Our Head Injury Lawyers Are Committed To Your Recovery
If you or someone you love has experienced a head injury in an accident, it is wise to speak with an attorney at The McGarity Group as soon as possible regarding your legal options. We help you understand your rights and what is best for your specific situation. We deal with the insurance carriers and other liable parties for you. Our priority is to effectively and efficiently assist you with moving forward after a life-changing injury.
Types of head injuries
A head injury can range from a mild bump that leaves you with a headache to a traumatic brain injury that results in paralysis, coma or death. The two main types of head injuries are:
Closed head injuries. A closed head injury is damage to the head that does not penetrate the skull. Closed head injuries are usually caused by blows to the head and often occur in auto accidents, falls and assaults. Common examples of closed head injuries are:
- Concussion. A concussion is an injury to the head area that may cause instant loss of awareness or alertness for a few minutes up to a few hours after the traumatic event.
- Contusion. A contusion is a bruise to the brain itself. A contusion causes bleeding and swelling inside the brain around the area where the head was struck.
- Coup-contrecoup injury. Coup and contrecoup injuries are contusions resulting from a strong blow to the head, causing the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. Coup injuries are brain contusions occurring at the point of impact. Contrecoup injuries result when the brain impacts the side of the skull opposite the point of impact.
Open head injuries or skull fractures. An open head injury occurs when an object fractures or breaks the skull and damages brain tissue or the surrounding membranes. Because there is an open wound, open head injury victims may suffer from infection and contamination. There are four major types of skull fractures, including the following:
- Linear skull fracture. A linear skull fracture is a crack in the skull, which does not penetrate brain tissue.
- Depressed skull fracture. Broken skull fragments from depressed skull fractures penetrate or compress brain tissue and can cause severe brain damage.
- Diastatic skull fracture. Diastatic fractures occur when the areas of the skull where the bones fuse together during childhood are widened.
- Basilar skull fracture. A basilar skull fracture is a break at the base of the skull.
In any event, regardless of how minor your head injury might seem, you should see a doctor immediately to determine if you suffered a brain injury. If someone else negligently caused your injury, contacting an experienced attorney at The McGarity Group to help you obtain compensation for your harm suffered is the next step to take in your best interests.
What causes head injuries?
Any blunt force trauma to the head can cause a severe injury. Common examples of what causes head injuries are:
- Automobile accidents
- Bicycle or motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents or falls from heights
- Sporting activities, such as football, basketball, baseball or softball, cycling, hockey, gymnastics, rugby, etc.
- Acts of violence or assault
Seek experienced legal help for your personal injury today
Being injured can cause pain, suffering and depression. Contact The McGarity Group, Attorneys at Law as soon as possible to receive a free initial consultation regarding your personal injury. Call us at 770-692-9877 or contact our us online.
The McGarity Group helps their clients with all head injury-related matters throughout Metro-Atlanta and Georgia, including the cities of Buford, Duluth, Atlanta, and Lawrenceville.