Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer Randall Spivey says many accidents cause brain injuries, including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall accidents, as well as accidents on retail, public and private properties. Many of the injuries from these accidents may not be apparent at first but come on gradually.
“The full effects of a brain injury may take days or weeks to develop, and these effects may be somewhat subtle. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, the victim and his or her family members may not get the help that is needed right away, which can delay any potential progress in the victim’s condition. Likewise, some symptoms of a brain injury may be mistaken for other medical conditions, which can lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment,” according to a car accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
TraumaticBrainInjury.com says, “A traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of any force that penetrates or fractures the skull; areas which are susceptible during an auto accident. Trauma to the brain can occur during an automobile accident when the skull strikes, for example, an object like a steering wheel or windshield.”
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) reports that older adults and young children are at the highest risk of sustaining traumatic brain injury (TBI) because of falls, but everyone is at some risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
- Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
- Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
There are times when retail, public and private properties are unsafe for the public resulting in accidents that can include a brain injury. According to Florida law, it is the responsibility of these properties to maintain safe conditions. Patrons have an expectation that they will be safe and businesses have a duty to maintain their properties and clearly mark hazards with warning signs.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that those who survive some brain injuries have the potential of facing the effects for just a few days or for the rest of their lives. Brain injuries can include impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). These issues not only affect individuals but also can have lasting effects on families and communities.
Brain injury experts want the public to be aware of brain injuries and concussions. In 2016, Brooke Mills, a high school freshman who suffered a concussion, founded National Concussion Awareness Day®, which is in September each year. The purpose of the day “…is to create an opportunity for public discussion of this issue. By raising awareness of the importance of recognizing a concussion, treating it appropriately, and supporting the injured, we can positively impact lives across the country.”
“Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident as the result of the negligence of another, you may contact our firm 24/7. We are always available to assist you, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A, in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.