Almost 140 people die and countless others develop disabilities from traumatic brain injuries every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pain and suffering felt by head injury victims and their families is hard to imagine. Fortunately, if you are able to prove that another party was liable for your head injury, you may be eligible for compensation. A Fort Lauderdale head and concussion injury lawyer can help: 954-524-2820.
Almost any accident or incident can result in a head injury. The following types of accidents are some of the most common causes of head injuries:
Head injuries can range from a mild bump to the head to a severe traumatic brain injury. Many of these injuries are caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury impacting brain function. The effects of a head injury will depend on the severity of the injury and the treatment received.
Closed Head Injuries
A closed head injury occurs when a violent blow to the head or sudden motion causes the brain to knock against the skull. These injuries are often the result of car accidents, sports injuries, and falls. Common symptoms include:
The recovery process for a closed head injury will likely depend on the severity of the injury, the time spent unconscious, and how much progress the victim makes within the first month.
Concussions and Their Complications
A concussion is a common, mild form of closed head injury that typically occurs when the head suffers a blow or other type of trauma. Symptoms generally appear soon after the accident and go away shortly thereafter.
Some common symptoms of a concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) include:
The effects of a concussion typically do not last long and people generally make a full recovery. However, complications do arise in certain situations.
For example, people who have had multiple concussions in their lifetimes may experience long-term impairment in brain function. Some people also may experience post-concussion headaches, vertigo, and cognitive difficulties for months after the injury.
People who experience these complications may have to undergo a full neurological examination and cognitive testing. Doctors recommend those suffering from a concussion to rest and limit activities that require mental strain.
Taking a break from work may be necessary, resulting in a loss in wages. In addition to losing money, you may also have to sit out on your favorite activities.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
While mild head injuries do not typically lead to serious consequences, severe head injuries do. Some of the symptoms of severe TBIs include:
Severe TBIs can lead to permanent disability and long-term health issues. Some of these problems include:
While severe TBIs are treatable, many include a lifetime of very expensive ongoing care.
Open Head Injuries
An open head injury occurs when an object (e.g., pieces of the skull, weapons, shards of glass, etc.) penetrates the brain. They typically only affect a specific area in the brain.
Generally, open brain injuries result in serious consequences. Many patients experience post-traumatic epilepsy and other long-term effects relating to the damaged area of the brain.
If you are able to prove that the defendant in your case (e.g., the other driver, property manager responsible for your fall, your attacker) was responsible for your injuries, you may be eligible to recover compensation.
To do so you must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care (e.g., drivers have a duty to drive safely, property managers have a duty to keep their property safe), that the at-fault party breached that duty, and that the breach caused your injury and your damages.
Once you have proved these criteria, you may be able to recover for the following:
Medical expenses for traumatic brain injury victims can be high due to the lengthy hospital stays and follow-up treatment. Your attorney will consider your current medical bills as well as any future treatment, therapy or attendant care expenses. You can also include out of pocket expenses such as medications and transportation costs.
Loss of Income
When you are recovering from a brain injury, you may not be able to work as much as you used to, if at all. When valuing your loss of income, your attorney will factor in your lost wages as well as your diminished earning capacity.
The most common form of general damages is pain and suffering. The amount you are eligible to receive will depend on the duration and severity of your injury as well as how it affected your life.
It is no secret that the recovery process for a head injury can be grueling in more ways than one. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may find yourself unable to do normal, everyday things. The loss of cognitive function may make it difficult to move around or communicate with loved ones.
While you are struggling to regain function, you and your family will likely be worried about paying the bills. Between the hospital visits and rehabilitation costs, you may be overwhelmed by how much money you owe. Head injuries often keep victims out of work for months or years, preventing you from earning a living and paying off these bills.
Brain injury victims know what it is like to suffer physically, financially and emotionally all at once. The attorneys of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. want to help you with the struggles you are facing. We have helped many victims and their families recover compensation for the effects a brain injury have had on their lives.
For assistance with your head injury claim, please contact us at 954-524-2820.