Traumatic brain-injuries, also known as TBI’s, can occur in a variety of accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents, slip-and-falls, and sporting accidents. Traumatic brain injuries can also range in severity from relatively minor concussions to comas and other long-term (and potentially permanent) injuries. The most serious TBI’s require lifetime care in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury in a Florida accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under the law.
An experienced and compassionate New Port Richey traumatic brain injury lawyer will have the medical and legal knowledge to evaluate your case and provide you with skilled legal representation. An attorney may also be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, litigate your case, and represent you in court, if necessary.
The Medical Science behind Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)
Traumatic brain injuries occur when blunt force is applied to an accident victim’s head – usually during some type of accident. In most accident cases, the trauma to the victim’s head is so forceful that it causes the brain to move about inside the victim’s skull and make direct contact with either the front or the back of the skull. This movement can severely damage the brain’s internal chemistry and hardware, including the brain’s neurons and axons, and can prevent them from functioning properly.
In order to prove a traumatic brain injury in a Florida personal injury case, the injured plaintiff must introduce expert medical testimony. Experts, who are almost always treating health care providers, must show that the accident caused the traumatic brain injury. An expert must also be able to show that the traumatic brain injury is permanent and that the impairment and limitations will last for many years to come – and in some cases, for the rest of the injured plaintiff’s lifetime.
Types of Accidents Which Lead to Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can come about as a result of many different types of accidents. TBI’s are most common when the accident victim has little-to-no head protection and is directly exposed to the ground. Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries in Florida include the following:
Car and truck accidents – usually where the accident victim’s head strikes the steering wheel or headrest as a result of the impact, where the accident victim’s vehicle flips over, or where the accident victim is ejected from the vehicle and strikes the ground directly
Boating accidents – usually where the accident victim is ejected from the boat and the accident victim’s head strikes something in the water
Slip-and-fall accidents and pedestrian accidents – especially on sidewalks and in parking lots and other public places, where the accident victim falls to the ground and either strikes something while falling or strikes his or her head on the ground
Bicycle, motorcycle, and moped accidents – where the accident victim is ejected from the motorcycle and strikes his or her head on the ground. The injuries sustained in these accidents are even more severe when the accident victim is not wearing a bicycle or motorcycle helmet.
Sporting Accidents that Often Lead to Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries sustained while playing direct contact sports often include traumatic brain injuries. Examples of direct contact sports which may lead to traumatic brain injuries include the following:
Traumatic brain injuries are also commonly associated with other sports because of the participant’s direct exposure to the ground:
- Cycling (both bicycles and motorcycles)
Liability in New Port Richey Traumatic Brain Injury Accident Cases
Traumatic brain injuries are capable of causing a lifetime of impairment, in which case money is a poor substitute. When someone sustains a traumatic brain injury in an accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, the injured plaintiff may be able to recover payment of medical bills and other medical expenses, as well as compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of functioning, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, and permanent disability.
In the most serious traumatic brain injury cases, injured plaintiffs may be able to recover compensation for long-term or lifelong care at a nursing home, assisted living, or another long-term care facility.
Steps to Take Immediately after Sustaining a Head Injury in an Accident
Insurance companies and their adjusters often become skeptical when they hear the words, “traumatic brain injury,” and they look for any excuse to try and limit (or outright deny) liability in these cases. If you suspect that you sustained a TBI following an accident, you should seek immediate follow-up medical care at a hospital or urgent care facility as soon as possible. It is important to keep in mind that symptoms associated with head injuries and traumatic brain injuries oftentimes do not manifest themselves until weeks – or even months – after being involved in an accident. In short, it is better to be safe than sorry and to seek follow-up medical treatment if you suspect that you sustained even a minor head injury.
When you arrive at the hospital or urgent care facility, a doctor or other health care provider will be able to undertake the proper medical examinations, tests, and imaging studies – including x-rays and MRI’s – to determine whether or not you, in fact, sustained a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury.
The hospital or urgent care facility may also recommend follow-up medical care and treatment or may refer you to a specialist or to your primary care physician. When it comes to head injuries, you should always make sure to follow through with an emergency room or urgent care doctor’s treatment recommendations.
Contact a New Port Richey Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Traumatic brain injuries have many potential causes. However, the effects can be devastating and can have significant and potentially lifelong impacts on both accident victims and their loved ones.
A knowledgeable and compassionate attorney may be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, litigate your case through the Florida court system, and represent you at trial, if necessary.
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New Port Richey, FL 34652