Miami Brain Injury Attorney
Award-Winning Florida Personal Injury Firm
Brain injuries have a far-reaching impact on a person's life. Even if someone who has suffered a mild brain injury appears to be fine on the outside, they could be dealing with serious symptoms that only manifest themselves internally, such as depression, mood swings, or memory loss. Often, brain injuries require extensive, specialized care that can be costly over time.
If you or a loved one experienced a brain injury due to another's negligence, don't hesitate to enlist the help of a capable Miami brain injury lawyer from Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. We have represented people all over the nation and fight for just compensation on behalf of the injured.
Begin a free consultation by calling (305) 770-6335! Our firm has over 100 years of collective experience and has represented clients worldwide.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Brain injuries can result from a number of causes and manifest in various degrees of severity. The impact of a brain injury is long-lasting and often life-changing.
Brain injuries can result in the following:
- Difficulty with Communication
The brain is the direct source of one’s ability to communicate with others. The brain interprets something someone said, the brain decides how a person will respond to what was said, and the brain determines the tongue, lip, and teeth positions needed to communicate the response.
At literally every step of the communicative ladder (listening, interpreting, speaking), the brain is behind the scenes running the show. When a person suffers brain trauma, their ability to listen, interpret, and speak may be affected. For some people, their brain trauma may leave them mute; for others, their injury may leave them deaf. Regardless of the difficulties, a brain injury can likely result in communicative complications that stay with a person for life.
- Trouble with or Loss of Senses
Similar to communication, the five senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, sound) all require the brain’s help. While the skin, tongue, nose, eyes, and ears are necessary components of actualizing the sense, the brain is the last stop in interpreting each one of these experiences. Brain trauma has been known to change the taste of food, decrease the sense of smell, alter the ability of one’s hearing, paralyze portions of a person’s body, and take away / decrease sight.
- Loss of Consciousness
When the brain suffers significant trauma, it may shut down and stop a person from continuing to function. While a person may not be intentionally harming their brain, the brain determines an injury has occurred and “powers down.” This results in the loss of consciousness. The goal of losing consciousness is for the brain to assess its damage and keep a person from waking before the damage is thoroughly evaluated. The brain will continue to force the heart to beat and lungs to breathe and will wake a person when it has finished assessing the damage. In some scenarios, the brain has suffered from so much trauma that the person will never wake up again, resulting in a vegetative state. In other situations, the person will wake up again within a second or two, resulting in minor confusion and damage. Regardless of the outcome, a loss of consciousness is severe.
- Memory Loss, Headaches & Mood Swings
The brain is the center of a person’s feelings and memories. When someone suffers an injury to his or her brain, he or she may forget old memories (long-term memory loss) or recent ones (short-term memory loss). In either scenario, a person’s quality of life is drastically affected.
While brain trauma can affect these memories, it can also affect a person’s current physical and mental feelings. The brain can help people determine how they should interact with different outside senses and experiences. When the brain receives trauma, it may begin to interact with external stimulus in ways that other people deem “incorrect.” These different feelings can plague a person, resulting in the person acting differently than their pre-trauma self.
All of these symptoms can severely impact an individual's quality of life. Proper treatment and effective therapy are necessary to lessen the effect; however, it can be difficult to communicate the extent of the injury to a jury because a large majority of these symptoms take place internally. A qualified attorney who is thoroughly familiar with brain injuries is needed to effectively communicate a comprehensive, yet detailed overview of the injury.
Examples of Cases We've Handled
We have been able to secure large settlements on behalf of our clients who have suffered brain injuries. In one such case, we represented the McCann family on behalf of their 10-year-old son who suffered a brain injury. The McCann family was out on their yacht when they spotted a wooden Chris Craft, stuck on a sandbar. To help the other boat get out of its predicament, the McCanns secured a tow line from their vessel to the stern cleat of the Chris Craft. When they began to pull, the stern cleat ripped from the Chris Craft's deck and shot to the yacht, striking the McCann's son in the head. The impact of the blow caused permanent brain damage. Upon inspection, it was revealed that the stern cleat of the Chris Craft was secured to the deck with tiny screws, not bolted to the deck as it should have been. Chris Craft voluntarily settled the case for $6.5 million.
Free Consultation with a Florida Brain Injury Lawyer
At Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A., we strive to protect the rights of our clients and ensure that their future is secured. By limiting our caseload, we are able to devote enormous amounts of time and effort to each case we handle. This level of commitment and attention to detail is necessary when it comes to effectively communicating our clients' needs, especially when there is a brain injury involved. As a firm, we are passionate about creating meaningful relationships with our clients as we help them throughout case proceedings.
As a result of our dedication and quality of representation, our firm has been named "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News in the field of personal injury. Call us for a free consultation: (305) 770-6335.