According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million Americans suffer serious head injuries annually. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which are generally caused by a serious blow or jolt to the head, are responsible for a substantial number of permanent disability cases. The CDC estimates that at least 5.3 million people in the United States have long-term care needs as a result of brain injury.
At Heintz & Becker, our experienced traumatic brain and head injury lawyers are skilled at helping people in the Sarasota and Bradenton area maximize the compensation they need for medical treatment and care following a serious brain injury. We have an impressive track record of successful verdicts and settlements, and we can help you too. To schedule a free consultation with one of our traumatic brain injury lawyers to discuss your head injury lawsuit, call us today at 941-748-2916.
Long-Term Impact of TBIs
Brain injuries can range in severity and are classified as mild, moderate, and severe. Almost a third of all injury-related deaths are due in part to TBIs. Immediate and long-term effects of a brain injury will vary based on the level of injury. These injuries can potentially impact people in the following ways:
- Cognitive function such as diminished memory or attention span
- Motor function such as diminished coordination, balance or weakness in extremities
- Sensations such as vision, hearing, touch and perception
- Emotion such as increased anxiety, aggression and depression as well as diminished impulse control and personality changes
Whether you are left with persistent headaches from a mild brain injury or if a severe brain injury caused the untimely death of a loved one, a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer can help.
Representing Traumatic Head Injury Causes
Brain injuries are classified as either open or closed. An open brain injury refers to a traumatic brain injury caused by a skull fracture or an object that penetrates the skull and damages the brain. A closed brain injury is caused when a blow or other outside force causes the brain to move within the skull.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) lists slip-and-fall accidents as the leading cause of brain injuries. Other top TBI causes include:
- Car crashes
- Accidents involving semi-trucks
- Motorcycle accidents
- Collisions with moving or stationary objects (sports-related injuries fall in this category)
- Assault or other violent crimes
Regardless of the circumstances of your claim, if another person's reckless or negligent actions have caused you or a family member to suffer a severe head or brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Cost of Traumatic Brain Injury
CDC statistics show that traumatic brain injury costs in the United States have reached over $76.5 billion annually in medical costs and lost production. The costs to individuals affected by a TBI can vary. The cumulative expense from initial hospitalization, rehabilitation, long-term care, to loss of income can quickly become overwhelming to individuals and family members already dealing with the physical and emotional burdens of a traumatic brain injury.
Each traumatic brain and head injury lawyer at Heintz & Becker — serving Sarasota, Bradenton, and Florida clients statewide — helps ensure that victims are not overlooked or shortchanged. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Traumatic Brain and Head Injury Lawyer Today
Heintz & Becker's attorneys have handled brain injury claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls on premises, incidents of assault, and construction accidents. If you have been affected by a head injury and are seeking a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer, contact our law firm today. We have offices in Bradenton and Sarasota. If you can't come to us, we will come to you.