Brain Injury Lawsuit Claims in Florida
Brain injuries are some of the most complicated injuries that anyone can suffer. Since each person’s brain is unique and much of the brain’s functioning is still somewhat a mystery to modern medicine, an injury to one part of the brain in one person might not necessary have the same effect as if it occurred in the brain of someone else. Some people recover quickly from a brain injury, and for others it may take a long time, if they ever fully recover at all.
Catastrophic brain injuries are usually irreversible, leaving the victim in an unresponsive, vegetative state. Victims and families of people suffering from catastrophic brain injuries can sometimes file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible, recovering financial damages. An experienced brain injury lawyer from Armando Personal Injury Law Firm can review the details of your case for free and see if you have a valid claim.
What Types of Brain Injuries Are There?
Brain injuries are injuries that occur in the brain, including:
- minor bleeds
- trauma causing cell death
- diffuse axonal injury
- coup-contrecoup injury
- anoxic events
- acquired brain injury (ABI)
- closed brain injury (CBI)
- open brain injury (OBI)
- traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
Brain injuries can cause swelling, loss of oxygen supply to other parts of the brain, and other damage to brain tissue, which can produce all types of problems for the victim. Brain injury victims can lose their motor skills, the ability to perceive sensation in a limb, could suffer memory loss, cognitive impairment or have difficulty making decisions and can undergo personality or behavioral changes. In rare cases victims can suffer from Locked In Syndrome, a devastating condition where the victim is able to think clearly but unable to move anything except their eyes and eyelids.
Brain injuries can be caused by open head wounds, such as gunshot wounds or impalement; or closed head wounds, such as a concussion or bleed. The trouble with brain injuries is that it is difficult to determine just how serious the injury is without the use of sophisticated medical equipment, such as brain scans. One simply cannot tell the extent and scope of a brain injury just from looking and the head and performing manual tests. Medical care is absolutely necessary whenever you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury. Even once properly diagnosed, brain injuries are notoriously difficult to treat. They may require invasive surgery, implants, or long-term care and rehabilitation, and even then a brain injury victim may never fully recover all of their brain function.
What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, aka CTE?
CTE is a type of degenerative brain disease that occur after a single or multiple traumatic impacts to the head. It is important to note the possibility of CTE after a single car accident, fall, or punch. CTE causes dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, poor judgment, erratic behavior and mood swings. People suffering from CTE have a high suicide rate as well. The symptoms of CTE do not manifest until about 10 years after the injury. If you’ve suffered a brain injury that was strong enough to cause a concussion, your chances of developing CTE rise considerably.
Although some of the more high profile cases of CTE involve professional athletes like boxers, football players, and hockey players, everyday people suffer from the disease as well. People who have suffered from head trauma due to domestic violence, car accidents, falling down stairs, or getting hit in the head at a job site or during a physical altercation also run the risk of developing CTE after a brain injury. If you are suffering from a brain injury that was severe enough to cause a concussion, you might want to consider calling a CTE lawyer.
Head Injury Incidents with a High Rate of Brain Trauma
A brain injury can be the byproduct of a number of events. Some of the most common incidents that result in brain injuries include but are not limited to:
- Automobile accidents.
- Motorcycle accidents.
- Bicycle accidents.
- Pedestrian accidents.
- Injuries from firearms.
- Injuries from acts of violence.
- Pool diving accidents.
- Near-drowning accidents.
- Slip and fall accidents.
- Medical malpractice, surgical errors, and accidents.
- Birth injuries.
- Blasting accidents.
- Chemical or toxin poisoning.
Recovering Compensation & Damages for Brain Injuries
Victims of brain injuries caused by the negligence of others deserve to be compensated for the pain they have endured. Brain injury victims can seek punitive damages for several things including:
- Both past and future medical expenses, and rehabilitation costs.
- Lost wages.
- Loss of enjoyment of their life, pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.
- Wrongful death damages.
Contact a Brain Injury Attorney in Tampa, Florida
When you or a loved one is the victim of a brain injury, it can seem overwhelming to have to deal with a lawsuit on top of recovery. However, an experienced brain injury lawyer can deal with your lawsuit for you. The attorneys at Armando Personal Injury Law Firm have worked with a number of brain injury victims and their families, recovering the compensation they deserve. Call us at (813) 906-1151 now or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Se Habla Espanol!