Orlando Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Each year, over 2.5 million Americans make an emergency department visit because of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). More than one in ten of those visits will result in hospitalization and approximately 50,000 TBI victims will die as a result of their injuries each year. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury, or you are the family member of someone who was fatally injured as a result of a TBI, you could be entitled to compensation if someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct caused or contributed to the injury. At Bailey Fisher, we understand how a traumatic brain injury can impact you and your loved ones. We are committed to making sure you are fully and fairly compensated for the devastating physical, financial, and emotional injuries you have suffered as a result of a TBI.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” A TBI can be mild, moderate or severe. A mild TBI is commonly referred to as a concussion and may cause a short loss of consciousness or no loss of consciousness at all. A moderate TBI will typically result in lethargy, a loss of consciousness, and/or a response to stimulation only while a severe TBI causes an extended period of unconsciousness, coma, or even death.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries have several common causes. Age plays a significant role in the likelihood of suffering a TBI as a result of any of the leading causes, according to the CDC. For example:
- Falls are the number one cause of TBIs and account for almost half (48%) of all TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits. Those under 17 and over 65 disproportionately suffer fall-related TBIs.
- Being struck by or against an object was the second leading cause of TBI-related ED visits, accounting for about 17% of all TBI-related ED visits. Sports and workplace injuries often fall into this category.
- Falls and motor vehicle crashes were the first and second leading causes of all TBI-related hospitalizations (52% and 20%, respectively).
- The leading cause of death resulting from a TBI is a fall, motor vehicle crash, or intentional self-harm, depending on your age.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
One thing that makes a TBI so dangerous is that a victim who has suffered a TBI may not feel symptoms for days, even weeks, after the injury that caused the TBI. It is for this reason that any head trauma should prompt an immediate and thorough examination by a physician. A TBI can cause a wide range of symptoms, including impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, sensation, or emotional functioning. Some of the most common symptoms of a TBI include:
- Blurry vision
- Balance problems
- Light sensitivity
- Personality changes
- Memory loss
- Trouble sleeping
Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury
Because a TBI can cause serious and potentially permanent injuries, immediate medical care should be sought following a blow or injury to the head. Imaging tests such as an MRI or CT Scan are typically used to diagnose a TBI along with a neurological examination utilizing the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to determine the severity of the injury. Maintaining sufficient oxygen and blood flow is crucial to prevent any further injury to the head or spinal cord. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to reduce pressure within the skull.
Approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. are the result of a TBI. For those who suffer a non-fatal TBI, about one-third of all TBIs that require hospitalization will cause lasting disability. The cost to a victim can be exorbitant. Estimates range as high as $3 million in medical costs alone over the course of a lifetime – and that does not take into account the emotional pain and suffering caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Bailey Fisher have the skill and experience necessary to help you pursue a claim for injuries caused by a TBI.
If you believe that the negligence or wrongful conduct of another party caused, or contributed to, your traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to pursue a lawsuit for personal injuries. We are committed to helping the victims, and surviving family members, of a traumatic brain injury to ensure that they are fully and fairly compensated for the physical and emotional injuries they have suffered.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando traumatic brain injury attorneys will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.