There are few things worse than suffering brain damage or watching someone you love go through it. This is something that happens to more than a million Americans every year, and though some people who sustain only a minor injury may be able to fully recover, that’s not true for everyone. Injuries to the brain can cause all kinds of problems, including preventing victims from being able to work, increasing the likelihood of suffering from brain disorders, and making long term care a necessity.
Dealing with the pain and suffering is bad enough, but the financial costs associated with care can be astronomical – something that is especially galling if your condition doesn’t allow you to go to work and earn money. Florida has programs out there like BSCIP that are designed to offer victims the help they need to live normal lives, but often it’s just not enough. That’s why it’s so important to seek out the compensation you deserve if another person or organization is responsible for your injury. Not only will you increase the likelihood of getting better care for yourself or your loved one, you’ll make sure that justice is done and potentially keep someone else from a similar fate.
All it really takes is a strong blow to the head to harm your brain, but there are a number of different common causes.
Sports injuries. Football and boxing are probably the poster children for concussions and other kinds of brain injuries in the sports world, but just because you keep your kids in soccer doesn’t mean they’re safe. Any athletic activity that can lead to a violent impact to the head might result in brain damage.
Falls. A serious fall where you hit your head can easily cause damage to the brain. It doesn’t matter if you fly down a flight of stairs, fall from a crumbling balcony, or slip and fall from a wet floor – hit your head and you’re in danger.
Motor vehicle accidents. Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents cause about a fifth of all brain injuries in this country, and it’s easy to see why. If another car hits you and you’re careening around your car, it doesn’t take much for your head to slam into a window, the steering wheel, or even another person and cause damage to your brain.
Combat damage. Soldiers in combat zones can experience brain damage in a number of ways. They not only have to worry about blows to the head from falls, bullets, and shrapnel, but also the concussive blasts of explosions themselves.
Pool accidents. Floridians love spending time in the water, but we also know the dangers the pools present. Beyond drowning, lots of people show up in Florida emergency rooms every year because they dived in a pool that was too shallow and injured their head on the bottom of the pool or by whacking it on the diving board on the way down.
Medical mistakes. Most of the doctors in our medical system are smart, caring individuals who have only your best interests at heart, but not all of them. And sometimes even the ones that try the hardest make the wrong call and end up harming patients. Lots of Americans don’t know this, but medical errors are actually one of the leading causes of death in this country. Obviously, brain injuries are one of the most serious kinds of medical mistakes that can be made.
A serious brain trauma is something that is likely to change the way you live and interact with the world, and you may be suffering from the effects for the rest of your life. Those who suffer from a brain injury will find things impacted that they never expected:
Additionally, of the more than 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in this country every year, 50,000 of those people die from the trauma.
The only real way to know for sure if your specific situation is something that you can sue for is to talk to a personal injury attorney with experience in this area of the law. That being said, there are several common types of lawsuits related to brain injuries.
Driver negligence lawsuits. Another driver is behaving in a reckless manner while driving and they hit you and cause your injury. It’s also possible for a company to be negligent if it is a professional driver that hits you such as a truck, bus, or taxi cab driver.
Defective product lawsuits. When you get new brakes, you expect them to work. The same is true for all kinds of other products and mechanical devices. If those products fail and you can prove that the manufacturer was negligent, you deserve compensation.
Malpractice lawsuits. Doctors who don’t adhere to the accepted standard of care and cause damage to your brain – or any other part of your body – need to be held accountable and pay you for your medical treatment, as well as your pain and suffering.
Workplace injury lawsuits. If you’re hurt on the job, you should be able to get workers’ compensation benefits. If not, it is vital that you work with a lawyer. But this isn’t necessarily the end to your options; while workers’ compensation prevents you from suing your employer, that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring a lawsuit against a third party if their actions played a part in your injury.
At Lawlor, White, & Murphey, we have experience helping clients who have suffered serious brain injuries and their loved ones to get compensation to cover their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment, and even wrongful death. We know what a trying time this can be, and we strive not only to make sure you get everything that you deserve, but also to stand by your side and be a helping hand when you need it most.
Because we know paying for an attorney isn’t something you can even fathom right now, we’re offering a free initial consultation where you can sit down with one of our experts and talk about what happened. Contact us today by filling out our case review form online, emailing us at [email protected] or calling one of our phone numbers.
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Toll-free – 855-347-5475
If we believe you have a case, we’ll keep fighting for you until you get what you deserve. We’re not afraid of going to trial and we’ll do our utmost to make sure your injury doesn’t keep you from living life to the fullest.