Potential Complications Of a TBI
If you have been involved in an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, the complications can be numerous and life-changing. Complications can range from having a difficulty in communicating to depression to being in coma. Under Florida law, if you have sustained a traumatic brain injury after an accident you may be entitled to money damages to compensate for your injury. Contact the personal injury attorneys at the Dolman Law Group to determine what your options are after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries (or TBIs) are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Mild TBIs are commonly known as concussions. TBIs can develop after many types of accidents such as falls or car accidents. Some TBIs can result in death. It is of vital importance to seek medical attention after an accident where a TBI is sustained because consequences typically worsen rapidly without treatment.
Complications from TBIs1 range in severity:
- The most serious complications following a TBI are comas, minimally conscious states, locked-in syndrome2 or brain death.
- A person with a TBI may suffer seizures as well. This is called post-traumatic epilepsy.
- TBIs can also lead to nerve damage, which can paralyze muscles or cause a loss in vision.
- Intellectual difficulties may be experienced, such as problems understanding speech or writing. Memory and judgment issues are also common.
- There could be emotional changes such as anxiety, anger and mood swings.
- You may also notice shifts in personality, such as having difficulty with self-control or in social situations.
Additionally, TBIs increase the risk of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and other conditions that result in the gradual decline in brain function.
Who is affected by TBIs
As you can see, complications from a TBI can keep those injured from working and from living a normal life. These injuries can also cause frustration and misunderstanding for the injured person’s family.
Children in such accidents can suffer more extreme complications from TBI. Elderly people are especially susceptible to TBIs 3. In those people who died or were hospitalized because of a TBI, the highest rates were for people over age 65. Men are also more likely to sustain a TBI.
Do You Need a Lawyer after a TBI Injury?
If you have sustained a TBI in an accident, you may be wondering whether you need to speak to an attorney. The answer to this questions is a resounding “yes.” An attorney will evaluate your case, determine whether you have a claim, and negotiate a reasonable settlement offer with the insurance company handling your case. If the other party refuses to admit liability and you have a claim, your lawyer may even file a lawsuit and go to trial in order to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Some of the damages that you can receive after a TBI caused by someone else’s negligence include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning potential
Contact the Dolman Law Group to Discuss Your TBI Case Today
Traumatic brain injury is a serious condition that can have irreversible and long-term consequences on a victim’s life as well as on that of his or her family. At the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida, our Tampa brain injury attorneys will rigorously assess your case so that you are able to recover all money damages provided for under the law. It is important to keep in mind that Florida law limits how long you have to bring a claim after a TBI is sustained. Call us today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.
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Clearwater, FL 33765