Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Gainesville
An injury to the brain is one of the most difficult to handle, much less understand. The human brain itself is a marvel, and despite medical advancements, this complex system still isn’t that well understood.
What is clear is the increasing number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). From 2001 to 2010, the combined rate of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths from a TBI increased from 521 to 824 per 100,000 population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This translated to more than 2.5 million brain injuries in 2010 at a cost (direct and indirect) of more than $80 billion annually. The Brain Injury Association of Florida estimates that 97,000 TBIs occur each year in the Sunshine State.
Causes of traumatic brain injury
According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury “occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction and usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.” It’s important to note that a TBI can occur even if the head isn’t struck.
A brain injury can occur in a wide variety of situations, but the most common, according to the CDC, include:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Slips & Falls
- Sports Injuries
- Gunshot Wounds
- Spousal or Child Abuse
- Severe shocks caused by debris or shrapnel
Young children and elderly adults are the most at-risk groups for a traumatic brain injury, according to medical experts.
Effects of traumatic brain injury
Effects from a brain injury can range anywhere from a mild concussion and temporary brain cell dysfunction to paralysis and even death in extreme cases. Although the effects of traumatic brain injury vary by the situation and individual, the more common ones include:
- Trouble focusing, understanding others, making decisions, remembering things or processing new information;
- Dizziness, changes in vision and other vital senses;
- Recurring headaches, nausea, sleep troubles, seizures, tremors and overall loss of consciousness; and
- Increased irritability, depression, erratic emotions or reactions.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these conditions following an accident or blow to the head, you should immediately seek medical attention and consult with an attorney in Gainesville, FL if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Obtaining compensation for a traumatic brain injury
As explained by the CDC, Mayo Clinic and others, damage from brain injury can range from mild and temporary symptoms like a headache or difficulty sleeping to severe convulsions, slurred speech, total paralysis and even death in the most extreme cases.
One thing is clear — you will have many expenses related to treating the injury itself and adapting to limited mobility and mental clarity. Treating a TBI with physical therapy, speech therapy and counseling averages around $40,000-$50,000, but can easily exceed $100,000. Placing a dollar amount on rehabilitative services is difficult because each situation, and person, is different. When you factor in lost wages and any needed home improvements for example, the cost can be overwhelming.
If your TBI was caused by someone else’s negligence, be it in a car accident or slip and fall, you may have grounds to file a claim for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. In order for you receive compensation, you will need to prove the defendant had a duty of care, they breached this duty, and that you suffered damages as a result.
Attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts provide passionate representation for residents of Gainesville and surrounding areas.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, you should first consult with a physician to try and minimize any permanent damage. Following this, schedule a free injury consultation with an experienced Gainesville attorney as soon as possible.
The Gainesville attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts in Gainesville possess extensive experience helping accident victims obtain compensation for injuries and damages.
Attorney Michael Sechrest is a Florida Bar certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has extensive litigation experience against some of the largest companies in the United States. Our firm’s team of assistants and medical experts can help you determine if your TBI injury was caused by negligence and if you have a valid claim.
We can’t stress the importance of speaking with an attorney as soon as possible. Aside from a possible statute of limitations, defendants will use any delay to their advantage.
Contact our office today to discuss your case by calling our firm or completing our contact form.