Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates1 that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Traumatic brain injuries occur when trauma to the head causes injury to the brain resulting in a disruption of normal function. The most common kinds of TBI with which most people are familiar is a concussion. While many of these injuries are self-resolving simply with rest, others require intensive medical treatment and may even necessitate surgery.
Fortunately, in many instances, individuals who sustain traumatic brain injuries in Tampa and the surrounding areas are able to recover significant financial compensation. Retaining a law firm that regularly represents brain injury victims is often the best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Tampa brain injury lawyers, please call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.
Many TBI victims and their families who approach us regarding legal representation have questions regarding TBIs and the way that a personal injury case arising from a brain injury works. Below we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked of these questions. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office to speak with an attorney.
What are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries?
TBIs can occur from literally any type of injury that has the potential to cause trauma to a person’s head. That being said, certain causes are much more common than others. The CDC reports2 that the five most common causes of TBIs from 2006 to 2010 were falls (40.5 percent), an unknown cause (19 percent), struck by or against events (15.5 percent), motor vehicle accidents (14.3 percent), and assaults (10.7 percent).
Will I be able to recover compensation for the costs and other losses associated with my TBI?
Under Florida law, injuries are compensable when they are caused intentionally or by the negligence of another person. Very broadly speaking, legal negligence occurs when a person does not conduct himself or herself with the degree of care that would normally be used by a reasonably prudent person in similar circumstances. Establishing negligence often requires the presentation of evidence as well as making legal arguments as to what would be “reasonable” in a given situation.
What are the outcomes associated with traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe and can involve closed injuries as well as injuries that involve a foreign object penetrating the skull into the brain. Similarly, TBIs have an extremely wide range of outcomes, generally in proportion to the severity of the initial injury. In some cases, a person may be completely back to normal in a matter of weeks, while in others, people who sustain a TBI may develop disabilities that make it impossible for them to live independently or engage in everyday activities.
When should I retain an attorney after a TBI-causing accident?
Immediately. Waiting to retain legal counsel can result in the loss or destruction of evidence, an inadvertent admission of fault on the part of the victim, the running of the statute of limitations, the acceptance of an unreasonably low settlement offer, and other negative outcomes.
Contact a Tampa traumatic brain injury lawyer today to discuss your case
A TBI can significantly affect a person’s quality of life and result in tremendous financial strain. In many cases, TBI victims are unable to work for an extended period of time, and in particularly severe cases, may not be able to return to their previous employment at all. In addition, treating a serious traumatic brain injury can easily result in medical bills totaling well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Fortunately for victims, the Tampa TBI attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are committed to helping victims of traumatic brain injuries recover for their losses. Our firm prides itself on ensuring that each client we represent receives personal service from our attorneys, and unlike many other personal injury law firms, makes sure that all legal work is performed by a member of the Florida Bar. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
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