Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Florida
Over 100 Years Experience Fighting for Head Injury Victims in Florida
“Brain Injuries are often life-altering injuries for the victim and the victim’s entire family…Head injuries commonly create a lifetime of income loss and a lifetime of expenses for the victim and the family.” Erik G. Abrahamson, Senior Partner
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you are no doubt already beginning to experience the effects in your daily life. Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries often have tragic consequences, leaving victims in pain, unable to work, and unable to enjoy spending meaningful time with their families. While traumatic brain injuries happen in the blink of an eye, they often have a lifetime of consequences that extend far beyond what most people could have imagined.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we provide experienced Florida brain injury lawyers for legal representation for victims of traumatic brain injuries. We have represented accident victims for more than 30 years. Brain injury cases are some of the most severe cases that we handle. If you need to seek compensation for an accident-related brain injury in Tampa, we are here to help you. We are passionate about fighting for our clients’ rights, and you can rest assured that our Tampa Florida brain injury attorneys will do everything in our power to fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Head Injury & Brain Injury Cases We Handle
Our Florida brain injury attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals and families in cases involving all types of accident-related brain injuries. The following is a general overview of the most common types of brain injury cases we handle:
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
1. Open and Closed Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be classified into two categories: “Closed” brain injuries and “open” brain injuries. A “closed” brain injury is any injury that results from a blunt force to the head – a concussion is a common example. In contrast, an “open” brain injury is an injury that results from a foreign object penetrating the skull. This could be from a shard of metal in a vehicle collision to a pipe or nail on a construction site.
2. Mild, Moderate, and Severe Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can also be classified as “mild,” “moderate,” or “severe.” A mild brain injury is typically characterized by the following:
- Brief loss of consciousness (usually a few seconds or minutes), if any;
- Feeling dazed or confused; and,
- The victim’s symptoms reveal a change in his or her mental status at the time of the injury.
Importantly, with a mild brain injury or head injury, medical testing will not always reveal a physiological change. As a result, the victim’s brain scans may appear normal even though a serious injury has occurred.
Like mild brain injuries, moderate brain injuries are closed injuries that result from collisions, violent shaking, and other sudden impacts that cause the brain to suffer trauma inside of the skull. Moderate brain injuries are typically characterized by:
- A loss of consciousness that lasts up to a few hours;
- Confusion that may last days or even weeks; and,
- Medically diagnosable behavioral, cognitive, and/or physical impairments.
While many individuals who suffer moderate brain injuries are able to make a full recovery (though this recovery can often take months), some victims suffer permanent effects.
Severe brain injuries commonly result in lifelong impairments, and in the most tragic cases, can lead to premature death. Severe brain injuries can be either open or closed, and are generally characterized by:
- A significant period of unconsciousness;
- Significant behavioral, cognitive, and physical impairments; and,
- The need for emergency medical intervention and a likely need for long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation.
3. Examples of Traumatic Brain Injuries
All types of brain injuries have the potential to cause serious, lasting effects that can alter the victim’s memory, attention, creativity, motor skills, comprehension, and other abilities. Some examples of the most common types of accident-related traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Concussions – Concussions can range in severity and are among the most common types of traumatic brain injuries. Concussions may be caused by a sudden impact from a collision or fall, violent shaking, or whiplash.
- Contusions – Contusions, or brain bruises, are common in traumatic accidents as well. In severe cases, contusions may require surgery in order to relieve pressure from the brain and give the victim a chance of making a full recovery.
- Coup–Contrecoup Injuries – With a coup-contrecoup injury, the brain impacts the skull with such force that it then bounces back and makes a second impact on the opposite side. Coup-contrecoup injuries are often associated with both concussions and contusions.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries – Diffuse axonal injuries most commonly result from violent shaking of the head. With these injuries, the brain moves slower than the skull, causing the tissues that connect the brain and the skull to tear. Diffuse axonal injuries are often extremely serious, and have the potential to be fatal.
- Subarachnoid Hemorrhage – With a subarachnoid hemorrhage, torn arteries release blood into the space surrounding the brain, which is normally filled with cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain against impacts. Accident victims can suffer severe consequences as the released blood spreads around the brain.
- Subdural Hematoma – Subdural hematoma is considered perhaps the most dangerous of all traumatic brain injuries. These injuries occur when the veins between the brain and the dura (the brain’s outer protective covering) tear, allowing blood to collect around the brain.
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Accidents Resulting in Traumatic Brain Injuries
With the U.S. National Library of Medicine noting that even subdural hematomas can result from “a very minor head injury,” all accident victims need to be cautious about the risks of a potentially serious traumatic brain injury. Examples of incidents that may lead to traumatic brain injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Medical Malpractice During Childbirth
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Slips, Falls, and Other Accidents Resulting from Dangerous Premises
- Truck Accidents
There are many types of different accidents that could lead to a severe head injury. When someone else is at fault for these injuries it is important to hire an experienced head injury attorney near you to help fight your case and get you the compensation you need.
Choosing a Brain Injury Lawyer in Florida
After suffering any type of traumatic injury under any circumstances in which someone else may be to blame, it may be helpful to speak with an experienced brain injury attorney. The financial costs of your injury will continue to pile up, and you need to make sure that you give yourself the best possible chance to secure compensation. Along with medical bills and lost wages, many brain injury victims suffer significant other losses as well: Pain and suffering, inability to work, loss of enjoyment of life – these are all losses for which compensation is available under the law.
When seeking rightful compensation for a traumatic brain injury, your choice of legal representation matters. Consider:
- Some law firms handle all types of cases. Many personal injury lawyers take cases ranging from divorces to business disputes, and may only occasionally represent victims with serious injuries. In order to maximize your chances of winning compensation, you will typically want a brain injury law firm whose practice is 100 percent devoted to personal injury representation.
- Some law firms are one attorney and a part-time assistant. Securing just compensation for a traumatic brain injury is not easy. It requires experience, knowledge, financial resources, and the professional staff necessary to efficiently and effectively manage all aspects of the claim. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our 10+ attorneys have over a century of personal injury experience, and our 40+ staff members are all dedicated to helping protect our clients’ rights.
- Some law firms do not go to trial. While accepting an insurance settlement will often be the best option after a serious injury, it is not the only option. In addition, you do not want the insurance companies to know that your attorneys are not interested in taking your case to trial. Our injury lawyers are aggressive litigators, and while we push for a fair settlement.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are committed to doing what it takes to fight for our clients. We also understand that many accident victims do not have the money needed to finance a brain injury lawsuit. This is why we handle all cases on a contingency-fee basis. When you choose the Florida Brain Injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, (i) you do not have to pay a retainer, (ii) you will never receive a monthly legal bill, and (iii) you do not pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for a Free Consultation About Your Florida Head Injury Case
To learn more about your rights after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Florida, contact our Florida brain injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call our Tampa, FL law offices at (800) 538-4878, chat live with a representative, or tell us what happened online. We are available 24/7.
Florida Injury Case Types
The highly-experienced Florida personal injury law firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk provides:
- Car accident lawyers in Florida
- Motorcycle accident lawyers in Florida
- Slip & fall lawyers in Florida
- Truck accident lawyers in Florida
- Bicycle accident lawyers in Florida
- Brain injury lawyers in Florida
- Birth injury lawyers in Florida
- Pedestrian accident lawyers in Florida
- Construction accident lawyers in Florida
- Wrongful death lawyers in Florida
- Actos injury lawyers in Florida
- Boating accident lawyers in Florida
- Business interruption insurance lawyers in Florida
- Defective drugs medical device lawyers in Florida
- Dog bite lawyers in Florida
- Drunk driving accident lawyers in Florida
- Fosamax bisphosphonates lawyers in Florida
- Insurance disputes lawyers in Florida
- Medical malpractice lawyers in Florida
- Metal hip knee implant lawyers in Florida
- Nursing home abuse lawyers in Florida
- Product liability lawyers in Florida
- Work injury / workers comp lawyers in Florida
Example Brain Injury Settlement:
Note: Not all case results are provided; each case is different; prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. The case results listed are the total result, not the client’s net. Included in these amounts were attorney’s fees, costs, medical bills, liens, etc.
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Secures $11.1 Million for Brain-Injury
On August 11, 2011, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk obtained an $11,100,000 verdict for a brain injury victim who was struck on his motor scooter by another vehicle.
Our firm’s recent jury verdict illustrates the importance of drivers being diligent in watching out for motorcyclists in Florida. Our client was riding his motor scooter on the Melbourne Causeway (US 192) when he was rear-ended by the at-fault driver. He sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting in severe brain damage. He had over $800,000 in medical bills and had significant limitations as a result of the brain injury. We took the case to trial. On the evening of August 11, 2011, a Brevard County jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client for just under $15 million dollars. The jury found that our client was 25% comparatively negligent for not wearing a helmet.
Thus, the net verdict was over $11.1 million dollars.
We were able to collect the entire insurance proceeds. We hope that verdicts like this one will enable our clients to receive the medical treatment and continual care needed for their lives.
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“Contacted Abrahamson and Uiterwyk after my car accident in June 2021. From my initial call the level of professionalism and guidance they provided me was excellent. They kept me well informed and answered all my questions during this stressful time. A very knowledgeable and friendly staff kept me aware of any changes and updates about my case. We will definitely be referring family and friends for any legal needs.”
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