Brain Injury Lawyers
Class action lawsuits heralded by retired NFL players and former WWE and WWF professional wrestlers have generated public awareness to traumatic brain injuries, and the long term devastating effects of insults to the brain.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant health problem. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a considerable number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Studies have estimated that close to 1.6 million TBI’s occur every year in the United States, resulting in over 50,000 deaths and 70,000 individuals with permanent neurological deficits.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury usually results from a sudden, violent blow or jolt to the body or head. A TBI can be caused by a car accident, assault, or object penetrating the cranium, such as a piece of skull or bullet.
Mild traumatic brain injury may cause transient dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bleeding, bruising, torn tissues, and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death. TBI’s are often classified by use of the Glasgow Coma Scale as severe (GCS 3-8), moderate (GCS 9-12), or mild (GCS 13-15).
What are Some Common Events Causing Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury can be caused by any of the following:
- Slips and Falls. This can include, slipping and/or falling on ladders, steps, streets, walkways, parking lots and supermarkets.
- Vehicle-related collisions. Collisions involving ATVs, bicycles, cars, motorcycles, scooters, smart cars, and pedestrians involved in such accidents.
- Violence including assault, battery, child abuse, domestic violence, gunshot wounds, and shaken baby syndrome.
- Sports injuries.Traumatic brain injuries may be caused by injuries from a number of sports, including baseball, BMX biking, boxing, car racing, football, gymnastics, hockey, kick- boxing, lacrosse, skateboarding, soccer, wrestling, and other high-impact or extreme sports.
How Common are Concussions?
Concussions account for 90% of head injuries, amounting to millions of cases each year. Concussions are often underreported and under diagnosed. Even a mild concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury. A large percentage of patients diagnosed with concussions do not recover. Common symptoms include attention and memory problems, difficulty balancing, dizziness, headaches, nausea and vertigo.
What are Some Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Some of the signs and symptoms of a brain injury include the following:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Post-Trauma effects, including, headaches, reduced ability to speak clearly, reduced ability to understand clearly, reduced ability to focus thoughts or to concentrate, reduced ability to read, unusual fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, changes in sex life, unusual temper, vision changes, changes in sense of smell, changes in sense of taste, irritability, feelings of hopelessness or depression, reduced ability to perform at work, reduced memory, reduced ability to sequence or perform complex tasks, reduced ability to exercise good judgment, problems with balance, dizziness, or vertigo, development of antisocial behavior.
How are Brain Injuries Evaluated?
Individuals who believe they have suffered a brain injury should receive a thorough medical evaluation by a Neurologist and Neuropsychologist, as well as undergo an extensive neurological evaluation, which can include, undergoing x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, FLAIR imaging, and DTI imaging.
Brain Injury Associated Ailments and Conditions
Individuals who have suffered concussions or blows or jolts to the head or body, may be at greater risk of developing conditions and cognitive aliments, including:
- ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
- Growth Hormone Dysfunction
- Memory Loss
- Mood Disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Psychiatric Disease
- Sleep Disturbances
- Substance Abuse
What are the Costs of a Brain Injury?
The average estimated cost of a mild head injury is $85,000, the average estimated cost of a moderate brain injury is $941,000, and the average estimated cost of a severe, traumatic brain injury is $3 million. While costs vary according to the extent of the injury and its specific long-term effects, it is estimated that the cost of caring for a survivor of severe traumatic brain injury is between $600,000 and $1,875,000 over a lifetime. Victims of brain injuries can seek compensation, including but not limited to, medical and therapy expenses, loss of earnings capacity, lifetime care costs, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
Consult with an Attorney
If you believe that you or your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, consult with our compassionate and dedicated legal team to assess your claim and explain your rights and options. Contact us today by calling (561) 444-7980 to schedule a confidential, in-person meeting with Brain Injury Lawyers The Acreage FL, and Brain Injury Lawyers West Palm Beach FL.
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