The rate of traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, has steadily increased for more than a decade. Today, TBIs account for roughly 30 percent of all injury deaths in the U.S.
When a traumatic brain injury is caused by the negligent action (or inaction) of another, compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering may be available to victims and their families.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Explained
Traumatic brain injuries are generally caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head which causes bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain.
Falls, vehicle-related collisions, sports injuries, and violence are common causes of TBI.
Brain injuries range in severity and are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Immediate and long-term effects of a brain injury vary based on severity and what area(s) of the brain are affected.
Common symptoms (short and long-term) of a TBI might include:
- Headache and fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced cognitive functioning
- Diminished memory or attention span
- Lack of regular motor function or coordination
- Difficulty balancing
- Weakness in the extremities
- Minimized or loss of sensation
- Increased anxiety, aggression, and depression
- Mild to significant personality change
At Heintz & Becker, we are dedicated to representing victims of negligence in Bradenton, Sarasota, and nearby communities in Florida.
Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries
The cumulative expense of hospitalization, rehabilitation, long-term care, and loss of income can quickly overwhelm a family already dealing with the physical and emotional challenges associated with the injury.
In Florida, the median hospitalization following a TBI is three days. The median cost of TBI-related hospitalization was more than $48,794, according to the most recent state data.
If another person’s reckless or negligent actions caused you or a family member to suffer a severe head injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Compensation for a traumatic brain injury may include money for:
- Emergency services
- Medical bills
- Mental health services
- Loss of income or loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
At Heintz & Becker, we have an impressive track record of successful verdicts and settlements, and we can help you too.
Florida’s Youth Sports Concussion Law
In 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed concussion bill HB 291, which stipulates safety guidelines for youth players who may have suffered a concussion or head injury. Among other things, the law requires “written medical clearance” before a player can return to practice or competition.
Florida’s bill standardizes return-to-play protocols for students, teachers, athletic trainers, and physicians. Anyone with a child in youth sports should become familiar with the signs and symptoms of concussion to avoid complications. Failing to report an injury or withdraw a player from sport could be deemed negligent if the player were to sustain an injury.
Click here to read more about youth sports policies and safety standards.
Florida Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
At Heintz & Becker, our experienced attorneys have handled brain injury claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls on premises, incidents of assault, construction accidents, and much more.
If you’ve been affected by a head injury and are seeking a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer, contact our law firm today. We work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until your case gets settled.
We have two convenient office locations in Bradenton and Sarasota. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you.