Miami Brain Injury Lawyers
Serving Miami, Florida and Nationwide
FIGHTING FOR THE SAFETY OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
The lawyers at Hickey Law Firm represent clients who have suffered any brain injury from minor to severe. We will lead you through the process of filing a claim for accidents resulting in these catastrophic injuries. Read more to learn how Hickey Law Firm can help you with your case:
- Causes of Brain Injury
- Signs and Symptoms Associated with Brain Injury
- Every Injury is Unique
- A Lifetime of Medical Expenses
- Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers on Your Side
A brain injury can severely inhibit a person’s ability to live an independent and self-reliant life. If you have been in an accident in the Miami area that resulted in a brain injury, the personal injury lawyers at Hickey Law Firm understand how devastating this can be. We are committed to providing you with the informed legal counsel and powerful representation you need to file an effective personal injury claim.
Hickey Law Firm is a member of The North American Brain Injury Society, The Brain Injury Association of America and The Brain Injury Association of Florida. We can help fight for the rights of you and your family.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in the Miami area because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, call us today at (855) 375-3727 for a free case review with one of our experienced attorneys.
Causes of Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result from any trauma to the head that interrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Some of the most common causes of brain injury include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), accidents involving falls account for the majority of TBI cases in the United States. In fact, nearly 30% of all brain injuries in the country are caused by falls. Victims may be able to file a premises liability claim in these cases.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents cause 20% of all brain injuries in the United States each year.
- Assault – Unfortunately, roughly 11% of all brain injuries are caused by the deliberate and violent actions of another individual.
Other causes of TBI include railroad accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and defective products. In Miami, cruise ship accidents and cruise ship assaults are also major causes of brain injury. If you believe an individual is suffering from a TBI, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Signs and Symptoms Associated with Brain Injury
Brain injury occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to swell against the skull, impairing important mental processes that affect your physical, cognitive, and psychological functions. In many cases, it is difficult to know the extent of the damage until the brain’s swelling subsides. Since brain cells do not regenerate like other cells in your body, even a mild traumatic brain injury can be life-altering.
The most common symptoms of a mild TBI include:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Tiredness or sleepiness
- A bad taste in the mouth
- A change in sleep habits
- Behavior or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention or thinking
- Loss of consciousness lasting a few seconds to minutes
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have suffered a moderate to severe brain injury, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- Headache that gets worse or won’t go away
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Convulsions or seizures
- An inability to wake up from sleep
- Enlargement of the pupil (dark center) of one or both eyes
- Numbness or tingling of arms or legs
- Loss of coordination
- Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
- Loss of consciousness lasting a few minutes to hours
This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list. You can suffer from traumatic brain injury and only have one or two of these symptoms.
Whether you have suffered a “mild” brain injury or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic brain injury, we can help you obtain just and fair compensation.
Every Injury Is Unique
For many victims, a brain injury may lead to permanent, life-long damage and disability. However, variations do exist in cause, symptoms and recovery—making every situation unique.
- Cause: A TBI can be caused by various kinds of incidents, ranging from minor to very severe. The cause of your brain injury will differ from that of another patient. For instance, a brain injury can occur after your head hits something or after your head moves back and forth quickly. This can happen in a car accident or if you are assaulted. In other words, a direct hit on the head is not necessary. The specific cause of your accident can determine the symptoms you experience, and even your recovery.
- Symptoms: Different areas of the brain control different functions. A TBI can happen in any part of the brain, causing a variety of symptoms unique to each patient. You may experience TBI symptoms at one end of the spectrum or all over the board. You may even experience minor symptoms associated with a TBI—it all depends on how your body reacts to the injury, and the circumstances surrounding it.
- Recovery: Doctors cannot tell TBI patients or their families when and how their injuries will get better. Because it is so difficult to diagnose and find the source of the brain injury, the length of recovery time is uncertain and varies. For many, the injuries are permanent and life will never be the same. For others, life goes on with very few limitations. The effects of a TBI may cause an inability to work or live independently, and can also potentially cost millions of dollars in ongoing medical care, counseling and rehabilitation.
Due to the many inconsistencies associated with a TBI, you will want an experienced lawyer who understands the intricacies of these devastating injuries. Our attorneys have the knowledge necessary to fight for your rights, including how brain injuries happen, how they are treated and what recovery will look like. We will help you navigate through the complex laws that surround your case.
A Lifetime of Medical Expenses
The immediate aftermath of a brain injury is, of course, a deeply frightening experience. However, the tragic reality is that a severe brain injury can linger for years—perhaps the rest of your life.
TBI patients often experience several long-term effects of their injuries that ultimately contribute to their medical expenses, including:
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Changes in personality
- Trouble sleeping
- Cognitive difficulties
- Physical paralysis or spasticity
We understand that dealing with the long-term effects of a brain injury is not cheap. Medical care is expensive, and fighting for your wellbeing while dealing with a brain injury requires significant financial resources.
We do not want to engage in hyperbole or scare you—it's a simple reality that traumatic brain injuries tend to linger. It's an even simpler reality that the American medical system, while impressive in many ways, is not cheap.
Treating the lifetime effects of your traumatic brain injury will require a long-term commitment. Such a commitment is impossible without access to sufficient funds to pay for treatments including:
- Multiple surgical procedures
- A battery of tests and examinations
- Painkillers and other medications
- Long-term physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Psychological and emotional counseling
The lifetime costs and ongoing medical issues of a single traumatic brain injury can easily exceed more than $1 million. Fortunately, you are not helpless in the face of this reality.
Having additional questions about your brain injury case is normal and to be expected. Our attorneys are here to help put you at ease and assist in any way that we can. At Hickey Law Firm, we will passionately pursue compensation from all available parties, investigate your case to determine where liability exists and pursue that liability to the best of our abilities.
Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers on Your Side
If you suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to obtain financial compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If someone you love has suffered a major brain injury and can no longer care for himself or herself, your family can file a claim on their behalf. While you and your family focus on recovering, our firm will work tirelessly to fight for the compensation you deserve.
John H. (Jack) Hickey and the rest of our legal team fight for our clients. We will do everything in our power to get you the best outcome possible. Mr. Hickey has received numerous accolades for his legal work, and has been peer-nominated in Florida Trend Magazine as one of the "Legal Elite," which is the top 1.7 percent of all lawyers. We know how devastating a traumatic brain injury can be, and we will fight for your rights to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.
If you are in the Miami area and have further questions about your brain injury case, please contact Hickey Law Firm online or call (855) 375-3727 for a free case review with our experienced brain injury lawyers. We represent TBI victims in Florida and nationwide.