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Expert Legal Representation for Brain Injury Accidents in Florida

Brain injuries can change your life. We at the Law Office of Michael C. George, P.A., are your trusted legal partner in West Palm Beach, Florida. We are here for you if you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury. Our experienced team can help you with compassionate support and aggressive legal representation.

What is a Brain Injury?

People who experience direct or indirect trauma to the head may experience brain injury. Brain injuries from direct trauma are not uncommon after car accidents, and are typically closed brain injuries such as concussions, internal bleeding, or swelling of the brain. A car accident can also cause asphyxiation injury, such as from becoming tangled in a seatbelt or something else, that can result in brain injury from hypoxia.

Consequences of Brain Injuries

The consequences of brain injuries range from mild to fatal, but many people are left with long-term impacts. Long-term impacts can include cognitive defects, motor defects, social difficulties, fatigue, etc. Some people never fully recover, while others might be fine after a period of time and rehabilitation. Many people need occupational therapy and psychological counseling to lead a full life after a brain injury.

Even with a mild concussion, you may not be able to return to work for a few weeks and may not be able to engage in normal activity. A one- to two-day period of total rest is recommended, and then light thinking and physical activities can be resumed. Most people recover from mild concussion in a couple of weeks. However, some can have a prolonged period of recovery.

How Do You Know If You Have a Brain Injury?

Loss of consciousness may or may not accompany brain injury, although it tends to indicate that the injury is more serious. People may not realize they have hit their head in an accident. Watch for the following symptoms:

  • Inability to recall events prior to or after the accident. Not being able to remember the accident itself is a normal trauma reaction.
  • Appearing dazed or stunned, being confused about where they are
  • Clumsy movement
  • Slow answer to questions
  • Changes in mood, behavior, or personality
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • A feeling of being sluggish or groggy
  • Confusion, and issues with concentration
  • Not feeling right

Severe symptoms that indicate a potentially fatal injury:

  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Inability to wake up
  • Headache gets worse
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or coordination problem
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Unusual behavior

If you experience or see any of these, the person  needs to be taken to the ER right away. Note that it's not unusual for brain injury symptoms not to show up right away. Anyone who has hit their head should be monitored for at least 30 minutes and watched for signs for several hours.

How to Prevent Brain Injuries

It is not always possible to prevent a brain injury, especially for passengers in vehicles or pedestrians. However, cyclists and motorcyclists should always wear an appropriate helmet. If renting a scooter or e-bike, always wear a helmet. A standard bike helmet is fine for most e-scooter riding, but you can also wear a motorcycle helmet if you are traveling on a busy road or at high speed. Do not wear a bicycle helmet for horseback riding or vice versa.

How the Law Office of Michael C. George Can Help

We have over 21 years of experiencing serving clients throughout Florida, including brain injury cases. We conduct a thorough investigation to help you get the compensation you deserve, and are skilled at negotiating with insurance companies. Often we can get compensation without needing to go to court, but if we do, we will fight tirelessly for you.

Call us now at (561) 659-6599 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Michael C. George, Esq. to discuss your case today.