When someone gets shot in the head the outlook for survival, much less recovery, tends to be grim. But the body and human spirit can combine sometimes to deliver major surprises. Readers across Georgia likely have stories of their own, or have heard of stories of this nature. Well, here's another that recently made the news.
Back in April, an attorney with the Georgia Department of Public Health was shot in the head. The shooter is alleged to have been her husband. Authorities say he was having an affair with another woman and apparently sought to kill his current wife so he could marry his lover.
According to investigators, the woman was shot eight times. Three of the shots were to her head and she suffered serious brain trauma. She wasn't expected to survive, but she recovered and is now in intensive therapy to relearn how to walk and talk. Recently a benefit concert was held to raise money to help the patient and her family pay her ongoing medical expenses.
This blog often focuses on injuries that are caused due to someone else's negligent or careless conduct. But individuals can also claim civil damages against an at-fault party when an injury was intentionally inflicted.
When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury as a result of a violent crime, the perpetrator usually faces criminal charges. That appears to be the case here. But a criminal conviction does little to alleviate the financial burden an injury victim may face. That's when a lawsuit for personal injury may come into the picture.
With the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, a victim of a traumatic brain injury can file suit for damages. If the plaintiff wins the case, a court may award compensation for the cost of medical therapy and rehabilitation, future medical expenses, lost current and future wages, pain and suffering.
The infirmities that accompany brain damage can be debilitating. An injury victim can suffer hearing loss, memory loss, loss of mobility and blindness, all of which can linger as a permanent disability. When a person suffers a brain injury through no fault of their own, they deserve to be compensated by the responsible party.
Source: WXIA-TV, "Family, friends attend benefit concert for attorney shot eight times," Devin Fehely, Nov. 21, 2012