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 the law firm of Sibley Dolman, 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 today to discuss a possible claim at no cost to you.
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.
Moderate to Severe TBIs
While concussions 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 can 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 struggle 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.
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.
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 of 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.
Seeking Compensation for Your TBI-related Losses
Recovering financially after a brain injury can be complicated. 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 in order 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 a personal injury lawsuit.
Learn More about how Our Aventura Brain Injury Law Firm Can Help You
The experienced Aventura brain injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP are ready to stand up for the rights of injured accident victims. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your accident and injuries, please call our office at (954) 302-7068 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Sibley Dolman Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
20807 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 100,
Aventura, FL 33180
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