Brain injuries can cause significant physical and cognitive damage. In some cases, they may even be fatal. The injury lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky represent victims in Boynton Beach and surrounding communities. We have helped countless individual clients recover damages in a broad range of injury cases. If you were involved in an accident, we can help you pursue a claim against any people or entities that may have been responsible.Causes of Brain Injuries
Brain damage is often caused by a blow or jolt to the head. A concussion, for example, is a mild brain injury that will usually get better over time. Some brain injuries, however, can cause lifelong damage. A traumatic brain injury can permanently affect a person’s motor and cognitive functions. It can cause paralysis, coma, and death in severe cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a factor in nearly a third of injury-related deaths in the United States.
Brain injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, including car crashes and slip and fall accidents. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of brain injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC. Motorcyclists and bike riders are particularly susceptible to brain injuries if they are involved in an accident. The elderly are also especially vulnerable to this type of harm.Protect Your Rights Through a Negligence Lawsuit
If you sustained a brain injury, you can potentially hold the party who caused your harm liable for the accident. Most injury claims are based on negligence. This refers to a person’s failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. A defendant is negligent if:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty of care;
- The defendant breached the duty of care;
- The breach caused the victim’s injury; and
- The victim suffered quantifiable damages related to the injury.
For instance, Florida drivers must use reasonable care when they drive. If a motorist fails to yield the right of way and hits your vehicle, he or she likely has breached the duty of care. You must then show that this careless conduct caused you to suffer an injury, such as a concussion or trauma. You must also be able to point to actual damages, such as hospital bills, that arose from the accident.
A defendant may claim that you are partially responsible for your injuries. Some states prevent a victim from getting compensation if he or she was even minimally at fault. In Florida, however, you can recover damages even if your own negligence contributed to your injuries. A court will decide each party’s percentage of fault, and you can seek damages that are proportionate to that percentage.
A brain injury can permanently change your life. You may need long-term rehabilitative care to cope with the physical challenges of your recovery. A brain injury can also hinder your ability to earn a living. By proving your case, you may be able to get compensation for your current and future medical expenses, loss in earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. If a close relative of yours died from a brain injury, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit and possibly recover damages for losses such as medical bills, burial expenses, and loss of companionship.Discuss Your Catastrophic Injury Case With South Florida Lawyers
At Frankl & Kominsky, we are committed to providing compassionate and capable representation to injured victims throughout South Florida. Our accident attorneys help our clients pursue compensation for brain trauma and other serious types of harm. We will investigate what caused your accident and explain what legal options you may have. If we move forward with representing you, we will aggressively seek an outcome in your case that is fair and appropriate. If you are in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, or any of the nearby areas, call us today at (855) 800-8000, or complete our online form to arrange a free initial consultation. We are fluent in Spanish and Creole.