Over the last several years, concussions and traumatic brain injuries have been in the news quite a bit. Many of these stories revolve around athletes, such as football players, and the effects of repetitive beating of the head and brain. Will Smith starred in the Hollywood movie Concussion, portraying the real life story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and the discovery Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy otherwise known as CTE. CTE has been found in many former football players and is seen as the reason many former players suffer from neurological problems after their playing days. Many Americans do not play football but can still be the victims of traumatic brain injuries. In severe auto accidents many times victims suffer traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic Brain injuries (TBI’s) are severe injuries to the brain. As the title states these brain injuries are often caused by trauma such as a slip and fall or automobile accident. Unlike typical injuries such as a broken leg or herniated disc in your back, traumatic brain injuries can affect all aspects of a person’s life, even their personality. TBI’s can alter moods, productivity, the victim can be confused more often, as well as a loss of cognitive skills, headaches, and a loss of enjoyment of life are all symptoms. Many times MRI’s and CAT scans come back normal even though the victim is experiencing painful headaches and memory problems.
Traumatic Brain Injuries are often hard to diagnose and doctor’s fail to document the injuries correctly. According to US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, over 50% of all mild TBI’s are not diagnosed in the emergency room. This creates several problems. When the Emergency Room fails to properly diagnose TBI, the victim cannot get the proper treatment needed for the injury. The second issue is failure to diagnose TBI creates causation issues with regards to your personal injury case. The longer diagnosis takes the harder it is to correlate the traumatic brain injury to auto accident or the slip and fall.
A traumatic brain injury often is the most severe injury as a result of an accident. TBI not only affects the victim but the victim’s family as well. If you or a loved one have been a victim of an auto accident or trucking accident in the Tampa Bay area and believe you have suffered a traumatic brain injury please contact one of our experienced attorneys. Our team of lawyers works with medical professionals, valuation experts, technical experts and other lawyers to help you get medical treatment you deserve and the financial settlement you are entitled to. Offices Tampa, Lakeland, and Winter Haven.