Orlando Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
One of the most common injuries a person can acquire in an accident is a head or brain injury, as it’s all too easy to hit your head in a fall or be struck in an auto accident. Unfortunately, these injuries are also the most serious and can lead to permanent brain damage and other disabilities.
Traumatic brain injuries are often difficult to litigate because the injury itself can be complex with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. Going to a law firm that has notable experience in handling personal injury cases is necessary in order to increase your chances of recovering the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. NeJame Law has demonstrated knowledge in a variety of claims, including brain injury claims, and is committed to helping vulnerable members of our community heal after traumatic accidents. Our team consists of caring, people-oriented brain injury lawyers in Orlando, including our founding attorney Mark NeJame.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines traumatic
brain injuries (TBIs) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain,
which can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating
head injury, ranging from mild, affecting the body temporarily, to severe,
causing permanent or long-term injuries and even death.
Available CDC data states that more than 60,000 people die from TBIs each year, and that around 50% of all TBI-related injuries involve falls – with children and older adults disproportionately represented. Car accidents account for around 20% of TBI-related injuries. In Florida alone, over 210,000 people live with lifelong disabilities related to brain injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
A head injury can have physical, emotional and cognitive effects depending on the affected brain area. A brain injury can range from mild to severe. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may be subtle and might appear days after the injury. Some common symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Short loss of consciousness
- Headaches, nausea, or vomiting
- Speech problems
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Inability to smell or taste
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Dazed, disoriented, or confused state of mind
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Mood changes
- Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading
When these symptoms become more persistent, moderate to severe TBI could occur. Some common symptoms of moderate to severe TBI include convulsions or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, fluid draining from the nose or ears, inability to awaken from sleep, loss of feeling or weakness in fingers or toes, loss of coordination, confusion, slurred speech, and loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours, and even coma.
The impact of a traumatic brain injury on a person and her loved ones can be devastating. It is essential that you hire a personal injury attorney who has the skills, knowledge, and experience in understanding the causes, symptoms, and effects of these injuries. At NeJame Law, we have the tools necessary to overcome any skepticism often raised by insurance companies in a case of a mild traumatic brain injury. Our attorneys are appropriately aggressive in making the wrongdoer compensate our client for medical expenses, supportive care concerns, and pain and suffering.
Contact our Brain Injury Attorneys in Orlando for Effective Representation
Our firm stands beside survivors and caregivers of the injured while they transition from shock and despair to coping and adapting. It is essential that the injured obtain excellent treatment for brain damage and highly experienced legal representation.
What Damages May Be Recovered In A Brain Injury Claim?
Brain injuries can have serious and long-lasting consequences in all areas of your life. Our law firm can help you recover fair compensation for damages, including:
- Pain and suffering (both physical and emotional)
- Lost wages and benefits
- Medical bills (ambulance fees, prescription medication, physical therapy, and other expenses)
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Home caregivers
Our team is comprised of knowledgeable, experienced, and appropriately aggressive personal injury lawyers who protect our clients when evaluating and handling your case or the case of a loved one. We value your privacy and keep all information confidential.
Call our Orlando brain injury lawyers today to schedule your consultation at (407) 500-0000. We also handle cases in Central Florida and throughout the State of Florida, including the cities of Kissimmee, Winter Park, and Windermere.
How long can TBI symptoms last?
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can be of short duration or permanent, depending on the individual, course of treatment, and extent and type of injury. Sometimes individuals believe that their symptoms are permanent but come to realize that with the passage of time, that their symptoms reduce or may go away entirely.
- Does a TBI shorten your life?
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries have been shown to often have, but not necessarily have, decreased life expectancy when compared to the general population.
- Can traumatic brain injuries be treated and cured?
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries may include rest, therapy, medication, and surgery. Mild TBIs can typically be resolved with rest and over-the-counter medications. Moderate to severe TBIs, on the other hand, often require emergency medical attention and surgeries to remove blood clots, repair skull fractures, and relieve pressure from inside the skull. Treatment usually starts at the hospital and continues in an inpatient or residential rehabilitation facility or outpatient treatment service provider. Duration varies depending on the individual and severity of the condition. Common specialists who provide rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries include neuropsychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physiatrists, speech and language pathologists, nurses, recreational therapists, and counselors.
- What are the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury?
Some common long-term effects of traumatic brain injury include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders, memory problems, difficulty with attention, focus, or concentration, speech difficulties, problems with planning, cognitive flexibility, abstract thinking, slurred speech, seizures, blurred vision, nystagmus, hearing loss, anosmia, and tinnitus. Certain symptoms of traumatic brain injury, such as seizures, may appear years after the impact.
- How do you prove and test for TBIs?
Examination by a licensed medical professional is required to diagnose a traumatic brain injury. Licensed medical personnel commonly use, among other practices, the Glasgow Coma Scale, neurological exams, and imaging tests to diagnose traumatic brain injuries.
- What are the different types of TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries are often categorized as open (skull fracture or penetration) or closed (skull impact without fracture or penetration).
- What is difference between concussion and TBI?
Medical professionals commonly refer to a concussion as a “mild” traumatic brain injury.
- What is a post-concussion syndrome and which the long term effects?
Post-concussion syndrome is a condition which may follow an impact to the head. Long-term effects may include: dizziness, headaches, fatigue, noise and light sensitivity, anxiety, and irritability.
- What should I do after a head injury?
Always dial 911 and seek emergency medical attention if you or a loved one experiences a blow to the head or body that is worrisome or causes behavioral changes. Even mild brain injuries require immediate and urgent medical attention. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or craniocerebral trauma is the leading cause of disability and death in children and young adults in the United States.
- Can I go back to work after suffering a traumatic brain injury?
The ability to return to work must be determined by a licensed medical professional.
- How can I tell if a head injury is mild or severe?
Examination by a licensed medical professional is required to diagnose any traumatic brain injury, associated severity, and appropriate treatment.
- Does TBI get worse over time?
Traumatic brain injuries can worsen over time. However, available data indicates that most victims will experience a positive recovery.
- Is a traumatic brain injury permanent?
Although brain damage can be permanent in nature, not all brain damage is necessarily long-lasting or permanent.
- Can TBI symptoms show up years later?
Certain symptoms of traumatic brain injury, such as seizures, may appear years after the impact.
- Can a brain injury cause dementia?
Research has suggested that traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, for some victims.
- Can you fully recover from a TBI?
Depending on the severity of injury, the circumstances involved, the course of treatment, and the individual involved, a full recovery is possible for some victims of traumatic brain injury.