Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer Successfully Handling Brain Injury Claims
Were you or a loved one involved in an accident that resulted in a serious brain injury? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. With the help of an experienced Fort Myers brain injury lawyer, you can recover the full spectrum of benefits you are entitled to.
The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., provides seasoned legal representation to people who have suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident or injury that was caused by another person or business’s action or inaction. Call us today at (888) 477-4839 to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.
Understanding Brain Injury Accidents
Brain injuries can range from subtle to catastrophic. Often, they occur from an accident involving loss of consciousness or a blow to the head. The effects of a brain injury do not always appear immediately following such an accident. Many times, it will be a family member or a loved one who first notices a loved one's decline in mental status following a serious injury.
For these reasons, it is essential that you always receive medical treatment following any type of blow to the head, particularly if you have lost consciousness, even momentarily. 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, however, 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. As a result, even if you believe that you have suffered no ill effects from a blow to the head, you should still seek medical advice and undergo any recommended course of testing and treatment, just to be safe.
At the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., we work with expert medical professionals in order to accurately assess each victim’s brain injury. You can count on your Fort Myers personal injury lawyer to review all MRI and CT scans of the brain to determine the exact source and extent of the brain injury, and use this information to help victims collect the money damages that are deserved following a brain injury accident.
Brain Injury Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may cause a wide variety of symptoms, depending on the level of impact. It is critical to seek medical attention if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Not thinking clearly
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Trouble falling asleep
- Unexplained sadness
- Unexplained depression
- Unexplained anxiety
- Easily angered, upset, or annoyed
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Persistent headaches
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Blurred vision
- Dizziness or balance problems
Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries
Although circumstances are different for everyone, it may be possible to prevent or at least minimize the risk of TBIs by taking several precautions. For example:
- When you are driving, always wear your seatbelt, refrain from texting and driving or other types of distracted driving and be aware of your surroundings by constantly scanning ahead and looking on each side.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs before or while driving.
- If you are biking, riding, or working construction, always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- At home, remove anything that tends to cause tripping and falling, such as throw rugs, toys on the floor, or uneven surfaces.
- Install handrails in bathrooms and stairways.
- Keep elderly adults active but use caution.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathroom and shower.
- Get regular eye examinations and use your driving glasses if you are required to wear them.
Common Brain Injuries
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that often results from blows to the head. Concussions are quite common for athletes and fairly common for construction workers. However, a concussion can also occur in a vehicle accident, a fall, and a fight or assault. Such injuries should be treated immediately after impact. Ignoring a concussion may result in serious long-term injuries. Most concussions heal relatively quickly after treatment, but victims may have to rest for a substantial time after an incident. Those suffering from such injuries are generally entitled to recover damages for their medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and mental anguish that result from the incident.
Minor Head Injuries and Trauma
Even relatively minor head injuries can affect your brain's normal functionality. These types of head injuries are typically harder to identify because the victim or those close to the victim may not recognize the symptoms resulting from a minor head injury. If you have suffered any type of minor (or major) head impact, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Your injury and symptoms may worsen if left untreated.
Treatment and Rehabilitation Options for Brain Injuries
Specialized care is usually required for brain injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, a licensed and trained neurologist will monitor you consistently to ensure that any brain damage is as limited as possible. Severe brain injuries often require consistent and continued rehabilitation to recover lost motor function, memory, self-care skills, and/or personality changes.
Medical and nutritional needs will have to be administered and managed by the victim or someone close to the victim, such as a close friend or family member. These caregivers may need specialized training to be sure they are adequately prepared to support the victim.
Brain injury treatments can be quite expensive and may place a substantial financial burden on victims and their caregivers. Accordingly, injured parties are encouraged to seek financial compensation for their losses. Let our Fort Myers brain injury lawyers handle your case while you focus on your recovery.
Schedule a Consultation Today with an Experienced Fort Myers Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injury accidents often can render a person completely unable to work, financially crippling an individual and his or her family, particularly if the injury victim was the sole or primary breadwinner for his or her family.
Please contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. right away for a free consultation if you or a family member has suffered a brain injury. You don't pay any fees or costs unless you win a financial settlement or jury verdict at the conclusion of your case. And for more information, please visit our settlements and verdicts page to view the results in some of the Florida brain injury cases and other cases handled by Randall L. Spivey.
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