It isn’t uncommon for an individual who has been involved in a car accident to suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Did you know that an estimated two million adults and children suffer a TBI each year in the U.S., many of which were involved in a car crash [Source: Mayfield Clinic]? While some suffer mild to moderate TBI’s, others sustain severe injuries that are expected to impact their life and livelihood.
If a loved one of yours suffered a TBI in a car crash that occurred in or nearby to Tampa, FL and you are looking to help them recover compensation that will make it easier for them to afford the medical care they now need, you’ve come to the right place. At Larson Johnson, PL, we understand the devastating effects a TBI can have on a person and how it can turn their life upside down. Although there is no way to undo what has transpired, there are courses of action that can be taken to help make life a little easier for your loved one to get through.
How do I recover compensation for a relative who suffered a TBI?
When an individual sustains a TBI as a result of a car collision, chances are, they are going to be living with one or more medical conditions depending on how serious the injury is. These conditions not may not only require them to receive ongoing medical attention, but they may even need around the clock care which can be costly, especially if their health insurance isn’t going to pay for it. In an effort to help your loved one afford medical care from the best physicians, gain access to some of the best medical equipment available, and even help them pay for their everyday expenses, we recommend you contact our office to speak with a Tampa, FL personal injury attorney.
Our qualified personal injury lawyers in Tampa can help your loved one file a personal injury lawsuit.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, your loved one might qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit and in it, request that they are awarded damages for past and future medical care, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc. The State of Florida allows victims of car crashes to file suit against another party within four years from the date of the accident, which means if four years hasn’t already passed, you likely can still file suit. This timeframe you are allotted to take legal recourse is referred to as the statute of limitations.
Aside from meeting the statute of limitations requirement, you will also be expected to prove that the other party or entity that was involved was negligent in some way. For instance, if a driver hit your loved one, you could prove he or she was negligent by identifying the traffic laws that were violated at the time of the crash. If the incident involved a commercial truck driver, you might have a viable case against the trucking company if it violated one or more rules or regulations which served as a factor in the collision.
It is extremely important that you are able to prove negligence in a personal injury case which is why it is recommended you hire a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience with handling car crash and TBI cases.
What is my loved one’s brain injury case worth?
While there is no set value for TBI cases, there are methods we use to determine what your loved one’s case is worth. Some of the factors we will use when valuing a TBI case include:
- How much your loved one has accrued in medical expenses.
- How much your loved one intends on spending on medical treatment.
- How the TBI has impacted their life and their ability to enjoy it.
- In what ways has the TBI has interfered with their love life?
- Whether the TBI has resulted in them being unable to work.
What are some ways to avoid a TBI?
TBI’s are among some of the worst types of injuries a car accident victim can sustain so to help reduce the chances of anyone else in your family suffering one of these debilitating injuries, the Mayfield Clinic recommends you consider the following tips:
- “Always wear your helmet when riding a bicycle, motorcycle, skateboard, or all-terrain vehicle.”
- Never operate any type of vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Always wear your seat belt and take the time to be sure children are properly buckled in.
- “Avoid falls in the home by keeping unsecured items off the floor, installing safety features such as non-slip mats in the bathtub, handrails on stairways, and keeping items off of stairs.”
- Engage in exercises that help increase strength, balance, and coordination which can help you avoid a fall.
- Store firearms in a locked cabinet and keep bullets in a separate location.
- Always wear protective headgear while playing sports, especially those that involve physical contact with others.
Now, if you are ready to discuss your loved one’s case with one of our skilled Tampa, FL personal injury attorneys and find out how our team of legal experts can help them recover the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to.