You can sustain a brain injury from many different causes. An injury from an accident, a medical procedure gone wrong, or oxygen deprivation from things like near-drowning can all lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sports injuries, falls, and “shaken baby syndrome” can harm the brain, causing concussions and bleeding in the brain.
Even a minor brain injury can disrupt the brain’s ability to function. You might have a brain injury if you are experiencing symptoms after an accident.
Kinds of Accidents That Can Lead to Brain Injury
The Mayo Clinic says that almost any type of accident that delivers a violent jolt or blow to the head or elsewhere on the body can cause a brain injury. Also, brain injury can result when an object, like a shattered bit of skull or a bullet, enters the brain tissue. Here are some examples of accidents that can lead to brain injury:
Car accidents result in many TBIs in America. The brain is at high risk of injury in auto wrecks because of the speed at which vehicles travel and the weight of the cars.
Since vehicles can make sudden, sharp changes in direction during an accident, the brain can get pummeled by slamming around the inside of the skull. When a person gets ejected from a car, brain damage can happen from the impact with the windshield and upon landing outside of the vehicle.
Aviation accidents tend to cause catastrophic harm, including brain injuries. Turbulence can also result in these severe injuries when a person’s head strikes a hard surface inside the airplane.
Construction Site Accidents
Even though many people on construction sites wear hard hats, sometimes this protection is insufficient to prevent brain injury. Head injuries can happen when a worker falls or when a hard or heavy object strikes the head or body.
Slip and Fall Accidents
The CDC reports that falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. When a person loses her footing because of a slick surface, she will have little if any control over how she lands when she hits the floor. If your feet go out from under you, your body can snap backward, flinging your head toward the ground. Another way to sustain a brain injury in a slip and fall accident is when your head strikes a hard object mid-fall.
Birth injuries that include an extended interruption in oxygen to the baby can cause brain damage that can alter the course of the baby’s entire life. Also, anesthesia errors can put a patient into a vegetative state. This type of harm is usually irreversible.
Head injuries can happen when people on foot get hit by motor vehicles. The vast differential in weight between the car and the person, the speed of the vehicle’s travel, and the complete lack of physical protection for the pedestrian make walkers vulnerable to traumatic brain injury and other devastating harm.
When manufacturers make things that do not function as intended, people can suffer. If the item is a helmet, for example, a person can sustain a TBI when the object fails.
Brain injury can happen in train accidents in several different scenarios. When a train strikes a pedestrian or vehicle, the sheer weight and force of the train can damage the brain. If a train passenger trips or slips when entering or exiting a train, there is a risk of head injury. Also, when the train suddenly accelerates, swerves, or slows down, people inside the train can be flung about, hitting their heads and suffering brain injury.
Truck accidents have additional risk factors that standard car crashes do not face. Tractor trailers can move at high speeds. These vehicles are many times heavier than cars. This lethal combination creates conditions that can lead to brain injuries in the event of a collision.
At the Montero Law Center, we handle all of these types of accident cases, whether you suffer a head injury or not. If you have symptoms after an accident, first get medical care right away, then call us to protect your right to compensation.
How We Can Help with Your Brain Injury Compensation Claim
If you have suffered a brain injury from an accident, you need to be able to focus your attention on regaining as much function as possible and learning how to adapt to your “new normal.” The last thing you need to be doing is fighting with an insurance company to get the compensation you deserve.
When you entrust your claim to the Montero Law Center, we will take care of your legal matters so that you can deal with your health and well-being.
We handle personal injury claims on a contingent fee arrangement, which means that we do not get paid until you win. Our fees come out of the settlement or award at the end, so you will not have to pay upfront legal fees.
How we handle these cases
We perform a thorough investigation of every personal injury case we handle. We will gather the evidence to build your case and work hard to get you all the compensation you deserve. We treat our clients with respect and compassion.
Helping you to avoid pitfalls
Brain injury cases often involve substantial losses, so the defendant’s insurance company will likely defend against your claim aggressively. We can help you avoid pitfalls that can arise in these lawsuits. We will deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf, shielding you from sneaky tactics that could devalue your claim.
Be sure to talk with us right away, before the deadline passes. Florida only gives you a short time window to file a lawsuit for your damages. If you miss the deadline, the law will bar you from going after compensation.