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The brain is not only the most important organ in the body — it also makes you who you are. The brain is very susceptible to injury, though, and even a minor blow to the head could result in lasting brain damage that will change your life forever.
Being hit in the head often results in traumatic brain injuries (TBI), or concussions. The long term effects of each blow to the head will be different, though, depending on factors specific to each victim, such as their age and the force of the blow, among other details.
Brain injuries are generally caused by a blow to the head, such as those sustained during a car accident, an accident at work, or even being struck by a foul ball at Tropicana Field. However, not all brain injuries occur from a blow to the head; some brain injuries can be caused by medical malpractice during a procedure or operation.
If your TBI was caused by the negligence of another person, our brain injury attorneys may be able to help. At Morgan & Morgan’s St. Petersburg office, our attorneys have a long history of handling brain injury cases, and will fight will take your case at no upfront cost to you, if you qualify.
Who is Affected Most by TBI?
TBI is very common in the U.S., with an estimated 2.5 million cases in 2010, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. All these incidents resulted in more than 50,000 deaths, and numerous people forced to live out their life dealing with the effects and costs of brain damage.
While everyone with a brain is susceptible to TBI, the CDC says that the oldest and youngest people in the population are the most susceptible. Those most at risk though, are men over the age of 65. The leading cause of TBI among older men was falls, the same leading cause among all TBI cases. Motor vehicle accidents, struck by incidents, and assaults rounded out the other leading causes of TBI, according to the CDC.
For children, there was another significant cause of TBI. In 2009, the CDC reported 248, 418 incidents among children under the age of 19 that required an emergency room visit for TBI caused by sports. Specifically, bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer contributed most to the total, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Effects & Symptoms of TBI
Even though TBI can have serious and lasting effects, symptoms don’t always manifest immediately after an accident. Some of the physical and psychological symptoms the CDC recommends people who sustain a blow to the head be on the lookout for after an incident include:
- Difficulty thinking clearly and concentrating;
- Feeling slowed down;
- Blurry vision;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Balance problems;
- Increased irritability and/or sadness;
- Increased anxiety;
- Trouble sleeping; or
- Sleeping too much.
If you develop any of these symptoms immediately after sustaining a blow to the head, or in the days, weeks, and months to follow, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
How Can a Brain Injury Attorney Help?
If the blow that caused your TBI was caused by another person’s negligence, you could be eligible for compensation. While TBI is not always severe, extreme cases end in costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and a decreased earning potential if the damage is permanent.
ou or a loved one should not have to suffer because the negligence of another, and at the Morgan & Morgan office in St. Petersburg, our attorneys have decades of experience handling brain injury cases. Whether the TBI occurred in a car accident, on a construction site, or somewhere else, our brain injury attorneys will gather evidence and work with neurological experts to get you the compensation you deserve.
There is no up-front cost for hiring our attorneys, and you will only pay a reasonable fee if they win your case. To find out more about how one of our brain injury attorneys may be able to help, contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.