Tampa Brain Injury Lawyer

Brain injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities, including memory problems, personality changes, and problems functioning. If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, our Tampa brain injury lawyers can help you pursue damages for your financial and emotional losses. Call us today at (813) 358-0490 for a free case review.

Our award-winning Tampa brain injury attorneys have been helping accident victims hold negligent people accountable for over 45 years. At Farah & Farah, we know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. Our experience makes all the difference. Contact us now to find out how to put our experience to work for you.

Why Choose Farah & Farah’s Brain Injury Attorneys in Tampa, FL

Our compassionate attorneys have been helping injured accident victims since 1979. We are a family-centered law firm, and our attorneys understand the profound effects a traumatic brain injury can have on you and your family.

We’ve recovered more than $2 billion for our injured clients. We win through caring, understanding, and hard work. Our results include significant settlements and verdicts for our brain injury clients, including the following:

  • $5 million recovery for a client who suffered a brain injury from medical malpractice in an emergency room.
  • $460,000 recovery for an 80-year-old client who sustained a head injury after slipping and falling on leaking water at a fast food restaurant.
  • $250,000 settlement for the family of a man who suffered a fatal traumatic brain injury when a car hit him while riding his bicycle.
  • $195,000 verdict for an apartment complex resident who suffered a head injury when a poorly stacked clothes dryer fell on top of her.

Call us at (813) 358-0490 today for a free consultation with a Tampa brain injury lawyer.

We Will Handle Your Legal Claim so You Can Focus on Healing

You can count on our talented brain injury lawyers in Tampa, Florida, to hold negligent parties who hurt you accountable. We’ll fight for the maximum financial award available and make the legal process as easy for you as possible. We’ll do all of the following and more:

  • Determine the cause of your accident and who is liable
  • Gather evidence to prove and strengthen your claim
  • Interview witnesses, consult with experts, and calculate your damages
  • File your claim and deal with the insurance company for you
  • Negotiate a settlement and refuse to accept less than you deserve
  • Fight for you in court if the insurance company won’t pay fair compensation

Our client-centric Tampa brain injury law firm is committed to putting your needs first. We will be there when you need us most. We’ll answer your calls, advise you of your rights, and meet with you at the time and place most convenient for you. You’ll never feel like a number working with our caring traumatic brain injury lawyers in Tampa. Contact us today for a free case review.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, changes how your brain functions after you suffer a sudden jolt, bump, or blow to the head.

A penetrating brain injury, also known as an open brain injury, occurs when an object, such as a piece of broken skull or bullet, directly pierces your brain.

A non-penetrating brain injury, or closed brain injury, occurs when a force, jolt, or blow impacts the brain without penetration of the skull.

A traumatic brain injury may lead to swelling, bleeding in the brain, and other changes that worsen in the hours and days immediately following the primary injury. These effects can cause additional injuries, known as secondary brain injuries.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury typically develop within 24 hours following the accident. Contrary to popular belief, you could have a traumatic brain injury even if you don’t lose consciousness. The following symptoms point to a potential brain injury:

  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of balance
  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Mood changes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Drowsiness

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms after an accident, seek medical help immediately to prevent further damage.

Long-Term Complications of Brain Injuries

The long-term effects of brain injuries can be devastating. They may include the following:

  • Impaired cognitive functioning
  • Difficulty with decision-making
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hearing issues
  • Vision problems
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Inability to care for your own needs
  • Changes in social abilities
  • Bowel or bladder incontinence
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Personality changes
  • Mental health disorders
  • Seizure disorders
  • Death

If someone else caused you or your loved one’s brain injury, you deserve justice. Call our Tampa TBI attorneys at (813) 358-0490 as soon as you’re medically stable for a free case evaluation.

What Are the Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. All brain injuries are potentially serious, but moderate and severe TBIs have a higher risk of permanent disability and death. The type of damage varies based on the cause and may include the following:

  • Concussion – another term for mild traumatic brain injury, it typically resolves in two to three weeks, but long-term complications may occur.
  • Extra-axial hematoma – involves bleeding between the skull and the brain. Extra-axial hematoma can lead to secondary injuries, such as brain swelling, which can be fatal.
  • Coup-contrecoup injury – happens when the brain bounces inside the skull. Both the part of the brain impacted and the opposite side are injured.
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage – involves bleeding between the protective layers surrounding the brain. It can cause pressure to build up inside the skull, leading to excess cranial pressure and death.
  • Diffuse axonal injury – occurs from the tearing and twisting of brain fibers, usually where gray and white matter meet. It can lead to widespread damage, including undetectable microscopic tears in the neurons, leading to neurological problems, coma, and death.

What Is a Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?

A non-traumatic brain injury results from internal processes, such as a loss of oxygen. It commonly occurs in medical malpractice cases from surgical errors, anesthesia errors, misdiagnosis of a stroke, and birth injuries. It can also result from nearly drowning in swimming pool accidents.

Contact our experienced brain injury attorneys in Tampa today if you or your loved one is coping with the effects of a non-traumatic brain injury.

Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are falls and motor vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, falls account for nearly half of traumatic brain injuries. Our Tampa TBI lawyers have helped clients with TBIs that stem from the following:

Motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians face heightened risks of head injury in automobile accidents because they lack the crash protection of an enclosed vehicle.

How Common Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?

The CDC reports that 70,229 people died from traumatic brain injury in the United States in 2023. According to the International Brain Association, an estimated one million people in the United States are treated and released from hospital emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury every year.

In Florida, 5,654 people died from TBIs in 2022, including 459 in Hillsborough County. The rate of TBI accidents in Hillsborough County was 30.3 people per 100,000—significantly higher than the statewide rate of 24.6 per 100,000. There were 2,964 Hillsborough County emergency room visits due to a TBI in 2022.

The reason for the higher rate of brain injuries in Tampa may be related to car accidents. According to a recent U.S. News & World Report study, Tampa ranked as the 12th most dangerous city for drivers nationwide. The only Florida cities that ranked higher were Jacksonville and Miami.

Damages Available When You’ve Suffered a Brain Injury in Tampa, FL

You may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages for a brain injury. Economic damages cover the verifiable current and future monetary losses. Non-economic damages compensate for your intangible effects on your life. They are also known as pain and suffering. Examples of each of these types of damages are displayed in the table below:

Economic Damages Non-Economic Damages
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Current medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Attendant care costs
  • Property damage
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of society

If your loved one dies from a brain injury, you may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Your family may recover economic and non-economic damages, such as those listed in the table below:

Wrongful Death Economic Damages Wrongful Death Non-Economic Damages
  • Deceased’s medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost lifetime earnings
  • Lost inheritance
  • Your loved one’s suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Loss of love and affection

Punitive Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury in Tampa

If you have clear and convincing evidence that the party responsible for the brain injury engaged in deliberate misconduct or gross negligence, you may qualify to recover punitive damages. These damages aim to punish the defendant and deter others from similar conduct.

Understanding Liability in Brain Injury Cases

Other people’s carelessness often causes accidents that lead to brain injuries. You may be able to hold them liable if you can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that all of the following elements of negligence were present when you were injured:

  1. Duty of care: The other party was legally obliged to exercise reasonable care to avoid injury
  2. Breach of duty: The other party violated the duty of care.
  3. Injury: You suffered an injury and losses because of the breach of duty.
  4. Proximate cause: The breach of duty is the actual and proximate cause of your injury and losses

Our attorneys are knowledgeable about brain injuries. You can rest assured that we’ll work hard to obtain all the evidence needed to maximize your compensation. We’ll start by identifying the liable parties. The parties responsible for your brain injuries will vary based on the type of accident that caused the accident.

Slips and Falls

When you fall on someone else’s property, the owner is liable if you prove that they knew or should have known about the fall hazard and failed to remedy it or warn you. Our knowledgeable slip and fall attorneys in Tampa can investigate the site and build your case. The table below shows who may be liable for slip and fall accidents.

Type of Establishment Who May Be Liable
Retail, food service, or commercial
Business owner
Public sidewalk or government building
The City of Tampa
Private residence
Homeowner
Your workplace
Your employer via workers’ compensation

Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, our experienced Tampa car accident lawyers will investigate, consult with experts, and identify all of the contributing factors. We often find multiple responsible parties, which may include the following:

  • Another driver
  • A vehicle parts manufacturer
  • An automotive repair shop
  • The government entity that maintains the road
  • A premises or parking lot owner

Swimming Pool Accidents

If you or your child experiences a brain injury at a public pool or private pool, the owner may be responsible if you can prove negligence by the owner. An owner may be a private homeowner, a commercial business, or a government agency. The types of negligence our attorneys will look for include a lack of lifeguards, slippery surfaces, and poorly maintained pool drains.

If a homeowner or business owner fails to secure a pool, and a child can easily access it, the owner may be liable, even if the child wasn’t invited to the property. Tampa City ordinance § 19-46 prohibits property owners from harboring unsafe areas like unsecured pools that might attract children. These are known as attractive nuisances.

Medical Malpractice

If you or your loved one’s brain injury occurred because a health care provider failed to provide a reasonable standard of care, our Tampa medical malpractice attorneys can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit. We may be able to hold one or more of the following providers liable:

  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Birthing centers

How Long Do I Have To File a Brain Injury Lawsuit in Tampa?

You should contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. The Florida personal injury statute of limitations gives you up to two years to file a brain injury lawsuit in Tampa.

The statute of limitations can vary. If you miss the deadline, you’ll lose your chance to recover damages for your injuries forever. Don’t take a chance on leaving significant money on the table. Contact a Tampa brain injury attorney today to protect your claim.

Our Compassionate Tampa Brain Injury Lawyers Care About What You’re Going Through

We’re sensitive to the pain and challenges unique to brain injury survivors. No one can possibly understand what you’re going through unless they’ve experienced it themselves. Everything about your life can change:

  • You may experience emotions differently.
  • You may have difficulty regulating your emotions.
  • You may be unable to relate to people as you could before.
  • You may be facing new mental disabilities.
  • You may be unable to continue a career you love.
  • You may feel like people look at you differently.
  • You may feel like the injury has changed who you are.
  • You may feel abandoned by friends or family members.

When you choose Farah & Farah, you get more than a team of talented legal professionals. We’ll treat you like family and do everything we can to help you through this. We will direct you to support organizations, help you find the best medical care, and listen when you need to talk.

We will always treat you with honesty, dignity, and respect. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our caring Tampa brain injury attorneys.

Contact Our Brain Injury Attorneys in Tampa for a Free Consultation

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s carelessness, we want to help. You can count on our caring and supportive legal team in Tampa to fight for maximum damages while you focus on your recovery.

We’re committed to helping those who need it most. We don’t want you to go through this alone. Call our caring Tampa brain injury lawyers today at (813) 358-0490 for a free, confidential consultation.

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