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Gainesville Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain Injuries in Alachua County
Few injuries are as catastrophic as brain injuries. Whether the injury is mild, moderate, or severe, victims will often experience a range of physical, cognitive, emotional, and practice complications. The cost of treating a brain injury, compounded by lost income when the victim can no longer work, is immense, putting individuals and their families under serious financial stress. If you or your loved one was injured due to someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, you should not have to face these hardships on your own.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we assist clients throughout Alachua County and all of Florida in complex personal injury claims. At our Gainesville office, we provide compassionate, personalized legal representation to brain injury victims and their loved ones. We truly care about you and, as your neighborhood attorney, we will do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries are generally categorized into two types: traumatic brain injuries and non-traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) typically result from outside factors, such as a blow to the head, whereas non-traumatic brain injuries occur internally.
Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents
- Falls, including slip and falls and falls from heights
- Acts of violence, such as assault or gun violence
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Recreational accidents, including boating and RV accidents
Additionally, some of the leading causes of non-traumatic brain injuries include:
- Lack of oxygen (drownings, birth injuries, etc.)
- Tumors and cancer
- Brain inflammation
While some brain injuries are truly unpreventable, many are the result of entirely avoidable accidents. When someone else acts negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully, injured victims and/or the loved ones of those wrongfully killed have the right to seek fair compensation for their losses.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are several different types of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). While these injuries range from “mild” to severe, all brain injuries are serious. If you suspect that you or someone else has suffered a brain injury—no matter how seemingly insignificant—always seek prompt medical attention. Only a qualified medical professional can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend or begin appropriate treatment.
Some of the most common types of TBIs include:
- Concussions: A concussion occurs when a person suffers a blow to the head or jolt that is strong enough to cause minor brain damage. Concussions are generally considered “mild” injuries, but victims should still seek professional medical attention for known or suspected concussions.
- Contusions: A brain contusion is simply a bruise that forms on the brain, typically due to a blow to the head. While most brain contusions heal on their own, others may require surgical removal. Brain contusions often occur alongside other TBIs, such as concussions.
- Coup-Contrecoup Injuries: A coup-contrecoup injury occurs when a severe jolt or blow to the head causes the brain to slam into the opposite inside of the skull. This results in two injuries: one where the initial blow occurred and one on the opposing side.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: DAIs are very serious injuries that involve the tearing or “shearing” of connections within the brain due to a serious jolt or blow to the head. These microscopic tears can result in devastating brain damage and, in the most severe cases, death.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury is a type of open-head injury. Unlike the closed-head injuries described above, penetrating injuries involve a foreign object entering the skull and damaging the brain. These TBIs are often fatal.
Regardless of the type of TBI you or your loved one suffered, its effects are likely to be significant. Brain injuries are not only immensely costly to treat, but they also often limit the victim’s ability to work. This means that the victim and/or his or her family members typically suffer serious financial consequences due to the injury and its aftermath.
Damages in Brain Injury Cases
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our Gainesville brain injury lawyers understand the catastrophic consequences of brain injuries. For that reason, we fight tirelessly for the maximum recoveries our clients are owed. We believe that you deserve full and fair compensation for your economic and non-economic damages, and we are prepared to take your case to court in order to achieve this, if necessary.
Depending on the specifics of your situation, we can help you recover compensation for the following damages in your brain injury case:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Emergency care
- Ambulance fees/hospitalization
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Emotional distress
In some cases, we may be able to recover punitive damages, a type of damage meant to punish defendants for egregious negligence and/or willful or wanton disregard for human life. Such damages are relatively rare, however, and only apply in certain cases.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
Navigating the aftermath of a serious injury is difficult enough; finding an attorney shouldn’t be. When you trust your claim to our Gainesville traumatic brain injury attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that your case is in capable hands. With over a century of combined experience, a reputation for success, and a proven track record of recovering significant settlements and jury verdicts, our firm has what it takes to fight for you and your recovery.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we are truly your neighborhood attorney. We offer compassionate representation every step of the way. With our team, you get the personal attention you deserve and the aggressive advocacy you need. We invite you to learn more by contacting us today and requesting a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney.
In most cases, you only have two years to file your claim. Don’t wait! Call us at (855) 933-3881 today to learn how we can help you with your traumatic brain injury case.