Miami Brain Injury Attorneys
Millions Recovered in Serious Injury Claims in Florida
At Flanagan & Bodenheimer Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm, our team frequently handles claims associated with serious injuries that can forever alter the course of a person’s life, including brain injuries. We are here to help if you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, whether it be a driver, medical professional, or property owner. You can trust our Miami brain injury attorneys to conduct a complete investigation into your case and secure any compensation you may be entitled to because each of our lawyers genuinely cares about our clients. We work directly with our clients because we care about who we represent, and it's this care that allows us to fight harder and do better.
How Brain Injuries Occur in Accidents
The brain is a very soft and fragile structure that has a consistency that some have compared to Jell-O. It is suspended inside the human skull by fluid that keeps the brain from hitting against the inside of the skull. However, when there is a hit to the head or the body that causes the head to move rapidly, the brain can strike the inside of the skull or twist around inside of the skull. Because the brain is so fragile, this impact or twisting inside of the skull can cause stretching or damaging of brain cells that cause chemical changes inside the brain.
According to the CDC, falls and motor vehicle crashes are the first and second leading causes of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Some people may think their head is protected in a motor vehicle crash if they are wearing their seatbelt. Unfortunately, that is not the case. For example, imagine a vehicle moving 45mph in a straight direction when another vehicle turns in front of them. When the collision occurs, the vehicle moving 45mph will be slowed significantly, causing the head to move forward through momentum. Then as the seatbelt holds back the driver's body, the head will forcefully move backward, striking against the headrest. This violent movement by the brain inside the skull can cause structural damage to the brain because the connections (axons) between the cells can be torn or the connections (axons) can be separated from the cells.
Some of the long-term consequences of brain injuries after falls or car accidents include:
- Difficulty thinking and remembering
- Speech and language defects, such as slurred speech and problems reading or communicating
- Partial or total loss of vision
- Mood disorders, such as depression
- Sleep disorders
- Loss of fine motor skills
Brain Injury FAQs
Can brain injuries be diagnosed through MRI or CT scans?
It depends. Traditional MRI and CT are not sensitive enough to detect individual axonal injuries or even large groups of axonal injury. MRI and CT scans are really designed to detect areas of bleeding. Unless a blood vessel or multiple blood vessels are torn creating a relatively large bleed, MRI and CT won't detect the injury. This means that traumatic brain injuries that can result in severe neuropsychological deficits often go undetected because traditional imaging just cannot detect the injury.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion can be physical, emotional, or mental. Some common symptoms include difficulty thinking, poor memory, difficulty concentrating or focusing, nervousness, irritability, irrationality, headache, nausea, dizziness, or depression. These symptoms may be mild or severe. Some symptoms may go away after a short period of time, but some symptoms are long-lasting—this is called "post-concussive syndrome." Also, some symptoms may be permanent. It is important for an individual experiencing long-lasting symptoms from a concussion to see a doctor immediately.
What is an anoxic brain injury?
Brain cells begin to die after approximately three to four minutes of oxygen deprivation. Anoxic brain injuries are those caused by a complete lack of oxygen being provided to the brain. This is a separate type of injury separate from hypoxic brain injuries, which form due to a restriction of the oxygen to the brain that causes gradual death or impairment of brain cells.
There are various types of anoxic brain injuries:
- Anemic anoxia: This refers to what can happen if the blood cannot properly carry enough oxygen in the body, thereby leading to brain oxygen deprivation.
- Toxic anoxia: This refers to when chemicals or poisons hinder the body’s ability to receive oxygen from blood cells.
- Anoxic anoxia: This is caused by a lack of oxygen in the air, resulting in the suffocation of a victim.
Each of these injuries can be caused by the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of others. Anytime somebody causes severe trauma to the head or causes severe blood loss to a victim, an anoxic brain injury is a possibility.
Can I file a claim after a concussion?
Yes. If you are injured and you believe that you may have suffered a concussion, it is important that you seek representation immediately. Some lawyers only look at injuries involving physical orthopedic injuries such as broken bones or torn tendons or ligaments. If you believe that you have suffered a concussion, make sure you consult with a lawyer that is familiar with the science surrounding concussions and traumatic brain injuries. It is also important that your lawyer understands how to prove these cases because in many instances the imaging will not show an objective injury.
Call Our Brain Injury Lawyers Today
If you have suffered a concussion or brain injury that is a result of someone else's negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We have experience handling these types of serious injury cases and know how to collect and preserve evidence that will demonstrate the injury.
Our attorneys have the resources and legal experience necessary to thoroughly investigate the case. This allows us to:
- Ensure our clients are seen by a trusted brain injury expert who can fully evaluate the severity of the injury
- Obtain any evidence necessary to prove liability, including video or photo surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses to the incident, accident reports, and more
- Negotiate with every party involved to reach a fair settlement on behalf of the client, or prepare the case for trial if necessary to secure compensation
We also are fully aware of how much loss is associated with serious brain injuries. You may have a pile of medical bills associated with any surgeries you may have had, as well the costs of hospitalization, for example. If your brain injury resulted in permanent damage, you may also have to consider the costs of physical therapy and an at-home nurse who can care for you. Our lawyers take all of these costs into consideration and can get the full amount of compensation you or your loved one needs. Our lawyer Michael Flanagan, for instance, has been recognized nationwide for his multi-million-dollar wins and can apply his knowledge to your case.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—call our Miami brain injury lawyers to schedule your free consultation today at (305) 615-6080.