Coping With A Brain Injury
Florida has a population of more than 18 million people, and such a high number of people living in one area is sure to increase the occurrence of many injuries, illnesses, and accidents. While the state is home to scores of traffic injuries and accidents each year, few things are as traumatic or as difficult to cope with as a traumatic brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury happens when external force injures the brain. It can cause cerebral contusions, hemorrhages, and more, and is a leading cause of disability and death. There are numerous common causes of this issue including:
- Falls around the home, which are particular common for infants or elderly people
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Automobile accidents
- Slips or falls during daily life
- Work related injuries
- Violent crimes
Of these, automobile or motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury for adults and adolescents, but a surprising number of these injuries are caused by falls or by work related accidents.
Whatever the cause, a brain injury can be difficult to recover from. Depending on the severity of the injury, death can occur. So can numerous disabilities including reduction in cognitive function, movement impairment, and much, much more. The brain controls every aspect of our lives, and when it is injured it can be a long road to recovery.
Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or who have a loved one who has suffered one will often face countless challenges as they move through their life. Rehabilitation often works to help return the patient to their normal level of function, but can take years to reach goals. In many cases, surgery could help to maintain blood flow, alleviate swelling, and more. In short, the road to recovery will be long and filled with many obstacles that must be cleared.
To make matters worse, many who have suffered brain injuries or who are caring for loved ones with brain injuries will face financial challenges as well as physical, mental, and emotional ones. Surgery and rehabilitation can cost thousands or tens of thousands, and in the case of rehabilitation it can be an ongoing factor that will constantly have to be paid for.
If a traumatic brain injury was caused as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another party, those financial burdens could be alleviated to some degree. Whether caused by an individual, company, or other entity, the injured person could be owed compensation. In most cases, hiring the services of a brain injury lawyer will help significantly.
No matter the situation, most insurance companies will do all that they can to avoid paying the highest amount of compensation – or even a fair amount. By doing things like refusing to settle or offering low amounts as a cash settlement, they attempt to dodge the compensation that they are likely required to pay. It can be frustrating, stressful, and difficult to deal with these companies.
A good brain injury lawyer will take a tremendous amount of the burden of recovery off your shoulders, letting you focus on your recovery or on caring for the person who needs to recover. When you're able to focus on helping your loved one instead of on fighting for what is owed, it can make recovery much easier.
We've settled over 10,000 personal injury related cases including many brain injury cases. Our team is totally willing and prepared to go all the way to court trials to get you or your loved one the money that they deserve. With 100 years' experience and offices in Sarasota, Venice, and throughout southwest Florida, we're ready to help. Contact us now to find out what your options are.