Tampa Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injuries are extremely dangerous and sometimes deadly. Some brain injuries occur due to momentum shifts, violent directional changes, or other external forces acting on the body. Others happen due to violence, accidents, falls, car crashes, and many other possible scenarios. After a brain injury, the victim may be unable to represent him or herself in a legal dispute, leaving it up to the victim’s family to handle a lawsuit.
The Williams Law team understands how devastating a brain injury can be for victims and their families, and we want our clients in the Tampa area to have some idea of what to expect from these cases. Brain injuries often leave extensive damage, and injured victims should not be left paying for the mistakes and negligence of others.
Types of Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) describes any injury that damages the brain. Concussions are one of the most common TBIs, especially for athletes who play contact sports like American football and ice hockey or combat veterans who participate in engagements near explosions, collapsing structures, or other hazards that may cause traumatic impact to the brain.
Concussions range in severity and carry a host of potential symptoms. A mild concussion may leave a victim disoriented or dizzy for some time, causing headaches or sensitivity to light and sound for several days or weeks following the injury. More severe concussions can result in delirium or unconsciousness, and typically entail more significant long-term effects. Regardless of severity, any concussion leaves the victim more susceptible to future concussions, in addition to other concerns.
Some people who suffer concussions develop post-concussive syndrome, a medical condition that entails intense headaches, migraines, mood swings, irritability, sensory distortion, and other types of abnormal behavior. Many people who experience concussions feel the effects for years, sometimes with long gaps between episodes, of cluster headaches, mood swings, and other noticeable symptoms.
More severe TBIs result from penetrating wounds, or any injury involving foreign objects entering the skull and damaging the brain. Penetrating wounds are common in combat and acts of violence involving firearms, clubs, or sharp weapons. Any type of TBI can cause brain hemorrhaging, loss of blood flow to the brain, or other medical conditions that can easily turn fatal if left untreated.
Filing a Lawsuit
If you suffered a TBI and are able to effectively speak to a lawyer on your own, your lawyer will help you gather the necessary evidence to make your case before a court. In the event that a TBI leaves you unresponsive or otherwise unable to represent your own interests, a family member such as a spouse, parent, or adult child may represent your case on your behalf. If another person or party caused the TBI through reckless action, negligence, or intentional acts, you’ll need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover your damages.
Depending on the nature of the TBI in question, you can recover your medical expenses, the costs of any necessary ongoing or future treatments and procedures, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and lost income. Many severe TBI injuries leave victims with permanent brain damage or cause them to lose the ability to resume work. Injured plaintiffs in these situations often can recover compensation for the income they would have been able to earn in the future. To succeed in your case, your attorney must prove that the defendant was negligent in his or her actions, and that negligence directly caused the TBI in question.
Hire Reliable Representation
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI in the Tampa area, contact the Williams Law legal team to start building your case. We have decades of experience handling all types of civil actions, including personal injury lawsuits for brain injuries. Reach out to us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your brain injury case today. One of our attorneys will assess your situation and let you know what you can expect from a lawsuit.