Serious accidents can happen anywhere, whether you’re at work, driving in your car, or on vacation. In some incidents, accidents may be are severe enough to cause brain injuries. For individuals in Fort Lauderdale injured as a result of someone else’s action, brain damage lawsuits can help them pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering caused by these catastrophic injuries. The team at Cecere Santana often helps clients file a claim and negotiate settlements in traumatic brain injury cases.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a term that refers to injuries relating to the scalp, brain, and skull. They can occur as a result of a violent jolt or blow to the head or due to a penetrating injury.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries are known as “invisible injuries.” Although you cannot immediately see the injury effects, the damage is there. The type and length of medical care you may need, depends on a variety of factors such as:
- The injury location
- The severity of the damage
- How it was acquired
Concussions are caused by an impact to the head, shaking or a sudden change in movement, such as whiplash. In Broward County, this type of damage often occurs in automobile and slip and fall accidents. They cannot always be seen on imaging tests, but they should be treated as serious injuries. Concussions can cause memory loss, disorientation, headaches, and problems concentrating. If you sustain a second concussion before the first one heals, second impact syndrome is a possibility.
Commonly known as a bruise, a contusion occurs when a blood vessel or capillary leaks into the surrounding area. However, when the bruising occurs on the brain, leakage’s pressure has no place to go. Loss of consciousness, emotional distress, agitation, and confusion are symptoms of a mild to moderate injury of this type. If it is severe, swelling often develops between 48 and 72 hours after the injury, which can reduce the brain’s oxygen levels. CT scans can quickly and accurately diagnose this type of injury.
Penetrating Brain Injuries
When an external force or object of some kind pierces the skull and makes contact with the brain, the force can cause severe damage. Symptoms can range from heavy bleeding from the ears or head, seizures, loss of consciousness, movement, or feeling in the extremities to coma. Depending on your condition, blood tests, an MRI or CT scan can be used to determine the severity of the injury.
Anoxic Brain Injuries
When there is a blockage of blood flow, the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen to function correctly. . Four to five minutes after the blockage, brain cells begin to die and an injury occurs. Trauma, such as a stroke or a heart attack, can cause this type of injury.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are a wide range of situations that can result in brain trauma in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
- Bicycle accidents are on the rise as more people are trying to save on gas, reduce emissions, and live healthier. Lack of appropriate protective gear, such as helmets could result in a TBI injury in a collision with another bicycle, object, or vehicle.
- Medical negligence caused by medication or anesthesia errors can result in brain damage and cognitive impairment that affects them for the rest of their lives.
- Vehicle-related accidents such as a car, truck, and motorcycle collisions can have life-altering consequences. Your life or that of a loved one can change in a moment.
- Workplace accidents such as a slip and fall under hazardous conditions can result in a TBI.
South Florida attorneys for brain damage can help ensure you get the medical attention you need and look out for your best interest while you focus on healing.
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Cecere Santana has experience representing clients with traumatic brain injuries, caused by misconduct or negligence of another party. Our TBI Fort Lauderdale lawyers ensure you know your rights, understand your options, and fight for the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We can meet with you at the hospital, home or work.
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