Gainesville Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic Brain Injuries in Hall County
Head and brain injuries are some of the worst type of injuries a person can suffer. Unfortunately, thousands of people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another. For victims and their families, nothing can undo the devastation caused by such an injury. But, by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party, you may be able to recover the financial resources you need to heal and move forward with your life.
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, contact Hasty Pope, LLP. From our office in Gainesville, GA, we proudly represent injured individuals and their families throughout Hall County and beyond. To date, our attorneys have successfully secured more than $100 million for our clients, and we are prepared to use our extensive resources and proven skill to advocate for you.
What Are the Common Types of Brain Injuries?
Head and brain injuries are generally classified into two types: closed-head injuries and open-head injuries. A closed-head injury is any injury to the head or brain that occurs without physical damage to the skull. An open-head injury, on the other hand, is any injury that involves physical wounds to the head, scalp, and/or skull, as well as damage to the brain. Examples include penetrating head injuries, gunshot and knife wounds, and skull fractures.
Some examples of common closed-head brain injuries include:
- Concussions: One of the most common and most well-known of all traumatic brain injuries, concussions are considered “mild” in most cases. However, this does NOT mean they are not serious. One of multiple concussions can lead to significant brain damage and related complications, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
- Coup-Contrecoup: A coup-contrecoup injury is a TBI that occurs when the head is thrown violently back and forth or side to side. This results in two injuries—the coup injury where the initial impact occurred and the contrecoup injury where the brain hits the opposing inside of the skull due to the force of the movement.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): DAI is a type of brain injury that causes the “shearing,” or tearing, of the connective nerve fibers, known as axons, in the brain. This type of TBI occurs due to violent movement/shifting of the brain within the skull, often caused by sudden acceleration/deceleration or other forces.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Known as anoxia and hypoxia, oxygen deprivation brain injuries occur when a person is unable to breathe for a relatively short or extended period of time. While anoxia refers to complete oxygen loss, hypoxia involves reduced or restricted oxygen flow to the brain. Both can result in devastating and irreversible brain damages, as well as death.
All brain injuries are incredibly serious. If you suspect that you or anyone else may have suffered a TBI, get medical attention right away. During treatment, be sure to follow your medical team’s advice, recommendations, and treatment programs. It may take several diagnostic tests to accurately identify the type of TBI you or a loved one has suffered, and treatment may be protracted.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
While any catastrophic event can lead to a head or brain injury, the leading causes of TBIs include:
- Car, motorcycle, and other motor vehicle accidents
- Crashes involving large trucks and 18-wheelers
- Falls, including slip and falls
- Bicycle accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Medical malpractice, including birth injuries
- Acts of violence, such as assault
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Defective products
The main thing to remember regarding the cause of your or your loved one’s brain injury is that if someone else was to blame, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. You should work with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer in Gainesville, like those at Hasty Pope, LLP, who can help you prove that another person or party was negligent or acted wrongfully, leading to your injury. This is a critical element of a successful claim and can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Compensation for Brain Injury Victims
Because TBIs are so devastating, victims often suffer considerable damages. Treating a TBI can cost tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the victim may suffer significant disabilities that prevent them from returning to work. They may require permanent, around-the-clock care, meaning family members and loved ones may need to adjust their work schedules or hire part- or full-time caregivers. And both victims and their loved ones will likely experience a great deal of physical and emotional pain and suffering in the wake of the accident as they adjust to a new way of life.
At Hasty Pope, LLP, our Gainesville traumatic brain injury lawyers understand the full nature and extent of your damages, which is why we are ready to help you fight for compensation for your:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages, income, and other employment benefits
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Current and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, trauma, and lost quality of life
- In-home care costs and home modifications
In some cases, we may also be able to recover punitive damages on behalf of TBI victims and/or their families. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant and are generally only available in instances of egregious, willful, or reckless negligence, such as drunk driving accidents or assault.
Because every case is different, we meet with all potential clients to discuss the details of their situations. This allows us to obtain a clearer picture of how they were injured, the extent of their damages, and the possible value of their claims. If you would like to speak to a member of our legal team about your case, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Your Time to File a Brain Injury Case Is Limited
In Georgia, you have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Known as the statute of limitations, this time limit affects your ability to recover compensation—if you wait too long to bring a claim, you will not be able to obtain financial recovery for your damages.
The statute of limitations on brain injury cases in Georgia is two years. This means you have two years from the date of the injury or the date you discovered or reasonably should have discovered the injury. Because TBIs are not always detected right away, the two years may not begin until the date of your diagnosis.
In any case, if you wait more than two years, the court will almost certainly dismiss your claim should you try to file. For this reason, it is extremely important that you reach out to an experienced attorney right away for help with your brain injury lawsuit.
How Our Firm Can Help You
Getting back on your feet after a serious accident or injury can be a daunting task. At Hasty Pope, LLP, we understand the immense physical, financial, and emotional impact brain injuries have on the lives of victims and their loved ones. With over 150 years of combined experience, our Gainesville brain injury lawyers have the resources and skill to help you navigate the recovery process. Our goal is to help you obtain the financial compensation you are owed so that you can focus on what matters most: healing.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another, do not hesitate to contact Hasty Pope, LLP right away. We offer free consultations and do not collect attorneys’ fees unless we win your case.
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$9,000,000 Wrongful Death
Settlement of $9 million in September of 2019. This was for the family of a 20-year-old man struck and killed by a driver who crossed the centerline in Cherokee County, Georgia on May 18, 2018.
$6,000,000 Truck Accident
A tractor-trailer lost control and struck two motorcyclists, both suffered catastrophic injuries.
$5,000,000 Rear-End Accident
A female client was rear-ended at a high rate of speed in Fannin County, Georgia, a county in North Georgia. The negligent driver was following too closely and failed to maintain control of her vehicle.
$2,800,000 Dental Malpractice
A woman sustained permanent injury to her mouth and teeth as result of dental work performed below the standard of care by a dentist employed by a large corporate dental chain.
$2,500,000 Intersection Collision
A woman suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, multiple rib fractures, and a collapsed left lung when another car ran a red light and struck her vehicle in West Palm Beach, Fla.
$2,000,000 Intersection Collision
Our 76-year-old client, Sara, was on her way home from the salon. She was driving through an intersection on a green light when a young driver turned in front of her.
$1,735,000 Distracted Driving Accident
Our client was struck and killed on I-985 in Hall County, Georgia. Our client had pulled off I-985 to secure his load and was outside all lanes of travel.
$1,700,000 T-Bone Collision
A woman suffered permanent injury to her dominant arm after being involved in a collision at Davis Drive and Mansell Road in Alpharetta, Georgia.
$1,650,000 Accident on MARTA Bus
Our client sustained an injury in an accident in which the wheelchair ramp of a MARTA bus closed on her foot in 2016.
$1,300,000 Rear-End Collision
Our client, a 49 year-old small business owner was on his way home from a job when his life was forever changed - he was rear ended at a high rate of speed by a large construction truck.