TBI’s or a Traumatic Brain Injury is an incredibly serious injury that can forever alter the lives of those who receive them. The long-term effects of brain injuries can be drastic and can have long-lasting, life-altering effects on victims and their families. Traumatic Brain Injury is more often than not, a permanent injury. Florida law allows for victims to seek compensation for their injuries and any other losses they have incurred due to the injury when it was caused due to the fault or negligence of another person or business.
If you or a loved one has suffered TBI because another person or company was reckless, then contact The Law Place today for a free consultation with a Sarasota traumatic brain injury lawyer. We will advise you whether we think you have a strong claim and if you choose to have representation from us then we will fight by your side every step of the way.
Contact us now on 941-444-4444.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury? How do they occur?
A traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a large impact or jolt to the head, neck, or spine. When this happens, the brain will hit the inner walls of the skull, bruising the soft tissue. In more extreme cases, a traumatic brain injury can happen as the result of penetration of the skull and brain tissue. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, releases data every year on traumatic brain injuries and other accidents. They state that a whopping 1.7 million people receive a TBI every single year. And sadly, of that number, over 50,000 people lose their lives, and 275,00 are hospitalized.
Every Traumatic Brain Injury is different and comes in a range of severity. The most common form of TBI is a concussion, which causes the victim to display symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and confusion. In severe concussions, there can be memory loss and drowsiness.
In more extreme traumatic brain injury cases, the damage can cause long term problems, both mentally and physically. This can stop a victim from being able to live their lives to the same quality that they lived it beforehand. These more serious side effects range from loss of motor control to coma and vegetative states. In the absolute worst of cases, the victim may never wake up or regain full consciousness.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI then contact a Sarasota brain injury lawyer today, the sooner you do, the sooner we can take over the investigation of your case and hopefully relieve some of your stressors.
Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries
When it comes to diagnosing and treating a traumatic brain injury, there is usually a long and complex series of medication plans, therapy, and rehabilitation. With a serious brain injury, a victim could be looking at long periods inside a hospital in intensive care. They may also have to do extreme rehabilitation to regain motor function and speech in order to move towards regaining their usual life. Even after the patient leaves the hospital, there may be long term therapy and assisted living arrangements to consider.
Common Causes of a Sarasota Brain Injury
There are a number of common causes of brain injury. The most common cases we deal with are:
- Motoring accidents.
- Trucking accidents.
- Motorcycle crashes.
- Falling from height.
- Construction accidents.
- Sporting accidents.
- Boat crashes.
- Workplace falls and accidents.
- Bicycle crashes.
- Physical assault.
Can I Sue for Emotional Suffering After Receiving a Brain Injury?
Florida law is complex and tricky to navigate. The short answer here is yes, and you can sue for personal injury damages like pain and suffering if you meet the right criteria. Pain and suffering cover things like emotional anguish and loss of enjoyment if you are left unable to participate in activities that you did before the accident.
The longer answer is a little bit more complicated. When considering starting a pain and suffering claim for your brain injury, we highly recommend seeking the help of a reputable Sarasota. FL, personal injury lawyer. They know the intricacies of Sarasota County law and will be able to guide you through your claim. They will look at the severity of your injury, how long it has taken, or will take you to recover, the age of the claimant, and the impact the brain injury is going to have on the rest of the claimant’s life.
Pain and suffering claims are there to help those who have received a life-changing permanent injury. If your quality of life has changed or you will require long term treatment, and if you have permanent scarring, you have good grounds to seek a personal injury claim for your brain injury.
There is no limit to the damages that you can be awarded in Sarasota county for pain and suffering personal injury cases. The only limitations come when the accident was due to a car crash; in this scenario, you will be bound by Florida Personal Injury Protection PIP laws, as laid out in Florida Statute 627.736.
Time Is Critical – What you Need to Prove
Brain injuries are treated the same as any other personal injury case in Sarasota. You will have to prove that the injury came about due to the negligence of somebody else. In Sarasota and across Florida, this usually means you need to prove that somebody broke their duty of care to you. If the accident would not have happened in a similar situation if the other person had acted differently, this is grounds for a negligence lawsuit.
Sarasota is ruled by the Florida State Statutes, which layout a time limit on personal injury claims. In accordance with Florida Statue 95.11, this time limit is set at four years for personal injury and two years for medical malpractice. This means you have a set time limit from the date of your accident to make a claim, or you will be barred from making a claim regarding that case forever. This is final, and only in extreme circumstances can this rule be bent, for example, when somebody is in a long-term coma.
It is worth remembering, however, that in Sarasota FL, even though you have four years to make a claim for your brain injuries, you will have a much higher chance at receiving agreeable compensation if you get in touch with a personal injury law firm as quickly as you are able. Injury lawyers will need to build your case, and the longer you leave it, the harder it is to find the evidence needed.
Contact The Law Place Today!
At The Law Place, we have a collective experience of 75 years in dealing with brain injuries in Sarasota and across Florida. After a free consultation, we will allocate you a skilled lawyer who has dealt with brain injury cases just like yours before.
Our law firm will help you seek the compensation you deserve, and our injury lawyers will not rest until you are happy with the outcome.
We are contactable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so get in touch today so we can start fighting for your rights! Call us on 941-444-4444.