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The brain is a complex organ that the medical community is only now beginning to understand. Because of its extraordinary complexity, the degree and consequences of brain injury are measured by a patient’s physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral symptoms. A seemingly light knock to the head may cause irreversible, debilitating damage in one person, whereas another patient may make a greater than expected recovery with the assistance of quality medical treatment and rehabilitation. For this reason, fully grasping the symptoms you experience is crucial to your health recovery and to your legal case.
Searcy Denney was founded 40 years ago with the sole purpose of helping injury victims in Florida. Our Florida brain injury lawyers have substantial experience representing brain injury clients. We are very familiar with the diagnostic tests and symptoms, as well as what the results mean to our clients condition.
Each lobe of the brain performs a unique role in triggering individual functions of the body. Therefore, the location of the injury determines what functions are affected. For example:
A blow to the front of the head may cause difference symptoms than a blow to the back of the head. Often, the brain is damaged in more than one lobe, which manifests in a wide range of symptoms and increases the overall severity of the injury.
The symptoms of brain injury range from medically mild to severe. Severe brain injury typically causes irreversible, permanent disabilities, which may correspond to damage in multiple lobes of the brain. Although mild does not mean minor, patients often have a greater chance of full recovery over the long term. However, multiple minor concussions or concussions that occur in quick succession can ultimately increase the severity of the brain damage.
“Mild TBI” is somewhat of a misnomer. When referring to a traumatic brain injury, “mild” does not mean slight, nominal, moderate or insignificant. Every brain injury is serious. However, the symptoms of mild brain damage are less severe and, with good medical care, you can often recover from mild brain damage.
Searcy Denney focuses exclusively on personal injury recovery. During our 40 years in practice, our Florida brain injury lawyers have developed the resources and experience to effectively assist the victims of car crashes, violence, sports injuries, near drowning, falls or blows to the head.
Our Florida personal injury law firm can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to after a mild brain injury.
Brain damage is not always immediately obvious. You may initially feel fine and develop symptoms days or weeks after your injury. In some cases, family members, friends and coworkers are the first to notice subtle changes in your memory, cognition, judgment and behavior – all signs that indicate brain damage. For this reason, mild brain injuries may initially be easy to miss without diagnostic tests, such as an MRI, a CAT scan, a PET scan and a professional cognitive and neuropsychological evaluation.
Because symptoms often do not immediately appear, our law firm recommends anyone who suspects a head injury seek immediate medical care. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine the severity of the condition.
If these symptoms manifest after a blow to the head, a fall or other trauma, you may have suffered mild TBI:
Fifteen percent of patients who sustain mild brain damage experience symptoms that last at least one year. These long-term symptoms may include several serious physical, cognitive and behavioral problems that greatly impair your independence, functionality, work performance, family relationships and enjoyment of life.
Complications may also arise as a result of mild TBI, including:
Repetitive trauma to the brain, such as is experienced by football players and boxers, may lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Searcy Denney considers these repercussions when calculating damages. Our legal team analyzes your scores on the posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) test, Disability Rating Scale (DRS), Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and other diagnostic tools to fully understand your injuries.
About 2.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. Of those, about 50,000 people die and 275,000 are hospitalized for serious injuries. The medical community refers to the most serious TBIs as severe brain damage. Survivors of severe brain damage often have lifetime disabilities, some which require constant assistive care.
Our Florida brain injury attorneys understand the heartbreak and strain that accompanies severe TBI. In many cases, the family becomes the voice of the victim who can no longer communicate, understand or function. We help you recover vital funds needed to care for your loved one and to bring the negligent parties to justice for injuring your family member.
The brain is an intricate organ and injuries to the brain can manifest in a variety of ways and degrees that impair cognition, memory, judgment, behavior, attention, senses, emotion and physical conditions. Common symptoms of severe TBI include confusion, dementia, seizures, long-term memory loss, headaches and motor skill impairment.
Your previously intelligent, kind, healthy, happy loved one may become childlike, aggressive, depressed and entirely reliant on you after their brain injury.
In the worst cases of traumatic brain injury, your loved one may have fallen into altered consciousness that renders him or her completely dependent upon caregivers 24 hours a day. Recovery may be slow and incomplete or impossible if your loved one is in a limited state, as described below.
Additional permanent disabilities resulting from severe TBI may include:
For more information about TBI symptoms that affect your physical recovery and your legal claim, schedule a free consultation with Searcy Denney by calling (800) 780-8607 or contacting us online. Our Florida brain injury lawyers take your claim on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not bill you for lawyers’ fees and costs unless we are successful in recovering damages for you.