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When Traumatic Brain Injury is Compensable


Quality of life can be altered through one tragic, unexpected event when a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs. Approximately one and one-half million people experience a TBI each year in the United States, and half a million die from it every year. In total, over five million people in the United States live with the debilitating effects of TBI. If a loved one has experienced TBI as a result of human negligence or aggression, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you collect costs associated with the injury.

What are Causes of TBI?

TBI can have many causes, including open head injuries, closed head injuries, deceleration injuries, chemical exposure, hypoxia, tumors, infections, and stroke. While some of these precipitating factors are unpleasant deliveries from nature, others are the result of human actions, including:

  • Gun-shot wounds to the head;
  • Slip and fall accidents;
  • Motor vehicle crashes;
  • Repetitive or severe force;
  • Exposure to insecticides, carbon monoxide, lead, or solvents;
  • Lack of oxygen due to drowning, or other factors;
  • Viruses or bacteria post acquired post-surgery or otherwise.

What Symptoms are Associated with TBI?

The symptomology accompanying TBI is as varied as the causes of the injuries themselves. They can include any combination of indicators:

  • Problems with focus, attention and distractibility;
  • Cognitive deficiencies;
  • Deficits in memory;
  • Processing flaws;
  • Language assimilation issues;
  • Sensory flaws;
  • Seizures;
  • Chronic pain and other physical symptoms;
  • Loss of self-awareness;
  • Emotional and/or mental changes.

Sports and TBI

Research connecting TBI with athletics is so overwhelming that Florida has created laws specific to youth athletic programs in order to preclude concussions that have the potential to result in TBI symptoms. The Florida High School Athletic Association is required to have guidelines for identifying potential concussions, and must remove athletes from competition in some circumstances, pending clearance from a medical provider.

Why Seek Legal Action?

The impacts of TBI on patients and their families can be devastating. All too frequently, TBI is the result of inadequate safety measures in the workplace, sports injuries, negligent driving, or outright aggression by others. In addition to providing a remedy to the expenses associated with the injury, financial compensation can provide some degree of satisfaction and dignity following a horrendous and life-changing incident. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton will aggressively pursue your quest for remuneration to support:

  • Hospitalization and long-term medical care;
  • Psychiatric and counseling interventions;
  • Lost wages over time;
  • Travel expenses associated with medical care;
  • Additional support services;
  • Costs associated with death.

If your family is dealing with the effects of TBI, your emotions, finances, and mental facilities are likely stretched to capacity. Let our compassionate and knowledgeable team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton intervene on your behalf.  Our investigative and negotiation crews will provide top-notch service in order to secure the best settlement possible. Contact us today in Daytona and Ormond Beach for a free, confidential consultation.