Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Respected Brain Injury Attorneys Offer Representation Nationwide
The nationally-regarded brain injury attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have been representing victims of catastrophic accidents for more than 40 years. During that time, we have obtained many successful verdicts and settlements in traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims, several of which remain among the largest ever recorded in the nation. In one such case, attorney Deborah J. Gander represented the child of a U.S. Navy serviceman who sustained a permanent, disabling brain injury as the result of medical negligence during birth. Our lawyers successfully tried this case to a verdict of $60.9 million, the highest award ever recorded for such a claim at the time.
Traumatic brain injuries may result from any kind of head trauma, which can occur in virtually any type of accident. For this reason, every TBI case is different, and requires careful, thorough investigation. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our brain injury attorneys have the experience necessary to explore every possibility for our clients. We understand that a brain injury affects not only the victim but also the victim’s family. Therefore, we work with everyone involved to ensure that you receive the compensation you need for ongoing medical bills and other expenses.
Nationwide Success with Brain Injury Claims
An injury to the brain is potentially one of the most devastating outcomes of a car crash or any other type of accident. The symptoms and effects of a TBI can range from headaches and memory lapses to severe physical and cognitive impairment. As a result, victims of brain injuries often require a lifetime of care, which often includes constant supervision and assistance. For this reason, our brain injury attorneys consider all past and future expenses before filing this kind of personal injury claim. Our goal is to make sure the victim and his or her family obtain the financial support necessary to ease the hardship of a TBI as much as possible.
In addition to the largest award for its time ($60.8 million) in a Federal Tort Claims Act case, our law firm has handled many complex, high-profile claims involving brain injuries. For example, attorney Joseph J. Kalbac, Jr. successfully represented a medical malpractice case involving a child who sustained a TBI in Pinellas County, Florida. The confidential settlement in this claim was one of the highest recorded for that county.
Many traumatic brain injury cases also involve other legal issues, such as product liability. Attorney Mike Eidson represented one such case, in which a juvenile passenger of a Ford Econoline van sustained a severe TBI during a rollover accident. During our investigation, we found that manufacturing and design defects caused this crash. Our lawyers obtained a jury verdict or $30.7 million in this case.
What are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Almost any accident can potentially cause a traumatic brain injury, especially if your head impacts a surface with force. However, a brain injury may also result from a lack of oxygen, rather than head trauma. Even mild brain injuries like concussions can be dangerous. Sustaining multiple concussions, especially within a short period of time, can cause the same effects as any other TBI.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Falls. Slip and fall accidents as well as falls from heights are the most common cause of brain injuries. Those over the age of 65 are most at risk for this kind of TBI.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Head trauma during a car crash can be severe, especially in high-speed or multi-car collisions. While airbags can prevent vehicle occupants from severe brain injury, auto defects sometimes render these devices ineffective or dangerous.
- Medical malpractice. Any negligence during surgery or other procedure can result in a lack of oxygen to the brain due to heart failure or other causes. This is called “hypoxia,” if there is minimal oxygen flow, or “anoxia” if it is cut off altogether. Even if medical professionals can reverse this mistake, the brain may be irreparably damaged. This kind of TBI may also result from a birth injury due to medical negligence.
- Assault. Head trauma during an assault can result in a serious TBI or wrongful death from brain damage.
- Construction accidents. Blunt trauma from falling or sliding objects on worksites is a common cause of brain injuries. The risk of serious injuries increases when construction companies fail to follow OSHA safety regulations.
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If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, then contact our personal injury law firm today. We can assist you in filing your claim and will consult medical professionals, economists, accident reconstructionists and more to calculate the compensation you deserve. We fight for justice for our clients and their families, and we can fight for you, too.
Our law firm accepts brain injury cases nationwide from our offices in Miami, Florida. Contact our attorneys today to schedule your free initial consultation.