Penetrating Head Injury

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

Atlanta personal injury lawyer Stephen M. Ozcomert is dedicated to providing quality representation to injured victims throughout Georgia. With offices in Atlanta and Decatur, Mr. Ozcomert applies 20 years of legal experience in seeking maximum compensation for his clients. Honored as one of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers” and as a member of its “Legal Elite,” let Mr. Ozcomert protect your interests or those of your family after a penetrating head injury or wrongful death caused by negligence.

Penetrating Head Injury (PHI)

Like closed head injuries, penetrating injuries are a type of traumatic brain injury. Penetrating head injury (PHI) describes specific damage to localized parts of the brain after a foreign object penetrates the skull. Gunshot wounds, for example, cause PHI when the bullet enters the cranium, but does not exit. Other common causes of PHI include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
    • Head-on collisions
    • Motorcycle accidents
    • Bus and truck collisions
  • Occupational/work accidents
    • Construction falls
    • Being hit/struck by object
    • Sharp tools, machinery
  • Dangerous conditions on premises
    • Inadequate security
    • Slip-and-fall accidents
    • Exposure to violent attacks

These can all be categorized as preventable accidents that would not have occurred but for negligence in many cases. Negligence describes the responsible party’s failure to fulfill a legal duty to exercise reasonable care. Georgia personal injury law assigns fault based on this theory. Unintentional but reckless conduct that leads to injury can give rise to financial liability. Negligent drivers, property owners, and business entities may be held liable under these principles. Let Atlanta penetrating head injury lawyer Stephen M. Ozcomert pursue the compensation you deserve if you have suffered one of these preventable accidents.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Serious car crashes can provide the external force necessary to penetrate the skull and cause severe head injuries. High-impact collisions can crack the cranium and reach the brain, causing paralysis, memory loss, and permanent cognitive impairment. Collisions caused by negligent driving may involve:

  • Speeding
  • Intoxication
  • Failure to yield
  • Talking, texting
  • High-risk driving
  • Fatigue, distraction

Georgia’s dram shop laws hold individuals and businesses responsible for serving alcohol to underage drivers and visibly intoxicated patrons. Federal and state laws also make businesses liable for accidents caused by negligent drivers of commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses.

Premises Liability

Negligent property owners can be held liable when dangerous conditions on the premises cause falls or other accidents resulting in PHI. Serious falls may cause part of the skull to shatter and penetrate the brain. Slip-and-falls in homes, businesses, and workplaces may be caused by:

  • Inadequate lighting
  • Spilled food or drinks
  • Broken handrails
  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven steps

In addition to preventable falls, property owners also breach a legal duty when invitees are exposed to third-party violence. Assault and battery on guests, workers, and customers can cause gunshot and stab wounds leading to head injuries. Attacks on property often involve:

  • Need for video camera
  • Absent security guard
  • Prior violent attacks
  • Poorly-lit grounds
  • Fights or brawls
  • Broken locks

Georgia law can impose personal injury liability on negligent owners who fail to eliminate or ameliorate known dangers on property. They can be held financially liable for losses incurred as a result of accidental falls and intentional attacks that cause PHIs. These may include substantial medical bills and future expenses incurred as a result of living with PHI. Do not hesitate to contact Atlanta penetrating head injury attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert for advice.

Compensation for Severe Head Injuries

If you or someone you love has been in an accident involving a penetrating head injury, contact Atlanta personal injury attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert today. For over 20 years, we have helped PHI victims recover compensation for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages from negligent parties. We have also helped family members obtain substantial verdicts and settlements after a wrongful death. Call (404) 370-1000 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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