A brain injury can change the entire trajectory of the victim’s life, as well as the lives of their family and loved ones. While no brain injury is easy, it can be even more difficult to deal with a brain injury caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, knowing that the injury could have been avoided had they acted with a reasonable duty of care. Fortunately, there is legal recourse for the victim and their loved ones in the event that someone else is responsible for this catastrophic injury in the form of a tort claim, either through an insurance company or directly against the responsible party. Regardless of the specifics of who the claim will be filed against, the important thing is that the victim is represented by an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney in Orlando.
The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is available to help you as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation for victims to speak with an attorney about their accident, their injuries, the impacts on their lives, and learn more about what to expect while working with our team. This no-obligation consultation is a great way to get a clearer insight into your options, as well as to learn about how we have handled cases similar to yours in the past to get a general sense of what our future work together may look like.
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Common Causes of Brain Injuries
The following examples are just a few of the most common causes of brain injuries that result in tort claims. Whether or not your own brain injuries are listed below, contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss the impacts of your injuries and how we can get started on getting you the compensation that you deserve.
Car accidents are extremely dangerous for everyone involved, and the risk of suffering a head injury increases with the speed or force of the collision. However, there are many other factors that can lead to a brain injury, even in low-speed collisions that may seem completely harmless at first glance. If you suspect that you or a passenger have suffered from a head injury, inform the EMTs immediately.
Motorcycle crashes are extremely dangerous for a rider, simply due to the fact that the only protection that a rider has is what they are wearing. This is why wearing a helmet is so important, and can drastically reduce the risk of a brain injury. Unfortunately, Florida’s lax helmet laws have contributed to significant numbers of brain injuries in accidents that could have otherwise been minor.
Blows to the head are common in assaults, meaning that a criminal assault may also result in a tort case as well. If you or a loved one are the victim of an assault and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, working with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible is an important step to build a case and fight for the compensation that you deserve for this violent and illegal attack.
When a patient works with a medical professional, they have every right to expect that the professional will take all of the prudent steps in order to provide the patient with a reasonable degree of care. In some cases, the professional may diverge from those reasonable steps in a way that can cause injury to the patient, and in certain instances, this can result in an injury to the brain.
Slips and Falls
A slip and fall accident can lead to a range of injuries, including falling and striking your head and suffering from brain damage as a result. If you have slipped and fallen and suspect that you (or a loved one) may have suffered from a brain injury such as a concussion, contusion, or open laceration — to name a few — then you must contact 911 as soon as possible to limit the damage and get the necessary care immediately.
The Impacts of a TBI
The impacts of a traumatic brain injury vary from case to case, and some symptoms may be difficult to recognize at the start; others, however, are extremely clear from the moment the injury takes place. The following are a few common impacts of traumatic brain injuries, but keep in mind that these examples range in severity from injury to injury, or may not present themselves at all. Your situation is unique, and you must work with a doctor as soon as possible to build a roadmap to recovery.
The cognitive and communicative impacts of a TBI can take many shapes, including things like an inability to concentrate, loss of memory, impaired communication skills, lack of judgment, difficulty making decisions, and other similar effects. You may notice the victim struggling to think of words, or finding that they are unable to write like they could before the injury.
One of the most common physical impacts of a TBI is a persistent headache, along with blurred vision, trouble hearing, loss of balance, chronic fatigue, weakness in the muscles, and reduced motor skill abilities. Of course, this is a limited list of examples of the physical effects of a TBI, and a physician will be able to help you understand the severity of the TBI as well as the course of action to work towards recovery.
Some of the most-overlooked impacts of a TBI are the impacts on the victim’s emotional behavior. Victims of TBIs may suffer from depression, mood swings, increased anxiety, selfishness, anger, self-esteem issues, and more. At one time, these effects were not clearly connected with a TBI and could have led to additional alienation when the victim needed help and medical care. If you are experiencing these impacts, or if you are witnessing a loved one go through changes to their personality following a trauma to the head, contact a doctor as soon as possible.