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Traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of a number of accidents, such as medical negligence or carelessness, abuse or neglect, drunk driving incidents or other vehicle-related accidents and incidents, slip and fall accidents, violent acts, dangerous or defective products, dog and animal attacks, as well as other dangerous situations or actions of others.

Traumatic brain injuries can cause various physical and mental problems which may result in a wide array of complications, hurdles to climb, and financial burdens. The effects of your injuries can also range from short term, long term or even permanent complications.

In the United States, there are approximately 5.3 million people living with permanent disabilities resulting from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This alarming number does not include untimely deaths as a result of a brain injury. Many brain injuries are caused by careless conduct, or negligence, which could have been avoided. This careless conduct or negligence leaves victims and families dealing with the aftermath of such tragedies. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury due to another’s careless or reckless actions, contact one of our Florida traumatic brain injury attorneys today

Traumatic Brain Injury Classifications

The following provides a list of brain injury classifications, as well as their symptoms and possible complications:

  • Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries: can cause death, coma, permanent vegetative state, chronic under or over arousal, dementia, serious disorders of swallowing or communication, seizures, muscle paralysis, muscle spasticity, abnormal bone growth, apathy, disinhibition, psychosis, criminal violence or suicide;
  • Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries: can cause substantial lifetime impairments of cognitive, visual, motor, emotional, social, sexual or vocational functioning with ongoing need for home assistance, job assistance and therapies;
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: causes headache, fatigue, distractibility and problems with memory, speed of information processing, planning, organization and task execution associated with anxiety, depression, irritability and lost self- confidence.

Under Florida law, when an individual suffers a serious or traumatic brain injury as a direct result of another’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence, the brain injury victim may have a legal right and the ability to seek compensation for economic compensatory damages, non-economic compensatory damages, and/or damages for pain and suffering. Contact our Florida brain injury attorneys for more information and to discuss your legal options of compensation.

The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries Vary Widely

Traumatic brain injuries affect 2.5 million people every year. Many more never seek medical attention or report their injuries. Of the 2.5 million that do seek treatment, most (2.2 million) receive emergency department treatment and then are released. To be sure, 280,000 TBI victims require hospitalization, while over 50,000 die every year. TBIs alone account for about one third of all injury-related fatalities in the U.S. Their economic impact is great too; TBIs cost the U.S. $60 billion a year in medical care and lost production. Many people who suffer a severe traumatic brain injury are never able to return to work, or they are only able to return partially. Traumatic brain injuries often have lifelong implications, and victims of traumatic brain injuries are more susceptible to future brain injuries.

It should come as little surprise that automobile accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury deaths. Head on collisions, rollovers, and other high speed to sudden stop accidents cause some of the worst forms of traumatic brain injuries. Another major cause of traumatic brain injury comes in sports. These traumatic brain injuries are generally less fatal than those sustained in car crashes. Slip and falls are another common cause of traumatic brain injuries, as well as workplace injuries, and pedestrian and car collisions.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries Include Internal Loading, Impact Loading, Coup-Contrecoup, and Penetration

Not all traumatic brain injuries happen the same way. There are many different types of traumatic brain injury, and multiple injuries to the brain can happen within one single accident, amplifying the trauma over multiple places on the brain. Internal loading injuries are the result of the brain jarring against the inside of the skull. There is no direct contact with any other object; the sudden jolt or stop that the victim is put through is enough force to cause brain injury just within its own skull. Impact loaded injuries are the result of the head coming into contact with a foreign object, such as a steering wheel or side window of a car.

Coup-contrecoup injuries are the combination of both an internally loaded injury and an impact loaded injury. The head hits, for example the steering wheel, which sends the brain rocketing backwards into the backside of the skull. This is a very common injury in car crashes and the brain is unfortunately injured in two separate places. The most severe form of traumatic brain injury is quite possibly a penetration. A penetration injury occurs when a foreign object enters the brain. Penetrations are very often fatal. An example of a penetration could be a shard of glass or metal from a car accident; a bullet; or wood or metal hardware in the event of a construction accident.

Contact Our Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers To Discuss Your Legal Rights

If you require professional legal services regarding a serious or traumatic Florida brain injury, or other personal injury liability issues, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice of an experienced injury liability attorney & lawyer. Contact Hogan Frick for a case review at no charge to you. We fight for victims and their families.