What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a type of brain injury that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. TBIs can range from mild to severe, and the associated complications are in direct proportion to the severity of the initial injury. The most common form of mild TBI is also known as a concussion.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by any type of incident that results in a blow or jolt to the head. That being said, some accidents cause TBIs more often than others. Some of the more common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports injuries
Will I Be Able to Recover for my TBI?
Many people who come to us after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in an accident justifiably want to know whether they will be able to recover compensation. The answer to this question depends on whether your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. Examples of negligent conduct that has the potential to result in a traumatic brain injury include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Poor maintenance of a commercial property
- Defective design or manufacture of a consumer product
Do I Need an Attorney to Recover Compensation?
There is no legal requirement that TBI victims retain an attorney, and it is possible to represent yourself in negotiations with an insurance company or even in court. It is important to understand, however, that doing so will almost always put you at a disadvantage and may result in you recovering less than you should or even recovering nothing at all. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and they know how to minimize the amount they pay out on claims. So, it is always advisable to retain an attorney after a TBI-causing accident.
Call an Ocala Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have sustained a TBI or another serious injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with an Ocala, Florida, personal injury lawyer, call our office today at 800-373-8000 or contact us online.