A brain injury caused by someone’s negligence that leads to long-term and life-altering changes in your personal and professional life may qualify you to receive compensation from the at-fault party.
A Florida brain injury attorney at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has the knowledge and experience to help you receive the financial compensation you deserve for the losses and injuries you’ve suffered. Contact us online or call (561) 655-1990 today to schedule your free consultation.
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Deep Dive into TBI: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by any head injury that damages the soft tissue in the brain. A TBI can have dramatic and long-lasting impacts on your life. The most common causes of TBIs are:
Falls, which are the cause of nearly half of TBI-related hospitalizations
Workplace accidents, often involving machinery or equipment.
Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, medium, or severe. A mild TBI is most commonly referred to as a concussion, but even those can vary in severity and can lead to changes in the chemistry of your brain that impact your ability to focus, your level of irritability, and can even lead to changes in your personality–all either on a temporary or permanent basis.
Moderate and severe brain injuries are more likely to have long-term and life-altering effects. They often result in a decrease of motor skills and cognitive function, permanent disability, and some can be fatal.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident or incident that resulted in a bump, blow, or penetrating wound to the head, it is important to seek out immediate medical attention, particularly if you have any of the following symptoms.
Immediate medical care following a head injury is important because early medical intervention can often reduce further brain trauma. If someone sustains a head injury, seek prompt medical care if the following symptoms are exhibited:
Loss of consciousness for any amount of time, especially if it lasts for more than a few minutes
Seizures or convulsions
Blurred vision or tired eyes
Fatigue or lethargy
Ringing in the ears
Nausea or vomiting
Change in sleep patterns
Numbness or weakness in limbs
Headache that worsens or won’t go away
Mood or behavioral changes
Concentration and memory problems.
Any brain injury can persist for months or years and might cause long-term and lifelong changes in brain chemistry, including progressive brain atrophy of gray and white matter. Long-term consequences also include an increased vulnerability to certain neurodegenerative disorders such as CTE and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
Some long-term consequences of TBI that require ongoing treatment include:
White matter pathology
Additional secondary pathological conditions can emerge as a result of a TBI include:
Permanent disabilities resulting from a TBI can decrease a person’s quality of life and increase their likelihood of developing other conditions and earlier mortality. Although some brain trauma can’t be undone, early intervention is key to prevent worsening irreparable damage.
Some symptoms of TBI cannot be treated, they simply take time to subside such as headaches or ringing in the ears. Other aspects of a TBI can’t be cured, but instead can be aided and managed through, particularly when cognitive function and development is affected or stunted.
In these instances, various types of rehabilitative therapy can be used to help improve functions that may have been lost.
For example, if a TBI causes speech regression, speech therapy might be helpful for teaching the person how to speak, or if they experience weakness to an arm, they may engage in physical therapy to build the muscles and learn how to use their arm again.
The Journal of Neurotrauma reports that therapeutic interventions are being developed to help improve patients’ outcome following a moderate or severe TBI. Gaining access to the most cutting-edge and effective treatments is expensive, even with insurance.
That’s why attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath consider it our duty to help you recover the maximum amount of monetary damages to which you’re entitled.
How our Boca Raton Brain Injury Attorneys Can Help You
It can be difficult to know where to start if you want to file a claim for damages, especially when dealing with the aftermath of a TBI. Our team of expert attorneys will help you collect compensation for your injuries by:
Identifying the liable (financially responsible) party or parties who caused your injury
Gathering and preserving evidence to prove their liability
Calculating your claim for damages
Gathering strong evidence to support your claim for damages, including from medical personnel and other experts
Filing an insurance claim or lawsuit against the liable party
Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or liable party
If the settlement is unfair and unreasonable, taking the liable party or their insurer to trial.
Liability in Brain Injury Cases
To collect compensation for your injuries, you’ll need to prove that another party was liable for the injury through negligence, recklessness, or an otherwise legally actionable reason.
Proving liability is a crucial element of your case and requires thorough knowledge of the applicable law and experience with TBI cases. You might only have one chance to recover damages–don’t risk that opportunity by hiring anyone other than Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, the leading Florida brain injury attorneys.
You may be entitled to a broad range of damages, however the specific damages and the amount depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the severity of your TBI and the related or resulting injuries.
You must prove that you’re entitled to the damages you’re requesting, which is why it’s important that you promptly hire an attorney so that they can gather the appropriate evidence you need to support your claim.
Economic (special) damages are easily quantifiable. They’re easily traced with a “paper trail” of bills, invoices, estimates, and other tangible costs including:
Medical expenses related to the accident
Anticipated future medical costs
Anticipated lost future wages.
Non-economic (general) damages are more difficult to prove because they’re usually not associated with a tangible bill or expense. Non-economic damages include:
Pain and suffering
Permanent disability or disfigurement
Loss of consortium or companionship (when a spouse or partner dies) as a result of the accident.
If you lost a loved one due to a TBI, you may have a wrongful death claim which is intended to compensate the family of the deceased to help lessen the financial burden associated with their loss.
The compensation available through a wrongful death claim includes:
The lost financial contribution to your household
Damages for the loss of their emotional contribution to the household
Compensation for the loss of services and other household contributions
Funeral, burial, and other related costs
Additional damages or actions may be available to you such as a survival action, a claim that allows for the recovery of the same damages the deceased would have been eligible to receive if they survived after their injury.
Resources for Brain Injury Survivors in Florida
Palm Beach County has higher rates of TBI-related injuries than the general average in Florida. Recreational activities also contribute to the number of TBI-related injuries, and happen in sports, water activities, and in fights.
There are several support groups and networks in Palm Beach County and the surrounding area for survivors of TBI and their families, including:
Southwest Florida Trauma Survivors Support Group – Fort Myers
Spinal Cord Connections Support Group – Hollywood
Endless Possibilities – Lake Worth
Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (SCISG) – Miami
West Palm Beach SCI Group – West Palm Beach
Have you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in Boca Raton? Our firm can help.
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is already a difficult experience even before trying to put together your own claim against an insurance company. With an experienced Florida traumatic brain injury attorney from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath lawyer by your side, you’ll obtain justice and closure.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence call us at (561) 655-1990 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.
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