Brain Injury Lawyer in Hollywood
Florida Brain Injury Lawyer Discusses Brain Injury Cases
One of the most catastrophic and serious types of personal injuries are any type of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Many of these injuries require hospitalization and sometimes become fatal if not treated quickly enough. Most of the accidents which cause TBIs are entirely preventable. Our Hollywood brain injury lawyer knows that accidents caused at the hands of others should not cause suffering and hardships to innocent victims. Our Florida bodily injury law firm has a deep understanding of the typical causes of these accidents, such as falls, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents. We work hard to protect the rights of victims and their families who have been harmed by the reckless, careless, and downright negligent conduct of another person, business, or government entity.
At Schlacter Law, we treat all personal injuries as serious. But when it comes to a brain injury such as a TBI, we take these cases very seriously. This is because, according to the CDC, a TBI is a life-long condition that could result in devastating disability.  Not only does this change the life of the injured person, but a life-long injury also affects their loved ones. The injured party may no longer be able to work or live independently. This means a sudden, reckless accident could change the lives of an entire family. That is why if you or your loved one was involved in an accident that resulted in TBI, our Hollywood brain injury lawyer at Schlacter Law is here to help fight back against the careless acts of another in order to protect your rights to compensation.
Types of Brain Injuries
As defined by the CDC, a TBI “is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.”  Our Hollywood brain injury lawyer makes it a priority to understand all of these causes that may have led to your debilitating or life-changing injuries. Understanding the nature of your injury is the first and most important step to protecting your rights to compensation and recovering the maximum amount that you may be entitled to under Florida law.
There are two general types of TBIs. These two main types are the following:
- Open head injuries: A piercing wound or skull fracture has caused direct damage to the brain. Think of an open head injury as one that directly contacts or exposes the brain.
- Closed head injuries: The brain has suffered a serious injury, but not through a piercing wound or skull fracture. Think of a closed head injury as damage to the brain even though the skull is not “opened” and is otherwise intact.
Both open and closed head injuries result in many different types of TBIs, often caused by the preventable and negligent acts of another. Types of TBIs include:
- Contusion: This is a bruise on the brain. While we normally do not think of bruises as serious, a contusion can cause swelling and this type of pressure on the brain could easily become dangerous. A serious contusion could also displace brain matter and cause damage to connections in the brain.
- Brain Bleed: Brain bleeds are responsible for swelling and intracranial pressure, which can lead to damages relating to a lack of oxygenated blood flowing to major tissue areas. Fatalities are one of the largest fears associated with brain bleeds. The danger with some brain bleeds is they can be very slow and therefore have mild symptoms. However, a patient who tries to sleep it off could miss other worsening symptoms and pass away in his or her sleep or wake up and realize the damage when it is too late. Other times trying to manage that pain with painkillers could thin the blood and result in worse injuries. Always ask our lawyer for help with this type of TBI.
- Concussion: This common, sometimes minor, type of brain injury usually appears to resolve on its own. However, it can still result in debilitating injuries, sometimes even months after the injured party was concussed. Post-concussive syndrome may occur at a later date and any future concussions can become catastrophic due to the original concussion’s effects. A concussion could also result in an increased likelihood of recurrence or death in other collisions with the head. Concussions cannot be ignored, and our Hollywood brain injury lawyer knows exactly how to approach a TBI such as concussions.
- Penetrating TBI: This is an open head injury and often results in serious damage. Our lawyer often sees this type of injury occurring from piercing debris in car accidents or 18-wheeler trucking wrecks.
- Diffuse Axonal TBI: High-speed collisions often result in this type of damage, which is characterized by difficulties and changes in the way the brain sends messages due to a sudden and violent jolt or shake to the head which shreds, tears, or otherwise damages the brain. The changing of brain function and control due to these injuries often permanently changes the life of the injured party. Always call a lawyer for this type of TBI.
- Coup-Contrecoup TBI: This injury is seen with the whiplash motion, a powerful back-and-forth force causes the brain to slide forward and strike one side of the skull, then whip backwards to smash into the opposite side. The back-and-forth motion causes severe injury to the entire brain due to multiple impacts, causing intracranial swelling and increasing pressure. This type of damage and harm must be treated and cared for to prevent loss of life. Always consult a lawyer for a coup-contrecoup TBI.
Causes of a Brain Injury and Which Causes Require a Lawyer
The variety of types of TBIs also have a variety of causes; not every type is caused by every type of accident. If any type of TBI from the following causes has forced you to seek medical help, especially with life-changing or permanent effects, contact our Hollywood brain injury lawyer. Our lawyer will be there for you, even when you thought a minor accident could not have resulted in the damages to you and your family. We know that even a minor motor vehicle accident could cause life-changing damage.
- Slip and Falls or Trip and Falls: Slip or trip and falls are a leading cause of TBIs.  Often, when a person falls, they do not think that a serious injury could result from the incident, but significant damage to the head may occur during this accidental fall, no matter the height or distance of the fall. The result could be life-altering or catastrophic, just from one moment. Our lawyer should be contacted after a slip and fall or trip and fall because they are often due to the negligence of others. Slips are caused by substances on the surface that result in a loss of traction or balance. A trip is often caused by the uneven or broken surface on a property. Both slips and trips present as liability cases that are often not the fault of the injured person. Therefore, even if you think that a trip and fall or slip and fall was your fault, it likely was not. Call our lawyer today.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Car accidents, trucking wrecks, bus crashes, bicycle collisions, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian knockdowns, and other types of serious motor vehicle accidents can cause a devastating brain injury—even at a low speed. But high-speed collisions are what really cause life-changing damage. This is the next most prevalent cause of a TBI is motor vehicle accidents.  After a collision, a person’s injuries may not fully reveal themselves as the effects of a TBI such as whiplash and concussions may not seem serious until lasting effects are revealed. Many auto accidents occur at a high speed, which makes the effects often more catastrophic. In Florida, examples of causes of such accidents include driving under the influence, failure to stop, improper lane changes, speeding, and other reckless or careless acts while driving. These accidents should not occur, and a lawyer should be consulted to discuss the careless acts of another that may have caused these injuries.
- Medical Malpractice: No one ever expects a healthcare provider to provide improper care that could result in preventable harm. Despite this, all too often a healthcare professional will cause a mistake that results in unfortunate circumstances. Any time an injury is caused by a healthcare provider, a lawyer should be contacted, and our Hollywood brain injury lawyer understands the many causes that lead to healthcare injuries. These causes include surgical errors, anesthesia errors, overdoses, birth injuries, dropping patients during transfers, dropping equipment on patients, PCA pain pump malfunctions, improper intubation, and failing to properly safeguard a fall-risk patient. Each and every TBI caused by medical malpractice deserves legal attention—even if a doctor tells you there was no negligence, which is usually a red flag that there was.
How to Fight Back Against Defendants Causing TBIs in Florida
Many brain injuries may be obviously presented immediately after the event which caused the injury. Any injury to the head or brain deserves attention from an experienced brain injury lawyer. Our Hollywood brain injury lawyer understands that the severity of brain injuries may not present themselves immediately but that you and your loved ones may still have a case if the injury resulted from the negligence of others.
Here at Schlacter Law, we will do what is necessary to help to fight for you. This also means that we will call on industry and injury experts such as medical professionals and engineering experts, in order to provide sound advice and insights for your case, especially to fight against insurance companies. Do not let an insurer take advantage of you and your family. Our Schlacter Law brain injury lawyer will fight for your rights. Start fighting back by calling (305) 999-1111 for a FREE consultation today.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
I was diagnosed with a “mild” brain injury. Do I still have a case?
There is no such thing as a “mild” brain injury. Any time your brain suffers any type of injury, it is a serious and potentially catastrophic event. Your brain is not like a torn muscle or broken bone that can heal on its own back to normal. Damage to brain tissue is often permanent and leaves lesions, scar tissue, or other damage to neurons and other connections in the brain. For example, even a low-speed concussion could cause damage and chemical changes in the brain which could mean a second blow to the head is fatal. That is a very serious type of personal injury. Never accept a healthcare provider’s diagnosis as “mild.” You always should have a lawyer like ours at Schlacter Law review your case.
How long do I have to file a brain injury claim?
Usually four years from the date of the accident. This includes from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls/trip and falls, boating accidents, assault and battery/criminal offenses, construction accidents, and similar types of negligence-based injuries. Medical malpractice cases are two years from the date the malpractice or medical error was discovered or could have reasonably been discovered. Always ask our lawyer to check how long you have to file your claim.
How much does a TBI lawyer cost in Florida?
At Schlacter Law, we do not have any upfront costs. This is because we accept cases on a contingency fee agreement, which means we only get paid a percentage of what we recover for you, after we recover it for you. This means any settlement or court award (judge or jury) must be rendered in your favor before we get paid. Thus, there is no upfront cost to having our experienced legal team and award-winning law firm begin to protect your rights to compensation.