Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
The most devastating type of accident any individual can sustain is the one injuring the brain. Recovering from a brain injury can take years; result in drastic medical costs, and might even leave permanent brain damage or death. Traumatic brain injuries caused in an accident from someone else’s negligence can be rather challenging to deal with. In such times, you need the assistance of an expert who can guide you through the complicated process of filing a lawsuit on your behalf.
While you are already going through a tough time, ending up with the wrong lawyer can further add to your problems. It is essential that you find the right lawyer who understands your challenges and is compassionate enough to help you. Moreover, it is also essential that you understand more about the traumatic brain injuries.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can be caused by a jolt, blow, or bump on the head, or due to a penetrating head injury which causes disruptions in the usual functioning of the brain. The injury can range from mild to severe with memory loss and losing consciousness. The mild traumatic brain injuries are also known as concussions.
Traumatic brain injury can be caused due to common accidents like car accidents or even due to normal household accidents. Some common causes include:
- Concussions from sport-related mishaps,
- Physical violence like assaults and abuse,
- Accidents due to defective or damaged products,
- Automobile accidents,
- Even a slight fall can result in traumatic brain injuries in some cases.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The symptoms and signs of traumatic brain injury are usually rather subtle. They might not appear until days or even weeks after the accident. The symptoms might even be missed by many as the individual would look completely fine, even though they might feel or act differently.
Following are the symptoms of a mild injury:
- Physical symptoms
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Feeling drowsy or sleeping more than usual
- Having problems sleeping
- Speech problems
- Vomiting or nausea
- A headache
- State of being disorientated, confused or dazed
- Losing consciousness for some seconds or minutes
- Ringing Ears
- Blurry vision
- Bad mouth taste
- Sensitivity to sound or light
Mental or cognitive symptoms
- Feeling anxious or depressed
- Mood swings or mood changes
- Concentration or memory problems
Following are the symptoms of a severe injury:
Traumatic brain injury which is moderate to mild may include the mild injury symptoms, along with the following symptoms which might start showing after an hour or a few days after the accident:
- Coordination problems
- Numbness or weakness in toes and fingers
- Problems in awakening from sleep
- Draining of clear fluid from ears or nose
- Seizures or convulsions
- Constant nausea or vomiting
- A headache that keeps worsening
- Losing consciousness for a few minutes or hours
Mental or cognitive symptoms
- Consciousness disorders like coma
- Slurry speech
- Combativeness, agitation or any unusual behavior
- Constant stage of confusion
If you or anyone you know experiences any of the above-mentioned symptoms after an accident, it is highly recommended that you consult a doctor.
Consciousness and Traumatic Brain Injury
Such an injury can result in problems with responsiveness, alertness, awareness, consciousness, and arousal. Usually, severe traumatic brain injury can lead to four abnormal consciousness states, which are as follows:
- Minimal Conscious State – in this state the individual suffers from altered consciousness but can still exhibit little evidence of awareness of their environment or self-awareness. They can follow easy commands and give yes or no responses.
- Vegetative State – this occurs when the brain endures widespread damage. The individual in this state is not aware of the surroundings and is unconscious. They might still have certain phases of unresponsive alertness which means they might move, groan or exhibit reflex responses. If the individual stays in the vegetative state for more than three to four weeks then this state is typically called persistent vegetative state.
- Coma – in this state the individual is completely unaware of their surroundings, is unconscious and not able to respond to light and even pain. This state typically lasts for some days or weeks. After this period, the individual might regain their consciousness, goes on to the vegetative state or die.
- Brain Death – when the brain lacks any measurable activity and function for an extensive amount of time, that state is known as brain death.
Claiming for Damages
In order to file for damages for traumatic brain injury after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a medical expert’s expertise and knowledge is required to testify that the individual has suffered a major brain injury due to someone’s negligence which could have been avoided. A lawyer can help in creating a case connecting the traumatic brain injury to the slip and fall, motorbike, boat, truck, or car accident that caused the injury. If the injury lawyer is skilled then the individual would be able to receive monetary compensation for the damages as well as the medical expenses.
Some potential compensation you may receive in traumatic brain injury may be for damages including losing the companionship of a spouse, emotional distress, losing the capacity to earn, losing the ability for bodily functions, financial harm, pain and suffering, as well as past and future wages loss.
Suffering from a traumatic brain injury can be challenging for the individual and their loved ones. Negligence of someone can cause major harm to a number of people for which they must be compensated. If you or someone you know has become a traumatic brain injury victim and need a highly skilled lawyer to help navigate you through this difficult time then call Shiner Law Group. Our expert team in Florida will give you a free case evaluation and help you understand the next steps. Our experienced lawyers will stand and fight for you to make this devastating time somewhat bearable for you and your loved ones.