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Celebratory Gunshot Injuries: Wrong Way to Ring in New Year

January 04, 2011

For most people, the New Year holiday is a time filled with happiness, celebration and new beginnings. Tragically, the combination of alcohol, adrenaline and poor judgment can turn this joyous holiday into one of grief and pain. Every year, people become gunshot victims when they are struck by stray bullets fired into the air by someone trying to ring in the New Year with a poor display of judgment. Many of these who cause gunshot injuries by firing their gun into the air to celebrate New Year's Eve believe that no one really gets hurt from such irresponsible conduct. In reality, celebratory gunshot injuries not only results in injuries but tends to result in the most serious types of gunshot injuries.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those injured by the negligent conduct of others, including those suffering celebratory gunshot injuries, for over 39 years. We have seen the tragic aftermath of recklessly firing a firearm without taking appropriate care to prevent injury to others.

Many people celebrate New Year's Eve by firing guns into the air without realizing that this can cause serious injury or death. Bullets fired into the air during New Year's Eve celebrations fall with enormous force, creating an impact great enough to cause serious injury and death. The risk of fatality is substantially greater than for gunshot injury victims generally because victims are usually hit in the head. These head injuries can mean loss of cognitive abilities, sensation and movement. These types of traumatic brain injuries often involve a lifetime of nursing and rehabilitation, and the gunshot victim's life is changed forever.

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 45. Approximately 5 million Americans currently have some form of traumatic brain injury related disability, with another person suffering a traumatic brain injury every 15 seconds. Six times as many people are afflicted annually by a traumatic brain injury than breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis combined. While celebratory gunshot fire has a high risk of causing a traumatic brain injury, the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include the following:

• Motor Vehicle Accidents: While any type of motor vehicle accident may cause a traumatic brain injury, common examples include passenger vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer crashes, SUV rollovers, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle collisions and pedestrian accidents.

• Falls: Common falls that can result in traumatic brain injury include falls on construction sites and other serious slip and fall accidents.

• Sports Injuries: Concussion related traumatic sports injuries are becoming more common as athletes become bigger and faster resulting in more violent collisions.

The speed and degree of recovery from a traumatic brain injury can vary greatly. The majority of recovery from traumatic brain injuries occurs within the first six months to a year after an accident, but can occur for up to ten years after a serious injury accident. How quickly and completely an accident victim recovers can depend on whether the accident victim receives proper medical treatment, including physical and cognitive rehabilitation. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia personal injury lawyers have been representing clients throughout Georgia with traumatic brain injuries seeking financial compensation for such rehabilitation for over 39 years. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury from a gunshot, commercial trucking crash, construction accident or any other type of serious accident, contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law for a free consultation to learn how we can help, including getting you the compensation needed to get you the medical treatment you need and deserve. Our Georgia car accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at No matter where you are, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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