Tampa Brain Injury Lawyers
Suffering from a brain injury is a traumatic experience for all those involved. Often times referred to as “invisible injuries” or a “silent epidemic,” studies show that approximately 1.5 million Americans sustain Traumatic Brain Injury. While they may range from mild to severe cases, they all warrant the help and legal expertise of established lawyers such as Catherine and The Rinaldo Law Group. Whether it be a minor concussion, coma or more serious cases of permanent neurobehavioral concerns or a severe traumatic brain injury; those involved deserve to receive compensation. The treatment and recovery process for those suffering from brain injuries, along with their family members and loved ones, can be both emotionally and financially draining.
While each situation is unique, most cases involve physical, cognitive and emotional consequences that may in fact leave long term effects that impact a person for an entire lifetime. For brain injury victims, a person or company should be held liable and therefore responsible for the situation causing the accident. Survivors should seek the care, attention and guidance of The Rinaldo Law Group where their specialized background, training and experience play a significant role while obtaining justice for those in need, contact our experienced Tampa brain injury lawyers today.
Signs of Brain Injury
Brain injuries can occur when the head is jarred or struck in a car accident or slip and fall, or when the brain is deprived of oxygen in a failed medical procedure, and in countless other ways. Dubbed “invisible injuries,” brain injuries are not always immediate apparent, but their prompt diagnosis and treatment can be critical to preventing permanent disability or wrongful death. See below for some of the common signs of brain injury, and contact Rinaldo Law Group if you believe you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a Tampa accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Common signs that may indicate a brain injury after a car, truck or motorcycle accident or any blow to the head include any of the following:
- Loss of consciousness for any period
- Lack of balance or coordination
- Confusion, difficulty “thinking straight”
- Nausea or vomiting
- Changes in vision
- Slurred speech or difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Sleepy or lethargic
- Ringing in the ears
- Body numbness or tingling
- Changes in mood/personality, inappropriate emotional responses
Any of the above observed symptoms should be cause to seek professional diagnosis and treatment. A doctor may conduct further clinical diagnosis to look for other symptoms, such as dilated pupils, slow pulse, or slow breathing rate with increase in blood pressure. A doctor may also want to perform tests such as:
- Glasgow Coma Scale
- CT Scan
- PET Scan
- Intracranial Pressure Monitor
Subtle Brain Injuries Require Careful Monitoring and Evaluation
A brain injury that does not involve a loss of consciousness for any significant period may be termed a mild concussion or subtle brain injury. Concussions are also referred to as diffuse axonal injury, since they are thought to stem from a stretching of the axons in the brain’s neurons. The latest research indicates that concussion symptoms are caused by the breaking of the microtubules that surround axons, flooding the surrounding areas with chemicals that cause dizziness, confusion, memory loss and other effects of brain injury.
A concussion may be labeled subtle or mild at the time of diagnosis, but this does not always tell the whole story. A brain injury can still be quite serious and long-lasting, or even permanent, affecting memory, attention and cognition, and altering mood or personality. It is important to retain an attorney who is experienced in brain injury cases and other catastrophic injury cases, to ensure your claim will include all applicable damages and costs.
Call Attorney Catherine Rinaldo for Help after a Tampa Brain Injury Accident
For help after an accident involving brain injury in Tampa, call the Rinaldo Law Group at 813-831-9999 for a free consultation with a skilled and experienced Tampa brain injury attorney.