Going to restaurants, stores, cafes, shops, and other retail establishments is an everyday part of life for many people who live and work in the Tampa area. While the vast majority of these visits are without incident, each day individuals sustain injuries while visiting property owned and managed by others. While in many cases, these injuries involve little more than a bump or a bruise, they can also be serious and may involve head trauma resulting in a traumatic brain injury,1 or TBI. TBIs occur when an external mechanical force results in an injury to the brain that causes a problem with the brain usually functions. All TBIs are serious injuries, and even those that are classified as “mild” have the potential to result in serious complications and may require long-term medical treatment.
There are many ways that a person could sustain a TBI while in public, including the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- An object striking you
- Accidental explosions
- Vehicle accidents
Fortunately for victims, individuals who sustain TBIs while in a commercial establishment often have the legal right to recover compensation for their injuries. An attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you as to whether you have a claim. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of the Tampa TBI lawyers of the Dolman Law Group, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
Establishing negligence in a TBI case
After a sudden accident resulting in a TBI or other serious injury, victims can often be extremely confused, in shock, scared, and upset. Unfortunately, the actions that you take in the hours and days following an accident can have a significant impact on whether or not you will be able to recover. Some of the steps that a person who suspects that they may have sustained a TBI in a commercial establishment should take are detailed below.
- Seek emergency medical treatment – After an accident, the first thing that victims should do is contact emergency medical personnel to ensure that their condition is stable and they do not need immediate treatment. If immediate treatment is deemed necessary, listen to the advice of professionals and go to the hospital or doctor’s office.
- Report the incident to the management – Once you are certain that your condition is stabilized, you should report the incident to the management and make sure that an official incident report is generated.
- Undergo a thorough medical evaluation – Sometimes, injuries may not become apparent or symptomatic for a significant period of time after an accident occurs. In addition, some injuries may develop additional complications as time goes on. By having a medical professional thorough evaluate your condition, you can be sure that your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated, and also that there is an official medical record that can connect your injuries to the accident.
- Contact an attorney – Anyone involved in an accident in a commercial establishment should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. In many cases, the earlier an attorney becomes involved, the better the ultimate outcome of an injury case will be.
Contact a Tampa traumatic brain injury law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation
When people sustain a traumatic brain injury in an accident that occurs on someone else’s property, they are often entitled to significant financial compensation. TBIs have the potential to result in significant economic and noneconomic losses, including loss of enjoyment of life, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as medical bills that could easily be well into the tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. The best way for victims of TBI to get the compensation to which they are legally entitled is to retain qualified legal counsel as soon as possible. The Tampa TBI attorneys of the Dolman Law Group have been representing the rights of individuals injured in preventable accidents throughout the state of Florida since 2009. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
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Clearwater, FL 33756