Traumatic Brain Injuries Impact More Than 20,000 Florida Residents Each Year
Head injuries can result from a variety of different types of accidents. In Florida, they are one of the most common and potentially serious types of personal injury. Even a relatively minor bump or blow to the head can leave you suffering lingering disabilities, with the need for ongoing medical care. When these types of injuries occur due to the reckless or negligent actions of others, you may be entitled to compensation for your current costs and future damages through a personal injury claim.
Traumatic Brain Injuries In Florida
Any type of bump, blow, or sudden jolt to the head can result in concussion, skull fractures, and other conditions which fall under the category of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the Florida Department of Health, nearly 20,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms throughout the state for TBI each year, while 4,000 others end up dying as the result of their injuries. TBI can occur as the result of accidents such as the following:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Being struck by or against objects;
- Sports and recreational accidents; and
- Work related accidents.
TBI can also happen in cases involving medical malpractice. This often occurs when doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, or other medical staff make an error that causes the brain to be deprived of oxygen and in situations involving child birth related injuries.
The Long-Term Costs of Head Injuries
TBI causes disruption in the brain’s neural pathways, resulting in temporary or permanent physical, emotional, and cognitive impairments. The severity depends on the type of accident you were involved in and whether you experienced prior bumps or blows to the head in the past.
Healthline advises that it is important to get medical care immediately when a head injury is suspected and to follow all of your doctor’s instructions to avoid potentially life threatening complications. Symptoms of TBI, which may not appear until days or even weeks after your accident, include:
- Recurring headaches;
- Blurred vision;
- Trouble speaking or forming thoughts;
- Problems comprehending what is being said;
- Loss of memory;
- Balance issues and difficulty walking;
- Slowed reflexes and reaction times;
- Sleep disturbances; and
- Emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, or flying into fits of rage.
These and other impacts can prevent you from working or being able to perform simple household tasks, while the costs of medical care and testing such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography (CT) scan can be exorbitant. It is important when filing a claim in the aftermath of an accident resulting in head injuries to make sure any settlement includes compensation for future losses you are likely to suffer.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When you or someone you love suffers a head injury, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover. To request a consultation to discuss your case, call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney online today.