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Your skull houses and protects your powerful yet delicate brain, but in the event of a high-impact crash or a violent assault, the soft brain mass can suffer severe injury when it collides with the inside of the skull. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur each year in the U.S., and TBI is the leading cause (30.5%) of injury-related death and disability.
The compassionate personal injury attorneys at Yeboah Law Group understand how a traumatic brain injury can devastate a person’s life. Some people who have suffered from TBI are unable to work, and live with debilitating symptoms ranging from blinding headaches and cognitive dysfunction to persistent vegetative state. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers will demand justice on your behalf and fight for fair compensation for your injuries.
What is TBI?
TBI (traumatic brain injury), occurs during a collision, an act of violence, a fall or a penetrating head injury. When the body is traveling along and then comes to an abrupt halt as happens in a car crash, the body will keep moving until it meets an immovable object such as the air bag in the front dash of a car. The quick jerking of the head forward and then back causes the brain to collide with the inside front of the skull and then the inside back of the skull. This impact damages the cells and structures within the brain, which causes problems throughout the body as the brain governs every function in the body.
What causes traumatic brain injury?
The CDC calls TBI a preventable public health issue, which can range from mild to severe. The various causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Falls are the leading cause of TBI (40%) in the U.S.
- Being struck by or against an object or a person causes about 16% of TBI injury.
- Motor vehicle crashes cause about 14% of TBI injury, and they contribute to about 26% of TBI-related death in the U.S.
- Assaults cause about 10% of TBI for the public.
- Sports and recreation head injuries and other accidents make up for the remaining causes of TBI.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury
One of the unique challenges of traumatic brain injury is that symptoms do not always appear right away. After the incident, the individual might experience a loss of consciousness or they may not. The National Library of Medicine describes concussion as the mildest form of TBI, which can cause a severe headache, neck pain, nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness and tiredness. A more moderate or severe TBI might have the following symptoms:
- Persistent headache that grows worse
- Nausea, vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to wake up from sleeping
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in arms and legs
- Dilated pupils
Other signs and symptoms of TBI from the CDC include:
- Dazed or stunned appearance
- Moving clumsily
- Slowing in mood, behavior or changes in personality
- Inability to recall events prior to and/or after a hit or fall
A healthcare professional can conduct a neurological examination and brain imaging tests to determine if a person has suffered a traumatic brain injury. A person who has been involved in a car crash, suffered a fall where they hit their head, or been struck by a heavy object should receive emergency treatment right away.
Long term effects of TBI
Because each brain injury is unique, a brain injury will have varying long-term effects including:
- Cognitive deficits
- Changes in personality
- Decline in cognitive function
- Endocrine dysfunction
- Progressive dementia
- Premature death
The University of Miami South Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Model System is studying the impact of cognitive problems, emotional problems, relationships, sexuality, sleep and depression after a person has suffered a traumatic brain injury as they develop a comprehensive system for managing TBI.
Seeking compensation for TBI injuries in Fort Lauderdale
When your traumatic brain injury was the result of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, such as in a car crash, or a fall on someone else’s property, you may be able to take legal action against the person who is responsible for your injuries. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries in the form of damages such as:
- Medical expenses (current and future medical care)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Long-term care expenses
It is critical that you contact a Fort Lauderdale traumatic brain injury attorney right away because the law places strict time limits (four years) on when you can take legal action for personal injury. An experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney from Yeboah Law Group will investigate your case, work with medical experts to examine your medical records, testify about your case and account for the long-term problems that TBI can cause in a person’s life. We will hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries and losses, and work to make sure that you and your loved ones are taken care of now and into the future.
Schedule a consultation with a skilled Fort Lauderdale traumatic brain injury attorney who fights for clients’ rights to compensation
Sustaining a TBI in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, can completely upend your life. You no longer live, work or interact with others in the same way which can cause a lot of pain. The aggressive personal injury lawyers at Yeboah Law Group are here for you and your family during this difficult time, and will work to protect your right to compensation for your injuries. You are encouraged to contact us for a free, in-depth consultation of your traumatic brain injury claim. Call now at 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation. We serve clients in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.
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