Traumatic Brain Injury & The Law
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is the source of long-term catastrophic injury to the brain that can require lifetime care. A brain injury this severe is often caused by medical negligence or blunt force trauma to the head in an auto accident, sporting injury, or fall. Litigation surrounding this type of brain injury can be time consuming, complicated, and emotional. The long-term consequences of a TBI on an injured individual can be expensive and devastating for family members. While no amount of monetary compensation can bring back your loved-one’s functions, compensation can ease the financial burden placed upon a family and provide the injured individual with necessary treatments.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Medical Malpractice
TBI’s can occur in the medical setting in several circumstances. Improper anesthesia dosages resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain are one of the most common, but TBIs can also result in infants if there is negligence during delivery or in the pre-natal care of the baby. According to the Brain Injury Association of Florida, over 100,000 Florida residents suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. These injuries can require around-the-clock care, a loss of mental or physical function, a loss of enjoyment in life, and a strain on family and personal relationships.
It is frustrating not just on the injured person, but on the family and friends as well. This is especially true when this injury is the result of a medical procedure that was supposed to save or make your loved one feel better. Many people will never fully recover from a TBI, and may incur extensive medical bills to treat the injury at its onset, and to sustain long-term treatment. Family members may miss work to care for the injured, and may lose income as a result. If the injured person was the breadwinner for the family, these concerns are multiplied.
TBI and Sports Injuries
In addition to medical negligence, TBI’s are common sports injuries. Prompted by a rise in TBI reports in the football arena, the NFL recently was the subject of helmet-safety litigation. Injured players received compensation in actions against football helmet manufacturers that failed to protect the injured players from injuries, despite wearing a helmet. Football is not the only place where TBI’s can occur—a TBI at its basic definition is really a concussion; severe concussions can have long-term, debilitating side effects that must be treated as soon as they occur.
If You’ve Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you were injured due to medical negligence or during a sports injury and suffered a TBI, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. TBIs are life-altering injuries that may require life-long financial support. In order to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to, contact an experienced Miami brain injury attorney at Alan Goldfarb P.A. to learn more about your rights. We are sensitive to the difficult time you and your family are going through and will do everything to advocate for you and your future health and support. Do not hesitate to contact us today.