Florida Brain Injury Attorneys
Fighting Against Negligence for 80+ Years
When a person suffers a brain injury, recovery may take days, weeks, even months. In the worst cases, a brain injury may never heal completely, leaving the injured individual with a drastically different life. Fortunately, there is legal action these individuals can take against the negligent or careless parties that caused them harm.
At Michles & Booth, we have helped Florida residents obtain the financial support they need to afford medical treatment and make up for any wages lost and/or debts accumulated because of their injuries. In addition, we have also recovered compensation for their pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and other non-economic damages.
As legal professionals, we are driven by our desire to help the individual at the heart of every case. If you are seeking the guidance of brain injury attorneys who truly care about winning you justice, reach out to our Florida firm today.
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Filing a Brain Injury Lawsuit in Florida
If you know that you have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, Florida Statute § 95.11 allows you four years to formally bring forth a lawsuit against that party. While you could opt to go through insurance or, if applicable, obtain workers’ compensation benefits, it is wise to consult an attorney regarding your legal rights and options before you take any action. This will help ensure that you do not get shortchanged.
How Do You Win a Brain Injury Lawsuit?
No firm or lawyer, no matter how experienced or acclaimed, can guarantee that you will win your lawsuit. It all depends on the details, how the argument is presented, and even the judge and jury reviewing the case.
That being said, every plaintiff will need to establish the following elements to have a shot at winning a brain injury case:
- The at-fault party owed them a duty or standard of care;
- The at-fault party intentionally or unintentionally acted against this standard of care (in other words, they were negligent or reckless);
- This act led to an accident in which the plaintiff was injured; and
- Their injury caused them to accumulate damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, etc.
What Counts as Negligence?
Brain injuries can be sustained in a number of accidents, from traffic collisions to boat accidents, to incidents involving defective products or medical malpractice. Therefore, negligence in these cases may take on a variety of forms.
For traffic collisions, negligence may be drunk or distracted driving, speeding, or ignoring the rules of the road. As for boating incidents, the boat owner may be negligent by allowing hazards to exist on their vessel, like a slippery deck on which someone fell and suffered a brain injury. If a negligent medical professional was involved, then they may have failed to diagnose a brain injury, allowing it to worsen. The possibilities may seem endless, but a good question to ask yourself is, “Who caused the accident in which I was injured?” If the answer is another person or a company, you likely have grounds for a lawsuit.
Common Types of Severe Brain Injuries
Often, lawsuits are filed over brain injuries that have been classified as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which medical professionals define as any injury to the brain caused by a forceful blow or jolt to the head/body. A TBI may also result if an object (such as a bullet) punctures the brain tissue. Like any other injury, TBIs vary in intensity, from mild to severe.
Signs & Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Mild traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as mTBIs or concussions, tend to be temporary. With plenty of rest and the proper treatment, it is very likely that a concussion will subside, and the person will regain their full health. Typically, mTBIs are marked by a loss of consciousness from a few seconds to minutes or, if the person does not pass out, a dazed and confused state.
Several symptoms of mTBIs include:
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Speech difficulties
- Changes in taste and smell
- Memory problems
- Depression or anxiety
As for moderate and severe TBIs, they share the following symptoms and are marked by a loss of consciousness lasting anywhere between several minutes and several hours:
- Persistent headaches
- Lasting nausea
- Frequent vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Problems with waking
- Irregular pupil dilation
- Feelings of agitation
To determine whether a TBI is mild, moderate, or severe, visit a medical professional. This is also important to do because the longer you wait to treat a TBI, the worse it may get, and the harder it may be to regain your health.
Please note: TBIs may be common, but they are not the only types of brain injuries a person may sustain. A few others are contusions (brain tissue bruises), diffuse axonal injuries or DAIs (brain tissue tears from rotational or shaking forces), and those suffered from anoxic events (e.g. brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation).
Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers Serving Florida Residents
With more than 80 years of combined experience, Michles & Booth’s lawyers represent Florida residents and their loved ones after negligent parties cause them to suffer brain injuries. Our team has won national acclaim for our skill and dedication to pursuing justice and full compensation for our clients. When you work with us, you will receive one-on-one legal counsel in addition to aggressive legal representation. Don’t let a negligent party make you into a victim twice.
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