Various accidents, injuries, and illnesses might lead to severe brain injuries with long-lasting complications. The people responsible for your injuries deserve to be held accountable.
Possible brain injuries might range from mild to moderate to severe. For example, a concussion is a somewhat minor brain injury often caused by head trauma. On the other hand, severe head trauma might lead to swelling or a build-up of fluid on the brain that can cause severe injuries and disabilities. The damages associated with brain injuries tend to be high. Economic losses, non-economic injuries, and possibly punitive damages might all be recoverable. To be awarded these damages, we need proof of your injuries and that the defendant is responsible. Strong evidence is necessary for a trial but might also be used in a settlement if a trial is not what you want.
If you or someone you love experienced a brain injury, and you believe someone else is to blame, our brain injury attorneys can help you. For a free assessment of the case, call Howe Law at (844) 876-4357.
Possible Brain Injuries and Their Causes in Alpharetta
If you or someone you know experienced a brain injury, you must get to a hospital immediately if you have not done so already. Brain injuries are complicated and might involve numerous signs, symptoms, and consequences. One common brain injury that tends to be less serious is a concussion. Concussions are often caused by accidents involving head trauma. Although often non-serious, some concussions might become serious or last a very long time.
A brain hemorrhage might also be caused by head trauma but is far more severe. A brain hemorrhage involves burst or ruptured arteries in the brain, leading to bleeding in the brain that kills surrounding brain cells. In many cases, brain hemorrhages lead to strokes. A common cause of brain hemorrhages is head trauma. Any accident involving a blow to the head is extremely dangerous.
Hydrocephalus is another brain injury that can result from head trauma that involves a build-up of fluid inside the skull. The fluid build-up can cause headaches, nausea, confusion, vision problems, and other painful bodily issues. If untreated, the condition might lead to permanent brain damage.
Somewhat less violent brain injuries are also possible, including hypoxic and anoxic injuries. Hypoxic brain injuries might occur if the brain still gets oxygen but not enough to function properly. Anoxic brain injuries can happen when the brain is completely cut off from oxygen. Short periods of oxygen deprivation might lead to less serious brain injuries, although extended deprivation can be incredibly serious.
A myriad of brain injuries come with a whole host of possible symptoms and consequences. Physical disabilities or impairments are not uncommon in people who experienced brain injuries. You might have trouble standing or walking or with coordination. You might also experience mental hindrances like confusion, trouble forming speech, and memory loss. Our brain injury lawyers can help you recover damages for your injuries so you can recover in peace and get back to your life.
Possible Costs and Damages Associated with Brain Injuries in Alpharetta
Many injured victims experience economic losses related to medical bills and lost income. Non-economic damages for pain and suffering should also be assessed. Our brain injury lawyers can help you argue for punitive damages depending on your case.
Economic damages from brain injuries can be shockingly high. Treatments for brain injuries tend to be expensive and lengthy. Many plaintiffs claim economic damages for the medical bills they have already incurred in addition to anticipated future medical bills because their treatments are ongoing. If your brain injury prevents you from returning to work, we can help you claim the income you lost and possibly future income you will lose if you cannot return to work for some time.
Non-economic damages are more amorphous and harder to pin down because they are very subjective and do not cost any money. Mental and physical pain and suffering are frequently claimed as non-economic damages in brain injury cases. Not only do these injuries come with severe bodily pain, but the emotional toll of living with new disabilities can be significant.
Punitive damages might be available under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(b). Punitive damages are designed to punish defendants rather than compensate for any specific losses or injuries. Punitive damages are only available if we can prove by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s behavior amounted to willful misconduct, fraud, malice, oppression, wantonness, or such a lack of care that it can be presumed they were indifferent to the consequences.
In many cases, punitive damages are capped at $250,000, although certain cases might be unlimited. Under the law, 75% of punitive damages awards are paid into the state treasury, but plaintiffs might still be left with considerable compensation.
Evidence to Prove Liability in a Brain Injury Case in Alpharetta
Evidence is the heart of your case. You must have evidence to support your claims and prove that the defendant’s negligence or intentional conduct directly caused your brain injury. Evidence is notoriously fleeting and unpredictable, and our brain injury lawyers can help you gather the evidence you need.
If you were injured in an accident, it is a good idea to take photos and record videos of the accident scene immediately. These recordings preserve important details that might be lost after the accident scene is cleaned up. Many people with brain injuries cannot take photos on their own, and we can check if someone with you or someone near the scene took any pictures. There might also be security cameras nearby that recorded the accident.
Witnesses are extremely valuable sources of evidence and testimony. If other people saw your injuries occur or have other personal knowledge of how your injuries occurred, we can use their testimony to back up your claims for damages.
Perhaps the most important evidence in a brain injury lawsuit is your medical records. Brain injuries are complex and often invisible. We need your medical records to prove that your injuries are very real and how they affect your life. We might also have an expert witness (i.e., a doctor) review your medical records and testify about your injuries.
Call Our Alpharetta Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one recently experienced a brain injury, our brain injury attorneys can help you take legal action to get compensation and justice for the pain you have endured. For a free case review, call Howe Law at (844) 876-4357.