Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are more common than we think. In the United States, there are more than 1.4 million TBIs reported every year. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State is a hotbed for these devastating accidents. Nearly 97,000 TBI cases a year come from Florida.
Like many injuries, TBIs come in a range of degrees. The majority of TBIs are mild and do not result in life-threatening injuries. For example, a concussion is a mild TBI. However, TBIs can also be very severe, causing permanent disability or death.
There are two main categories of severe TBIs— closed and penetrating. A closed TBI may occur when unusual force results in the brain hitting the inside walls of the skull. This type of injury is commonly associated with traffic accidents. With a penetrating TBI, an object causes actual break in the skull. This can result in structural damage to the brain, as well as infection. A bullet, sharp object or another extremely forceful blow to the head usually causes a penetrating TBI.
Oftentimes, a TBI victim is faced with years of costly medical bills. Sadly, the insurance companies may not cover it all. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney can help fight the insurance companies and force them to pay up. Further, an attorney can help pursue a civil action for monetary compensation against the parties responsible for your injuries. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., our team will walk you through every step of the process.