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Traumatic Brain Injury

traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury occurs when there is external force (a violent blow to the head or body) that causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury causes temporary dysfunction of brain cells. These can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other damage to the brain. Long-term affects include complications or even death.

Dealing with traumatic brain injury or with a loved one who has suffered traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming. Brain injuries can cause physical, social, emotional and behavioral problems. To say that traumatic brain injuries are life altering, barely scratches the surface.

If you or a loved one has been afflicted with traumatic brain injury unnecessarily, you need someone who will be on your side to help you navigate the legal system and know your rights. Miami brain injury attorneys at Friedman, Rodman & Frank believe you are entitled to as much compensation as possible, and we will file your personal injury claims and lawsuits on your behalf.

Causes

There are as many causes for traumatic brain injury as there are for any other debilitating accident. Some of the main causes include falls, motor vehicle accidents, acts of violence and athletic and sporting incidents.

Symptoms

How do you know if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic injury to the brain? And if there is an injury, how do you know how severe it is? There is a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms resulting from mild to severe brain injury. Most traumatic brain injuries are mild and do not cause much long-term damage. The Mayo Clinic describes the following signs and symptoms of brain injury:

Mild traumatic brain injury

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual

Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury

  • Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
  • Profound confusion
  • Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Persistent headache or headache that worsens
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
Treatment

It’s imperative that a person suffering from traumatic brain injury begins emergency treatment immediately (within an hour of receiving the injury) to prevent seizures or other secondary conditions. Patients should be taken to an intensive care unit and then to a neurosurgical ward as soon as possible. Specific treatment depends on the type of injury and the overall health of the individual. Surgery is recommended for some brain injuries; however, rehabilitation is the main treatment for affected patients.

Call Us Today

At Friedman, Rodman & Frank we fully understand that traumatic brain injuries can be devastating and overwhelming. These types of injuries affect your ability to work, to provide for your family and to enjoy living life as you always have. Our Miami brain injury lawyers have nearly 100 years of combined experience advocating for those injured in accidents due to the wrongful conduct of others. Call us at 305-448-8585 or toll free at 877-448-8585 or contact us online to speak directly with an attorney in English, Spanish or Creole. Se habla español/Nou parlé Creole. We are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Carolyn Frank and her firm represented me on a workers compensation injury case, under the defense base act. She did a excellent job from the moment I contacted her until 3 years later the case was settled. Every benefit I was entitled too, Carolyn fought hard to secure. E-mails and phone calls were always returned promptly. Definitely 5 star rating. Daniel
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I can't express how grateful I am for Elizabeth Estrada, attorney, and Elizabeth Cantin, secretary, for all the hard work in order to defend me in my time of need. My lawyer and secretary spent time explaining each step and what was to be expected. Because of this I felt a part of the whole process and understood what was going on. Thank you so much for all your hard work!
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