Miami Brain Injury Attorneys
Helping Victims of Brain Injury Accidents Throughout Florida
According to information reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.8 million people in the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. These injuries result in more than 223,000 TBI-related hospitalizations and more than 64,000 TBI-related deaths, which means that there more than 611 TBI-related hospitalizations and 176 TBI-related deaths occur each day.
Unfortunately, all of these injuries can have devastating lasting effects on both the injured individuals and their families. In addition to physical pain and suffering, people with brain injuries can have disabling cognitive impairment, physical limitations and significant emotional difficulties. The financial impact of a brain injury on the injured person and their family can be equally crippling.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI caused or partially caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, the experienced Miami brain injury attorneys at Boyers Law Group have the skill, knowledge and resources to provide you and your family with meaningful and lasting help. We understand the terrible physical, emotional and financial toll posed by a brain injury and know how difficult it can be to navigate the legal system while simultaneously trying to also obtain medical and supportive care. Fortunately, we have been able to transform our passion for helping our seriously injured clients into a track record of success. We have a long history of securing multi-million dollar recoveries for our brain injured clients. At Boyers Law Group, we are also committed to achieving justice for our clients by holding negligent parties fully accountable for the harm that they have caused, as we secure large settlements and verdicts for our seriously injured clients.
For the compassionate and committed legal representation you need during this difficult time, please contact our experienced Miami brain injury attorneys by calling 305-512-7600 or submitting the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBI-related emergency Department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths (EDHDs). https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/data/tbi-cdhd.html. Data sources: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP) Nationwide Emergency Department Sample for emergency department visits; HCUP’s Nationwide Inpatient Sample for hospitalizations; CDC’s National Vital Statistics System for deaths.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.” A TBI can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, changes in brain chemicals, and/or stretching and damage to brain cells.
The medical community often divides brain injuries into three categories of progressive severity. Physicians sometimes distinguish the levels of brain injury as follows:
- A mild TBI is commonly referred to as a concussion and may cause a short loss of consciousness or no loss of consciousness at all. However, repeated mild traumatic brain injuries, or even one “mild” TBI can cause lasting problems with concentration or memory, headaches, and/or physical problems. Because mild TBI’s involve microscopic damage to neurons of the brain, patients also have normal MRI’s or CT scans. Despite this, some mild TBI patients have major and lasting functional impairments that have a profound and pervasively harmful impact on the quality of their lives and ability to function.
- Moderate. A moderate TBI can cause a loss of consciousness from a few minutes to hours and may cause lethargy, vomiting, and/or convulsions. Typically moderate TBI patients have abnormal brain scans and often end up with impairments that are quite disabling.
- Severe. A severe TBI may cause the same signs and symptoms as a moderate TBI, along with an extended period of unconsciousness, coma, or even death. However, for those who survive a severe traumatic brain injury, the lasting impact may be totally disabling, both physically and cognitively.
Unfortunately, when it comes to TBIs, as discussed above, even the cases that seem mild can be serious, since the brain and central nervous system affects your ability to function. That is why it is important to get medical treatment, even when a head injury seems minor. Keep in mind that the longer you delay treatment, the greater the chances of developing serious cognitive impairments. Symptoms to be aware of include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in vision
- Dizziness and poor balance
- Hypersensitivity to light and/or sound
- Breathing problems
- Slow pulse
- Ringing in the ears or changes in hearing
- Cognitive difficulties, such as impaired memory, diminished comprehension, confusion, or reduced mental processing speed, among other deficits
- Inappropriate emotional responses
- Speech difficulties
- Difficulty swallowing
- Body numbness or tingling
What Are Some Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
A brain injury can happen in a wide variety of contexts; however, according to CDC data, there are some common causes, such as:
- Falls. Falls are the number one cause of TBIs, accounting for about half of all TBI-related hospitalizations. If a fall occurs because property owners or managers have not maintained their property properly, provided adequate lighting, removed obstacles, cleared slippery surfaces or repaired dangerous stairways or walkways, then an injured victim may be able to hold the property owner/manager liable for damages with a premises liability claim.
- Motor vehicle crashes. Car accidents account for about one in five traumatic brain injuries, and for children, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of TBI-related deaths. When another driver causes or partially causes an accident that results in a TBI, the injured victim may be able to bring a personal injury claim for damages against the negligent driver.
- Being struck by an object. Being struck by or against an object is the second leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits. These injuries often occur while someone is playing a sport or while at work. They can happen at a construction site or when a falling object results from a poorly maintained building or other structure. If the injury occurs because of someone else’s negligence, the injured victim has the right to bring a claim against the negligent party for damages.
- Suicide, homicide, and assault. Suicide, homicide, and intentional assaults account for a significant number of TBI-related hospitalizations and deaths each year, especially when a firearm is involved. If the crime occurs due to negligent security on someone else’s property or on commercial property, the injured victim may be entitled to sue the property owner for damages.
Other potential causes of brain injuries include:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Drowning accidents
If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury in any type of situation that involved another party’s negligence or wrongful conduct, consulting with an experienced Miami brain injury attorney is essential if you are to fully protect your legal rights. The skilled attorneys at Boyers Law Group have the experience and expertise you need to help with slip and fall, premises liability, car accident, negligent security and other personal injury claims.
What Is Considered Negligence in a Florida Brain Injury Case?
Under Florida law, people injured due to the negligence of others are entitled to bring an action against the negligent parties for damages if the alleged negligent parties owed them a duty of care; breached the duty of care; the breach caused them to be injured; and the injury resulted in damages, such as financial losses, pain, suffering and mental anguish. Even if you are partially at fault for an accident, perhaps because you did not follow all of the rules posted, you can still bring a claim for damages against a negligent party because Florida uses a comparative fault system to apportion fault and determine the percentage of compensatory damages recoverable in a personal injury lawsuit.
A brain injury is often the result of negligent or wrongful conduct on the part of another party (or parties). Motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents, amusement park accidents, pool accidents and numerous other types of accidents all typically involve negligence on the part of a vehicle or watercraft operator or property owner. If you can show that another party or parties’ negligence caused your accident, the accident resulted in a brain injury and the brain injury has caused damages, such as loss of income, mental anguish, pain, suffering and medical expenses, then you could bring a claim against the liable party or parties to hold them accountable and pursue fair and full compensation for the damages you have suffered.
What Compensation Can Miami Brain Injury Victims Receive?
Compensation in a Florida brain injury case depends on several different factors, including the extent of your injury, the type of treatment and care needed and your ability to work. Generally speaking, however, you may be entitled compensation for economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Diminished qualify of life
- Disability or physical impairment
- Mental anguish, stress and depression
- Present and future medical expenses, including hospital stays, out-patient procedures, office visits, medication, assistive devices and other healthcare needs
- Rehabilitation and other care costs
- Lost income due to not being able to work or not being able to work as much as before the brain injury
- Diminished earning capacity in the future
- Your family’s loss of your companionship, guidance and assistance
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
If a family member suffered a fatal brain injury from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, you could be eligible to file as a claimant in a wrongful death lawsuit. As a surviving spouse, child or parent in a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for your mental pain and anguish, the loss of your loved one’s companionship, care, services, and/or financial support, among other wrongful death damages allowable under Florida law.
The experienced Miami brain injury attorneys of Boyers Law Group will be able to assess and powerfully convey all of the damages you have suffered to an insurance company, judge or a jury to secure the full amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. We have years of successful experience with Florida accident injury cases and can help you obtain the substantial compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.
Get Experienced, Compassionate Legal Help with Your Miami Brain Injury Case
The Boyers Law Group attorneys have successfully litigated a substantial number of accident injury cases, including many brain injury cases, over the years and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. However, we make a point of only handling a few cases at any one time so we can give each case and each client the all the personal attention they need and deserve. You can be assured that our compassionate, experienced legal team will answer all of your questions promptly and keep you informed about progress on your case.
Most importantly, we will put our extensive experience, skill and resources to work to be fully prepared to successfully litigate your case. We are committed to expertly handling all aspects of the legal process and leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice, including:
- Identifying the liable party(ies).
We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your brain injury accident to make sure we have identified all responsible parties.
- Determining the full, fair compensation to which you are entitled under Florida law.
We will identify all of the economic and non-economic damages you have suffered to determine the fair amount of substantial compensation you should be able to recover.
- Handling all communication and negotiations with insurance companies.
We will handle all communications with the defendant’s insurance company and negotiate aggressively on your behalf for the full, fair settlement amount you deserve. We will not accept a settlement offer for less than you deserve.
- Filing all forms and paperwork promptly and accurately.
We will make sure all necessary paperwork is completed accurately and filed on time so you do not have to worry about deadlines, the statute of limitations or any procedural details.
- Passionately pursuing justice.
We will be well prepared to take your case to trial and fight for your right to substantial compensation if the liable party’s insurance company does not offer a satisfactory settlement to compensate you for all damages. Our many successful years of experience as trial attorneys means you get proven, powerful representation in court.
Meet with Experienced Florida Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, please contact the experienced Miami brain injury attorneys at Boyers Law Group to discuss your case. We have the dedication and resources needed to obtain justice for you and your family and will work tirelessly to help you get compensated fully for all the damages you have suffered.
Contact us today for your free initial consultation by calling 305-512-7600 or by filling out the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website.