Tampa Head and Brain Injury Attorneys

Head injuries range from minor and temporary to devastating long-term injuries. According to the Brain Injury Association of Florida (BAIF), 136,000 Floridians experience brain injuries each year. Often, those injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, whether that party is another driver, the owner of the premises where the injury took place, an equipment manufacturer or other individual or business.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Symptoms and Consequences

TBIs are most common among those aged 25-44 or older than 65, and men are significantly more likely to suffer this type of injury than females. There are many possible consequences associated with a traumatic brain injury, including cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms.

Types of cognitive problems that may arise from a TBI include:

  • Short term memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty maintaining a conversation

Physical symptoms may manifest as:

  • Seizures
  • Speech impairment
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Vision issues, even blindness

In addition, the above symptoms may trigger emotional consequences, as the impact of these symptoms may significantly diminish quality of life.

Some of these symptoms received extensive news coverage recently, when it was reported that 13 wrestlers working for the WWE had committed suicide over a 10-year period. At least two WWE performers were found after death to have brain deterioration, known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That condition is also common among former NFL players. It has been estimated that up to 40 percent of retired players have suffered some degree of traumatic brain injury during their careers.

The High Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Being a victim of a traumatic brain injury is not as uncommon as you may think. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries yearly. Some of the most common causes of TBI in adults include:

  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Violence
  • Pedestrian accidents

Liability for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Florida

In many cases, another person or entity may be required to compensate you for your losses. For example, a fall may occur because a property owner failed to maintain the premises in a safe condition, or an automobile accident may be the result of another driver’s carelessness. Some of these injuries are even caused intentionally, as in the case of an assault victim sustaining a serious head injury.

In those cases, the responsible party may be liable for all of the costs described below, plus intangible damages such as pain and suffering.

The High Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries

In addition to negatively affecting your quality of life, traumatic brain injuries can be quite expensive. The CDC estimates that lifetime medical and non-medical costs for a patient with a severe TBI may run upward of $4 million. Costs associated with this type of injury vary, but generally include:

  • Indirect costs, such as missed work and lost productivity
  • Rehabilitation costs, which average $196,460 in first-year expenses for those TBI patients requiring rehabilitation
  • Additional medical and non-medical costs, such as home modifications and insurance, which on average total about $151,587 per TBI patient
Talk to a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Right Away

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, you should be free to focus on your recovery. The last thing you need is to be plagued by paperwork, stonewalling insurance companies and other legal concerns. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our lawyers have the skills and experience to help you pursue the compensation that you deserve. Call 1-800-253-5523 or fill out the free consultation form to learn more about your rights today.