What Steps Should You Take After Sustaining a TBI in a Commercial Establishment?

 

"Stroke" (cerebrovascular accident)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.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302

 

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Human Brain AnatomyThe 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.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1 http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/BlueBook_factsheet-a.pdf
2 http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

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Brain Injuries Can Occur in Swimming Pool Accidents

Boy Swimming UnderwaterIn the Florida heat, many people head to the swimming pool on a regular basis to stay cool and have some fun. While a day in the sun should be nothing but enjoyable, many individuals unfortunately suffer injuries in swimming pool accidents. As reported1 by the United States government’s pool safety agency, over 5,000 people suffer injury or die in swimming pool accidents or spas on an annual basis. Injuries from swimming pool accidents can range from minor bruises to fatal drownings. One common injury that victims of swimming pool accidents sustain is a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injury from direct head trauma

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can result when a person experiences trauma to the head and the brain tissue suffers damage. TBIs can range from minor concussions to severe traumas that result in extensive loss of consciousness, hospitalization, permanent disabilities, and more. Some reasons that swimming pool patrons and visitors suffer brain injuries are as follows:

  • Slipping or tripping and falling while outside of the pool
  • Diving in too-shallow water and hitting their head on bottom of the pool
  • Having slippery surfaces inside the pool that cause swimmers to slip and hit their head on the side or edge of the pool.

Anoxic brain injury

An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen for a period of time and suffers damage as a result. This type of injury is common in near-drowning accidents and can cause serious symptoms for victims for possibly the rest of their lives. Some symptoms include cognitive issues, memory loss, visual disturbances, headaches, trouble with movement and coordination, weakness, and mush more.

Many swimming pool accidents are caused by negligence

Though some brain injuries suffered around swimming pools are simply accidents. Other times, however, swimming pool accidents happen because a pool owner was negligent. Pool owners have the responsibility under the law to keep the pool and surrounding areas in a condition that will keep visitors reasonably safe. When pool owners are negligent and allow dangerous conditions to exist, they can be held liable for all resulting injuries and losses under the principles of premises liability law.2 Some examples of negligence can commonly lead to swimming pool accidents include:

  • Failing to have an adequate barrier around the pool to prevent unsupervised children from wandering into the pool area and falling in.
  • Failing to have a locking or self-latching gate as the entrance to the pool area with a handle that is out of the reach of small children.
  • Not keeping the pool deck in good condition and free from objects or debris that may cause individuals to trip and fall.
  • Having slippery surfaces surrounding the pool that may cause slip and falls.
  • Having rough or otherwise painful surfaces inside the pool that prevent swimmers from being able to put their feet down or grab onto the side of the pool.
  • Not having drain covers in pools or hot tubs that are in full compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.3
  • Not posting proper warning signs or depth markers.
  • Failing to properly maintain diving boards or other pool equipment.
  • Violating any other federal or Florida pool safety regulation.

These are only some examples of ways that a swimming pool owner can be negligent that can lead to TBI and other serious pool-related injuries.

Contact an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer in Clearwater for a free consultation

If you or your child suffered a TBI because of a dangerous condition at a swimming pool, the experienced traumatic brain injury attorney from the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida can help you hold the negligent pool owner liable for all of your losses. We understand that a brain injury can have a significant impact on your life and believe you should always receive the maximum amount of compensation that is possible in your case. Consultations are free with no obligation, so please do not delay in calling our law firm at 727-451-6900 for quality and caring assistance today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

References:

1http://www.poolsafely.gov/drowning-deaths-injuries/
2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premises_liability
3http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety-act/read/

 

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Whiplash and Brain Injuries

Driver Suffering From Whiplash After Traffic CollisionTraumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when the brain collides with the skull and suffers damage as a result. This type of injury is, understandably, most often associated with a victim who suffers direct trauma to the head. However, many people may not realize that a person does not need to actually hit their head on an object in order to suffer a TBI. Instead, TBI can also occur when the head is jolted or shaken so hard that the brain rattles inside the skull.

Whiplash1 refers to a variety of soft tissue neck injuries that an individual may suffer when their head snaps suddenly forward or backward and then back the other way. Whiplash gets its name because the motion of the head is similar to the cracking of a whip. Needless to say, when the head jolts hard enough to cause soft tissue injury in the neck, chances are high that the jolt was also hard enough to make the brain knock against the skull. In this way, whiplash victims often also suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Though we do not often hear of the correlation between whiplash and traumatic brain injury, a medical study2 found that, out of 1200 patients who suffered whiplash, 23 percent also suffered some degree of brain injury. Because only a limited group was examined for this study, the true number of whiplash sufferers who also had TBI may be even higher.

Signs and symptoms of whiplash-induced TBI

Victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may experience a wide array of signs and symptoms, many of which can hinder their ability to live a normal life while they recover. Some signs and symptoms may include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Other sensory issues
  • Moodiness or depression
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Inability to express proper emotion
  • Struggling with timed activities
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Numbness or tingling of extremities
  • Memory problems

Even if the brain injury is relatively minor, the symptoms can cause TBI victims to often experience an interruption in their regular lives. They may be unable to go to school, work, or even do regular everyday activities. Often, brain injury victims will require extended periods of rest as well as rehabilitative therapy. This is all in addition to any treatments required for the soft tissue injuries caused by the whiplash.

Symptoms may be delayed or misdiagnosed

To complicate matters even further, signs and symptoms of brain injuries may go undetected by an immediate medical examiner. Often TBI symptoms can take up to 24 hours or more to show up in a victim. Therefore, if you go to the emergency room or to the doctor directly after an accident, you may not have experienced any brain injury symptoms yet and so the medical professional may not know to perform tests to check for a TBI. In addition, many of the symptoms of TBI, such as headaches, neck pain, or odd sensations in the arms and fingers, are also commonly associated with whiplash, so your doctor may simply attribute y our symptoms to your neck injury. Anyone in a motor vehicle accident should request tests for TBI whether or not you have hit your head on anything during the accident, especially if you suffered whiplash injuries.

An experienced Clearwater, Florida traumatic brain injury attorney can help you recover

Following a car accident case, you need an attorney who knows how to help you recover for all of your injuries that were related to the collision. If you suffered whiplash, your legal team should always look into whether you also suffered any related injuries such as a TBI and will help you receive compensation for all treatments you received. The Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida has a group of attorneys led by Matthew Dolman who has extensive experience not only in motor vehicle accident cases but also in handling claims involving traumatic brain injuries. If you are the victim of a TBI, please call at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation to discuss how we can assist you today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/definition/con-20033090
2http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-finds-whiplash-caused-brain-injury-in-over-20-percent-of-cases-100463704.html

 

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Defective Sports Equipment can Cause TBIs

Girl Putting on a baseball HelmutMany people in Florida regularly enjoy sports and other recreational activities on a regular basis. Participation in athletic competitions and events can be an excellent way to exercise and meet people with similar interests. In addition, sports play an essential role in childhood development for many individuals, teaching them valuable lessons such as teamwork, problem solving, physical skills, and the importance of physical fitness.

Unfortunately, participation in sports and other athletic activities also exposes people to the risk of serious physical injury including traumatic brain injury1 (TBI). In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports2 that sports and recreation-related injuries were responsible for nearly 250,000 children being treated in emergency departments around the country for injuries that included a TBI or concussion diagnosis. When TBIs are caused by the negligence of others, victims can often recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and other associated losses. Consequently, anyone who has sustained a TBI in a sports-related accident should discuss their options with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Tampa TBI attorneys, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

What is TBI and how can defective sports equipment cause one?

Traumatic brain injuries occur when trauma to the head causes a change in the way that the brain normally functions. The types of head trauma that has the potential to result in a TBI include those that involve actual physical contact with the head and those that simply involve a jolt. As a result, a TBI can be sustained in an accident in which a person’s head never actually came into contact with another object, as can occur in a collision between two athletes. The symptoms of a TBI can include the following:

  • Varying degrees of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Problems with memory
  • Blurry vision
  • Headache
  • Disorientation

TBIs are extremely serious injuries, so it is important for anyone who suspects that they or someone around them has sustained a TBI to contact a medical professional as soon as possible.

Sports equipment is an essential part to participation in many sports. For example, skates are required to play hockey, just as a batting helmet is required to play baseball. When these pieces of equipment are defectively designed or manufactured and these defects cause injury, victims can often recover for their injuries from the party or parties responsible for providing them with the defective equipment. Examples of the kinds of equipment that have the potential to cause TBIs include the following:

  • Helmets
  • Footwear
  • Protective gear such as wrist guards or kneepads
  • Padding
  • Golf clubs
  • Rollerblades
  • Scooters
  • Skis and snowboards
  • Baseball catcher’s equipment

When these and other kinds of sports equipment are defective, the consequences can be extremely serious. Fortunately, Florida products liability law allows people who are injured by defective consumer products to recover for their injuries in many products. Because these kinds of claims can be extremely complicated and highly contested, it is important for victims and their families to consult with an experienced Florida attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Tampa Bay traumatic brain injury attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation

When defective sports equipment causes serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury, victims are often able to recover significant compensation for their losses. In many instances, proving that an injury was caused or made worse by faulty equipment requires a significant investment of resources, so it generally recommended for anyone who has been involved in a sport-related accident to discuss the incident with an experienced Tampa TBI lawyer. The Dolman Law Group has been assisting people injured by the negligence of others recover since 2009 and works hard to ensure that each client we represent gets the full value of their claim. Send us an email through our online contact form or call us at 727-451-6900 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Tampa, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302
2 http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

 

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Injured Brains May Age Faster

doctor examining a brain cat scanPeople who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often experience many different signs and symptoms that may present numerous challenges for work, school, or everyday living. While these symptoms may be relieved with time and rehabilitation may help a victim to return to normal life, there still may be long-term effects of the brain injury that are not as readily apparent. For example, former professional football players who believed they had recovered after several traumatic brain injuries began developing other conditions as they aged. Many players developed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease while others suffered from depression and other mental illnesses brought on by repeated brain injuries. A couple of players suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),1 which is only able to be diagnosed following death though they suffered from many depressive and suicidal symptoms that were not identified.

Keeping an eye on the long-term effects of TBI is important as victims may deserve compensation from any parties responsible for their injury for future struggles. An experienced brain injury attorney will evaluate your case and will fight to make sure you recover for estimated future costs as well as past losses.

Increased brain atrophy

Generally speaking, medical professionals can examine an image of a healthy individual’s brain and determine the age of that individual with relative accuracy. The age estimation is based on the amount of atrophy that has occurred in the brain due to the degeneration of brain cells. A recent study reported in the Annals of Neurology2 examined the effect that a traumatic brain injury may have on the atrophy of the brain. The study involved a control group of 113 individuals who had not suffered a TBI compared with nearly 100 individuals who had suffered minor, moderate, or severe TBI and the related neurological challenges and symptoms. The TBIs had been caused by auto accidents, sports injuries, falls, assaults, and similar causes. 

For all of the healthy brain images, the medical professionals could accurately guess the age of the participant based on their brain matter. However, when they reviewed the brain scans of the past TBI victims, they found that their brains appeared older than they actually were. This was because the brain matter in the TBI victims had atrophied at a faster rate than for the healthy people. People with minor traumatic brain injuries only had a slightly older appearing brain, while victims of severe injuries had brains that appeared substantially older than they should under normal circumstances. Researchers tried to determine whether the cause of the brain injury played a role in future atrophy of the brain but found no difference in TBI victims based on whether the injury occurred due to a car accident, fall, or other reason.

The finding of faster atrophy in the brain in TBI victims only confirms that victims suffer long-term consequences of brain injuries, even if the consequences are not always noticeable or tangible. Many of the effects of brain injuries happen under the surface, which is one reason why a traumatic brain injury is often referred to as a silent injury. This study also confirms that the effects of a brain injury can be ongoing and long-term and that a victim’s brain may suffer structural and functional changes that may be permanent. Brain injury patients should be evaluated and monitored regularly to identify any possible complications that may arise at a later date or that may be ongoing.

An experienced Clearwater brain injury attorney can evaluate your case and guide you through the legal process

Anyone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a preventable accident should discuss their situation with an experienced brain injury lawyer in Clearwater, Florida as soon as possible. If another party’s negligence contributed to your accident and injury, you deserve to fully recover for all of your medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering, as well as any estimated future medical treatments that may be required. At the Dolman Law Group, our attorneys understand the challenges that brain injury victims face and strive to help you receive the highest amount of compensation possible. Call to discuss a possible case for free at 727-451-6900 today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy
2http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291531-8249

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Can a Property Owner be Responsible for my TBI?

Human Brain AnatomyOf the approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries1 that occur each year, a significant number happen when the victim is on someone else’s property. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are an injury to the brain that causes a disruption in normal function. In many cases, they occur after a bump or blow to the head, but can also happen when the head jolts quickly causing the brain to move around inside the cranium. When these injuries happen as a result of a dangerous condition on property belonging to someone else, premises liability law often allows victims to recover for their economic and non-economic injuries. The most effective way for victims to determine whether they have a claim and protect their legal rights is to retain a Clearwater traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. To discuss your case with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900. 

How negligent property owners can cause TBI

Business and property owners can be negligent in many ways that may lead to a customer or other visitor suffering a traumatic brain injury in an accident. Some examples of TBI causes by dangerous premises include the following:

  • Hazards that cause a victim to slip and fall, hitting their head on the floor or another object
  • Dangerous stairways that cause a person to fall down the stairs
  • Sports facilities that do not safely separate the spectators from the playing field, resulting in a spectator getting hit by a ball, puck, or another piece of equipment
  • Falling objects, such as ceiling fans, lights, or grates that land on a visitor’s head
  • Having defective shopping carts that cause a small child to fall out and hit their head on the floor
  • Window screens or other barriers that fall out, causing a person to fall to the ground
  • Not having adequate security in an establishment to prevent a violent assault by a third party
  • Playground having poorly maintained equipment or not having proper ground cushion in the event of a fall
  • Amusement parks that have defective restraints on rides and cause a rider to jostle or hit their head
  • Construction sites that are not adequately cleaned up and an individual gets struck by an object or against an object
  • Workplace accidents due to unsafe conditions
  • Nursing homes that do not properly supervise or assist residents, who then fall down

Every property owner owes a duty of care to customers and visitors and, by allowing hazardous conditions that lead to brain injury, a property owner breaches that duty. In order to recover, TBI victims must present adequate evidence in court that an owner had a duty, breached the duty, and that the breach caused or contributed to the accident that caused the injury. You also must show that, if there was a dangerous condition, the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition. All of these showings involve complex legal issues and standards and the assistance of an attorney with premises liability2 experience is imperative.

Additionally, if a property is owned by a corporation, such as a retail outlet or grocery store, the company will likely have a legal team employed to defend against personal injury liability. You always want to have a lawyer who knows how to face off against corporations in a premises liability case to make sure you receive the maximum amount of recovery possible.

Contact the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our experienced Clearwater TBI attorneys

Anyone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury that occurred on property that belongs to someone else should discuss their options with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Unlike other personal injury law firms, the Dolman Law Group provides personalized representation and makes its attorneys directly accessible to our clients. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302
2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premises_liability

 

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TBI Can Require Extensive Therapy

brain injury attorney floridaThe United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates[1] that there approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year. TBIs can range from “mild” to “severe,” and a concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. While many TBIs are self-resolving and require little medical intervention, they have the potential to require significant and long-term treatment. As a result, many TBI victims are left with significant medical expenses and lose a substantial amount of income due to missed work.

Fortunately, in many cases, these and other losses are recoverable by filing a personal injury claim. The Clearwater traumatic brain injury attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are committed to helping individuals who have sustained a TBI due to the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.

Common causes of serious traumatic brain injuries
TBIs can occur in a variety of situations. In some cases, even circumstances or activities that seem relatively low-risk can precipitate a brain injury. Some of the more common causes of serious TBIs include the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • Playground accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Recreational accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Accidents caused by defective products
  • Nursing home accidents

All traumatic brain injuries are serious, so anyone who has sustained a bump, blow, or jolt to the head should undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible.

Types of therapy for TBI victims
After a TBI victim is stabilized, the particular damage must be assessed. TBIs affect different victims in different ways and symptoms can vary widely depending on the location and severity of the injury. Medical professionals will perform a variety of tests to determine the exact physical, cognitive, and emotional effects of a particular TBI. Once a victim’s challenges are identified, professionals will work to develop an individualized plan for therapy and rehabilitation.

TBI victims may require many different types of therapy, including:

    • Physical therapy to help with balance, coordination, and everyday manual tasks
    • Occupational therapy to redevelop and recover skills for daily living and working, if possible
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)[2] to change thought patterns and to gear toward problem-solving
    • Psychological or psychiatric therapy, which may include medication, to help a victim cope with the emotional effects and challenges of living with a brain injury
    • Speech and language therapy to assist with expressing thoughts through oral or written communication and comprehending the language of others during conversation
    • Environmental modification to change a victim’s living space to maximize functioning and abilities and limit inherent challenges

Therapy for family members of caretakers to assist with coping mechanisms
While some TBI victims may only need one type of therapy, others may require a combination or even all types of rehabilitation in order to return to regular life as much as possible. Victims may receive therapy in outpatient or inpatient programs, independent living developments, classes, and more. Therapy teams may include rehabilitation specialists and nurses, therapists, social workers, and more. As you can imagine, this type of extensive therapy program can be extremely costly for victims and their families, especially if the victim cannot work during rehabilitation.

Contact a Clearwater traumatic brain injury attorney today to schedule a free consultation

Traumatic brain injuries can leave victims with serious complications and significant economic losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our team of Clearwater TBI lawyers understands how important it is for victims to hold the party that caused their injury responsible and work hard to ensure each client we represent get the full and fair value of their legal claim. We utilize a contingency fee agreement for all our of our personal injury clients, which means that we do not collect any legal fees unless we bring your case to a successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900. 

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/BlueBook_factsheet-a.pdf
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_behavioral_therapy

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Medical Treatment Following a Concussion

traumatic brain injury florida attorneyOf the approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that occur in the United States each year, a significant number are categorized as concussions. In fact, the Brain Injury Association of America indicates1 that concussion is the most common form of brain injury. While many people may not consider a concussion a serious injury, the reality is that all TBIs require medical attention. In recent years, the adverse and serious cumulative effect of multiple untreated concussions has come to light, particularly in the context of contact sports like football and hockey. Studies indicate that concussions can cause significant problems, even years after the injury occurs, and could make victims more prone to issues later in life such as Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimer’s. Consequently, it is of the utmost importance that anyone who suspects that he or she has sustained a TBI seeks medical attention immediately.

The costs associated with treating a concussion can be significant. Fortunately, these and other losses are often recoverable if a victim can establish that someone else was at fault for his or her accident. The assistance of an attorney can have a significant impact on your ability to recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.

How are concussions treated?

Of course, the course of treatment recommended by your physician will vary based on the specific circumstances of your case. That being said, there are some standard treatments that will be used in the majority of concussion cases.

  • Rest – According to the Mayo Clinic,2 rest is the most appropriate form of treatment to allow your brain to heal after a concussion. While physical rest is important, equally important is mental rest, meaning that victims should avoid activities that require significant mental exertion, such as schoolwork, video games, text messaging, or using computers. As a result of this mental rest requirement, people who sustain concussions are often required to miss a significant amount of work or school. In addition, victims are advised to get plenty of sleep and to return to normal activities gradually.
  • Pain relievers – Many people who sustain a concussion have significant headaches for some time after the injury occurs. The Mayo Clinic recommends the use of drugs containing acetaminophen rather than aspirin or ibuprofen, as these can increase the risk of bleeding.

It is extremely important that people who suspect that they have sustained a concussion during sports or other physical activity do not return to the activity until they are cleared to so by a physician. Secondary concussions before the initial injury has completely resolved can cause extremely serious complications.

After a concussion-causing injury, victims should collect and record as much information about the incident as possible. This includes taking photographs of any hazardous condition that you believe may have caused your injury, getting contact information from anyone who may have seen your accident, requesting any official incident report that was generated regarding your accident, and obtaining any video of your accident that may exist. Finally, anyone who has sustained a concussion should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Contact one of the Clearwater TBI lawyers of the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation

A concussion can require significant medical treatment and monitoring that may last for weeks, if not several months. In addition, treating a concussion often involves both physical and mental rest, meaning that victims may not be able to return to work for an extended period of time. Consequently, many individuals who sustain concussions incur significant medical expenses and also lose a substantial amount of income due to not being able to work. Fortunately, Florida law often allows people who sustain concussions because of the negligence of others to recover for these and the other losses that are a result of their injury. The Clearwater TBI lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are seasoned litigators who work hard to help their clients hold the people responsible for their injuries legally accountable. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at (727) 451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1 http://www.biausa.org/about-brain-injury.htm
2 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/basics/treatment/con-20019272

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Brain Injuries and Slip and Fall Accidents

brain-injury-slip-and-fall-attorney-floridaMotor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States and were the number one cause of TBI for individuals ages 5 to 24 years, as well as the leading cause of hospitalizations related to TBI. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 the primary cause of TBI across all age groups is accidents involving slips, trips, and falls. Though some people who slip and fall down only suffer a bruise to their ego, others may hit their head on the ground or on another object as they fall. Such direct trauma to the head can cause damage to the brain, which is referred to as a traumatic brain injury.

Slip and falls can cause many different kinds of serious injuries and victims should always receive a complete medical evaluation following a fall to make sure no brain injuries go undiagnosed. Victims should also call an experienced attorney if they believe that another party’s negligence caused or contributed to their fall and resulting injuries.

High slip and fall TBI risk groups

The CDC reports that adults over the age of 65 are at a particularly high risk for suffering TBI from a slip and fall. This high risk exists for many reasons, including that older adults have less control over their balance, especially in the midst of slipping, and therefore may fall and hit their head harder. Additionally, TBI in many older adults may also be accompanied by other serious injuries, such as broken hips, which can make their overall recovery more challenging.

People who work in industrial environments are also at a high risk for slip and fall. Debris, sawdust, glass, and other small objects may cover the floor, causing workers to suddenly lose their balance and fall. Employee injury cases can have unique issues involving workers compensation and other programs, so you always want to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.

Causes of slip and falls leading to TBI

Some of the most common causes of TBI include the following:

  • Snowy or icy surfaces
  • Wet surfaces
  • Slick or greasy flooring
  • Loose carpeting
  • Surfaces or flooring that is uneven
  • Gravel or other loose substances on floors
    Debris or objects left in the walkway
  • Electrical cords left unsecured across a walkway
  • Open cabinets or drawers, especially at knee-height
  • Dangerous conditions on stairs

There are, of course, many more conditions that may exist that lead to a slip and fall accident.

Premises liability law

If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, that owner may be held liable for your injuries if they acted in a negligent manner. Property owners have the legal duty of care2 to properly and adequately inspect and maintain their properties for potentially dangerous conditions. If a property owner fails to live up to this standard of care and any visitors or customers suffer TBI or other injuries, the owner should be held liable for all of the injured party’s losses.

Proving negligence in premises liability cases3 is not always easy, however, as you must prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition. Fortunately, there are ways of proving that the owner knew or should have known that the premises needed maintenance or repair by carefully investigating the scene of the fall, collecting evidence, gathering witness reports, watching video footage, and more. You always want to make sure you have an attorney handling your case who understands both the nature of slip and fall cases and of cases involving TBI.

Contact an experienced brain injury lawyer in Clearwater for a free consultation

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury from a slip and fall accident, you deserve to receive full compensation from the responsible party for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. The experienced team of attorneys at the Dolman Law Group know how to handle premises liability cases involving TBI and will always work for the best possible outcome for you. Please call our office today at 727-451-6900 to discuss a possible case for free.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/brain-injury-attorneys/

References:

1http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_of_care
3http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premises_liability#Premises_liability_case_law_of_the_United_States

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