Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur in Florida nearly every day—caused by car crashes, falls, assaults, medical errors, deprivation of oxygen at birth, near-drownings, and more. These are frequently catastrophic injuries that deprive victims of a normal life and devastate families. In all too many of these cases, the victim did nothing to cause the injury. It was the result of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or other wrongdoing. How tragically unjust that you and your family are suffering for someone else’s error!
Although brain injuries often come with lifelong consequences, the law in Florida gives you the right to pursue compensation for your damages in the form of a monetary award. You will need a focused, committed, and aggressive personal injury lawyer to prepare, negotiate, and often try your case to a jury. In the Tampa Bay area, including Tampa, St. Pete, and all of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, you can get the quality of legal support you need following a serious brain injury by calling the law offices of attorney Stephen Maltezos.

Brain Injuries: Catastrophic and Life Altering Events

So much of your unique self resides in your brain: your intellect, your talents, your personality, and control of many physical functions of your body. If you suddenly lose part of your brain in a serious accident or other trauma—a crime, for example—you may feel like an altogether different person. Depending on the part of the brain that was injured, you may have lost some of the defining characteristics of your “self.” You may not know yourself anymore, and you may find yourself with limitations that you never imagined possible before your injury. Some brain injuries are so extensive, causing so much loss of physical and cognitive function, that the victim appears to be little more than a shell, incapable of leading any semblance of a normal life. If this has happened to a member of your family, it can be devastating for you, for the victim, and for those who love and once depended on him or her. In the worst brain injuries it may happen that the person’s body remains the same, but the essence of the person seems to have fled. Traumatic brain injuries affect the victim, the family, and the whole of society in myriad ways.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injuries affect more than five million Americans. Every injury is unique, and the manner in which an injury affects an individual depends on the severity of the injury, the area of the brain affected, and to some extent, the resilience of the victim. Younger victims are sometimes able to recover more brain function than older ones.

Types of Head Injuries

Injuries to the brain may cause both primary and secondary brain damage.
Primary brain damage occurs at the time of impact and may include:

  • Fracture of the skull
  • Contusions or bruises to the brain at or near the point of impact
  • Hematomas or areas where blood pools in the brain or between the brain and the skull
  • Brain lacerations, tears in brain tissue caused by a foreign object or bone fragment from a skull fracture.
  • Diffuse axonal injury, extensive ripping or tearing of nerve tissue causing a loss of consciousness, coma, and frequently death.

Secondary brain damage may occur within hours or days of the impact:

  • Brain swelling
  • Intracranial pressure
  • Diminished flow of blood to the brain
  • Too little oxygen in the brain
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Brain herniation

Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional Deficits

The problems that affect those suffering from traumatic brain injuries are many and varied, including physical, cognitive, and emotional problems.
Physical problems may include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Impaired vision and/or hearing
  • Loss of coordination, balance, and strength
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Altered sensations

Cognitive impairments can be especially frustrating to brain injury victims:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Reduced mental speed
  • Difficulty expressing ideas and emotions
  • Impaired judgment
  • Impaired executive function

Emotional problems are also common, and can affect relationships with friends, family, and co-workers:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness
  • Impulsivity
  • Emotional volatility
  • Lack of sexual inhibition; hypersexuality
  • Apathy
  • Dependence
  • Diminished sense of self-efficacy

Getting the Help You Need

Brain injury victims may never recover all of the physical, emotional, and cognitive function they lost in the accident. They may never be able to return to work or school, may suffer persistent problems with personal relationships, and need long-term care and supervision. In the worst cases, a person with brain damage may be kept alive in a vegetative state, either with or without the necessity of life support. The financial and emotional damage to victims and their families can range from frustrating to devastating.
Having the financial resources to get the proper care and rehabilitative services can make an enormous difference in the ability of patients and their families to cope with the aftermath of a serious brain injury. If your (or you family member’s) injury was cause in whole or in part by another individual, business, or government entity, you may have a claim against the responsible party to recover money as compensation for your economic and quality-of-life damages. Call the law offices of Tampa Bay attorney Stephen Maltezos, with locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg, to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal rights. Steve is compassionate, committed, and aggressive in the fight for justice for his brain-injured clients. He has a powerful work ethic and endless energy, which translates into positive results for people who have suffered TBIs in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties and throughout the Tampa Bay area. You pay nothing up front, nothing out-of-pocket, and nothing at all if you don’t win money. You have so much to potentially gain by pursuing a claim with Steve, an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer who knows how to hold people whose negligence harms others responsible for the suffering they have caused, while helping individuals and their families to move on with their changed life situation after a serious accident. Many cases can be settled out of court, but when it becomes necessary to take a case before a jury, Steve has the courtroom acumen that gets results.
Time to file your case is limited by Florida statute, so don’t wait; call for your appointment today.