Those who suffer from a concussion may expect headaches or changes in sleep patterns, at least for a few days. Unfortunately, even mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have much more severe consequences, including problems like Visual Midline Shift Syndrome. This condition affects many accident victims who experience a blunt force impact to the head and can cause vision and balance problems for years to come. Although often treatable, this kind of trauma-related brain injury can have significant repercussions for a person’s life. Those repercussions can be particularly frustrating for those who were injured in accidents through no fault of their own. If you are suffering from Visual Midline Shift Syndrome or another TBI-related medical condition, you could be entitled to compensation for treatment and therapy. To learn more about seeking damages for your own losses, please call our dedicated Florida brain injury lawyers today.
What is Visual Midline Shift Syndrome?
Visual Midline Shift Syndrome (VMSS) is a type of medical condition that causes a visual and sensory shift in the concept of someone’s bodily midline. Basically, the brain is unable to process visual and spatial information properly, causing someone to feel as though his or her center of balance is shifted too far in one direction. A common result of traumatic brain injury, VMSS can cause serious problems with balance and motor function, making it difficult to coordinate movements and maintain central balance, which in turn can affect a person’s lifestyle and employment prospects. Accident victims suffering from VMSS may also feel as though the floor is tilted, or may perceive an object that is directly in front of them as being off to the side. Other symptoms include:
- A constant sense of imbalance;
- Problems with posture;
- Abnormal gait;
- Changes in the sense of direction; and
- Uneven weight distribution.
When left untreated, VMSS can cause long-term issues and can even result in permanent disability.
Compensation for Ongoing Treatment
Like many TBI-related health conditions, VMSS often requires ongoing treatment, including long-term therapy, specialized medical equipment, and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for this kind of ongoing treatment to create financial burdens for accident victims, who may also be struggling from a loss of income, due to an inability to work. However, filing a lawsuit can offset these expenses, especially those that aren’t covered by insurance. A damages award obtained through settlement or litigation could provide compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical bills;
- The cost of medical equipment and assistive devices;
- Past lost wages;
- The loss of the ability to generate income;
- Emotional distress; and
- Pain and suffering.
How much a person can recover in damages depends on a variety of factors, including the severity and duration of the condition from which the victim is suffering. For a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your own case, please reach out to our office today.
Contact Our Legal Team for Help
If you suffered a head injury in a car crash, slip and fall accident, an assault, or another type of accident, please call 305-371-2692 and set up a meeting with one of the dedicated Florida brain injury lawyers at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP today.