Joe Osborne & Greg Francis, Personal Injury Lawyers & Founders of Osborne & Francis

Orlando Brain Injury Attorneys

Injuries to the brain are some of the most serious and terrifying to navigate. The brain contains the essence of what makes a person themself, and brain injuries can damage the mind to such an extent that they can change a person forever. In the wake of receiving a traumatic brain injury, it’s not uncommon to feel scared and overwhelmed.

But managing the aftermath of receiving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not something anyone should have to handle alone, especially if the injury occurred due to the actions of another. TBIs sustained from accidents aren’t always preventable, but sometimes, negligence is to blame. If a TBI is the fault of another party, the struggles of learning how to live with lingering issues can be even more taxing.

If you or someone you love have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the actions of another, there’s no time to waste. Osborne & Francis want to help you regain your stability and put you on a path to a better future. Contact our Orlando office online or call us at 561-293-2600 so that we can get you the compensation you are owed.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

Personal Injury Incidents that Can Lead to Brain Injuries

Nearly any type of personal injury accident could result in a TBI. However, some are more common than others. Some of the most common accidents that result in TBIs include:

Some of these accidents, especially those involving motor vehicles, can cause brain injuries even if there is no physical damage to the head. Concussions occur when the brain makes contact with the interior wall of the skull, which can be caused simply due to sudden violent motion. 

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Classifying Traumatic Brain Injury Severity

There are many different kinds of brain injuries from a medical perspective. Concussions, penetrating brain injuries, contusions, and other injury classifications are critical for a doctor’s work. However, from a legal perspective, traumatic brain injuries are classified by severity. The three levels of traumatic brain injury severity are classified using the following:

Mild Brain Injury

Mild injuries are serious but often don’t leave victims with permanent consequences. Some common symptoms of mild brain injuries could include:

  • Vomiting and Dizziness
  • Mild Memory Loss
  • Lethargy
  • Brief or no loss of consciousness

Moderate Brain Injury

Moderate brain injuries can leave more lasting consequences. Some of the symptoms of a moderate brain injury could include:

  • Signs of brain trauma, which present in a huge variety of ways
  • Bleeding or contusions to the brain
  • Signs of injury on neuroimaging (CT scans, PET scans, etc.)
  • Loss of consciousness for up to 24 hours

Severe Brain Injury

Severe brain injuries almost always have long-lasting or permanent consequences. Signs of a severe brain injury could include the following:

  • Signs of severe injury on neuroimaging
  • Loss of sleep/wake cycle during loss of consciousness
  • Unconsciousness exceeding 24 hours

How a Brain Injury Affects Quality of Life

Any moderate or severe TBI is likely to affect the victim’s quality of life negatively. A 2013 study published by the National Library of Medicine found that just over 75% of TBI victims reported diminished quality of life regarding memory, capacity for thought, leisure activities, and capacity to work and receive income. Additionally, many victims reported a loss of agency due to the need for assistance in home settings due to the challenges of a long-term brain injury. 

How Expensive is a Brain Injury?

Given the specialized and delicate care required to operate on and treat brain injuries, treatment and care costs can become prohibitively high very quickly. The average hospital stay for a traumatic brain injury rests around $50,000 for three days of hospital care, but costs can quickly skyrocket for extended treatment periods, surgery, physical and cognitive therapy, and more. 

Another factor worth considering in TBI cases is the abstract cost of lost income. Typically, you can expect to make a set income in a year or even a lifetime. If you suddenly lose that economic opportunity due to the persistent problems from a brain injury, you’ve taken on an enormous financial cost that you likely were not prepared for. 

Evidence Used in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

The evidence used to prove a traumatic brain injury occurred due to an accident is most useful when collected as soon after the accident as possible. Some of this evidence is the kind that is useful in any personal injury case; pictures of the accident scene, video footage of the accident occurring, witness testimonies, and police reports can all confirm fault in an accident.

However, TBI cases especially show why it is crucial to consult a medical professional directly following an accident. A doctor will likely notice signs of a TBI immediately and order the correct tests and treatments. However, they also take extended notes and might use neuroimaging to show that an injury recently occurred. All of this is valuable evidence in proving a TBI happened because of the at-fault party.

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Why Do I Need a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney? 

Personal injury law is very broad and complex, and navigating it can be difficult. But an experienced attorney will be well-versed in navigating this civil law sector and have the tools necessary to produce satisfactory results. A capable attorney will be able to seek out evidence and compile a clear picture of the events as they occurred where a layperson might be at a loss. In short, when a TBI has occurred, it’s always a good idea to consult a lawyer.

Contact Osborne & Francis for a Free Evaluation of Your TBI Case

If you or a loved one have sustained a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, it’s imperative to act immediately. Osborne & Francis brings a team of specialized and experienced attorneys that want to ensure you are compensated for the full extent of your injuries. Contact us online or call us at 561-293-2600 today to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation so you can retake control of your life.

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