Following an accident that causes a brain injury, you or your loved one may be faced with costly medical bills, lost income, and significant pain and suffering. Although a lawsuit may not be your first priority after such an accident, our brain injury attorneys can attempt to recover compensation for your injuries and fight to get justice for you and your family.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the negligence or malpractice of another, the attorneys in our Sarasota office may be able to help. Fill out our free, no-obligation case review form to learn more. In Florida, there is a time limit in which a brain injury lawsuit may be filed, so it is important that you contact us as soon as possible.
Do I Have a Case?
You may have a case if the traumatic brain injury was caused by the negligence or malpractice of another. Negligence occurs when a person or corporation fails to act how a reasonably prudent person or corporation would under similar circumstances.
For example, assume a grocery store fails to maintain a safe shopping environment and a customer suffers a head injury after falling on a slippery floor. If a jury finds that the grocery store acted negligently in failing to keep the floor dry or failing to warn customers of the hazardous condition, the store may be liable for any resulting damages.
Brain injuries can also be caused by medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional provides medical treatment that fails to satisfy the accepted standards of the medical community.
For example, if a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a patient’s serious medical condition and the patient develops a brain injury that could have been avoided had the doctor made the correct diagnosis, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor. Common causes of brain injuries in the Sarasota region include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice, including birth injuries
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports injuries
- Accidents involving defective products
- Bicycle accidents
- Criminal acts of violence
What Can I Recover in a Brain Injury Lawsuit?
By filing a brain injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for:
Medical Expenses – Victims of brain injuries may be faced with costly medical bills and, in some, cases, require a lifetime of specialized medical care. Through a brain injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, including speech therapy, psychological or psychiatric support, rehabilitation services, and the cost of in-home care aides.
Lost Wages – If you missed work after suffering a brain injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost wages or salary. In addition, if your ability to perform the essential functions of your job has been reduced as a result of the brain injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your diminished earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering – By filing a lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering you experienced as a result of the brain injury.
Punitive Damages – In cases involving intentional or reckless conduct, you may be able to recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoer and discourage others from engaging in similar conduct.
Furthermore, if your spouse, parent, or child died as a result of a brain injury caused by the negligence or malpractice of another, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits
Our attorneys handle lawsuits involving all types of traumatic brain injuries, which can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, are often difficult to diagnose and may not be detected by routine tests. The following may be symptoms of a mild brain injury:
- Memory loss, decreased attention, trouble concentrating
- Impaired judgment
- Sleep disorder
- Unusual mood changes, including anger or depression
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Impaired sight, smell, or taste
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Mild traumatic brain injuries can be detected by a CT scan or neurocognitive tests, which evaluate a patient’s memory and ability to concentrate. If you have been in an accident and believe that you may have suffered a mild brain injury, it is extremely important that you receive appropriate medical treatment and an accurate diagnosis of your injuries. Our brain injury attorneys work with some of the top medical experts in Florida to evaluate the extent of our clients’ injuries and ensure these victims receive full compensation for their losses.
Have you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury? If so, please complete our free, no-obligation case review form to learn how the brain injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan may be able to help you receive compensation for your injuries.