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DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRAIN INJURIES

Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe. A concussion is considered a mild brain injury but can cause permanent impairment. A concussion can be caused from a car accident, a whiplash type injury, a gunshot or violent shaking of the head. Closed or open head injuries can cause a concussion. During a concussion, the cranial nerves can be damaged and blood vessels can be stretched. There may be a brief loss of consciousness. Concussions sometimes heal within months. Other concussions can take several years to heal.

BRADENTON AND SARASOTA SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

Slip and fall accidents are referred to as "premises liability" cases and they are based on a property owner's duty to care for his/her property. Slip and fall accidents fall under the category of negligence law. A person who is injured in a Florida slip and fall accident must be able to prove that the property owner created the condition leading to the accident or that the property owner knew the dangerous condition existed or should have known that the danger existed and did nothing to remedy the hazardous situation. Proving when a dangerous condition first appeared can be quite difficult.

A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AFTER A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

A traumatic brain injury can result from a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident and may not be apparent immediately following the accident. Anyone who receives a blow to the head, even if not painful right away, should seek immediate medical attention. A brain "bruise" can occur after an accident without any outward or noticeable physical symptoms. The nerves around the brain can stretch and cause an axonal injury. An injured accident victim with a brain bleed can appear normal at first, but as pressure on the brain builds, the signs and symptoms of a TBI become more apparent.

T-BONE ACCIDENTS IN SARASOTA AND BRADENTON

During a T-bone collision, the front or rear-end of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle creating a "T" shape. These accidents are also called side impact accidents. There are approximately 8,500 -10,000 fatalities every year due to T-bone accidents. The impact from a T-bone accident can cause a vehicle to tip or even roll over. T-bone accidents are most often caused by negligence. Many occur at intersections when a driver runs through a red light and crashes into the side of another vehicle. Occasionally, a T-bone accident is caused because of a poorly designed intersection, a malfunctioning traffic light or a defective automobile part.

WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED (UM/UIM) MOTORIST COVERAGE

The Insurance Research Council (IRC) estimates that approximately one out of every four Florida drivers is uninsured. Many more Florida drivers are underinsured which means that they have minimum limits of insurance coverage and this coverage is most likely inadequate if they injure you in a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident. This is why it is very important to purchase uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage. If you have UM/UIM insurance, your accident related expenses can be covered up to the limits of that coverage. In addition to medical bills, uninsured motorist coverage can cover lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage can also help cover your injuries if you were a bicyclist or pedestrian involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AS THE RESULT OF A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Motor vehicle accidents cause about half of all traumatic brain injuries. During an automobile accident, the force of the impact can cause the brain to collide against the hard skull. When a moving head comes to a complete stop, the brain continues to move and strikes the interior of the skull. A brain bleed (hemorrhage) is not always apparent at the time of the injury. Blunt head trauma occurs when a moving head hits a stationary object. A roof crush can cause an open head wound which is a blunt trauma. There is increasing evidence that traumatic brain injuries do occur from head injuries even though there has been no loss of consciousness.

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