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A brain injury can be devastating not only for the victim, but their family as well. Brain injuries can have a severe and long-lasting impact on a victim’s ability to function, completely changing their lives. They may not be able to work or support a family like they once used to, complete daily tasks, or even communicate or relate with other people. The emotional and financial implications of this can be tremendous.

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury in a preventable accident, you have legal rights. Make sure these rights are protected by working with an experienced Atlanta brain injury lawyer at Pratt Clay. You could be entitled to substantial compensation.


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Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

There are five different kinds of traumatic brain injury that a person can sustain when they suffer a trauma to the head. Depending on the severity of the blow, the injury and its symptoms can be classified as either mild, moderate, or severe.

  • Concussion: The most common brain injury, concussions are caused when the brain receives a trauma from a sudden change in momentum, such as in a car accident causing whiplash. The victim may be knocked unconscious, or may remain conscious but feel dazed. Concussions can take months or even years to heal, and in the most severe cases may cause permanent damage.
  • Contusion: A contusion is an area of bleeding (bruise) on the brain. Large contusions may require surgical removal.
  • Coup-contrecoup: This involves injury to opposite sides of the brain. Coup-contrecoup injuries occur when a force is so strong that it not only causes the brain to hit one side of the skull, but also to snap back and hit the other side.
  • Penetration: Penetration injury occurs when a foreign object passes through the skull and enters the brain. This can cause significant damage, including stretching, shearing, and rupturing of brain tissue. Gunshot wounds are the single largest cause of death from TBI.
  • Diffuse axonal: Diffuse axonal injury is caused by a strong rotation of the head or by violent shaking. This results when the brain lags behind the sharp movement of the skull, which causes extensive tearing of nerve tissues throughout the brain and disrupts the brain’s normal chemical and communication processes. This may result in permanent injury, coma, or death.

Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

Some brain injuries are not the result of an external trauma, but result from internal events like strokes, degenerative diseases, tumors, and other conditions that limit or completely cut off the supply of oxygen to the brain. This is called acquired brain injury.

There are two types:

  • Anoxic: The brain does not receive any oxygen. Cells in the brain that rely on this oxygen can no longer function or survive. This can result from a lack of oxygenated blood or when a toxin blocks oxygen in the blood from being used.
  • Hypoxic: The brain receives some oxygen, but not enough to function normally. This can result from a critical reduction in blood pressure or blood flow.

Non-traumatic brain injury can be the result of the negligence of a medical professional who failed to diagnose and treat a condition, or the negligence of a person who failed in their duty to protect another person from the presence of a dangerous chemical. If you or a loved one has sustained a non-traumatic brain injury through another’s careless actions, you should immediately contact an attorney to talk about your recourse options.

The Cost of Living with a Brain Injury

Starting with hospital bills and a reduced ability to earn money to cover bills and basic costs of living, this type of catastrophic injury is associated with physical, emotional, and economic costs. Based on several studies, it is estimated that a mild head injury costs $85,000, a moderate injury costs $941,000, and severe injury costs $3 million.

The following are the common types of expenses for TBI patients:

  • Ambulance costs
  • Emergency room expenses
  • Hospital bills
  • Costly surgeries
  • Doctor’s bills
  • Prescription medication
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Nursing care
  • Assistive devices

A person suffering from severe TBI may need costly long-term medical treatment, therapy, and assistive care. A TBI victim’s ability to re-enter the workforce is substantially diminished, and many of these victims are not able to ever work again. A study by Northwestern University states that, for the average adult with a brain injury, the unemployment rate two years after diagnosis is 60 percent—compared to the national unemployment average of 5.1 percent.

In the United States, the direct medical costs of TBI and the indirect costs, such as lost productivity, total $76.5 billion in a typical year. The costs of fatal TBIs and brain injuries requiring a hospital stay account for 90 percent of the medical costs associated with the injury.

Seeking Compensation After a Brain Injury

If your brain injury was caused by the negligence of another person, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation from that person to cover losses related to your accident. These losses may include medical bills, rehabilitation bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Pratt Clay is prepared to help you take action against the party responsible for your catastrophic injury. With years of experience and more than $70 million recovered for clients, you can trust that we have what it takes to effectively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.


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