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Traumatic Brain Injuries: More Common Than You May Think

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident? You may have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, and may be entitled to legal compensation.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) typically occurs when a blow to the head results in damage to the brain. TBI affects an estimated 1.7 million victims per year. Symptoms may not appear suddenly; in fact, they may not display until weeks after the initial injury occurred. Recovery from a brain injury is very functional, as no two brain injuries are alike. It is quite possible that you may have been involved in an accident and have no idea that TBI has occurred.

What Are Some of the Symptoms?

There are two categories of brain injuries: mild and severe.

Mild Brain Injuries

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion and disorientation shorter than 30 minutes
  • MRI and CAT scans can appear normal
  • Cognitive problems such as headaches, frustration, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, and mood swings

Mild brain injuries are the most common form of TBI, and are often missed at the time of initial injury. 15% of people with mild TBI have symptoms that last more than a year.

Severe Brain Injuries

  • Loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes
  • Memory loss longer than 24 hours after the accident has occurred
  • Impairment of higher level cognitive functions
  • Comatose states
  • Limited function of limbs
  • Abnormal speech or language
  • Loss of thinking ability or emotional problems
  • Rehabilitation is often necessary to achieve full functionality again

Approximately 50,000 people die from TBI annually, and an additional 85,000 suffer long term disabilities. In the United States, over 5.3 million people live with disabilities caused by TBI.

How Does This Relate to Me?

The top cause for TBI is auto accidents. The third-highest cause is falls. Young adults and the elderly are at the highest risk for TBI

So I May be Entitled To Compensation?

There are two types of damages in head injury cases

Special Damages

  • Otherwise known as the “out-of-pocket” rule, these are damages for which money is a comparable substitute for what was loss.
  • These can include lost wages, lost earning capacity, property damages, and medical expenses.

General Damages

  • Otherwise known as non-economic losses, money is not as objective in these cases
  • These can include pain and suffering, shock and aguish, loss of reputation, loss of society and companionship, and emotional distress

Head injury cases are often settled for various amounts, depending on the individual situation. Verdicts in head injury cases have been as high as $26 million as a result of TBI that occurred during an auto accident.

Brain injuries often be overlooked, but often times have devastating effects on victims and their families. Changes in the brain’s function can have a dramatic effect on an individual’s well being and way of life. You may be entitled to compensation due to a traumatic brain injury sustained in a preventable accident.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: More Common Than You May Think

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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