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The brain is the most important part of the body, but it’s also one of the most delicate organs. Despite our hard skull, which protects the brain like a plate of armor, the brain can be easily damaged, resulting in long-term disabilities. Even relatively “mild” blows or jolt to the head can cause complex and significant cognitive damage that can last for years.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a common cause of death and disability in our country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and each day approximately 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. If you or someone you love is the victim of a serious brain injury, you know how difficult it is to recover the quality of life you were accustomed to before the accident. TBI can devastate a person’s ability to perform at work, maintain close relationships, and engage in the activities that previously brought them joy in life.
While a lawsuit cannot heal the severity of a traumatic brain injury, our brain injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can fight on your behalf to try and secure your family the compensation needed to pay for expensive medical care, cover loss of income, and more. To learn more about how our brain injury attorneys can help you, contact us for a free, no-risk case evaluation today.
Common Causes of TBI
Traumatic Brain Injuries range widely in how they occur and how severely they impact the victim of the injury. The majority of TBIs are mild concussions which temporarily impact a person’s mental status or consciousness, according to the CDC. Severe TBIs will cause an extended period of unconsciousness, memory loss, and other forms of cognitive disability. The leading causes of TBI, according to data gathered by the CDC, include:
- Unintentional Blunt Trauma
- Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Sports and Recreational Injuries
Approximately 248,418 children under the age of 19 were treated for sports and recreation-related injuries that included TBI, according to 2009 data collected by the CDC. Car crashes are the third leading cause of TBI for all age groups, and are the second leading cause for TBI-related deaths.
Symptoms of TBI
A TBI can result in a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, and not all of them appear immediately after the accident. However, the most common symptoms of a severe traumatic brain injury, according to Mayo Clinic, include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent headache
- Vomiting and nausea
- Dilation of pupils
- Fluids draining from nose or ears
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speed
If you have experienced any of these symptoms following an injury to the head, visit your doctor right away.
How a Miami Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
Our brain injury attorneys in Miami have years of experience handling lawsuits on behalf of victims of traumatic brain injuries. We will work with you and your family to hold the person who caused your brain injury responsible for their actions and prove the severity of your injuries. Your attorney will investigate the accident and collect evidence to show that another person’s negligence was to blame for your injury, whether you sustained your brain injury through a car accident, fall, or trauma. Our experienced attorneys will also review your medical records to ensure that the compensation you seek for your injuries can cover all future medical expenses, and if necessary, the loss of your earning capacity.
Statute of Limitation
The statute of limitation for filing a brain injury lawsuit in Florida is four years after the date of the accident, according to state law. Therefore, it is essential to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible if you or someone you love is the victim of a brain injury.
If the traumatic brain injury results in the victim’s’ death, the family of the victim can pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. The family may be able to recover compensation for damages including funeral expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more.
How Much Does a Brain Injury Attorney Cost?
Our brain injury attorneys in Miami work on a contingency-fee basis with no upfront costs to you. You will only pay a reasonable fee if your attorney is successful in recovering compensation for your damages.
What Can I Recover From a Brain Injury Lawsuit?
As your brain injury may incur costly medical bills or cause you to lose your job, your attorney may be able to recover monetary damages such as:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
If you or someone you love is the victim of a traumatic brain injury, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation today to learn about what our attorneys can do for you.