No Brain Injury Is Minor
For more than half a century, our law firm has aggressively served injured members of this community. From car accidents to catastrophic injury, our attorneys understand the physical and financial damage of serious injury. No injuries are more serious than those to the brain or spinal cord.
In recent years, science has focused on how to diagnose and address brain injury. The National Football League (NFL) made headlines this autumn when it settled with thousands of former players suffering degenerative brain disease from taking hits to the head during their playing days.
The most commonly experienced brain injury is a concussion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the diagnosis of a mild or minor brain injury means the injury is not life-threatening, though it may be life-altering.
Many people injured in automobile or slip-and-fall accidents suffer lacerations, broken bones or other wounds without suspecting they have brain injuries. A recent article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons describes the importance of assessing accident victims for brain injury at the same time they are treated for physical trauma.
The article notes:
- As many as 50 percent of patients who suffer traumatic injury in a car or other accident suffer a brain injury.
- Many patients attribute headache, fatigue, mood troubles and memory loss to the accident itself, not an underlying brain injury.
- Over the long term, an undetected brain injury can permanently affect physical, emotional, social and financial health.
If seriously injured in any accident in Atlanta, discuss assessment for brain injury with your physician and speak with an experienced injury law firm about recovering compensation for your losses.