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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brain injury is a contributing factor in approximately 30% of all injury fatalities. Each day in the U.S., 138 people die from injuries, including TBI.
In its Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury in the U.S., CDC estimates the annual number of emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths with TBI resulting from various causes, including:
- Falls: 658,668 ED visits, 66,291 hospitalizations, 10,944 deaths
- Struck by or against an object: 304,797 ED visits, 6,808 hospitalizations, 372 deaths
- Motor vehicle crashes: 232,240 ED visits, 53,391 hospitalizations, 14,795 deaths
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
As defined by the CDC, TBI is a disruption of the brain’s normal function caused by a jolt, bump, or blow to the head, or by a penetrating head injury (such as bullet wound). Explosive blasts can also cause a TBI, a common injury among those serving in the military.
Not all jolts, bumps, or blows to the head cause traumatic brain injury, and not all people who suffer TBI experience behavioral effects or disabilities. Injured people are classified as having a TBI when a combination of the following factors is present:
- Trauma when the head strikes or is struck by an object;
- Acceleration/deceleration movement of the brain within the skull;
- Object penetrating the brain;
- TBI signs and symptoms shortly after the event.
Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Signs of traumatic brain injury to be aware of after a blow to the head include:
- A period of lost or decreased consciousness;
- Memory loss of events immediately before or after the injury;
- Neurological issues, such as loss of coordination and balance, muscle weakness, changes in speech or language, vision disruption, and sensory loss;
- Any alteration of mental state – confusion, difficulty concentrating, disorientation, thinking slowly.
Traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe. Severe TBI can lead to a range of secondary conditions that can cause functional limitations, long-term impairments, disability, and reduced quality of life. It can have significant effects on the victim’s cognitive abilities, emotional and behavioral health, motor skills, and physical well-being.
Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or your loved one has suffered TBI in a car accident, from medical errors, in a workplace accident, or from any injury caused by an act of negligence, you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation. The losses associated with severe TBI are often significant, and it is important to speak with an experienced brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another, our seasoned trial lawyers can aggressively pursue compensation for all losses, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Wrongful death, if you have lost a loved one
St. Augustine Brain Injury Lawyer
At Morgan & Morgan, we have years of experience handling claims against parties whose negligence led to a brain injury. We represent people in Florida in a range of brain injury cases, including those occurring as a result of the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice cases
- Birth injury cases
- Workplace accidents
Our St. Augustine injury lawyers do not hesitate to take a case to trial to fight for fair compensation when necessary. We have recovered substantial settlements and awards for clients, including a $26 million verdict for an Iraqi war veteran who sustained a permanent brain injury in a vehicle crash.
A statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) applies to brain injury claims. If you or your loved one has suffered serious brain injury, contact us today for a free case evaluation before your time runs out. We offer a free case evaluation, and we provide services on a contingency fee basis – you do not owe legal fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation. Call now.