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Orlando Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident or negligence, we can help seek the highest payout possible for your injuries. Legally Pink Law has more than a decade of experience dealing with insurance companies and defense attorneys regarding TBI claims, and we are confident in our ability to help you too.
How Legally Pink Law Can Help
Statutes of limitation apply to personal injury cases, so please don’t delay in contacting our office. We are here to help.
As a top female personal injury attorney in Central Florida, Carolyn Salzmann’s compassionate and tenacious approach, as well as her engineering mindset, sets her apart from other personal injury attorneys. Her combination of analytical problem-solving skills and keen legal acumen enables her to see the technical details of a traumatic brain, which makes all the difference when awarding the judgement in court.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a profoundly serious, debilitating and sometimes deadly injury caused by either a sudden, violent blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. This is often a result from trips, falls, automobile, motorcycle, or trucking accidents.
Types of traumatic brain injuries include concussions, cerebral contusions, penetration (gunshot or stabbing wounds), and blood clots. The milder TBIs (concussions) can be difficult to identify, so it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid further complications if left untreated. Untreated head injuries have resulted in Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and severe depression.
Today, an estimated 5.3 million people in the U.S. are living with disabilities caused by TBI.
Symptoms of Brain Trauma
A traumatic brain injury can have a serious effect on an individual’s physical, cognitive and emotional abilities. Symptoms can range from the most severe – memory loss, extended period of unconsciousness, coma or even death, to a much milder form – commonly referred to as a concussion. Below is a list of symptoms a person could experience due to brain trauma.
- Physical: dizziness, vomiting, headache, speech difficulties, blurred and/or lost vision, loss of consciousness
- Cognitive: disorientation, memory loss, poor concentration, amnesia
- Emotional: agitation, depression, appetite changes, irritability, personality changes
You are entitled to compensation for the following:
- Past and future medical bills resulting from your injury
- Past and future lost income
- Pain and suffering. This classification of compensation refers to physical pain and emotional suffering. The compensation is based on how your injuries negatively impacted your ability to enjoy your hobbies and other “joys of life” like your job and your family. Usually, this is the largest financial component of a settlement or verdict.
- Injuries resulting in permanent scarring, impairments, and/or other limitations.
In the case of an automobile or motorcycle accident, if the person who is at fault for an accident does not have insurance, then we do three things. First, we run an asset check on the at-fault party to see if he or she has assets that we could possibly seize to cover your damages.
This requires us to file a lawsuit against the individual. Second, we look to see if the defendant's driver owns the vehicle. Sometimes the driver and owner are two different people.
While the driver might not have insurance, the owner may be insured, especially if the vehicle is financed. Third, we do a complete assessment of the client's insurance coverages to see if this individual has Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage.
If that is the case, then we look to the client's insurance coverage to compensate this individual for his or her injuries and damages. This should not cause the client's insurance to go up since he or she is not at fault for the accident.
There are five things you should do immediately after an accident. These include the following steps:
- Call 911 and report the accident. Regardless of the extent of the property damage and how you feel after the collision, you must call 911 and report the accident. If you do not call 911, the insurance company will use this against you when we negotiate the value of your claim.
- Exchange information with all other drivers involved in the accident. Be sure to get the other driver's tag number, license number, and insurance company information. Even if you are waiting for the police to arrive, you still need to start gathering this information. There are unfortunately many situations in which the at-fault driver flees the scene of the accident.
- Investigate. Seek out witnesses and take photos. Even if the other person admits fault, his or her story may change once you file a claim. Witnesses will not wait for the police to arrive, so you need to get their contact information right away. Also, scene and property damage photos can be critical in proving how the accident happened and the forces exerted on your body.
- Seek medical attention. Whether it is at the accident scene or at the hospital, later on, it is essential that you seek medical attention as soon as possible so you fully understand the extent of your injuries. This will also help you ensure that your injuries are well-documented. The insurance company will use any delay in medical treatment against you.
- Do not discuss your injuries with the insurance company. Report the facts of the accident (what happened) to your insurance company, but do not discuss your injuries. Because adrenaline is flowing through your body, you may not immediately feel the full extent of your injuries. Statements such as "I'm not injured" or "I'm OK" can and will be used against you by the insurance company.
Yes, but it will be difficult to do on your own. Consult an attorney to help you determine your options, especially if there were injuries involved.
- Make sure your injuries are documented in medical records as soon as possible. The insurance company will deny your injury claim unless each injury is documented in hospital records on the date of the accident or within 24 hours of the injury.
- See your primary care physician as soon as possible. Your doctor will document your injuries and prescribe a course of treatment, and the doctor’s chart notes will help us prove the extent of your injuries.
- Contact a lawyer to help you prove fault (liability) and the extent of the injuries and harm that you experienced due to the accident. Lawyers should have the resources necessary to get the most value for your case. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner you get to relax and heal while we do the work of getting the money you deserve.