Experienced Tampa Brain Injury Lawyer
One of the most serious types of injuries that can occur when an accident happens is a traumatic brain injury. Even mild head injuries can leave a person with headaches and finding it difficult to tackle everyday tasks or to keep working at their place of employment. When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another person or persons in a car accident, 18-wheeler accident, slip & fall, or some other type of accident, it is important to speak with an experienced head injury attorney to learn about your rights and to discuss pursuing compensation to help deal with the medical costs or loss of wages that can occur from these types of injuries.
If you or a loved one live in the Tampa area of Florida and have fallen victim to a traumatic brain injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to the brain injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our compassionate and experienced team can answer any questions you may have.
Why Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Are the Right Choice as Your Florida Brain Injury Lawyers?
We Are a Law Firm With a Reputation for Excellence
That excellence has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a “Best Law Firm” rating, the Better Business Bureau as an accredited member, and Martindale-Hubbell receiving an “AV” Rating, which is the highest possible rating based on a national law firm rating system.
We’ve Been Around for Over 30 Years and Have Helped Over 20k Clients
When you hire Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to handle your Tampa brain injury claim you can be confident that we’re not some fly-by-night operation. As car accident and injury lawyers, we’re deeply committed to the Tampa community.
You Don’t Pay Us Unless We Win
It costs you nothing to hire our Tampa brain injury lawyers. You pay no fees or costs unless we recover money for you. Our injury lawyers also offer free consultations. If you think you might have a claim, we are ready to discuss this with you.
We’re Frequently Referred Cases by Other Attorneys and by Former Clients
We consider it a great compliment that our colleagues in the legal profession, and our former clients, think highly enough of our Firm to refer us to their friends and family.
We’ve Earned thousands of positive Client Reviews
Perhaps the best indicator of the quality of our services as local injury lawyers are the kind words that our past clients have felt compelled to share. We encourage you to browse our reviews on Google, and to check out more written testimonials here.
We Are Not Afraid to Take Your Case to Trial
Many brain injury law firms in Tampa want to settle your case as quickly as possible. While promptness is certainly a goal of ours, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if that’s what is in your best interest.
We’ll Fight the Insurance Company to Give You the Best Chance at Fair Compensation
Insurance coverage in cases involving brain injuries can be incredibly complex. It’s not uncommon for clients to be unaware of their insurance coverage especially related to covering medical expenses. Likewise, it is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to not fully explain the different types of coverage available to injured victims. Our experience has been that we regularly obtain significantly more compensation for our clients than was initially offered by the insurance company.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries or TBI affect about 1.7 million Americans every year. A traumatic brain injury occurs when external forces impact the brain causing dysfunction. There are many types of TBIs ranging in severity from a slight concussion to permanent brain damage or loss of life. Many individuals suffering from TBI have been hurt through no fault of their own in incidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence such as car accidents or slip & fall accidents. Personal injury lawyers in Tampa are often able to fight for the rights of brain injury victims by pursuing financial compensation.
How Accidents Affect Your Brain
If you were in an accident and had a serious head injury, you probably have a lot of questions on your mind. How long will my head injury recovery take? Will I ever be the same again? And why are different types of damage to the brain so complicated?
While the first two questions will likely depend on your individual circumstances, the last one we can at least try to answer. The long and short of it is, it’s hard to know how to predict and treat brain injuries because the brain is possibly the most intricate and complex part of your body.
One of the reasons brain injuries are so complicated is because they are so varied. Generally, there are two types of head injuries:
- Open head injury – This is when an object or projectile (such as parts of a car or debris from a crash) penetrates the skull. In these instances, brain damage tends to be specific and localized. Doctors can see exactly what part of the brain was affected, whether it’s a section affecting motor skills, cognition, or even personality.
- Closed head injury – Unlike an open head injury, a closed one is when the skull is struck by an object, but nothing penetrates the skull. While you may think this would make the damage less severe, unfortunately, this is not the case. Closed head injuries can impact not only the specific section of the brain that was struck, but these injuries can also be diffuse. This means the injury can affect parts of the brain that were nowhere near the original injury.
In addition to the different types of harm the brain can suffer, things are further complicated by the fact that symptoms may not become apparent right away. Symptoms can also vary greatly from one injury victim to another.
For instance, some individuals seem fine right after a crash. However, over time, they may begin to develop long or short-term memory problems or suffer intermittent headaches. At times, it can take a while before they attribute these problems to their accident, and begin seeking treatment accordingly.
Symptoms of a TBI
Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by being struck by an object, hitting your head on the ground or some other hard surface i.e. the window of your vehicle, or from being assaulted. When someone suffers a blow to the head, there are a number of signs to watch for which could indicate a traumatic brain injury. Some of the common symptoms for traumatic brain injuries include:
- Loss of consciousness either short-term or long-term
- Feeling dizzy, dazed, or disoriented
- Blurred vision
- Severe confusion
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
If you have been involved in an accident in the Tampa area and are now suffering the effects of a TBI, reach out to the team of experienced brain injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for your free case consultation.
Recent Traumatic Brain Injury Settlements
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Car Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in Tampa and throughout Florida. Here are just some of our recent accident settlement payouts involving traumatic brain injuries we have achieved for our Florida clients:
Motorcycle Accident/Brain Injury, Brevard County, FL
SETTLEMENT: $11,100,000 (Jury Verdict)
DETAILS: 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, and 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.
Motorcycle Accident/Brain Injuries, Pinellas County, FL
DETAILS: Minor male was seriously injured while riding a motorcycle with his father. The defendant changed lanes in front of the motorcycle causing the motorcycle to strike the rear of the defendant’s vehicle. The minor male was thrown from the motorcycle. As a result, he sustained serious brain injuries as well as extensive damage to bones, muscles, and tendons throughout his upper body.
For more information on TBI settlements, how they work and what you can expect from your traumatic brain injury settlement see our average settlement for a traumatic brain injury in Florida page.
Treatment Options for Head Injuries
Depending on how severe the sustained brain injury is there are different treatment options for dealing with TBI. The important thing is to seek immediate medical attention when you have suffered a head injury. Even if a person feels okay, brain injuries can be complex and can take a bit of time to fully develop. If a person is in an accident and is unconscious it is vital that they get the care they need, such as oxygen supply to make sure that their blood pressure is maintained properly to prevent further injury such as stroke or brain damage.
For mild traumatic brain injuries, a doctor could suggest rest and over-the-counter pain medication as the best way to deal with the negative effects of the brain injury. But again, it is important for a medical professional to assess the severity level of the TBI.
For more severe traumatic brain injuries there are more significant treatment options. These could include:
Medications: Besides just painkillers to deal with the headaches and pain a TBI can cause, there are different medications that could be prescribed after a traumatic brain injury to deal with different complications. A person could need anti-seizure meds to reduce the risk of seizure as their brain slowly heals, or they might need to take coma-inducing medications to reduce the need of oxygen as brain vessels heal and swelling is managed.
Surgery: In serious TBI cases it is not uncommon for a patient to need surgery to deal with different issues that could occur. They might need surgery to deal with bleeding on the brain, to remove blood clots, to repair a fractured skull, or to help relieve pressure on the brain from a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid.
Rehabilitation: One of the most common medical treatments people need after suffering a TBI is rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of the injury this could come in many different forms. A person could need to learn to walk or talk again, they might need help with their fine motor skills like writing or holding utensils for eating. They could also need help to strengthen their long-term memory or dealing with the emotions and confusion that often accompany a traumatic head injury.
All of these types of treatments can take a significant amount of time and come at a cost. The medical bills that come from dealing with a traumatic brain injury can quickly add up. And if a person is unable to work due to their TBI the loss of income can create an even bigger burden on a family. A TBI lawyer near you in Tampa can help fight to get you the compensation you or a loved one require to cover these medical costs. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Contact a Tampa Brain Injury Lawyer
Experiencing a brain injury after a car accident can have a devastating impact on you and your family. If you have sustained a TBI due to someone’s negligence, or you require more information from a Tampa brain injury lawyer, contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call 866-496-1875 to schedule your free case consultation. We have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians and have been serving injured victims in Tampa and throughout our area since 1988.
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