Our Atlanta readers may be interested to learn that the Research Institute at Georgia Tech is responsible for developing special sensors that can help military troops know when an explosive device has detonated. These explosives are one of the primary causes of traumatic brain injury in soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
Disabled war veterans are working to sew these sensors into harnesses that active soldiers will wear. The sensors can measure the concussive reach of blasting explosives, and military doctors will use this data to diagnose and treat brain injuries.
But the effects of brain trauma are not just limited to soldiers engaging in active combat. Sometimes civilians suffer similar damage due to automobile accidents, medical malpractice or construction site catastrophes. Brain damage is serious; it can lead to permanent disability, including hearing loss, memory loss and blindness. And the recovery process for a brain injury victim is often long and painful.
Anyone who experiences a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another here in Georgia may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Under principles of negligence, every individual owes others a certain duty of care, which entails conducting themselves in the same manner that a reasonable person would in the same or similar circumstances. When someone breaches that duty of care and causes injury to another person, that person can be held legally liable for the damage caused.
With the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, a victim may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering. And though money alone cannot heal a traumatic brain injury, it can help a victim focus on recovery by relieving the financial burdens brought upon by the accident.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Reaping What They Sew: Disabled Vets Help Troops Guard Against Traumatic Brain Injury," Patrick Healy, Oct. 10, 2012