Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) occur with increasing frequency across the country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million individuals suffer from TBIs in the country annually. The CDC found after combing through its data that TBIs are responsible for 1,365,000 emergency room visits annually, and result in 275,000 hospitalizations. The CDC additionally reports that accidents may be the leading culprit in causing TBIs. Falls seem to be the most biggest cause, with the highest incidences among children between 0 and 4 years of age and for adults ages 75 years and older. Accidental falls are attributable for nearly 523,000 emergency room visits and over 62,000 hospitalizations. However, when it comes to TBI-related deaths, injuries from vehicular accidents are identified as the leading cause of fatalities due to TBI especially for adults who are between 20 and 24 years old.
According to a report by the Florida Department of Health, 162,379 Floridians suffered a TBI in 2012, and among those injured, 3,685 were fatal. Additionally, other studies state that approximately 2 percent of Florida’s population is living with long-term disabilities – over 400,000 individuals. If you were involved in an accident in Fort Lauderdale or any city in Florida and believe you have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, you should immediately consult with Englander Peebles, a seasoned personal injury law firm.Liability for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries occur with varying levels of severity and may result in a number of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities that those injured may have to live with for the rest of their lives. Blunt force trauma to the head can bring on a TBI, but its symptoms may not immediately show up. Those who have injured are not always in the best position to notice the extent of the injury. TBI symptoms may include personality changes and impaired cognitive functions, which may be first noticed by family members, friends, or coworkers. These cognitive deficits include difficulties with attention, concentration, and memory, concentration, mental processing speed, confusion, impulsiveness, and impaired language processing. Additionally, victims of TBIs may also have irritability, depression, disinhibition, and denial or lack of awareness.
In order to prove liability, plaintiffs must show that the type of trauma he or she suffered is known to be the cause of TBI and provide evidence of how symptoms of the injury evolved and were discovered. It is accepted in the medical community that not all symptoms of a TBI develop at the time of the initial head trauma or accident and may take time to become noticeable. Victims will often need qualified medical experts to provide an opinion that the trauma caused the TBI. TBI litigation is complex and requires experienced legal counsel.
The attorneys at Englander Peebles can provide you with effective legal representation. If you or a loved one sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by the negligence of another in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, or any other county in Florida, contact us for a free initial consultation by calling (954) 500-4878 or by submitting our online form.