Injury Attorneys Assisting Residents of North Tampa
Concussions may not seem like serious injuries, but recent medical studies have revealed that they have the potential to cause permanent damage. If you suffered a concussion as the result of another person’s or company’s negligent behavior in the North Tampa area, the brain injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC may be able to help you. Floridians harmed by careless or wrongful conduct have rights under state law and may be able to pursue compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial harm. Holliday Karatinos has significant experience helping injured residents of New Tampa, Brooksville, and Lutz.
Filing a Negligence Claim after a Concussion
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year. Research conducted in 2013 indicates that even a single concussion can lead to permanent damage.
Although the NFL players’ concussion settlement has made news, many other people are susceptible to these injuries. Car and motorcycle accident victims, student athletes, and even slip-and-fall victims can all easily sustain concussions. If their harm is the ultimate result of carelessness wrongdoing, a negligent party often may be held accountable in Florida state court.
To prevail in a negligence case, a plaintiff must prove four essential elements. The first two elements are duty and a breach of that duty. In most everyday situations, Floridians owe one another a duty of reasonable care. To abide by this duty, a person or entity must simply avoid behavior that unreasonably endangers other people. By driving drunk, failing to maintain one’s property, or cutting off a motorcycle, for example, someone likely breaches this duty.
Also, the plaintiff needs to prove causation by showing that his or her injuries are legally and substantively attributable to the defendant’s behavior. This means that the defendant’s breach must have been a substantial factor in causing the victim’s injuries and that the accident was a foreseeable result.
The final element is that the victim must have sustained compensable damages. A concussion or other brain injury generally leads to costs and losses for which individuals may seek redress. Florida law allows prevailing plaintiffs to recover money for financial and emotional or psychological in addition to physical harm. Items like lost wages, medical bills, and emotional distress are all types of injuries for which they may be legally compensated.
Because of the nature of the injury, a person may not immediately realize the onset of a concussion. Fortunately, Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on negligence claims. This means that in the vast majority of circumstances a case must be filed within four years of the date of the injury.
Protect Your Rights after an Accident by Consulting a Spring Hill Lawyer
Although medical professionals have known about the existence of concussions for quite some time, the long-term effects of brain injuries are still being discovered. If you suffered from a concussion due to someone else’s negligent behavior in Spring Hill or the surrounding communities, you may have rights. The accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you seek the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us or visit our website’s contact page.