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Atlanta Head or Brain Injury Attorney
Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A., respected Atlanta brain injury lawyers, has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for victims who suffered head or brain injuries in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia. Our lawyers have over 30 years’ experience assisting victims and families whose lives have changed as a result of traumatic injury to the brain.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a bump, blow, or jolt damages the brain. Motor vehicle and traffic accidents are the leading causes of TBI, followed by falls and assaults. In spite of the head’s skeletal protection, application of force to the cranium can result in injury to the brain. The brain reverberates within its casing of cerebrospinal fluid and hits against the inner wall of the skull. Physically, the trauma may result in intracranial bleeding, bruising of the brain tissue, or nerve damage. The victim may also experience dizziness, vomiting, or memory loss. Even with the help of MRIs and CT Scans, it can still be difficult to predict the extent of the physical and emotional conditions that follow blunt head trauma. Some people that suffer skull fractures and concussions experience symptoms at the time of the accident; others do not feel anything until days or weeks later.
Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:
- Blackouts or temporary loss of consciousness
- Partial or complete memory loss
- Irritation, confusion, depression, withdrawal
- Speech impairment
- Physical impairment
- Lost sense of smell or taste
- Inappropriate , involuntary behavior or impulse
- Cognitive impairment, including loss of intellect, reasoning, math, and language skills
- Behavioral issues taking the form of anger, self-centeredness, aggressiveness
- Emotional problems such as feelings of apathy, hopelessness, and low self-esteem
Because the brain is so essential to our mental, physical, and emotional functioning, the debilitating effects of TBI can significantly impact a person’s life. Post-traumatic amnesia often occurs with a head injury, preventing the victim from remembering important things. Short and long-term memory loss can have devastating effects on an individual’s work performance and interaction with friends and family. Many sharp minds have been dulled by TBI, which can cause “slow-thinking” or a severe “lag” in response time months after the injury. Reduced attention span and difficulty concentrating also prevent injured workers from focusing on even one simple task at a time. Because so much of success at work and relationships depends upon the ability to remember, respond, and multi-task, recovery from a head or brain injury is an uphill struggle. Victims who suffer severe cognitive impairments are often demoted, fired, or lose their families. Most need extensive medical care and rehabilitation but cannot afford it.
A mild brain injury can generate as much as $85,000 in medical costs while a severe TBI can exceed $3 million in lifetime costs for treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing care. After “maxing out” their medical insurance, many patients have nowhere else to turn. At Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A., we understand how devastating a brain injury can be. We pride ourselves on finding all potential claims against liable parties and negotiating a recovery that will cover your medical expenses, lost income, and benefits. We will go the extra mile to meet you at the hospital, your home, or office and provide you with the highest quality representation.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident that resulted in traumatic brain injury, we are here to help. Contact an experienced Atlanta brain injury lawyer today by calling Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A. at 404-900-7717 or filling out our online Contact Us form.