In December, I spoke to a group of attorneys, health care providers and families of brain injured loved ones regarding the ethical challenges of protecting a client who has diminished capacity due to a traumatic brain injury. When an accident happens that causes a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the victim often faces a lifetime of problems and limitations that affect not only the injured person but also their family as well. Having represented clients like this over many years, Cash Krugler Fredericks feels strongly that a big part of our job is to help families navigate these complex issues.
We personally see the struggles that clients and their families endure after a TBI. Because the fight for our clients does not stop in the courtroom, we make it a priority to ensure each TBI victim has the best possible outcome as they begin the journey ahead that is their new life. That is why we feel it is so important to support The Shepherd Center and the Side By Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse is a bridge of support for people with brain injuries to transition from medical patients to contributing community members. Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse was founded in 1999 with support from Shepherd Center and Emory Healthcare.
Every March, Cash Krugler Fredericks participates in Side by Side’s annual charity basketball game, Jawbones vs. Sawbones. The Jawbones vs. Sawbones fundraiser provides much needed financial support for the program. This event pits local attorneys against doctors in a game that not only raises awareness for this important cause, but also significant money for the organization. It’s a fun event with a serious message, as we strive to bring awareness about brain injuries and organizations that help people who have sustained these injuries to reintegrate into fulfilling lives.
This is CKF’s third year as lead sponsor of the event. You won’t want to miss it so make sure to mark your calendar for The 5th Annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones Basketball Benefit, which will be held on March 12th, 2016 starting at 5pm at the Decatur High School gym. You can see more information about this fun event at http://www.sidebysideclubhouse.org/news-events/signature-event-2015/
Automobile accidents happen. But when an accident happens due to a defect in a car – a defect that the manufacturer knew about but did not correct or warn about – the accident is all the more tragic.
There have been nearly 1,400 lawsuits stemming from deaths and injuries related to General Motors’ faulty ignition switches. GM paid $575 million to settle some of those cases, and another $900 million to settle a criminal investigation, because employers knew about the problem a decade before GM began its recall. In 2014 GM recalled approximately 26 million cars and says it has since fixed the problem. While 26 million may seem like a high number, GM was only responsible for 14-percent of all automobile recalls issued that year. That’s a staggering statistic.
Cash Krugler Fredericks has experience handling automobile recall cases that resulted in significant injuries; most recently we helped victims of a KIA recall. Our firm is skilled at representing clients injured in automobile and trucking accidents. Our philosophy is to immediately negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company to determine whether your claim can be settled for a fair amount. If not, we move swiftly toward trial. Unfortunately, insurance companies often fail to negotiate in good faith with victims until an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney gets involved. Our goal is to quickly demonstrate the cause of any collision and the extent of the damages and losses you and your family have suffered.
Many times, drivers are unaware that their car or tires have been recalled. It’s important to check recent recall information or call your dealer to see if your car falls under any recalls. To look for recent recall information visit: http://www.safercar.gov/CheckForRecalls
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This Sunday more than a hundred million people will tune in to watch the Super Bowl. It’s one of the most viewed televised events in the U. S. But not everyone will be watching the game. NFL concussion spotters, stationed at the sidelines and the press box, will be watching the players closely to make sure they aren’t showing any concussion-like symptoms. If the spotter stops the game, the player will be forced to sit out at least one play while undergoing a concussion test.
This is an important NFL rule because head injuries can cause extensive damage to an individual. The National Institutes of Health defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an acquired condition that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. A TBI can be caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head. But it can also occur without a violent blow in which a person’s skull is subjected to rapid acceleration or deceleration.
Auto and trucking accidents are one of the most common causes of these kinds of TBIs. The injury can result in bruising of the brain, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can cause long-term complications or even death. Traumatic brain injuries are complicated injuries and the prosecution of these cases can be just as complex. Atlanta Injury Attorneys Cash Krugler Fredericks have vast experience representing individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of violent impacts or injuries. Cases involving TBIs present several unique challenges in litigation and must be handled by a skilled litigator – not someone who believes one call will solve the problem. While a TBI can profoundly impact every aspect of a person’s life, insurance companies are reluctant to recognize the severity of these injuries and are resistant to fairly compensate.
If you or your family members play sports, make sure to wear all the regulation equipment properly and follow the rules of the game. Playing football or any other sport is a great way to be part of a team, have fun and get exercise. But it’s important to play safely. If you or someone you know has suffered what you believe to be a brain injury, feel free to reach out to us.
February is American Heart Month and it also marks a very special anniversary for me. I received a rather timely diagnosis. I wanted to share my story in hopes of raising awareness about heart health as well as highlighting the importance of seeking experienced medical help immediately.
One night in February 2013, I woke up with dull achiness in my chest. I was young, active, healthy in every way, so a heart attack was not something I ever expected to have. I googled my symptoms and was worried enough to go to the emergency room right away. After evaluation I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that is usually only discovered during an autopsy, hence its nickname, “The Widow Maker.” This is the same condition that killed basketball great “Pistol Pete” Maravich, journalist Tim Russert and beloved Atlanta radio personality Royal Marshall, among many others. I am extremely grateful to be among the fortunate few who catch this in time to have it repaired in surgery. You can learn more about my experience in this video, produced a few months after it happened.
Sometimes a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis is due to inexperience or dilatoriness. Individuals and medical professionals may be less likely to suspect heart-related problems in younger or otherwise healthy patients like me. In cases of actual negligence, it’s important to hold the responsible parties accountable. More importantly, I think the key is to be vigilant about your health. If something is wrong, go get it checked out. Do not assume that the problem is going to go away on its own.
Having this condition arise so suddenly and through no fault of mine gave me new perspective on what our personal injury clients and their families experience in an unexpected catastrophe. When you work with our firm, you can be assured of a team that understands what you’re going through and will explore all options in the fight to make it right.
When was your last physical? Please take precautions to ensure your health is a priority.