Melbourne Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic Brain Injuries in Brevard County
Brain injuries are some of the most serious and life-altering injuries, affecting not only victims but their loved ones and family members as well. Once-simple tasks, like getting dressed or holding a conversation, can pose significant challenges, and brain injury victims may find that they must learn to cope with the permanent and irreversible effects of their injury.
At Nance Cacciatore, we recognize the unique difficulties traumatic brain injury victims and their families face. Since 1963, we have been fighting for injured individuals throughout Florida and have secured millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships associated with catastrophic injuries and are here to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are generally classified as one of two types: closed-head or open-head injuries. A closed-head injury occurs when there is no physical damage to the scalp or skull; an open-head injury involves a wound, fracture, or other damage to the skull, scalp, or head. Both closed- and open-head injuries can lead to serious brain injuries and lasting damage.
Some common types of closed-head brain injuries include:
- Contusions: A brain contusion is a bruise that forms on the brain, typically due to a sudden impact from an outside object. Often, brain contusions are relatively minor and will heal on their own. In some cases, however, surgical removal may be required.
- Concussions: A concussion is considered a “mild” brain injury. It occurs when the head is forcefully struck, jolted, or makes contact with a stationary surface (such as the ground or the dashboard of a vehicle) and can have lasting complications.
- Coup-Contrecoup: Coup-contrecoup injuries occur when the force of an impact is strong enough to cause the brain to move within the skull. This results in two points of injury: one where the initial impact occurred and one on the opposite side where the brain hits the inside of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: A diffuse axonal injury is the shearing or tearing of tiny, microscopic fibers within the brain. Depending on the size of the tears, this type of injury can lead to significant brain damage and/or death.
Additionally, some common types of open-head brain injuries include:
- Skull Fractures: A skull fracture occurs when the skull itself breaks. Even very small fractures can have a major impact, leading to severe bleeding and other complications. In some cases, small pieces of the skull can make contact with the brain, resulting in injury and damage.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury is any injury in which a foreign object penetrates the scalp and skull and pierces or makes contact with the brain. Penetrating brain injuries are always catastrophic and often deadly.
Victims of traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, may require months, years, or even a lifetime of care. Treatment may involve multiple surgeries, cognitive rehabilitation, medication, and more.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
While any accident or traumatic event can lead to a brain injury, some incidents more commonly cause TBIs than others.
Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and collisions with large semi-trucks and commercial vehicles often cause serious head and brain injuries.
- Falls: Falls from heights and slip, trip, and fall accidents are among the leading causes of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
- Violence: Violent and unlawful acts, such as assault and assault with a deadly weapon, cause a significant portion of all traumatic brain injuries.
- Sports and Recreation Accidents: Traumatic brain injuries often result from sports and recreation-related accidents, such as boating/Jet Ski crashes and ATV accidents.
- Medical Malpractice: Accidents resulting from medical malpractice, including birth injuries, commonly involve devastating brain injuries.
- Workplace Accidents: On-the-job accidents, including construction site accidents, are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.
If you believe your or your loved one’s brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. Our team of Melbourne brain injury lawyers at Nance Cacciatore can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free, confidential consultation.
Compensation for Brain Injury Victims
Brain injury victims and their families face significant financial challenges. The cost of treating a brain injury can easily exceed hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, and many victims are unable to return to work. For many families, it is critical to seek financial recovery after the injury to avoid going into serious debt and struggling to keep up with mounting medical bills and everyday expenses.
At Nance Cacciatore, we work to recover maximum compensation for our clients. We may be able to help you recover for the following damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If your loved one died following a serious brain injury, we can also help you seek wrongful death damages, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, and loss of love, support, companionship, and guidance.
Contact Our Board-Certified Attorneys Today
At Nance Cacciatore, all our partners are Board-Certified by the Florida State Bar in Civil Trial Law. To become board-certified, they must demonstrate advanced skill, knowledge, and expertise in various aspects of the law, as well as pass a written examination and uphold a high level of ethics.
When it comes to your brain injury case, our team has what it takes to advocate for you. We are known for our aggressive approach to litigation, as well as our compassionate, personalized client service. We do not back down from a challenge and are ready to represent you at trial if necessary.
Based in Melbourne, we serve clients in Brevard County and throughout Florida. We offer contingency fees, so there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you hire our team. Instead, we only collect attorney fees if we secure compensation for you.
How do I know if I have grounds for a brain injury lawsuit?
To have grounds for a brain injury lawsuit on the basis of negligence, you must be able to prove that the defendant (the person or party against whom you are bringing the claim) owed you a duty of care and that they breached this duty of care, typically by acting negligently or wrongfully. You must also demonstrate that the defendant’s conduct was the proximate cause of your injury and that you suffered measurable damages. Our attorneys can go over the specifics of your situation during a free consultation and provide more information regarding your ability to file a lawsuit.
How long do I have to file a brain injury lawsuit in Florida?
In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident/injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations. If you wait more than four years, you will almost certainly be unable to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for your damages.
If someone loses consciousness, have they suffered a traumatic brain injury?
Most likely. Loss of consciousness is a common symptom of most brain injuries and should be treated as such. If you or someone else lost consciousness after a fall, crash, or other accident, see a medical professional as soon as possible. It is also important to note that not all TBIs result in a loss of consciousness. In fact, it is possible to suffer a relatively mild TBI and remain conscious. You should always see a doctor if you have any reason to believe you may have suffered a head or brain injury.
How much is my claim worth?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to assess the value of your claim without going over the details with you. That being said, traumatic brain injury cases tend to be relatively high in value due to the extensive medical treatment these injuries require, as well as the high potential for victims to sustain significant economic and non-economic damages. We encourage you to contact our brain injury lawyers to set up a free initial consultation. We can provide additional information regarding the potential value of your case after reviewing the specifics of your situation.
How much does it cost to hire a brain injury lawyer?
At Nance Cacciatore, we provide our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that it costs you absolutely nothing upfront to hire our firm. Our attorneys recover their fees via a pre-agreed-on percentage of your total recovery (usually around 33 – 40%, depending on various factors). If we do not secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not pay us a dime.