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Traumatic Brain Injury


Personal Injury

The Gainesville Injury Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. represent the victims and family members of those that suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident. Traumatic Brain Injury, abbreviated as ‘TBI,’ occurs when sudden trauma to the head causes a disruption in the normal function of the brain. The consequences of TBI can vary greatly from one victim to another, ranging from short to long term effects, and in some cases even fatality. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), TBI is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., and has been noted as a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all injury deaths.

TBI can be classified based upon a variety of factors, including type of injury, severity of injury, location of injury, as well as the timing of the injury in relation to when the initial trauma occurred.  One of the most commonly recognized classification methods for TBI is based upon whether the type of injury involved resulted in penetration of the skull. Penetrating injuries associated with TBI are often referred to as open injuries, while non-penetrating are referred to as closed injuries.

TBI types can also be distinguished between based upon severity of injury. In the medical setting, the Glascow Coma Scale (GCS) is common scoring system used to classify the extent of a brain injury. The GCS assesses visual, verbal, and motor responses to calculate the patient’s injury level on a scale of 3 to 15, which can then be used to categorize the injury as mild, moderate, or severe. There are also many other diagnostic methods, but whichever method is used, proper diagnosis can be crucial to the accident victim’s overall recovery, and in some cases survival.

Brain injuries can be further classified into primary brain damage and secondary brain damage. Primary brain injuries are those that occur at the time of the accident, while secondary brain injuries develop over time, following an accident. Because injury to the head or brain involving closed or non-penetrating injuries, may not be immediately apparent following an accident, it is important for victims to not only seek immediate medical attention, but also know the symptoms and warning signs of a head or brain trauma.

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Our brain injury attorneys understand that there are several ways that TBI can occur. However, falls are by far the most common cause, accounting for more than 40% of all TBI resulting in an emergency room visit, hospitalization, or fatality. The second and third leading causes of TBI are blunt force trauma and motor vehicle accidents, accounting for 15.5% and 14.3%, respectively. Additional statistical data regarding TBI can be accessed through the CDC’s website.

When the negligent, intentional, reckless, and/or unlawful acts or omissions of another cause or contribute to an accident, and as a consequence the victim sustains a severe head injury, the injured party or parties may seek compensation for their resulting damages and losses. In addition to roadway or traffic related incidents, such as car crashes, pedestrian or bicycle accidents, motorcycle wrecks, trucking collisions, TBI can also occur in a variety of other non-roadway settings. For example, severe head trauma is commonly linked to incidents involving recreational activities, such as boating accidents or ATV collisions.

In some cases, a brain injury may occur during the scope of employment; while a patron to a store or business establishment; within residential settings; or upon public property. As Premises Liability Attorneys that represent TBI victims, we have the experience necessary to identify all potential sources of recovery from which the victim may be entitled to seek compensation.

If you or a loved one suffered injury or fatality as a result of severe trauma to the head or brain, and you suspect that the cause of the accident may be attributed to the actions of another, it is important to discuss the matter with an attorney. However, careful consideration should be placed upon selecting a lawyer that has prior experience in representing clients in cases involving both your specific type of accident, as well as your particular type of injury. At the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. we are more than just Personal Injury Attorneys, we are seasoned legal professionals, with decades of civil practice experience in handling a diverse array of accident and injury cases.