All too often, traumatic brain injury, or TBI, results from dangerous accidents, whether they are on the road or at a job site. TBI occurs when a sudden but forceful impact hits the head or the rapid motion of the brain inside the skull (such as forwards and backward motions that happen with whiplash during car accidents). Brain function is stalled, and the victims risk losing the ability to walk, speak, or breathe without some kind of help. When TBI occurs, know your legal rights – an experienced Florida personal injury trial lawyer can help.
TBI is the third most common cause of injury-related death in the United States. However, if someone survives, they still face painful and lingering side effects:
- Imbalance and dizziness
- Memory and hearing loss
- Trouble speaking
- Loss of consciousness
- Increased blood pressure
These side effects make it difficult to live a normal life. In addition to physical side effects, the trauma induced by TBI can be debilitating and cost people their jobs and livelihood. It is estimated that the total cost of medical bills and lost income is over $76 billion every year. Not only are people experiencing mental and physical effects, but a financial strain as well.
It is unfair that TBI often happens due to negligence in a car accident, from a physician, or at nursing homes for the elderly. If TBI happens because of this negligent behavior and wrongdoing, victims and their families may receive compensation. The best way to know your legal rights is to speak with a personal injury lawyer.