Head and brain injuries are among the most traumatic and life-altering injuries a person can suffer. When a person’s brain is injured, several devastating effects can follow—memory loss, personality and behavior changes, damaged nerves, diminished motor skills, and the inability to perform even something as simple as tying a shoe. To make matters more difficult, the costs of surgery, rehabilitation, and medication can be overwhelming.
Common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, changes in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
Several events can cause a traumatic brain injury, including a slip and fall accident, car accident, hit and run accidents, trucking accident, motorcycle accident, work accident, defective product, an accident due to a dangerous condition, struck by or against an object, and assaults. Brain injuries can also result from medical malpractice. These serious injuries may be a result of a childbirth complication, improper application of anesthesia, incorrect medication, poor oxygen monitoring or a number of other incidents that warrant the attention of an Ocala brain injury lawyer.
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A traumatic brain injury typically occurs after a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, according to the Mayo Clinic. After the injury, there is a decline in the brain’s ability to function. In some cases, the injury can be due to a physical object, such as a bullet, that is lodged into the person’s skull. For some people with traumatic brain injuries, the consequences may disappear over time as the body begins to heal itself. However, most TBIs are more serious. In the most severe cases, a TBI can lead to a comatose state or even death.
According to the CDC, the most common causes of a TBI are car accidents, firearms, and falls. When a person receives a TBI, it may take up to 24 hours for symptoms to begin appearing – which can vary depending on the exact type of TBI. The most common symptoms of a TBI are impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, as well as difficulty regulating emotions, according to the CDC. TBIs are most common among the elderly, young children under the age of four, and males under the age of 19. Contact an Ocala traumatic brain injury lawyer for more information.
Since TBI’s have such serious and potentially lifelong consequences, many families rightly wonder who is legally responsible for these damages. Under Ocala law, if the person who caused the TBI was behaving negligently then they may be responsible for the damages.
A person behaved negligently if their actions fell below society’s expectations of how a reasonable person would have behaved in similar circumstances. In short, if a person behaved recklessly or carelessly and those actions caused a TBI, then Ocala law on traumatic brain injuries may hold them responsible for the damages.
Speak with an Ocala traumatic brain injury lawyer to learn more about asserting liability, as these are some of the factors that can impact the amount for traumatic brain injury settlements in Florida.
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A prognosis for a traumatic brain injury can be devastating to a person and their family. Just the medical costs can be enormous. When you add in lost wages, a diminished quality of life, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering; the damages can reach even higher.
You may need an Ocala traumatic brain injury lawyer with the experience and knowledge of Florida’s traumatic brain injury laws to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Please contact one today.