Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Tampa

One of the most devastating and life-changing types of personal injury is a serious brain injury. Also referred to as traumatic brain injury (TBI), this is an intracranial injury that occurs when the head receives a forceful blow. A TBI is not the same thing as a “head injury” in medical terms, which only implies damage done to the head. Instead, a TBI indicates that the damage has specifically occurred in the brain. These injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability around the world, and can be sustained from construction accidents, auto accidents, abuse, slip and fall accidents and many other situations. They can even happen without the victim receiving a physical blow, such as on a roller coaster, as a result of acceleration and high speeds. In those cases, the pressure causes blood vessels in the brain to burst, causing internal bleeding and other damages.

And it’s more common than you would think. According to University of Florida Health, every year in the United States, 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. Of these, about 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency room. A TBI can destroy a person’s ability to enjoy normal activities, because it will require significant medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other resources in order to help the injured person live as full a life as possible. If you or someone you care about has suffered a traumatic brain injury, and you struggle with tasks that were once simple, or you can no longer speak, move around or function the way you used to, call Future Firm Law. We will be your advocate as we aggressively pursue your claim, and obtain not only justice for you, but also your well-deserved compensation.

The Most Common Signs of TBI

Any time you suffer an injury to the head, you are in danger of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. Concussions, strokes, oxygen deprivation or blows to the head as the result of sports injuries or a fall, can all lead to a TBI. If you or a loved one notice any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Loss of balance or dizziness
  • Extreme sleepiness or irritability
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches that get increasingly worse
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Tingling on one side of the body
  • Confusion, or altered consciousness
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Cognitive decline

To determine the extent of a brain injury, a physician will likely conduct a series of tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, as well as an X-Ray, fairly quickly. That’s because with this type of injury, delaying treatment could be deadly. Even seemingly mild injuries can sometimes have underlying catastrophic consequences, so you should always seek immediate medical attention after any type of head injury.

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The Typical Claim Process with Traumatic Brain Injuries

It’s an unfortunate fact that most head injury cases require filing a lawsuit to recover compensation, in part, because big corporations and insurance companies seem to believe that people with head injuries, particularly those who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, can be worn down and will just settle for a small amount of recovery. They are not counting on attorneys who are experienced with these types of cases.

Future Firm Law will gather information from all the evaluations involved in your case–medical doctors, neuropsychologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists—and will compile the information needed to place the claim into suit. The statute of limitations in the state of Florida is typically four years from the time of the accident to the final date you can file your suit, but the average healing time after even a mild traumatic brain injury is at least one to two years. Generally, 90% of the recovery will be finished by the end of the first year, at least for mild cases. Our goal will be to get your case into suit as soon as possible after your injury.

In the meantime, we may work with a certified life planner on your behalf. This would be a professional who is trained and skilled in rehabilitation and in anticipating what your healthcare needs will be over the course of your lifetime. In the most serious TBI cases, you or your loved one may require some type of custodial care or a stay in an assisted living facility. Less severe cases may require a supportive living situation of some kind, and others might just need an assistant to monitor them and manage their finances. A life planner would analyze and explore all of these options in regard to your case.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Older Adults

The CDC notes that older adults are much more likely to be hospitalized and die from a traumatic brain injury than any of the other age groups. That is partially because the symptoms of TBIs may be missed or misdiagnosed due to symptoms of TBI overlapping with other medical conditions that are more common among older adults, such as dementia.

The organization lists signs and symptoms that healthcare providers should watch for with older adults, but these could also apply to family members of seniors, as well. You should especially look for signs of a TBI if the older adult has:

  • Fallen or has had a fall-related injury, such as a hip fracture.
  • Been in a car crash.
  • Experienced even a mild incident like the two above, but is also taking blood thinners. These medicines may increase the risk for bleeding in the brain following a TBI, which puts a person at a much higher risk for more severe injury or death.