Closed Head Injury
Stephen M. Ozcomert is an Atlanta personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of litigation experience. Recognized as part of Georgia’s “Legal Elite,” and as a “Super Lawyer,” Mr. Ozcomert guides clients through the legal aftermath of serious accidents, including those that cause closed head injuries. With offices in Decatur and Atlanta, we are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve.Closed Head Injury
About 7 million people in the United States live with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and nearly half a million new injuries occur each year. Closed head injury (CHI) is a type of TBI caused by a severe blow to the head, usually from sudden acceleration-deceleration forces. This type of impact may be caused by various factors, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck collisions
- Motorcycle crashes
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Violence by third parties
- Sports-related concussions
- Being hit/struck by foreign object
- Other occupational accidents
CHI is distinguished from penetrating injuries that enter the skull. CHIs are often more serious than “open” head injuries because victims express fewer symptoms after “banging” their heads. The damage, however, can be just as pronounced when the brain is thrown against the skull. The impact causes the brain to first swell, then compress, injuring sensitive neural cells, nerves, and tissue. If you or a loved one has suffered from a CHI, do not hesitate to speak with Atlanta closed head injury attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Serious motor vehicle collisions can exert the force required to cause severe head injuries. Even at slow speeds, the sudden impact on the brain can cause permanent damage. These often preventable accidents occur when negligent motorists fail to exercise due care when driving. CHIs caused by reckless operation of a motor vehicle may involve:
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to yield
- Distracted driving
- Excessive velocity
- Intoxicated driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Balding or blown tires
- Short braking distance
Georgia law protects personal injury victims by making it possible to hold at-fault drivers responsible for the results of their negligence. Careless drivers can be found financially liable for all “damages” incurred from the CHI and brain trauma sustained in a crash. This requires compensating victims for various expenses, including medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other benefits. Stephen M. Ozcomert, an Atlanta closed head injury attorney, can help you pursue that compensation.
Like drivers, property owners have a duty to any person legally on the premises, such as guests, workers, and customers. This requires maintaining the property in reasonable repair, eliminating any dangers that could cause falls or blows to the head. Slippery surfaces, third-party attacks, and vicious pets may all cause preventable accidents resulting in serious head injuries. Victims may be entitled to damages under premises liability law. If the CHI is fatal, Georgia’s wrongful death statutes may allow surviving family members to recover compensation for their losses. In addition to other costs, the award may include damages for future lost earnings and the relationship provided by the deceased.Recovering Compensation for Head Injuries
If you or someone you love has been in an accident resulting in a closed head injury, Atlanta personal injury lawyer Stephen M. Ozcomert can help. For over 20 years, our firm has recovered million-dollar awards for victims affected by serious accidents, including those involving traumatic brain injury and wrongful death. We have extensive experience handling all types of serious car accident and premises liability claims involving CHIs, and will fight to help you obtain the relief you need. Call (404) 370-1000 today for a free consultation or contact us online.