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Welcome to Scholle Law’s Georgia brain injury blog. We launched this blog to provide medical and law-related information about brain injuries in adults and children. Our mission with this blog, as with our Atlanta Injury blog, is to inform our readers about new developments and treatments for brain injuries; help those injured in an accident caused by another person or entity to learn how and where they can get medical and legal guidance; and, provide information that is relevant and useful to all.

This is an area of particular concern for us as personal injury lawyers. Brain injuries often involve long term care for the victim. If a person who has suffered a brain injury does not get help early, this can result in a worsened long term horizon for the injured person. We hope to help our readers learn about these injuries, which range from mild to severe, so that the right help is sought early for the best outcomes.

In the past, we have touched on this area of the law and medicine. We have written about mild traumatic brain injuries that can be suffered after an auto accident or sports injury. These injuries can be overlooked since their symptoms might seem to be something else, like chronic headache or memory loss. But often these symptoms, which are not recognized as brain injury, are in fact just that. We have also written about the new research that is bringing hope to many who have suffered injuries and need continuing support. This is an exciting area, because research is moving quickly in this field. It is also very important because these injuries can be so significant and life-changing that research resulting in new treatment methods can make an enormous difference in the lives of so many.

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1214589454Q2B5aO.jpgIt makes sense that when we get on a bicycle or motorcycle, a helmet can keep us from serious brain injury. But many riders still resist the use of helmets even though they keep riders safer. Helmet use has not risen, but bike riding has. Perhaps riders don’t like to use a helmet because they assume that they cannot be seriously injured in the event of an accident or they believe that a helmet hinders their ability to see. But in our experience over two decades as Gwinnett County brain injury lawyers and bicycle accident lawyers, serious injury can often be avoided with the use of a helmet.

In some cities and states, bicycle helmets are required for all riders. In Georgia, our laws are a little different. We have several laws that provide for protective gear while riding a bicycle. Georgia’s bicycle helmet law found in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) section 40-6-296 (d) (1)) focuses on children and teens and states that “[n]o person under the age of 16 years shall operate or be a passenger on a bicycle on a highway, bicycle path, bicycle lane, or sidewalk under the jurisdiction or control of this state or any local political subdivision thereof without wearing a bicycle helmet.” Helmets are also required to meet or exceed the standards for bicycle helmets set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation.

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