Are you or someone you love struggling with a traumatic brain injury after a Miami accident? If so, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
A traumatic brain injury can disrupt your life in many ways. If someone else is to blame, you have the right to hold them financially responsible. While money won’t guarantee a full recovery, it can help to make your life a little bit less stressful during this difficult time. At Lavent Law, P.A., we’re prepared to help you make the most of your personal injury claim. Call our Miami brain injury lawyers to schedule your free consultation today.
Understanding Brain Injuries
Millions of people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. In many cases, TBI can be life-threatening and/or fatal. More than 282,000 victims will require hospitalization to treat their traumatic brain injuries. Another 56,000 will not survive their injuries. In fact, according to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries contribute to about one-third of all injury deaths.
A traumatic brain injury, which occurs when the brain is damaged as a result of trauma to the head, can have many devastating consequences. A TBI victim may experience physical, emotional, psychological, or even spiritual changes in their lives. Fortunately, about 85 percent of surviving TBI victims will be able to recover from the majority of their TBI-related injuries. However, the remaining 15 percent will be faced with permanent disabilities and changes in their lives.
Symptoms of Brain Injury You Can’t Ignore
The fact that you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury may not be obvious immediately after an accident. In fact, it can takes hours, days, or even weeks for you to realize you’ve suffered a serious brain injury.
Visit your doctor or local hospital if you begin to experience any of the following TBI symptoms after your Miami accident:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Lapses in memory
- Speech impairment
- Unexplained mood swings
- Bruising or swelling of the head
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities
- Impaired mobility, and/or
- Loss of consciousness.
It’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as you notice any of the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. The sooner your injury is treated, the less time your injury has to get worse and develop complications.
Causes of Brain Injury in Miami
Traumatic brain injuries can occur whenever you suffer trauma to the head. There are actually two classifications for TBI: open injury and closed injury. Open traumatic brain injury occurs when the skull is damaged and fails to protect the brain from outside objects. The trauma is the result of contact between the brain and a hard external object (e.g., bullet, knife, bone shards). Closed traumatic brain injury occurs when the trauma is internal. This can happen when the brain is violently shaken in the skull, poisoned, or deprived of oxygen.
It’s possible for any traumatic event or accident to result in a traumatic brain injury. However, certain causes are reported more frequently than others.
Falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury in Miami. In fact, more than a third of all traumatic brain injuries involve an unexpected fall. Falls frequently happen around swimming pools, at nursing homes, on construction sites, and at the workplace. Children and the elderly are more likely to sustain a TBI during a fall.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Approximately 20 percent of all traumatic brain injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident. This includes car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, and even pedestrian accidents. The chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury increase significantly when the victim is not wearing a helmet or other head safety gear.
Assault, Battery, and Violent Attacks
Traumatic brain injuries aren’t always the result of an unexpected accident. Any traumatic event – including assaults and violent attacks – can cause devastating brain injuries. In fact, approximately 10 to 15 percent of all traumatic brain injuries are the result of assaults and other violent attacks.
Recreational activities – including sports, boating, and outdoor adventure activities – are also a leading cause of traumatic brain injury in Miami.
Military service can put individuals in dangerous situations. Statistics show that military combat and training are both causes of traumatic brain injury.
Medical negligence can also cause or contribute to the severity of your traumatic brain injury. Medical malpractice occurs whenever a medical professional should, but fails to, identify, diagnose, or properly treat an injury or illness.
Long-Term Consequences of TBI
The brain is one of the most important organs in the body. It controls just about every aspect of our lives. When the brain is damaged, our ability to live normally can become impaired. While some may be able to overcome the majority of the consequences of TBI over time, others will be forced to adjust to a new way of life.
Physical Limitations: The brain plays a huge role in sending signals to the rest of the body. The ability to perform everyday physical tasks can be compromised when the brain is badly damaged. Physical limitations and consequences of TBI can include:
- Speech impairment
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Seizures, and
- Partial or complete paralysis.
Emotional and Psychological Limitations: The consequences of a traumatic brain injury aren’t always physical. In fact, some of the most devastating traumatic brain injuries involve changes to a victim’s emotional and/or psychological well-being. Emotional and psychological consequences of TBI can include:
- Bouts of unexplained anger or rage
- Loss of interest in everyday activities
- Changes in demeanor or disposition, and
- Changes in personality.
Victims of TBI may require extensive medical, psychological, and rehabilitative treatment after an accident. In some cases, the extent of a TBI will be so severe that the victim requires lifelong nursing care and treatment.
Recovering Compensation for TBI in Miami
The costs of a traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming. Relatively-minor injuries can cost a victim an average of $85,000. Moderately-serious injuries can generate costs of more than $940,000. The most serious traumatic brain injuries can cost victims more than $3 Million over the course of their lives. You shouldn’t be responsible for shouldering these costs alone, especially if someone else is responsible for causing your injury.
At Lavent Law, P.A., our attorneys are prepared to aggressively pursue compensation from anyone who caused you harm. We’ll pursue economic and non-economic damages on your behalf, including compensation for
- Medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Medical devices
- Medically-necessary home construction costs
- Lost wages
- Disability (temporary and/or permanent)
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering, and
- Emotional distress.
Contact our Miami TBI lawyers to find out how we can help you maximize your financial award. We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to call today.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your TBI Case
If you or someone you love has recently suffered a traumatic brain injury you may be entitled to compensation. However, the last thing you need to do is try to navigate a complex legal claim. A traumatic brain injury can be devastating. You need to take this time to focus on yourself and your recovery. Hiring an attorney not only gives you the opportunity to do this, but also increases the likelihood of recovering the money you deserve.
Here’s why you should hire an experienced Miami personal injury attorney to handle your TBI case.
1. We’ll Protect You From Insurance Companies
Insurance companies will do whatever they can to limit the amount of money you get after an accident. Some will simply refuse to investigate or process your claim in a timely manner. Others will approach you quickly and attempt to settle the case right away. In either case, you probably won’t be getting a fair and reasonable settlement offer. These companies will play on your emotions and stress and try to get a result that works best for them. At Lavent Law, P.A., our attorneys know how to deal with manipulative insurance companies. We know how they operate and are prepared to make sure that your case is considered with the attention and detail it deserves.
2. We’ll Maximize Your Settlement By Conducting a Thorough Investigation
Thorough investigations of your accident and injury are essential to the success of your personal injury claim. Our attorneys will carefully review the facts and evidence to determine the precise cause(s) of your TBI. This will then allow us to identify anyone who may have contributed to your accident. In Florida, anyone who shares fault for an accident or injury can be liable for damages. Identifying all sources of compensation can allow us to get you the money you deserve.
3. We’ll Protect You if You Share Fault
Did you contribute to your accident or the extent of your injury? Fault isn’t an automatic bar to recovery in Miami. You can still recover compensation as long as someone else also shares fault for the accident. However, the amount of money you can recover will be limited by your role in the incident. Our attorneys will gather evidence that shifts blame away from you and onto others. The less fault you share, the more money you can get.
Call Miami Brain Injury Lawyer Boris Lavent
A traumatic brain injury can have devastating consequences that affect you and your family for the rest of your lives. Has someone else’s negligence caused your life-changing brain injury? If so, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages. The Miami personal injury lawyers at Lavent Law, P.A. can help to make sure that you get a fair settlement or award.
Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team. We’ll explain your rights and help you identify the best legal strategy for your case.