While people in Aventura, Florida enjoy the many nearby beaches, shopping, and mild winters, residents and visitors alike may be involved in accidents when they least expect it. Accidents can cause many types of injuries that can change your life – whether for a few weeks or permanently. One particularly dangerous type of personal injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
No two brain injuries are alike, and the effects on your life will depend on where the injury occurred in the brain and the severity of the damage. Brain injury victims will each have unique experiences—including the treatment they require, the struggles they will face, and their legal rights after an accident.
At Dolman Law Group, we have seen firsthand how significant the effects of a brain injury can be for our clients. We can evaluate your situation and advise you of your options for seeking compensation for all of your brain injury-related losses. If you or a loved one has sustained any type of TBI in an accident and believe someone else may be at fault, please call our Aventura brain injury lawyers today to discuss a possible claim at no cost to you.
Understanding Concussions and Other Mild Brain Injuries
The most common form of TBI is a concussion, which is categorized as a “mild” TBI. Do not allow the term “mild” to fool you, however, as a concussion can have serious symptoms and should always be diagnosed by a medical professional. The effects of a concussion can vary from victim to victim though they may include the following:
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Mental confusion
Oftentimes, the symptoms of a concussion can be confused with shock or “haze” that often happens after a traumatic accident. If you hit your head, however, there is always the possibility that you have suffered a concussion, and you should seek a medical evaluation as soon as you can.
Concussions often require a victim to rest for a period of time while the brain injury heals, which may include time away from school or work. In addition to doctor's bills, concussion victims may lose income as a result of their injury, which can cause additional financial stress.
Just because a concussion generally heals fully and is called “mild” does not mean you should not pursue compensation based on this and other injuries you suffered. If your injuries occurred because of someone else's careless or reckless behavior, you have a right to hold them responsible. While a concussion case may not be worth as much as a serious brain injury, we can handle your claim and possibly secure a payout for you and your family.
About Moderate to Severe TBIs
While concussion symptoms generally clear up after a few weeks, victims of moderate or severe brain injuries can have a much longer road to recovery. First, more serious brain injuries can result in a loss of consciousness and a severe TBI can put a victim in a coma. This can require extended hospitalization and perhaps time in the intensive care unit.
In addition, moderate and severe brain injuries can cause swelling or hemorrhaging in the brain, which can increase intracranial pressure and be life-threatening. Doctors may need to remove part of the skull to relieve pressure and/or insert an intraventricular catheter to monitor pressure.
In addition to hospitalization and surgeries, TBI victims may experience numerous symptoms for a long time. Symptoms of moderate brain injuries can last for months while a severe TBI may cause problems for years or even for the rest of a victim's life. Some common effects of a moderate to severe brain injury include:
- Cognitive impairments – Trouble with communication, information processing, comprehension, memory, confusion, and more.
- Physical impairments – Difficulty with balance, coordination, and sensory issues.
- Behavioral impairments – Anger control problems, changes in personality, anxiety, depression, and struggling to show appropriate emotion in certain situations.
Serious brain injuries can significantly impact your ability to perform in school or at your job. Often, victims require extensive rehabilitative services and may even need to spend time in a brain trauma rehab center. Some victims of severe TBIs never fully recover and will live the rest of their lives with impairments and disabilities.
Those with lasting injuries can vary widely as far as the assistance, care, and support they require. Some may need around-the-clock assistance or nursing care while others need help with specific tasks or learn to adapt and become independent again. It can take time to understand a person's prognosis and abilities after these injuries, as well.
Not only can brain injuries be costly due to medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses, but they also can cause pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other major changes for victims and their families. The costs and losses associated with these injuries may be recoverable through an insurance claim or lawsuit in a Florida civil court.
Accidents that Lead to Brain Injuries
Some injuries are purely accidental, and no one can be specifically blamed for them. Other injuries we may bring on ourselves due to careless or risky behavior. However, many accidents that cause brain injuries may be the fault of other parties who may be held liable for all your injury-related losses. The following are examples of accidents that commonly result in traumatic brain injuries and lead to legal cases:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Sports accidents
- Falls down stairs or from high places
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Getting hit by a falling object
- Accidents caused by defective products
If your accident occurred because another party acted in a negligent manner, you have important legal rights and should discuss what happened with an Aventura brain injury lawyer from Dolman Law Group. We provide free consultations for those who suffered injuries because of someone else's negligence. We can also work with families whose loved one suffered devastating catastrophic injuries or passed away because of their accident.
Our team may be able to develop a solid case and support your claim with evidence to show what happened, who is liable, and the value of your related damages. This could allow you to recover compensation to pay for the prescribed care, including future medical needs and care and support costs.
If another party caused your accident and injuries in Aventura, you should not have to shoulder the financial burden of treatment, care, or lost wages. An insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit should allow you to secure a financial recovery that will cover your costs. However, you will need to ensure you have the necessary evidence and understand the value of your case.
Seeking Compensation for Your TBI-related Losses
Recovering financially after a brain injury can be complicated. Dolman Law Group may be able to help. First, you will need to determine which party or parties were negligent. You will need to be able to present sufficient evidence of their negligence for them to be held legally liable for your losses. Our attorneys know how to investigate the cause of your injuries and gather the evidence needed to support your claim.
In addition to proving negligence, you will also need to prove the damages you are seeking. Damages can be for the following and more:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost income
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disabilities
Our team knows how to accurately calculate and prove damages so that you can receive the full amount you deserve from an insurance claim or an Aventura personal injury lawsuit. We can make the process of recovering compensation much easier for your family. You can focus on treatment, rehabilitation, and physical recovery while we handle your legal case against the at-fault party or parties.
At Dolman Law Group, our attorneys do not ask for a retainer or other upfront charges when we agree to work with a client and their family. We do not charge hourly rates or otherwise track the time spent on your case, either. Instead, we recover our expenses and get attorney's fees as a percentage of the compensation we secure for the client in the case. We can discuss this further during your free consultation.
Learn More About How Our Aventura Brain Injury Law Firm Can Help You
The experienced Aventura brain injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group are ready to stand up for the rights of injured accident victims. If you would like a free consultation to discuss your accident and injuries, please call our office or send us an email through our online contact form. Check out our client testimonials, too, for an idea of what it's like to partner with us.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
20803 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 101,
Aventura, FL 33180
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