3 Ways that Negligence can Cause a TBI
Traumatic brain injuries,1 or TBIs, are an extremely serious type injury that can occur when people hit their heads on objects or when their heads jerk quickly back and forth in a way that makes the brain move around within the skull. The most common form of TBI, of which most readers will have probably heard, is a concussion. TBIs can range from mild to severe, and in more serious cases can leave victims with serious problems that may affect them for their rest of their lives. Even in less serious cases, TBI victims can require significant medical treatment and miss a significant amount of work.
For this reason, if you have been sustained a traumatic brain injury, you should speak with an attorney regarding your legal options as soon as possible. If the accident that caused your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover for your losses, such as your medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
There are many ways that negligence could result in an accident that causes a TBI. Three of these are detailed below. For more information, call the Dolman Law Group today.
Car accidents can easily cause a TBI, as the forces associated with sudden acceleration or deceleration can often slam a person’s head into the interior of the car, the windshield, or cause a person’s head to jerk quickly back and forth. While some car accidents are unavoidable, the vast majority of car accidents are the result of driver negligence, such as:
- Distracted driving2
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to adequately maintain a motor vehicle
- Running stop signs
- Ignoring stop lights
- Following too closely
After a car accident, it may be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation to uncover any evidence of negligence that may exist. In these cases, it is critical to have the assistance of an attorney, as negligent drivers may be reluctant to hand over evidence that shows that they were negligent. Fortunately, there are ways that an attorney can use the legal process to force certain parties to turn over evidence. Examples of evidence that may be relevant to a car accident case include cell phone records, vehicle maintenance records, surveillance footage, and eyewitness statements.
Defective Designed, Manufactured, or Marketed Sports Equipment
Playing sports can be an excellent way to stay fit and meet other like-minded people. Unfortunately, as is the case with any type of physical activity, many sports expose athletes to the risk of serious injury. This is particularly true for people who play contact sports like hockey, football, rugby, and lacrosse. Because of these risks, people who play contact sports are often required to wear protective equipment such as helmets in order to protect themselves from serious injury. When protective sports equipment fails due to a defect, it has the potential to result in serious injury including a TBI.
Negligent Maintenance of a Commercial Property
Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a way that does not pose an unreasonable risk of injury to visitors. When they fail to do so, serious slip and fall accidents can occur as a result, which can often result in TBIs. Some of the hazardous conditions that can cause slip and fall accidents that are often the result of negligence include the following:
- Exposed cables and wiring
- Inadequate lighting
- Failure to warn visitors about slippery floors
- Liquid spills that are not cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time
- Cracked pavement
Contact a Clearwater Brain Injury Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another person, you should speak with an attorney as soon as you can. At the Dolman Law Group, our skilled attorneys take the time to thoroughly evaluate each case we see and are committed to obtaining the largest possible settlement or award for all of our clients. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Clearwater brain injury lawyers, call our office today at 727-451-6900.
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Clearwater, FL 33765