The Georgia brain injury attorneys at Werner Wetherington have extensive experience handling personal injury cases for brain injury survivors and their families. We recognize that a traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating, and sadly, common categories of personal injury in the United States. The brain plays a vital role in all the body’s functions, yet it is one of the most delicate, easily injured parts of the body. Even worse, the signs that someone has incurred a brain injury are not always immediately apparent and often go unrecognized until it is too late. A traumatic brain injury cannot be ruled out by a negative MRI or CAT Scan. In fact, the brain injury attorneys at Werner Wetherington have represented victims across the country who suffered from seizures and incontinence caused by a brain injury despite negative MRI and CT Scans.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can occur in a number of ways, and range in severity with regard to the injury and its long-term effects. The symptoms of a brain injury will differ depending on which area of the brain was affected, so it is important to obtain a professional medical diagnosis. Here are some symptoms to consider if you think you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a recent accident:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vision changes (blurred vision or seeing double, inability to tolerate light, blindness, loss of eye movement)
  • Dizziness and balance problems
  • Seizures
  • Coma or semi comatose state
  • Paralysis and difficulty moving body parts
  • Slow pulse
  • Slow breathing rate with increase in blood pressure
  • Spinal fluid (looks like water) coming out of the ears or nose
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Ringing in ears
  • Difficulty with thinking skills (memory problems, poor judgment, inability to pay attention)
  • Loss of bowel control or bladder control
  • Body numbness or tingling

Brain Injury Cases we Handle

We are currently accepting cases involving brain injuries caused by the following:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Tractor-trailer accidents
  • Tire failure accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Defective product accidents
  • Assault
  • Shaken baby syndrome

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Depending on the severity of a brain injury, the responsible party may be responsible for compensating the victim for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages – past and future, and sometimes for punitive damages. Estimating ongoing medical expenses requires a thorough review by health care experts and the brain injury attorney. As your brain injury attorney, we work with you, your medical providers, and a team of the top experts in the county to gain a full understanding of your injury’s diagnosis and prognosis.

Who Can be Held Responsible for Causing a Brain Injury?

The answer to this question depends on the specific facts of your case. If the brain injury is caused by a drunk driver, the driver himself may be held responsible, along with the bar that served the striking driver alcohol. Similarly, if a person was driving a company vehicle, such as a delivery van or tractor-trailer, the driver’s employer may be held responsible. Because each brain injury case is different, it is important to contact the brain injury attorneys at Werner Wetherington as soon as possible so that important evidence is not lost or a potentially responsible party is not missed.

How do Defective Cars Cause Brain Injuries?

In many cases, an accident is caused by a negligent driver who may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or was looking at a cell phone. In these cases, the initial accident may have been caused by ordinary negligence, but a defective automotive product may have caused a normal accident to become a serious wreck resulting in a brain injury. For example, a faulty seatbelt may cause the driver of a vehicle to sustain a serious head injury, while the passenger walks away without a scratch. In many cases, the defect is not obvious due to the severity of the wreck or the type of injury sustained. The defective auto products attorneys at Werner Wetherington have seen several wrecks where it was almost impossible to separate a pre-accident defective condition from collision damage. Fortunately, we work with top experts throughout the country who are skilled in accident reconstruction, biomechanics, kinesiology, product engineering, and/or human factors. These experts can help us find the real answers to what did and did not cause an accident in Georgia.

Elements of a Brain Injury Lawsuit

To file a lawsuit in Georgia, the brain injury victim must have suffered trauma as a result of another’s negligence. In a negligence claim, the attorney for the injured party must prove the following:

Duty of Care: This refers to a legal obligation that requires an individual or product manufacturer to exercise a reasonable level of care so as to prevent harm to others. For instance, a doctor has a duty to perform up to the standard of care established by the medical community.

Breach of Duty: An individual or entity may be considered negligent if they breach their duty of care. For example, if a tire manufacturer makes a tire that does not have reasonable safeguards, such as a cap ply or belt wedge, the manufacturer may have breached its duty to the consuming public.

Causation: The defendant’s negligence must have been a cause for the injury or damage that occurred. In many accidents involving brain injury, the wreck and/or injuries can have several joint causes (such as a tire failure and drunk driver).

Damages: For a victim to file a claim, the injury must have caused either economic or non-economic damages. If the victim suffers trauma resulting in a minor concussion, they may not have a viable case if damages did not result from the injury.

Talk to a Georgia Brain Injury Attorney for Free

Call the brain injury attorneys at The Werner Law Firm for a free and 100% confidential consultation. As Georgia trial lawyers, we work with top experts throughout the country who are skilled in accident reconstruction, biomechanics, kinesiology, product engineering, economists, and/or human factors. When you call, we conduct a thorough investigation from every angle. If we accept your case, you will never pay us a dime, unless and until we favorably resolve your case.

In some cases, you may not need an attorney. If that is the case, we will tell you. We will give you honest and direct advice. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, honesty, professionalism and competence.