Atlanta, Georgia Brain Injury Attorney
Have you ever been in a car crash or suffered a fall due to a premise defect? Has your child been involved in a car accident? We know all too well that injuries are bound to happen when these things happen. If we could protect ourselves or our children from physical harm, we would. Serious brain injuries from falls and car crashes are on the rise. In fact, brain injury is quite common among adults and children, which is why you need not just the best doctors to treat your brain injury, but the best traumatic brain injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia on your team.
About Leibel Law
Being that brain injury can be quite serious, it is something that must be addressed with urgency. Our stellar legal team knows how to answer your questions and concerns and walk you through the process. Based in Forsyth County, our brain injury lawyers are eager to counsel you on where to go next following an accident.
Steven Leibel, as a former member of the Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission, has handled countless brain injury cases. Contact him to schedule a free consultation to review your case and determine how he and his firm can assist you in receiving full compensation. We are confident in our ability to get you the funds you deserve and will be there every step of the way. Just be sure to call us. The Leibel legal team is for helping brain injury victims win their case.
In the bustling capital of the great state of Georgia, there is so much rich history pertaining to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, which is chronicled at the Atlanta History Center. Close by is the Centennial Olympic Park, which was built for the 1996 Olympics, that houses the popular Georgia Aquarium. With nearly half a billion residents, it is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Atlanta is also home to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, known as the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic for over a decade.
Despite being a large city, there are few law firms that can adequately represent brain injury victims quite like Steven Leibel and his Leibel Law team. This personal injury law firm has years of experience dealing with brain injury cases in and around Atlanta, GA. Leibel recognizes how life altering a brain injury can be for the client and their family. For this reason, this legal team does everything possible to provide clients with stellar legal representation that is unmatched. If you or your child is a victim of a brain injury in Atlanta, Georgia, brain damage attorney Steven Leibel is here to help with your brain injury compensation claims.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the damage of brain tissue caused by a blow to the head from an assault, a car crash, a gunshot wound, or a fall.
There are two types of head injuries: closed and open. A closed head injury occurs due to someone receiving a blow to the head that violently thrusts the head forward and back or from side to side, which is typical in car crashes. This movement can bruise brain tissue and tear blood vessels that usually result in damaged frontal and temporal lobes.
An open head injury, on the other hand, happens when the skull is penetrated such as by a bullet. Focal impairment is the type of damage one can experience with this type of injury or something more serious depending on the destructive path of the bullet or other invasive object in the brain.
For those with moderate-to-severe injuries, recovery can look quite different than for those with mild injuries. When it comes to mild TBI, victims may recover fully and quickly but in more severe injuries, recovery usually continues for months and even years.
Brain injuries are serious and life altering. They need to be diagnosed carefully and though brain injury experts. Oftentimes, educational consultants need to be brought in for special needs.
In the United States, over 1.7 million people develop a TBI every year. Of those, 52,000 die; 275,000 are hospitalized; and 1.365 million are treated and released from an emergency room.
However, how many people with TBI not seen in an emergency department or who receive no care is a number that is not known.
What causes TBI?
According to John Hopkins’ brain injury experts, there are several causes of head injury in adults and children. Common injuries occur from car accidents and falls.
The risk of head injury in the adolescent population is very likely and is twice as frequent in males than in females. Studies also show that head injuries occur more often during spring and summer seasons when children are highly active in outdoor activities such as riding bicycles, in-line skating, or skateboarding. The most common time associated with head injuries is late in the afternoon to early evening hours, and on weekends. Like in other types of injury trauma, head injury that occurs in competitive sports such as football, soccer, hockey, and basketball can result in concussion and post-concussive syndromes for both adults and children.
When there is a direct blow to the head or a whiplash-type injury as seen in motor vehicle accidents, or a premise liability situation, the bruising of the brain and the damage to the internal tissue and blood vessels is because of a mechanism called coup-contrecoup. A bruise directly related to trauma, at the site of impact, is called a coup lesion.
When the brain jolts backwards, it can hit the skull on the opposite side and cause a bruise called a contrecoup lesion. As already mentioned, the jarring of the brain against the sides of the skull can cause tearing of the internal lining, tissues, and blood vessels that may give way to internal bleeding, bruising, or swelling of the brain.
Understandably, this information can be a lot to bear for the victims and their families. But since accidents cannot be avoided, try as one may, Atlanta brain injury lawyer Steven Leibel and his team of head injury attorneys are ready to assist TBI victims and their families get the compensation they deserve from the negligent parties.
Brain Injury and Kids
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the head injury symptoms afterward in children are similar to those experienced by adults, but the functional impact is quite different. Unlike adults, the brain of a child is still developing. The cognitive impairments of children with brain injury may or may not be noticeable immediately following the injury but may become apparent, as the child gets older. These implications can create lifelong challenges for living and learning for children, their families, and communities. There was once the assumption that a child with a brain injury would recover better than an adult because there was more “plasticity” in a younger brain, but research has shown that this is not actually the case. A brain injury has a more devastating impact on a child than an injury of the same severity on an adult. Sadly, brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the nation. Brain injury is also, a risk factor for drug addiction, and criminal behavior. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two age groups at the greatest risk for brain injury are age 0-4 and 15-19.
Among those between ages 0 to 19, every year an average of 62,000 children suffer brain injuries that require hospitalization as a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, physical abuse or other causes. An alarming 564,000 children are seen in hospital emergency departments for brain injury and then released.
Among children between ages 0 to 14, brain injury results in approximately 2,685 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 435,000 emergency room visits.
Any if not all of the symptoms or impairments typically seen in children may occur in different ways for each child who has sustained a brain injury. The nature of the injury ranges from mild to severe, and what recovery looks like is challenging to predict for each child. With early diagnosis and ongoing therapeutic intervention, the severity of symptoms may decrease. Symptoms vary depending on the extent and location of the brain injury. Impairments in one or more areas, such as cognitive functioning, physical abilities, communication, or social/behavioral disruption, are very common.
The cognitive impairments of children may not be immediately clear after the injury was sustained but may become apparent as the child gets older and faces increased cognitive and social expectations for new learning and more complex, socially appropriate behavior. These delayed effects can cause long term challenges for living and learning for children, their families, schools, and communities. Some children may even be burdened with lifelong physical challenges. The greatest challenges many children with brain injury face, however, are the changes in their abilities to think, learn, and develop socially appropriate behaviors.
After a brain injury, common deficiencies include difficulty processing information, impaired judgment and reasoning. When an adult is injured, these issues can be discovered within the months following the injury. For a child, it may be years before the deficits from the injury become noticeable.