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Legal Help After a Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can have immediate and long-lasting effects on victims and their families. This type of head injury disrupts regular brain function and can occur after a variety of incidents such as auto accidents, slip-and-falls, explosive blasts, or sport accidents.
A traumatic brain injury can cause serious financial burdens because of costly medical bills and/or an inability to return to work after the injury. Seeking legal help from an experienced personal injury lawyer is critical to recovering the maximum amount of compensation following traumatic brain injury.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is a broad term for a type of injury that impacts normal brain function. Some of these injuries can be considered mild and only result in a minor change in mental status, such as dizziness or a passing headache. Many people in Florida, and around the country, do not know that a concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury. More severe instances involve loss of consciousness, loss of memory, torn brain tissue, brain swelling, and internal bleeding.
While some brain injuries may present with a skull fracture or external bleeding, many are not visible, even with advanced imaging like MRI. Often, a person involved in a serious crash or accident will suffer from a traumatic brain injury, but medical professionals do not fully evaluate the state of the victim’s brain following the incident. Other times, a brain injury is missed because the focus of medical treatment is on other orthopedic, or more easily recognizable injuries. It is important for accident and injury victims, and their families, to know the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to alert medical professionals of a potential head injury.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Each area of the brain controls specific functions, so damage to different areas of the brain can cause a diverse range of symptoms.
The Following Are Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Loss of consciences for a few seconds or minutes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood swings
The Following Are Symptoms of More Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries:
- Loss of consciousness for a few hours
- Ongoing headache
- Slurred speech
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Pupil dilation
- Difficulty awakening from sleep
- Clear fluid leaking from the ears or nose
Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
The effects of traumatic brain injury can persist for years after an accident, or even for the rest of a person’s life. Victims can experience significant memory loss, depression, and anxiety following certain instances of TBI. This can not only have an impact on the victim, but the victim’s loved ones as well. In severe cases, the victim is unable to enjoy the same quality of life before the accident. It is important the brain injury victims, and their families, understand their injuries so that they can best cope with their injuries, symptoms, and need for medical treatment going forward.
We are starting to learn through the medical community and recent research that brain injuries have more long-term effects than previously understood. While it may have been common for someone playing football in the 1990s to be sent back on the field after symptoms of a concussion started to subside, today there are strict guidelines and protocols put in place to assist in recover and prevent further injury. This is because we now understand that even a single blow to the head or brain injury can lead to significant, life-long medical symptoms and treatment. Moreover, some research suggests repeated instances of brain injury, such as blows to the head during sports like football and boxing, can increase the possibility of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Dementia.
Why You Need a TBI Lawyer
Do not rely on just any lawyer to handle a traumatic brain injury case. It takes an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer who understands the medical complexities surrounding TBI to maximize the recovery for victims and their families. These cases require attention to detail, time commitments, a knowledge of normal and abnormal brain function, and tenacity to fight insurance companies on behalf of victims.
Before Hiring a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer, Ask the Following Questions:
- How many TBI cases have you previously handled?
- How many TBI cases have you taken to trial?
- What results have you obtained in representing TBI victims?
- Do you know how insurance companies investigate after a brain injury?
- Do you have the financial resources to go up against large insurance companies?
- Are you the attorney who will be working on my case through trial if necessary?
Matthews Injury Law: Focusing on Traumatic Brain Injury Cases in Florida
The attorneys at Matthews Injury Law have litigated traumatic brain injury cases throughout Florida and the nation. We have sat with the families of victims of traumatic brain injury at their kitchen tables and listened to the stories about how the event has changed the lives of everyone involved. We have helped guide our clients and their families through the medical treatment and legal battles following a traumatic brain injury. We also do not hesitate to take traumatic brain injury cases to trial and verdict when necessary.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, immediately contact the tenacious team at Matthews Injury Law. Choose a time that fits your schedule and set up a free consultation by clicking here to visit our online scheduling tool.