At The Bell Firm, we represent people in Augusta, Georgia and throughout the surrounding communities, including in South Carolina, who have suffered serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, other neck and back injuries, burns, and broken bones. These types of injuries commonly occur in motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, or because of defective products. Cases involving serious injuries are often complex and require us to consult with medical and financial experts to estimate the full amount of damages you have sustained and are likely to sustain in the future. We have a wealth of experience handling these cases and a proven record for helping our clients obtain the maximum recovery available.
Serious injuries require ongoing treatment, medical care, attention, rehabilitation, and therapy, and often cause pain and emotional suffering that can last long after the physical injury has healed. Initial insurance company settlement offers usually fail to take into account the long-lasting impact of these injuries, so it is important to have committed legal representation that can accurately evaluate the damages you deserve and aggressively fight to obtain the full recovery to which you are entitled.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is damaged because of a sudden impact to the head or extreme shaking. TBIs vary widely in severity, ranging from a mild and temporary concussion to severe and permanent damage such as bleeding, temporary unconsciousness, memory loss (amnesia), permanent coma, or even death.
Unfortunately, brain damage is irreversible in many cases and often requires expensive long-term treatment, care, therapy, and rehabilitation. In some cases, you or a loved one might have suffered a TBI without even realizing it. Symptoms to look for include:
- Persistent headaches or neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision or increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, or distractions
- Feeling tired all of the time
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Light-headedness, dizziness, or difficulty maintaining balance
- Difficulty making decisions, remembering things, or concentrating
- Difficulty thinking, speaking, acting, or reading
- Getting easily confused or lost
- Unexplained mood changes or irritability
If you experience these symptoms or notice a loved one exhibiting these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible so that treatment can begin.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) consist of any damage to the spinal cord occurring because of trauma to the spinal cord. The severity of an SCI depends heavily upon whether the cord was torn or merely bruised and where on the spinal cord the injury occurred. Because nerves below the point of injury become unable to send messages to the brain, the higher up on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more severe the resulting damage.
Severe SCIs often result in some level of paralysis, including paraplegia, which involves the loss of some or all sensory and/or motor function in the lower extremities, or quadriplegia, which also affects the arms. Paralysis can also affect the ability to control such areas as the chest, stomach, hips, legs, and feet.
The main symptoms of SCI are loss of feeling, numbness, and diminished ability to move the affected limbs. However, difficulty breathing or trouble with digestion, and problems with heart rate and blood pressure, loss of bowel and bladder control, and sexual dysfunction can all indicate an SCI. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an accident, seek immediate medical treatment. There are certain medications that, when administered as quickly as possible after an injury, can reduce the swelling around the spinal cord and lessen the likelihood of permanent damage.
Other Neck and Back Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are not the only injuries to the neck and back that can cause painful and permanent damage. A herniated (also referred to as ruptured) disc occurs when the outer area of the discs of cartilage protecting each vertebra tear, allowing the softer center of the disc to protrude out. This can cause severe pain, limited mobility, and even numbness and paralysis, if the bulging part of the disc presses against nerves in the spinal cord. Typical treatment includes steroid injections and can require surgery to remove the bulging part of the disc.
Accidents can also result in broken vertebrae. Often referred to as a broken neck or broken back, these injuries can cause intense pain, require surgery, and can even result in temporary and permanent paralysis if the bone fragments press against the spinal cord or tear it.
Burn injuries damage the skin, which is an important organ that protects the entire body in several important ways. Although many burn injuries heal, they are among the most painful injuries to endure. In the most severe cases, they can cause severe disfigurement, require multiple surgeries, and result in significant physical and emotional pain. Severe burns can also cause numerous short-term complications such as dehydration, infection, hypothermia, and damage to internal organs.
Augusta’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center is one of the leading burn centers in the Southeast. As a result, we have a wealth of experience handling burn injury cases and understand how to evaluate the extensive pain and suffering damages that you are entitled to recover. If you or a loved one has come to Augusta for treatment, we can help you obtain the recovery you deserve.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Motor vehicle and workplace accidents often result in broken bones. Many broken bones heal completely after being placed in a cast. However, depending on the severity of a broken bone, surgery and extensive physical therapy may be required to recover full mobility of the affected bones. In the most serious cases, the broken bone can result in permanently decreased mobility.
Consult Experienced Attorneys
An initial settlement offer made by an insurance company is highly unlikely to be enough to compensate for the lifetime care and rehabilitation costs resulting from these serious injuries. We have a proven record of success recovering for our clients and work tirelessly to help you and your family through this difficult time. If you have or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn, or serious broken bone, we are here to help. If you are unable to come to us, we can visit you at home or in the hospital. To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case, contact The Bell Firm today or call us at (800) 763-2063.
|THE BELL FIRM
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
|457 Greene Street (30901)
P.O. Box 1547, Augusta, GA
Toll Free: 800-763-2063