Fort Myers Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injuries are one of the scariest things a person can endure. Unlike other types of physical injuries, such as a broken bone, it can be difficult to even realize that a brain injury has occurred. The symptoms may not manifest themselves right away, and once they do they may not be resolved for several weeks or months, if ever at all.
To put it another way, there is really no such thing as a “mild” brain injury. So if you have suffered such an injury due to the negligence of another party, you have a legal right to seek compensation for the ongoing costs of your medical care and other losses tied to your brain injury. An experienced Fort Myers brain injury lawyer can offer you legal guidance and representation. At Cardinal Law, P.A., we have helped many brain injury victims and their families in holding the responsible parties legally accountable for the damage they have caused.
Understanding the Different Types of Brain Injuries
Broadly speaking, there are two types of brain injuries: traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and acquired brain injuries (ABI). In the context of personal injury claims, TBIs are the most common. A TBI basically refers to an injury caused by an external force that disrupts the brain, such as a blunt-force trauma.
TBIs are most commonly associated with auto accidents, physical assaults, slip and falls, and playing contact sports. TBIs are often referred to as “concussions.” That can make it sound less severe, but the reality is that any TBI needs to be taken seriously.
ABIs are brain injuries arising from internal factors, such as a stroke or aneurysm. Some ABIs are the ultimate consequence of a TBI. For instance, a TBI caused by a car accident may later cause a burst aneurysm. But there are other forms of negligence that lead to ABIs as well. If a hospital or nursing home is negligent in providing care, for example, a patient may be deprived of oxygen, leading to a hypoxic brain injury.
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Assessing the long-term costs of a brain injury is often tricky. A victim may require not only ongoing medical care but also rehabilitation and assistance with daily living. All of these costs can factor into an award of damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Florida law allows accident victims to seek both economic and non-economic damages for their losses. Economic damages is what can actually be measured accurately in terms of dollars. So this would include the items listed above–medical bills, rehabilitation costs–as well as any lost income or reduction in future earning potential due to the brain injury. Non-economic damages cover losses that exist but are difficult to precisely quantify, such as pain and suffering and the victim’s inability to enjoy their life in the same way as before their brain injury.
Damage awards in brain injury cases are often substantial. That is why Contact Cardinal Law, P.A., today to schedule a free initial consultation.