Sustaining any type of head injury is dangerous. Moderate to severe Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), however, are some of the most devastating brain injuries that a person can sustain, often leaving survivors to contend with chronic pain and disability for the rest of their lives. When these kinds of injuries are the result of an accident for which the victim wasn’t at fault, he or she could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one sustained a serious head injury in Florida, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our dedicated Florida brain injury lawyers to learn more about your legal options.
What Qualifies as a Moderate to Severe TBI?
Moderate and severe TBIs are caused by a blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head. These kinds of injuries are especially likely to occur after a fall, an assault, or a serious car accident. Whatever the cause, severe TBIs usually result in an extended period of unconsciousness, as well as a variety of other physical symptoms, like vomiting or nausea, persistent headaches, and convulsions and seizures. Victims may also experience the following symptoms, many of which are long-term:
- Problems with learning and thinking, including difficulty communicating, issues with focusing, and trouble with comprehension and memory;
- Reduced motor skills, hearing, and vision, including weakness in the limbs, problems with coordination and balance, changes in sensory perception, and hearing and vision loss;
- Changes in behavior, like personality changes, issues with impulsivity, and problems with impulse control; and
- Changes in emotion or mood, including depression, anxiety, and feelings of aggression.
Long-Term Symptoms of Severe TBIs
Fortunately, some of the aforementioned symptoms will lessen, or even disappear over time and after treatment and rehabilitation. There are, however, a number of long-term negative effects of severe TBIs. Many of those who sustain severe TBIs, for instance, have shorter life expectancies and are more likely to suffer from seizures, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. People who suffer moderate to severe TBIs also often face a number of chronic health problems, including progressive brain atrophy, that require life-long treatment. TBI victims are also more likely to suffer from sleep disorders and psychiatric problems. The costs of treating these kinds of health problems can be extreme, which can be doubly frustrating for accident victims whose injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence. Recovering compensation from the at-fault party is often the best way to ensure that victims have the funds they need to pay for treatment and rehabilitation for the years to come.
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If you or a loved one sustained a serious TBI in an accident, you may be struggling to pay medical bills and make up for lost income. For help determining the strengths and weaknesses of your own personal injury claim, please call 305-371-2692 and speak with one of the dedicated Miami TBI attorneys at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP today.