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Brain Injury in Atlanta

Brain Injury is a very serious kind of injury that can result from falls, sports activities, car accidents, and work-related accidents. Common brain injuries include brain bruising, tearing and swelling. If a person suffers a brain injury, he or she may end up with a lifelong impairment that keeps him or her from performing daily tasks.

If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident that may have been someone else's fault, you may be entitled to a legal remedy. An Atlanta Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case stemming from a brain injury.

Recently in Brain Injury Category

Singer Usher's stepson has been declared brain dead after an accident on Lake Lanier, CBS News reports.

Kyle Glover, the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster, and a 15-year-old girl were struck by a personal watercraft driven by 38-year-old Jeffrey Hubbard. According to authorities, charges are pending against Hubbard. Glover's family may want to bring a personal injury suit against Hubbard on top of any criminal charges that are filed.

On Thursday, lawyers for former NFL players filed a "master complaint" against the NFL, claiming that the NFL ignored and concealed information linking football-related head trauma to permanent brain damage, The Associated Press reports.

The complaint consolidates over 80 pending lawsuits filed by former players against the league. Mary Ann Easterling, the widow of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, is among the plaintiffs. Easterling committed suicide in April, allegedly as a result of depression brought on by concussions he experienced during his time in the NFL.

Dorsey Levens and Jamal Lewis Sue NFL Over Concussions

A pair of very highly-regarded former NFL running backs, along with a couple of other players, are suing the NFL over concussions, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The suits were filed on behalf of Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens, Fulton Kuykendall, and Ryan E. Stewart. Jamal Lewis is a career 10,000 yard rusher in the NFL.

All of the men are Fulton County residents and say they have memory loss, headaches and sleeplessness as a result of their trauma.

Family Awarded $6.9 Million After Child Suffers From Brain Injury

An 18-year-old boy from Cinco Bayou, FL was awarded nearly $6.9 million in a personal injury suit after proving that he suffered from a permanent brain injury at a 2007 event. The Walton Sun reports that the young man named Dakota suffered from injuries when he was 14 years of age while playing in an inflatable “bungee run” at a school’s Touchdown Club fundraiser.

That “bungee run” ended up being a bad idea. The activity involved Dakota being strapped to bungee cords and then running to the end of what resembled a bowling alley lane. After getting off the run, the boy went into convulsions and had to be transferred to a hospital by helicopter. Dakota had to undergo surgery so that a piece of his skull could be removed in order to ease the brain from swelling.

Bret Michaels Sues Tony Award Producers After Brain Injury

The year after Poison frontman Bret Michaels was hit in the face by a set backdrop at the 2009 Tony Awards, he suffered from a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. According to The New York Times, the rock star is now suing Tony Award Productions, CBS and others for the accident.

The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that Michaels was not properly informed of how to leave the stage safely, which led to his brain injury. As a result of the near-fatal hemorrhage, Michaels had to cancel many of his concert dates. reports that the rocker is seeking unspecified damages in the case.

The dangers of football are well known, particularly as the NFL tightened enforcement against helmet-to-helmet hits and several lawsuits accusing youth football organizations of negligence have cropped up. One such case involves California teenager Scotty Eveland, who was left in a mostly vegetative state after collapsing on a football field, Sign On San Diego reported.

A senior at Mission Hills High School at the time (September 2007), Scotty Eveland collapsed about 45 minutes into a game. He was left with serious brain damage and is now confined to a wheelchair.

Football is a dangerous sport, no doubt. But the young man's parents claim the coach ignored his complaints of severe headaches and his having collapsed on two prior occasions. They also claim the San Marcos Unified School District is involved in a cover-up.

Nonprofit investigative reporting organization ProPublica wrote about how the Atlanta-based charity Project Share is helping brain-damaged war veterans who are unable to get similar care through the Veteran's Administration. Former Home Depot magnate Bernie Marcus founded Project Share in order to fill in the gaps through which countless returning vets have fallen.

Military and veterans hospitals often lack the staffing and expertise needed for extensive cognitive rehabilitation therapy, Bernie Marcus said. Such therapy also is very time consuming and difficult, he added:

"Isn't this worthwhile? Isn't this something we should all be concerned about? Whatever it takes is what we should give them."

Professional athletes (especially football players) often don't know the extent of their brain injuries until well after retirement. By that time, of course, it's usually too late. In fact, the only way to know for sure if a player has suffered from too many hits to the head is by performing an autopsy after death, according to Fox News.

But an experimental new imaging technology holds a lot of promise as an early diagnosis tool that might one day help diagnose and treat brain injuries before they get too debilitating. A study of the new technique involving three retired football players, a boxer and a wrestler showed that it helped doctors identify chemical changes in the brain caused by repeated hits.

Recently retired football player Eric Shelton filed a lawsuit earlier this week against the National Football League, claiming the league's disability plan failed to properly compensate him for a spinal injury, The New York Times reported.

The former running back last played as a regular for the Carolina Panthers in 2006. He suffered a neck injury after a helmet-to-helmet collision during a 2008 Washington Redskins training camp and was awarded benefits for "degenerative" impairments.

Clarksville, Tennessee mother Sarah Sutton was awarded a $6 million settlement from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) after her infant developed cerebral palsy, The Leaf Chronicle reported. She had filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by BACH and an Ob-Gyn doctor had caused the permanent injuries.

She filed suit in Sept. 2008, claiming the doctor failed to perform a Caesarean-section quickly enough to prevent her daughter's brain damage. Cerebral palsy is often the result of inadequate oxygen to the brain during birth.