The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Of all of the potential injuries a person can sustain in a preventable accident, a traumatic brain injury ranks among the most serious. In severe cases, individuals who sustain a traumatic brain injury can develop significant mental and physical problems that have the potential to last for years. Even in instances of relatively mild TBIs, victims can be left with significant medical bills and the inability to work for an extended period of time.
These and other issues related to traumatic brain injury can result in significant economic and non-economic losses for victims. Fortunately, Florida personal injury law often allows people injured in preventable accidents to recover for their injuries and associated losses. In order to successfully bring a claim, affected individuals need to establish that their injury was caused by someone else’s negligent act or omission, which is often a complicated legal task. Consequently, anyone who has sustained a TBI in an accident should discuss their options with an experienced St. Petersburg traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs.
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A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes a disruption in the normal function of the brain. TBIs can occur if the head forcefully strikes another object, if an object strikes the head, or even in cases where the head simply jolts forward or backwards on the neck without hitting an external object. The most common form of mild TBI is a concussion, which itself is a serious injury that should always be promptly evaluated by a licensed medical professional. Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a number of ways that could be caused by someone else’s negligence. Some of the more common include the following:
There are many other accidents and forms of negligence that may result in a TBI, so it is extremely important for victims to have their case thoroughly reviewed by an experienced lawyer. Victims should be aware that in many cases, people who are injured in preventable accidents are able to recover even if they were partially at fault for causing an accident, so do not fail to discuss your case with an attorney simply because you may have contributed to your accident.
The effects of a TBI generally occur in direct proportion to the severity of the initial injury. For example, in many cases, a mild concussion results in relatively mild symptoms, including headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and drowsiness. On the other hand, more severe traumatic brain injuries can result in much more serious side-effects, including:
In addition to the issues listed above, multiple TBIs can result in cumulative deficits in cognitive function. In addition, multiple TBIs have also been linked to an increased risk for the development of certain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
Anyone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury that they believe was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. In many cases, victims can recover for losses such as physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and loss of quality of life, as well as others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers at (727) 451-6900.