Traumatic Brain Injury Accidents Attorneys In Florida
You slip and fall on a slippery floor, hitting your head. You feel fine at first, but a week later you have trouble remember basic parts of your daily routine. Physically, you feel tired and slow. You also begin feeling more agitated and emotional than usual. You may, in this hypothetical situation, be suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is a head injury that causes brain dysfunction, causing impairment in thinking, or changes in behavior. TBIs are a common injury in falls and motor vehicle accidents.
The Florida traumatic brain injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience successfully representing clients in various personal injury lawsuits. Contact one of our lawyers today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We work on a contingency fee, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees if we win your case.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
A TBI is “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, not all blows to the head cause a TBI.
Symptoms of TBI may not appear immediately. Some patients do not exhibit symptoms for weeks or months. Additionally, a TBI can range in severity. Mild cases often produce concussions, which account for most cases of TBI annually. Severe cases can lead to permanent problems with thinking, memory, or emotional changes.
Patients with a TBI suffer from brain dysfunction following a blow to the head. This can lead to difficulty with thinking, movement, sensation (changes in vision or hearing) or problems with memory. A TBI can also lead to emotional problems, such as depression, anxiety or changes in personality.
According to the CDC, TBIs are involved in about 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States. Each day about 153 people die from injuries that include TBI.
Signs and Symptoms of a TBI
According to the CDC, signs and symptoms of a TBI include:
- Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering new information
- Feeling slow, tired and lethargic
- Fuzzy or blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting (early symptom)
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Emotional changes (i.e. irritability, sad, more emotional, nervous)
- Sleeping more or less than usual, trouble falling asleep
Keep in mind that symptoms may not appear right away. While some patients may experience symptoms immediately, others may not exhibit symptoms for weeks or months after the accident. Even if someone seems fine on the outside, they may feel or act differently due to their TBI.
In rare cases, the CDC cautions, a concussion can cause a dangerous blood clot. This can subsequently cause the brain to crowd against the skull. Seek emergency medical care if the following symptoms occur after a head injury:
- Worsening headache that does not go away
- Slurred speech
- Repeated vomiting and nausea
- Decreased coordination
- Weakness, numbness
Rates of TBI in Florida
According to the Florida Department of Health, 3,731 deaths involved a TBI in 2013. That same year, TBIs were also related to 19,170 for non-fatal injuries. The state Department of Health advises residents to not drive under the influence of alcohol; passengers should wear seatbelts and infants under 3 wear a car seat. When riding a bike, adults and children should wear a helmet.
The rate of fatal TBIs was highest in adults aged 55 years and older, followed by adults between the ages of 45 and 54. The highest rates of TBI hospitalizations with non-fatal injuries were in babies younger than 1 year, adults aged 65 and older, and younger adults ages 15 to 24 and older.
In Florida, TBIs occurred more frequently in males than females. In 2013, 1,021 women died from a TBI and 7,901 were hospitalized for non-fatal injuries. Comparatively, 2,710 men died from a TBI and 11,267 were hospitalized.
What Types of Accidents Can Cause a TBI?
In 2013, falls were the leading cause of TBIs in the United States, the CDC reports. This is especially relevant for older adults, who generally have a higher fall risk overall. According to the CDC, 79 percent of TBIs in adults ages 65 and older were caused by falling. Falls also cause TBIs in children. Among children 14 and under, more than half of TBIs are caused by falls.
Examples of personal injury cases that may allege a TBI include a slip and fall accident lawsuit or a nursing home negligence lawsuit.
According to the CDC, roughly 15 percent of TBI cases occurred when someone was struck by or against an object, making it the second leading cause. For example, a construction site accident lawsuit may allege a TBI. The construction worker may have fallen from a ladder, been hit by an object, or caught between equipment.
TBIs are also a common injury in motor vehicle accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents or pedestrian accidents. According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents were the third overall leading cause of TBI among all age groups in 2013.
Suing for a TBI in Florida
If you were injured in a Florida accident resulting in a TBI, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. The consequence of a TBI can be serious and long-lasting. Compensation from a lawsuit can help alleviate the burden of a TBI accident.
If you just suffered a suspected TBI, seek medical attention immediately and document the accident. Take photos of the scene and your injury if you can, ask someone else to do it if you cannot.
When suing for a TBI, you can recover economic losses (“special damages”) or non-economic losses (general damages). Economic losses include medical expenses, lost earnings and property damage. In a wrongful death case, damages also include funeral and burial expenses. Non-economic losses include physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, emotional distress, humiliation, loss of reputation and loss of companionship.
Filing a Florida Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit involving an accident that occurred in Florida, contact one of our Florida accident attorneys today. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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