Many types of personal injury accidents can result in traumatic head and brain injuries. The brain may suffer injury in an accident due to blunt trauma to the skull and swelling. Brain injuries also occur when the force of momentum whips the head and neck around, often striking stationary and moving objects. Non-impact incidents can also cause brain injury due to lack of oxygen. Brain injuries are severe medical concerns that can lead to physical or cognitive disabilities. All head and brain injuries are serious and deserve the attention of an experienced Tampa brain injury lawyer. Fiol Law Group is your legal ally in Tampa Bay.
The Basics of Traumatic Head/Brain Injuries
A head injury is any sort of damage to the brain, skull, or scalp. This includes contusions, bruising, fractures, concussions, and brain injuries. Head and brain injuries take many different forms and require a variety of treatments. The prognosis for recovery depends entirely on the severity of the injury. An open head injury is one in which the skull has cracked and something has touched the brain. A closed head injury does not break the skull, but may still affect the brain. There are two main categories of head injuries:
- Blow-related injuries. A blow to the head, or traumatic blunt force, can occur in a car accident, slip and fall, physical assault, catastrophic bike accident, or sports-related accident. Blows to the head can cause skull injuries or concussion. Concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a blow jolting the brain around in the skull.
- Shake-related injuries. Brain injuries can also occur from excessive shaking. Injuries from shaking occur most often in infants and small children (Shaken Baby Syndrome), but can happen during any type of violent shaking.
Head and brain injuries can take the form of a hematoma, hemorrhage, concussion, edema, skull fracture, or diffuse axonal injury. It is impossible to see the full picture of a head or brain injury without x-ray scans. However, common symptoms of brain injuries include dizziness, nausea, bad headache, seizures, dilated pupils, confusion, and memory loss. See a doctor as soon as possible after any blow to the head to ensure you do not have a traumatic brain injury.
Brain injuries may also result from medical malpractice or hospital negligence. An anesthesia error during surgery can cut off oxygen to the brain, causing brain hypoxia. Lack of oxygen in the brain can lead to physical and cognitive difficulties, coma, and death. Hypoxia may also occur in infants during the labor and birth processes under the care of a negligent or incompetent physician. Failure to monitor fetal heart rate and take appropriate action in emergencies can lead to lack of oxygen in the brain.
When to Sue | Tampa Head and Brain Injury Attorney
Every head and brain injury is different. Speak to a brain injury attorney about the specific details of your particular injury to find out if you have the elements of a personal injury case. This may be the case if you sustained a head and/or brain injury in a car accident, while playing sports, in a slip and fall accident, during surgery, at work, from a defective product, or during a physical assault. If someone owed you a standard of care, breached this standard, and caused your head injury, you likely have a case of negligence.
Fiol Law Group has what it takes to represent you in car accident, medical malpractice, and work-related cases. Our lawyers may be able to seek compensation for your past and future medical bills, including any physical therapy or rehabilitation you may need. Compensation may also cover your mental anguish, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. This is especially important if you cannot return to the job you held prior to the accident due to permanent brain damage. Contact us for a free consultation.