North Port Brain Injury Lawyers
Brain injuries range from concussions to injuries caused by something impaling the skull. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can affect you in many ways, including impairing your memory, reasoning, sight, balance, expression, communication, and comprehension. TBIs can also cause emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, aggression, personality changes, sometimes causing you to act out or act inappropriately in social settings.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
In most cases, you will know you have a traumatic brain injury immediately. However, in some cases, you might think you feel fine, but you have certain symptoms that won’t go away. You may have a traumatic brain injury if you have one or more of these symptoms after an accident:
- You have difficulty thinking clearly.
- You feel like you slowed down.
- You cannot concentrate.
- You have a hard time remembering new information.
- You have headaches that will not go away.
- Your vision is blurry or fuzzy. If one pupil is larger than the other, see your physician as soon as possible.
- You often feel nauseous or you vomit for no other reason.
- You feel dizzy.
- You are suddenly sensitive to light or noise.
- You have a hard time balancing. If you start feeling weak or numb, or you notice your coordination constantly decreasing, you should see your physician as soon as possible.
- You feel tired all of the time.
- You seem to be irritable for no reason.
- You sleep more than you usually do.
- You feel sad all of the time.
- You sleep less than normal.
- You seem to be more emotional.
- You start slurring your speech.
- You have trouble getting to sleep.
- You lose consciousness.
- You constantly feel nervous or anxious.
- If you start having seizures, you should go to the emergency room.
Not all TBI symptoms show up immediately after an accident. It can take days or even months for symptoms to appear. Tell your physician right away about any accidents that may have caused a TBI, and if someone else caused the accident, let your attorney know about your symptoms as soon as possible. Documentation from your physician can help your case. New symptoms could mean that your TBI might last longer or produce worse impacts than initially anticipated, in which case you might recover additional compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that as of 2014—the last year for which the organization has published statistics—2.87 million people went to the hospital for TBIs. Of those, 837,000 were children. Breaking that statistic down, the CDC found that 2.53 million people, including 812,000 children, went to the emergency room; 288,000 people, including 23,000 children, were admitted to the hospital; and 56,800 people, including 2,529 children, died as a result of TBIs.
Retaining Boohoff Law’s Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
When you are in an accident, you might have the right to financial compensation for your injuries. Many people believe that it’s easy enough to settle with an insurance company, whether it’s your vehicle insurance, a business’s insurance company, or someone’s homeowner’s insurance company. However, insurance companies are in business to make money. Paying out on a claim for long-term injuries such as TBIs diminishes their bottom lines.
Most insurance companies will offer the smallest settlement possible, just to get you to go away. If you deserve to recover damages, you deserve more than token compensation. The insurance companies not only have to reimburse you for medical care for your injuries, lost wages, and more, but they also have to pay their attorneys to prepare a case if you decide to litigate. They would much rather you not retain an attorney and take the token offer.
Even if you retain an attorney and settle with the insurance company, you are likely going to get a better offer—the insurance company knows that if the offer is not fair enough that the attorney will recommend litigation. If you have an attorney, the insurance company will almost always make a better offer in the hopes of avoiding court. However, that better offer is not always enough.
You might deserve several types of damages, depending on the circumstances of your case. Florida allows for three types of damages: Economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Special or economic damages have a dollar amount attached to them. You might collect reimbursement for medical expenses you paid as a result of the accident, or past lost wages as compensation for the time you were unable to work as a result of the accident. You might also collect future medical expenses and lost wages for upcoming expenses and the upcoming time you are out of work.
Other economic damages include replacement or repair of personal property, including vehicles, damaged in the auto accident; and funeral and burial expenses.
General or non-economic damages are those that you can’t easily put a price on. General damages are usually awarded to those with long-term or permanent injuries and can include:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of companionship if you can no longer participate in family events and outings;
- Loss of consortium if you can no longer have a physical relationship with your spouse;
- Inconvenience if you must hire someone to do things you normally would do, including but not limited to home maintenance, lawn maintenance, shopping, and cleaning; and
- Loss of use if you have total or partial loss of use of a limb or other body part.
If the defendant’s actions were grossly negligent, you might recover punitive damages, which are used as a punishment against the defendant.
Contact Boohoff Law’s Brain Injury Attorneys Today
After suffering from a traumatic brain injury, contact Boohoff Law at (877) 999-9999 for a free consultation. We want to hear from you about your accident, how it took place, what effects it’s having on your life, and how we can help you recover.
Boohoff Law North Port
14900 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287