Diffuse Axonal Injury Lawyer Fort Lauderdale, FL
After a serious brain injury, it is important to discuss your rights and legal options with a diffuse axonal injury lawyer Fort Lauderdale, FL trusts. Recovery from a traumatic brain injury is usually a long and difficult process, and the medical costs can be astronomical. For these and other reasons, victims and their families will likely want to pursue compensation from the at-fault party or parties.
What Is Diffuse Axonal Injury?
Although most types of head trauma fall under the umbrella of traumatic brain injuries, the specific diagnoses can differ based on how the trauma impacts the brain. Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is among the most common and debilitating types of traumatic brain injury. It can and often does leave victims in a coma.
When the head is struck, the brain may move forward and backward inside the skull, hitting against the skull repeatedly. In the process, the brain’s long connecting fibers (known as axons) suffer shearing/tearing. The major damage that occurs can easily leave the victim unconscious for several hours, or in a long-term coma.
Other symptoms are more typically of all brain injuries, including:
· Headache, nausea and vomiting
· Dizziness and loss of balance
· Confusion and disorientation
· Sleeping issues (too much or too little)
· Feeling fatigued and drowsy
Needless to say, if your loved one has suffered any type of brain injury, please see a doctor immediately, as these types of injuries can be life-threatening. Then, contact a brain injury lawyer Fort Lauderdale, FL knows and relies upon.
Common Causes and Consequences of DAI
The three most common causes of brain injuries in general, and DAI in particular, are car accidents, falls and sports injuries. Adults and young children can suffer diffuse axonal injuries as the result of violent attacks, including an assault or shaken baby syndrome.
It is possible to rehabilitate a victim if his DAI is mild to moderate in severity, and rehab efforts will likely need to include numerous types of physical and speech therapy. If the injuries are severe, the victim may die or be in a permanent vegetative state.
As a family member-turned caretaker of a DAI victim, you may be able to sue the at-fault party for personal injury or wrongful death, depending on the outcome of the injuries. Possible damages include compensation for:
· Medical bills
· Disability and the costs of adaptive technology
· Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
· Pain and suffering
· Funeral and burial expenses
· Loss of consortium and companionship
Brain Injuries Incurred on the Job
It is quite common in certain professions to suffer a brain injury on the job. But even if your loved one’s injury was severe or fatal, you will likely be prohibited from suing the victim’s employer. In Florida, workers’ compensation is typically considered the “exclusive remedy” to workplace injuries and deaths. That being said, you can and should work with our firm to seek workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of your loved one, including a deceased loved one.
Legal Assistance Is Available
The experienced Florida legal team at Needle & Ellenberg, P.A., have helped countless injury clients, and they can help you, too. To learn more about your rights and options after a loved one’s brain injury, please contact our firm to speak with a Fort Lauderdale, FL diffuse axonal injury lawyer today.