Brain Injuries Can Occur in Surprising Ways
When people think of traumatic brain injuries,1 they often think of accidents like car or truck crashes, serious bicycle accidents, or other incidents that often leave victims in the hospital. While it is certainly true that these types of accidents can often result in serious TBIs, they can also occur in surprisingly common and seemingly minor accidents as well. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,2 a full 40.5 percent of TBIs are the result of falls, and 19 percent are the result of unknown or “other” incidents.
Some accidents that you may be surprised to learn can cause a TBI are discussed below.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are usually thought of as minor accident that may cause bruises, bumps, or a broken elbow, at worst. In reality, however, a slip and fall accident can easily result in a serious TBI, particularly if the victim’s head strikes another object during the fall. In addition, if a person’s feet slip out from under them on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, their head is often the first thing to come into contact the ground, meaning that it will take the most forceful impact in the fall.
Recreational Sports Injuries
While it may seem like common sense that professional football and hockey players are at risk of TBI injuries, many people are surprised to learn that weekend warriors who play recreational sports are also. Whether you play soccer, basketball, or tennis, participation in any physical activity could potentially result in a traumatic brain injury.
As a general rule, things do not fall out of the sky and hit us in the head. When they do, however, victims can sustain extremely serious injuries including TBIs. Falling object injuries often occur in places where there is activity going on overhead, such as construction sites or in busy urban areas.
TBIs can Result in Serious Long-Term Consequences
Individuals who sustain traumatic brain injuries can suffer serious long-term consequences, even in milder cases. TBIs have been linked to issues like depression, sleep disturbances, trouble concentrating, and other issues that may last for months. In addition, serious TBIs can leave people with disabilities that have the potential to last a lifetime.
How a Clearwater Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
Brain injury victims should always retain an attorney as soon as possible after an accident has occurred. Some of the ways in which a lawyer can be of assistance include the following:
Determining whether you have a claim – Not every TBI-causing accident entitles victims to compensation. An attorney will review your case at no cost and let you know whether you have a claim.
Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company – Most personal injury cases are resolved through a settlement rather than litigation. This means that the insurance company representing the at-fault party pays the victim an amount that is intended to compensate the victim for his or losses without having to go to trial. An attorney will evaluate your losses and ensure that any settlement offer you accept adequately compensates you for your losses.
Ensuring that you do not inadvertently admit liability – Retaining an attorney will ensure that you do not say or do anything that indicates that you were at fault for your accident. This is particularly important when dealing with insurance companies, as their representatives often engage in tactics designed to get victims to admit full or partial liability in order to limit the amount they pay out.
Filing a lawsuit on your behalf – If the insurance company or at-fault party is unwilling or unable to make a settlement offer, your lawyer may file a lawsuit on your behalf and take your case to trial.
Call 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 someone else’s fault, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. At the Dolman Law Group, our skilled and experienced Clearwater TBI lawyers are committed to helping victims recover for their injuries and work tirelessly to ensure that each client we represent gets the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call our office today at 727-451-6900. You can also send us an email through our online contact form available here.
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