sorting out issues of liability;
- Preparing and organizing your medical records to prove damages;
- Handle the correspondence with defendants and insurers; and
- Develop a strategy to maximize your brain injury compensation.
Our Atlanta Brain Injury Attorney Can Help You
Ponton Law often hires a life care planner to assist in the preparation of a life care plan. A life care plan is a summary of current and future needs with associated costs for individuals who have experienced catastrophic injury or have chronic health care needs. A life care plan should always include the following:
- Records review;
- Diagnostic testing;
- Medical equipment and mobility;
- Home or facility care needs;
- Transportation needs;
- Home furnishings;
- Vocation needs; and
- Health maintenance services.
At Ponton Law, our Atlanta brain injury attorney is experienced in litigating brain injury lawsuits. We have achieved substantial compensation and a lifetime of supportive care for our brain-injured clients and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury and are considering filing a brain injury lawsuit in the State of Georgia, contact us at (404) 418-8507 today for a free evaluation of your claim. With an office in Atlanta, we handle concussion and TBI claims throughout the region.