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Nearly half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by motor vehicle accidents. The injuries occur when a sudden trauma, such as an impact with a hard object, causes damage to the brain. The impact often causes the brain to ricochet inside the skull, meaning that the damage usually extends far beyond the area where the initial impact occurred.

Traumatic brain injuries are especially troubling — not only do they cause pain and discomfort, but they often affect the way victims think, feel and behave. Although people with TBI may not look injured on the outside, many experience significant brain damage and may never regain normal functioning.

There are three main categories of TBI — mild, moderate and severe. Mild traumatic brain injuries generally result in symptoms such headache, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, lethargy and trouble concentrating. Although victims will require some medical care and observation, they usually fully recover.

Approximately 25 percent of TBI victims will experience moderate or severe injuries that can be significantly disabling. About half of these victims will require surgery to remove or repair ruptured blood vessels or damaged brain tissue. In addition to the symptoms suffered by victims of mild TBI, many will also experience cognitive problems such as trouble with thinking, memory or reasoning abilities. They will also usually have communications problems and difficulty processing senses such as sight, hearing, touch and smell.

Some moderate and severe cases will eventually develop a condition called post-concussion syndrome. This is marked by long-term changes in cognitive functioning and personality changes such as depression, anxiety, aggressive behavior and inappropriate social conduct.

Bikers Can Reduce Risk by Always Wearing a Helmet

Victims of bicycle accidents are more likely to experience TBI simply because they aren’t surrounded by the protective cocoon a car provides. However, bicyclists can greatly reduce their risk of experiencing a traumatic brain injury by always wearing a properly-fitting helmet.

Georgia law requires all bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear a helmet, but it doesn’t extend this requirement to adults. Still, for safety reasons, bicyclists of all ages are wise to consider helmets a mandatory accessory.

Experts recommend choosing a helmet that fits snugly, but not tightly. Helmets should touch all sides of the wearer’s head and the chin strap should sit flush against the skin. Bikers should avoid helmets that have too many vents, “aerodynamic” or squared-off shapes or that have rigid visors that could snag or shatter in a fall. Experts also recommend choosing a bright color to increase visibility.

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The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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$1,600,000 settlement

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$1,250,000 judgment

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$1,000,000 settlement

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$1,000,000 settlement

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Erin Wren

After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

Debbie Walker

In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

Rick Estep

Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

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I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

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Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    Augusta

    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320

    Athens

    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264