The human brain is a complex but delicate organ that controls how we think, feel, and interact with the world. When an accident occurs, even a minor bump or jolt to the head can cause severe and lasting damage.
The following accidents and events often result in a traumatic brain injury:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Slip and fall accidents
- Acts of medical negligence
- Military combat events
- Violent crimes
- Sporting accidents
Each year, over 2.8 million Americans sustain mild to severe brain injuries. In personal injury law, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are considered “catastrophic injuries” because they can result in neurological damage that prevents a victim from holding gainful employment. For this reason, you need to seek immediate medical attention after sustaining a head injury, especially if you feel dizzy or lose consciousness after impact.
Why Do I Need a Doctor?
A trained medical professional can evaluate your condition, order tests, and prescribe a treatment program that facilitates your recovery. Because brain injury symptoms can take days or weeks to appear, you need to keep a running log that details any physical and/or behavioral changes you experience in the months following the accident. This information can help your doctor and any medical specialists tasked to your case.
The following symptoms are characteristic of a moderate to severe brain injury:
- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of consciousness
- Spinal fluids draining from the nose and/or ears
- Dizziness and nausea
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Response delays
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Blurred vision
- Agitation or aggression
- Ringing in ears
- Slurred speech
After meeting with these professionals, you need to request a copy of your updated medical record. The information in this document can serve as critical evidence in your personal injury case. It can also protect your claim from being undermined by the defendant’s insurer.
What Monetary Damages Can I Recover?
Fortunately, Florida courts recognize that TBI survivors may need to pay for medical treatments, occupational therapy programs, and professional care services for the rest of their lives, and award damages accordingly. Of course, the defendant’s insurance company may try to sabotage your claim to mitigate their losses. To secure a favorable case outcome, you need to retain the services of a qualified and experienced legal representative as soon as possible.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the accidents of a negligent party, you may be entitled to the following monetary damages:
- Existing and projected medical fees
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Loss of wages and earning capacity
- Long-term care expenses
- Long-term disability
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Transportation fees
- Pain and suffering
- Housing or vehicle modifications
- Property damage
Are You Ready to File a Claim?
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC if you or a loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury due to the actions of a negligent party. During your free consultation, we can discuss the accident as well as the various ways your injuries have impacted your daily life. By understanding your personal and financial needs, we can proceed with the litigation process and start developing an aggressive case strategy that holds the at-fault party responsible for your condition and losses.
We’re available to you 24/7. Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC at (866) 675-4427 to arrange a free, no-risk consultation.